Sunday, 27 July 2014

1978 Music Man Sabre 1



Usually I don't care for strat-shaped guitars but the Music Man Sabre has an interesting story and it's not a mere copy, since it was conceived by Leo Fender himself during his short time in the company. By the time the hugely successful stratocaster shape had become an industry standard, so it was not improper for Mr Fender to re-use his own design, even if he was not owing Fender anymore.. 

The Sabre has the cool sternness of 1970s guitars and its almost awkward big metal control plate feels like they needed room for extra electronics and controls, too bad for the design… The massive bridge with tele-style saddles seems more reliable than Fender models and like the Stingray - the other guitar Leo Fender made with Music Man, humbuckers have been favored to single coils, but by then guitars are not made for country music any more, but for rock! 

Bertram D

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Migma hollow-body


It's been too long since I last shown a Migma guitar here - the odd twin company of more famous East-German Musima. This hollow-body model has their trademark strangely shaped pickguard, extra long whammy bar and sound-holes for which I guess there is no descriptive name (feel free to propose one!)  

Bertram D

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Flying B

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This blog post is the latest in a very occasional series on guitars shaped like letters of the alphabet. Obviously there's the Gibson Flying V and various other V-shaped guitars (including doublenecks that resemble a W), Explorer-style guitars that are quite Z-like in shape, Takamine's acoustic Flying A guitar, and even an S-shaped guitar.

And now there's this The Borealis guitar, apparently one of 100 made, commissioned by the Aurora String Corp. and shown at the 2012 NAMM show. The body design is based loosely around a letter B, which is reflected in the shaping of the headstock.

The seller's estimated value of this guitar is $2000-$5500, and the starting bid on the eBay auction for this particular example is £1,700.

G L Wilson

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Johnny Pro solidbody electric guitar from 1980s Japan

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Just when I thought I had quite a good handle on the world of guitars, along comes something else that is totally unknown to me. Had you shown me the above picture, suggested that it was Japanese in origin and asked me to identify this guitar, I'd have probably have said it was something from Daion's range of guitars, mainly because of the rear cutaway.

However, this guitar is apparently a Johnny Pro. That's a brandname I freely admit that I have never heard of before. It's of 1980s vintage and Japanese-made. Maybe they weren't marketed in the UK. This particular example is being sold in Germany. I really like the simple understated design of this mahogany bodied beauty. The bridge pickup is worthy of note seeing as it has a coil tap switch in the centre of the casing. I guess there's no chance of hitting it by accident there, but it should be easy enough to engage/disengage using a guitar pick.

If anyone out there has any more information about Johnny Pro guitars, please do share it with us!

Currently listed on eBay in Germany with a Buy It Now price of €549.

G L Wilson

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Acoustic lap steel / Hawaiian guitar is quite a lapfull!

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This acoustic lap steel or Hawaiian guitar has been hand-built using a large plywood box. Whether the box was made specifically for the guitar or whether it was an existing box that has been repurposed, I could not tell you. Whatever, with a soundbox that big it ought to have plenty of acoustic volume. I think if it was mine I'd be tempted to put legs on it.

Currently listed on eBay UK with a starting price of £10.

G L Wilson

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Gibson 2013 EB Bass

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These days I mainly play bass gigs. If I do pick up a 6-string more often than not it's my Fender Bass VI. But I'm quite happy in the bass department with the four basses I have in my collection. However, had I been seen this beauty when on the lookout for a bass, I think I would have been very tempted.

It's a Gibson EB bass from 2013, a model that I admit I was hitherto totally unaware of. It bears little relation to the various vintage Gibson basses in the EB series, in fact stylistically it seems to owe more to Fender and Music Man.


However, in tried and trusted Gibson style it does feature a set neck. Note the heel-less neck join, which is made all the more apparent for having a maple neck set into the black finish of the body. For more info, full specs, etc, see Gibson's own EB page.

This particular example was recently listed on eBay UK and sold for under £550. I'm thinking someone got themselves a bargain there.

G L Wilson

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

What's that guitar that a young Jimi Hendrix is playing?...

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...asks Guitarz reader Raul.

Looks like an Epiphone Wilshire (circa 1960-62) to me.

Unless you know differently!

G L Wilson

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

1960s Alamo Fiesta


Two things are sure about Alamo guitars: they are rare vintage US cheapos, and they do have strange shapes - strange outlines, strange pickguards, strange pickups, a look at this Alamo Fiesta says all… 

Alamo was an early amp company from Texas that released guitars in the 1960s, and anything I could write about it would be copied on this www.vintageguitar.com article, so it's better to read it if you're interested. One surprising thing is that this guitar is not mere a planck, but is actually hollow - that is almost sophisticated… 

Bertram D

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Moses Graphite 42" scale headless Vertical Jump Bass

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From Moses Graphite, this is a strange one. The Moses Vertical Jump Bass straddles that indefinable area between bass guitar and electric upright bass. It is indeed designed to be played in a vertical position - I'm guessing that bizarre elongated horn allows for a shoulder strap to keep the bass in the correct position. It also has a whopping 42" scale length - we're definitely in upright bass territory there. (Apparently, 42" scale is what you'd expect to find on 3/4-size double basses. 4/4-size double basses are, apparently, very hard to come by. The world seems to prefer 3/4-size. They have become the standard by default).

However, various of the Jump's other appointments are firmly rooted in the bass guitar camp: it is clearly designed to be worn on a strap rather than being a free-standing instrument. It has a magnetic pickup, flat fretboard... and notice there that I said FRETboard instead of fingerboard. This vertical bass is fretted, so whiltst I'm hard pressed to imagine how it could sound like a traditional upright bass, I appreciate that as it is a five-string model with a 42" scale length it ought tonally to sound pretty impressive.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $1,500.

G L Wilson

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

One-off fretless baritone guitar with Kramer headless alu neck


A fretless baritone / bass VI (depending on the strings you use - with a 78 cm scale, around 30 inches, you have the choice) is a challenging instrument, definitely one I'd love to try - though I'm really not sure I can get something good out of it! 

This one-off was built from a 1980s Kramer Duke short scale bass aluminium neck (with wooden inserts in the back and Ebonol fingerboard), modified for 6 strings, and has separate electronics and outputs for the different active and passive pickups.

Bertram D

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