Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Unknown 1960s four-pickup leftie guitar - Can anyone help identify?

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This 1960s four-pickup leftie solidbody guitar looks in need of a little TLC and a renovation! But what is it? Does anyone out there recognise it? My thinking is that it is probably Japanese, but I'm going mainly by the headstock shape which does seem strangely familiar. The finish on the front of the guitar and the face of the headstock has been stripped. I'm wondering if it may have had some kind of plastic/celluloid coating - could those strange marks on the stripped surface be where it was glued?

Currently being auctioned on eBay with bidding at US $109.26 at the time of writing.

G L Wilson

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dean Z-X Fake leopard fur fabric-covered Explorer

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Some crazy crazy dude - very possibly inspired by ZZ Top - has covered this Dean Z-X Explorer type guitar in fake leopard fur fabric. Need I comment any more? Other than to say that I hope whoever plays this guitar doesn't get too hot and sweaty on stage as it could end up being really stinky, and it's not like you can just bung it in the washing machine.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $475.

Thanks to Tony E for bringing this guitar to my attention.

G L Wilson

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

1961 Hagström Deluxe 90 in blue sparkle finish

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I know we've looked at these particular glitzy celluloid-covered guitars before here on Guitarz but they don't come up for sale very often on eBay, and not only does this example currently listed have some nice clean close-up photos, but it's also one of my personal favourites and so I reckon it's worth looking at again.

To borrow from the eBay listing:
This [Hagström Deluxe 90] was made in Sweden around 1961 (batch 499). This is a sparkle and pearloid model. The top is has blue sparkle finish with the rest done in a pearloid wrap. The fretboard is acrylic. 22 frets and 23 1/4 inches scale length. Four single coil pickups and six buttons. Tremar tremolo system.

The neck is straight and it is easy to play. The guitar is all original with no restoration. The original pick holder is still on the back of the headstock. It is a lot of fun to play.  I am including a vintage case for shipping.

This is the nicest example I have seen of one of these guitars. The pearloid wrap and binding tends to shrink over time and it exhibits some minor cracks. Much less than I have seen in most examples of this guitar.
It's interesting also to note that this guitar is currently located in Arizona in the USA, yet it carries the original Hagstrom name and has not been re-branded Goya as you'd expect to see on the "American" version. No doubt it has belonged to a collector at some point.

Currently listed on eBay with a starting bid of US $949 and a Buy It Now price of US $2,200.

G L Wilson

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Ampeg Big Stud - a 1970s Japanese take on the Precision/Telecaster Bass

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We recently looked at an early 1970s Fender Telecaster Bass which itself was a reissue, or rather, a reinterpretation of the original pre-redesign Fender Precision Bass. Here we see another 1970s interpretation of the same design by the Japanese, marketed under the Ampeg brandname. This particular model was named the Ampeg Big Stud; there was also a Little Stud model fashioned more in keeping with the traditional Precision bass.

When I first saw this bass I did wonder momentarily if it was a short or medium-scale bass, but it does indeed have the full 34" long scale length. I think it must be an optical illusion created by Ampeg's choice of a smaller 2+2 headstock.

Notable users include bassist Senon Williams of Cambodian pop/psychedelic band Dengue Fever.

Currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £375.00.

G L Wilson

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Original 1970s John Birch bass

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At one time back in the mid 1970s barely a week could go by without seeing an example or two of British guitar maker John Birch's work on BBC TV's Top Of The Pops. They were fairly ubiquitous on the UK music scene, being used to artists such as Slade, The Glitter Band, Wizzard, Mud, Black Sabbath, Brian May, Ritchie Blackmore and others. Here we see an original 70s John Birch bass, which has obviously been very closely modelled on a certain famous American bass guitar design. It deviates from that design however in use of hardware such as John Birch's own Hyperflux pickups, the maple fingerboard, and the green burst finish. It also seems to have a baffling number of control knobs - this is something that John Birch instruments are particularly known for.

The image of the rear of the bass shows a heel-less neck-through design, and also - quite bizarrely - a huge backplate that covers the entire rear of the body. I'm thinking that maybe this conceals a larger than usual control cavity - maybe there's some specialised tone circuitry in there and controlled by the two extra pots on the front of the body.

Currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £1,500.

G L Wilson

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

1950s Herrnsdorf archtop jazz guitar - an early stereo guitar perhaps?

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Here's a fine old German-made Herrnsdorf archtop guitar from the 1950s. It's quite a sophisticated guitar for its age seeing as it has two pickups - one sliding Otwin unit as can clearly be seen in the photos, and another pickup hidden in the top of the neck in the fretless section. (The seller refers to this as a piezo pickup, but I'm pretty sure it's another magnetic pickup). There are also separate "banana plug" outputs for each pickup beneath the scratch plate... which begs the question, was the guitar designed to have two separate outputs to go to separate amplifiers (i.e. an early "stereo" guitar), or was it designed to be used with a special plug equipped with two banana plug pins?

More photos are available here.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of 1,800 Polish Zloty (approx £356 or US $596). Item currently located in Poland.

G L Wilson

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Monday, 7 April 2014

All in all it's just another brick in the ... Telecaster

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This isn't just another bog standard "relic job". It's a Fender Custom Shop "Brick" Telecaster. I'll let the eBay seller explain:
This is one of three ever created and below is a description of the guitar and its builder, it comes with a certificate from Fender and has been played by Roger Waters who also signed it. It was build by Fender to celebrate Pink Floyd's "The Wall", they put a lot of thought into it and all three were made by hand so in reality each one is unique as there are slight changes to each one.

This Guitar was flown to New York to Roger Waters home where he signed it for me, he commented on the sound of the guitar on how unusual it was plus the attention to detail that Fender had put into the making of this guitar which he thought was unbelievable as he was very impressed.

This custom Telecaster was created by Fender Master Builder Paul Waller, who, throughout his 9 years of dedicated work at Fender, has created custom guitars for artists such as U2’s Adam Clayton and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood!

This incredible guitar is 1 of only 3 that Paul built for the 2004 NAMM show - one of which went straight into Paul’s own personal collection. The body and neck feature an entirely hand crafted 3D design, whilst the ebony (yes, ebony!) fingerboard continues the brick theme with a highly detailed inlay. To top it all off the guitar has been authentically aged, enhancing the overall character and understated charm of what is quite possibly one of Fender’s most interesting creations.


Currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £15,500.

Thanks to Ian W for alerting me to this guitar on eBay.

G L Wilson

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Retro-V - it's gotta be such hard work thinking up new guitar designs...

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Design-wise this Retro-V RV-II (a handmade guitar so it's the only one in existence) is a real melting pot with Stratocaster, Flying V, Randy Rhoads Roswell and violin bass all being thrown into the mix for good measure. It actually looks to be very nicely constructed and features a five-piece mahogany and maple neck.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $600.

G L Wilson

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Fender Telecaster Bass from the CBS era, circa 1972/73

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The Fender Telecaster Bass was a product of the CBS-owned Fender company of the 1970s. It was a quick and easy way of dreaming up a "new" model without having to try too hard. But it's a bit of a curiousity being based loosely on the original design for the Precision Bass (before it was given a Strat-inspired make-over). Unlike the original P-bass which was equipped with a single centrally-mounted singlecoil pickup, the Telecaster Bass has a huge Fender humbucker placed right up at the top of the neck, so tonally it must have been a departure for Fender having a more Gibson-like EB-0/EB-3 sound.

It's hard to imagine these days who it would appeal to other than those actively seeking dub reggae bass stylings. The slab-body is remarkably Tele-like (hence its name) and, yes, of course it an upper horn so that it balances nicely on a strap (unlike the recent Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass which copy the Tele guitar shape far too literally).

I'm actually undecided whether I like it or not. I admit I'm not the greatest fan of Fender basses in the first place, but in a way have an almost grudging respect for an oddity like this that most bassists wouldn't look twice at. Bidding on this eBay item is currently at US $1,016 with the reserve still not met. Which seems very high for an instrument produced during the period within which quality control at Fender was known to be at an all time low. Even the seller admits that this particular Tele Bass has issues:
Bass output but its uneven. "G" is hotter than other strings [...]
I would rate this item between a 70-60% (VG-G)
Make of that what you will, but to me it doesn't sound deserving of whatever the auction reserve is.

G L Wilson

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Idol semi-hollowbody electric guitar, huge body, crazy design

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Last month we looked at a vintage Japanese-made Idol electric guitar; it was guitar brand name that I was previously unfamiliar with, but now here's another one also being offered for sale on eBay. This time it's an Idol semi-hollowbody electric guitar. Again it has the rather exaggerated body shape; in fact the body on this particular model looks to be huge.

This guitar is currently listed on eBay with what I would call a highly optimistic Buy It Now price of US $1,249. Bear in mind that the last Idol guitar we looked only fetched US $115. If you like the looks of this semi and can live without the vibrato you'd probably be better off buying a Pure Salem Electric End, which surely must be inspired by this guitar but at $825 is a lot cheaper and will have modern-day quality and playability.

Pure Salem Electric End
G L Wilson

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