Sunday, 19 April 2015

Dean V-Coustic Flying V acoustic abberation.

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Oh Dean, you is so metal.

Leave it to Dean Guitars, purveyors of all fine "Rock" guitars, to come up with an acoustic Flying V.

I can just imagine the meeting they head at head office circa 1987, all spandex and cocaine. " This will make us all millionaires!" I bet C.C. Deville was there ( though I admit, I'm not sure if he was ever a Dean endorsee, i just see this guitar and immediately think "Every rose has it's........)

All that said, my immature sense of irony wants to have this guitar for classic country gigs.

So very contrary.

Currently $250 Canadian.


R.W. Haller







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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Warmoth Telemaster in stunning Blackburst Finish

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I'm fairly surprised that the Telemaster style of guitar is as polarizing as it is. I became a fan when Fender Custom Shop built the prototype for Makin' Music, a Chicago guitar dealer.

Since then, as I've researched and coveted this awesome hybrid, I have found either sheer adoration or pure vitriol for the Telemaster. Not a lot of indifference.

As a Telecaster player and a former Jazzmaster owner ( stolen in 1990.....still fills me with rage to think about it ) I cannot help but love the design.

This Telemaster built with Warmoth and USACG parts borders the line where it almost could have been too flashy or precious yet held back enough to land in a very classy place.

It was listed for $700 OBO in Calgary, but wasn't up for long before someone, sadly not I, snatched it up.

R.W. Haller






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Friday, 17 April 2015

Takamine GB-7C Garth Brooks Signature Guitar.

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Here we have a signature Takamine for Garth Brooks. I'm not a Garth fan but there is no denying the stranglehold he had on the genre for a majority of the 90s. And, honestly with all the insipid "bro-country" dominating the charts lately something like Garth would be a breath of semi-fresh air.

I am, however, a fan of Takamine. This is a great example of one of their mid-high range acoustics of the 1990s. The pinless bridge is likely as good as that on any high quality guitar, the cedar top is a great choice for strumming and fingerpicking, and I believe these also had the Takamine Palathetic pickup. They are monster pickups and a big part of how Takamine survived as a company in the early years.

All that said, I hate this guitar.

Yes, I hate it. And for only one reason.

That sound hole.

That bloody goofy guitar shaped sound hole.

It looks like an idea that a child had in art class, or worse yet, it looks like a logo. I'm sure somebody thought it was clever.

They were wrong.

Am I alone in this hatred?

Currently listed at $1200 Canadian.

R.W. Haller








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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Vantage Neck-Through Electric Guitar with Upgrades. Made in Japan

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Here we have another fine example of circa 1970s-1980s Japanese craftsmanship. Vantage was one of many brands to come out of the Matsumoku plant and, I believe, made for the Canadian market.

There is a lot to like about this Vantage guitar that has been "rescued" according to the seller with upgrades including EMG pickups, Bigsby Tremolo, LSR roller nut, etc.

In my experience these guitars are great players when stock original so I suspect that this one would be even nicer.

Currently Listed for $450 Canadian.

R.W. Haller

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Gibson Super 400 from 1936

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I was looking at a 1936 copy of Melody Maker where I saw this ad, and knew I just had to share it with you guys. The guitarist in the ad is Harry Sherman, guitarist with Brian Lawrence and his Lansdowne Restaurant Orchestra, and he is seen here playing a Gibson Super 400 guitar.

The Gibson Super 400 was introduced just two years earlier in 1934 and was named after its price, as it originally sold for $400.

So of course, that set me wondering what a 1936 Gibson Super 400 might be worth today. Ebay UK offered up the following example from that year:
1936 Gibson Super 400
This particular Gibson Super 400 belonged to Maurice Goodearl, who as well as being known in his own right also played guitar for Glenn Miller. This guitar is being offered with a Buy It Now price of £18,000 (approx US $26,575 at the time of writing) although note that this does include other memorabilia, photos, documents, original case, plus the pickup installed on the guitar and Maurice Goodearl's monogrammed (but no longer functioning) Gibson amp.

1937 Gibson Super 400
Perhaps this other Gibson 400 on eBay (pictured above) will give us a better idea of the value of a Gibson Super 400 with a more modest history. This example is from 1937 and has a Buy It Now price of US $16,900 (approximately £11,542.53).

G L Wilson

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tele Tuesday - American Fender Elite Telecaster from 1983

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I've long been a fan of the Elite Telecaster from the 1980s. Much like the Fender Aerodynes the Elite series guitars are high end without looking too flashy. They are just more classy versions of the model.

This 1983 Telecaster Elite has the added perk for me in that it has a great green finish.

Currently listed at $1600

R.W. Haller


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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Custom Canadian Hemp Guitar. The Lowryder. ( Insert obligatory Bob Marley joke here )

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This is a unique take on sustainability in the guitar world. Hemp can be used for a lot of different products and has a very interesting story within the history of manufacturing and the industry.

This guitar is a good example of when a company can maintain tradition while embracing new ideas and materials.

Though the look of this guitar doesn't rock my world, it is made with quality components and I would suspect that it is quite a player.


R.W. Haller


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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Hohner B2 / B2A fretless headless bass wanted

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Please forgive this rather cheeky post, but hey, as blogmaster of this guitar blog I don't think you can begrudge me the occasional perk.

To get to the point, I ended up playing a Steinberger-styled Hohner B2A headless fretless bass at a gig last night and I totally fell in love with it. I did ask the owner if it was sale, but unfortunately for me he wanted to keep hold of it. I really liked the size of the bass, nice and portable yet with a full-scale length, and also I found it hung really nicely on a strap. I also liked the neat flip-out knee rest to facilitate playing when seated. Most of all, I really dug the sound. We broke into a reggae/dub number that we'd been working on recently, and the bass really delivered that lovely dubby bass sound that I love so much.

And so onto the cheeky bit. I appreciate that it's a bit of a long shot but does anyone out there - preferably someone in the UK or Europe so as to keep shipping costs to a minimum - have one of these babies that they no longer require and might be willing to exchange for a electric 6-string guitar from my collection? (I have several in mind that I'd be willing to swap for the right bass). I'm not too bothered as to whether it's the B2 (passive) or the B2A (active) model, but I really do want the FRETLESS version of the bass (preferably unlined). I'm not worried about the colour of the finish, or about the general condition of the bass, so long as it's all in working order, the neck is straight, the action is good, etc. All the usual requirements, really.

Please contact me at gavinlloydwilson@yahoo.com if interested.

Thanks

G L Wilson

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Friday, 10 April 2015

1984 Roland G-700 Guitar Synth with LEFT-HANDED GR-707 Guitar Controller

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Here's something special for our left-handed guitar-slinging friends out there. It's a 1984 Roland G-700 Guitar Synth with GR-707 Guitar Controller which not only is in the cooler black finish (silver was standard, red was another option) but is also left-handed. I don't think I've seen a left-handed example of one of these before; unfortunately I am unable to tell you how many were made, but you can bet it wasn't very many.

Isn't it crazy to think that this gear is now 30 years old and in the guitar world that seems to qualify as "vintage"? I remember when these first came out and we all thought "What the hell are Roland doing putting out such a crazy design?" But then, along came the SynthAxe and we thought the Roland controller was relatively normal. Today it has a retro-futuristic vintage charm, but it does feel very strange to be getting nostalgic about stuff like this.

Whilst the synth unit looks rather bulky by today's standards, I'll say this for it: at least it is labelled with LARGE numbers and has LARGE easy to read displays. I can't be dealing with the teeny tiny display screens on modern-day equipment. It's like, excuse me whilst I get a magnifying glass out so I can read this.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $1,999.

G L Wilson (with thanks to David from Barcelona who posted it first on Facebook)

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Aria Retro Classics 1532J - A tasty Re-issue of one of their 1960s Guitars

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You just have to love Aria guitars. Even if you don't love them, you have to respect them for not having many boundaries.

They are a lot like that friend you had in your early 20s who was up to do anything on any given night out. Sometimes because of them you had the best night of your life, other times you barely escaped with your freedom.

Even if you look at the diversity in the Aria guitars on this blog you see that they are up for anything.

I love the look of this Retro 1532J. It caught my eye as I thought it was a mint condition vintage guitar. But as it turns out, this is a reissue that they introduced in 2010. The shape is clearly to emulate the Jazzmaster or Jaguar, but it has a more pawnshop aesthetic.

Currently Listed on eBay with a price of $320US

Must fight the urge to click "Buy It Now" button..........

R.W. Haller






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