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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Univox Eagle Strat

In February 2009 we looked at a Univox Eagle P-Bass, and here we see its 6-string counterpart, the Univox Eagle Strat which is currently being offered for sale on eBay with a starting price of $499. A product of Japan's now legendary Matusmoko factory this late 1970s walnut-bodied beauty is a close relation of the Aria Pro II Dragon Strat which we have also looked before.

If you're on the lookout for a Strat but at the same time want something a little bit different from the norm, you could do a lot worse than to buy one of these, but be aware that they don't come up for auction too often. Having had played a friend's Dragon Strat years ago I can personally atest to the fact that they feel and sound great.

G L Wilson

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PANaramic vintage Italian guitar

This 1960s Italian-made PANaramic guitar looks as if it may be a re-branded Eko - especially with the third cutaway on the lower bout. However according to that fantastic resource on vintage Italian guitars, Fetish Guitars, it is actually a re-badged Crucianelli Triple-Cutaway. The PANaramic brand were distributed in the United States by by PANcordion Inc., NYC.

G L Wilson

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Jackson Soloist SL2H in Yellow Bengal finish

(Almost) everyday I search the Internet about guitars, to learn more about them, to feed this blog, or to see what I will buy (or more likely not buy) to improve my guitar work (and my GAS). I look for special guitars, often vintage ones because we are living in strange times, when most guitar makers and lovers are stuck in the 1950s and consider that the first models built are for ever the best ones, then to find the innovation and creativity we lack nowadays, one has to go to the 1960s and 1970s (I know, I know I said this already but we have new readers all the time!)...

So I look for special innovative guitars in term of sound, technology and design, but also for classics to have a better understanding of the history of electric lutherie, but what I see the most on the web are guitars like this Jackson Soloist the so-called superstrat aimed at metal shredding! And when I have to select a guitar to post here, I always overlook an endless stream of ESP, PRS and other Jacksons to find the Teisco or Eko gem, the one-off built in a garage by an obscure genius or the tripping East-german bizarro that we'll enjoy together. Once in a while I try to show a superstrat to keep connected to the whole guitar universe but I don't have much to say about it like today (did you notice the tigerish finish? about as scary as a stuffed kitten - exactly what you need to play hair metal).

I know that metal is the most spread style of pop music, but there is something twisted in the guitar business, because of all the kids who buy a superstrat in the hope of becoming the next Kirk Hammett, only 1% will actually learn more or less how to play - since shredding is highly technical and difficult, and 1% of these 1% will do something good out of it. If they would play good old garage rock, they would enjoy themselves much more, reach a better result in a few moths, and play much cooler guitars, wouldn't they?


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Monday, November 29, 2010

The $10,000,000 guitar?

With a Buy It Now price of $10,000,000 could this unassuming Japanese vaguely Les Paul-styled no-name electric be the most expensive guitar ever on eBay?

I don't believe for one moment that the seller thinks this guitar is worth anything remotely approaching this outlandish figure. He says:
Silly price don't know what is the market value , so you have two options - Buy it now and beat the highest record of the most expensive guitars in the world for 2011 making this no name brand the most expensive one or just make an offer and I will consider.
So, it's all just a cunning ruse to draw attention to the auction. Whether it'll pay off and he'll get a good price remains to be seen.

G L Wilson

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Yngwie Malmsteen - The Genesis

Artist: Yngwie Malmsteen
Album: The Genesis
Year: 2002
Genre:  Guitar Virtuoso, Guitar Instrumental
Format: 320 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. Birth Of The Sun (9:25)
2. Plague In Lucifer's Mind (Instrumental) (4:30)
3. Dying Man (8:47)
4. Black Magic Suite Op. 3 (Instrumental) (12:52)
5. Merlin's Castle (4:55)
6. Voodoo Nights (Instrumental) (8:42)
7. Hello (1:51)
8. Voodoo Child (Jam) (12:18)
9. On A Serious Note (Instrumental) (5:54)

Yngwie J. Malmsteen writes about The Genesis, "In 1978 I formed a group around myself as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and as the solo composer. At that time it was called Powerhouse; soon after I named it Rising, and consequently Rising Force. From 1978 to 1983, I always recorded my music to try to improve all the time. In January of 1980 we went into an 8 track studio for a couple of days and put down the first six tracks that you will hear on this album. It was very primitive and mostly live. Nothing came of these recordings, but bootlegs of these and other recordings started to float around (they still do). So I finally decided to give my fans the real deal! So here it is... enjoy!"


Regvlvs : "It was and still is the best bass sound ever created on this planet"

Presenting the Regvlvs contrabass solid, via Colin Griffiths of Vancouver:
Made in Brazil in the 60s by Claudio Cesar Dias Baptista (CCDB), one of the founders of Os Mutantes, a legendary psychedelic band who then went through prog rock (ie YES) which eventually defined a new genre called Tropicalia.

CCDB was a self-taught luthier and electronics whiz who built the instruments for the band. Now a writer and mystic.
Read more here.

G L Wilson

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

1969 Marshall Supa Fuzz

Cannot find any exciting guitars around lately, and had a little tech geek phase these last days, so I decided to go for vintage pedals, and was happy to find this Marshall Supa Fuzz.

There are some people out there who have the same kind of love and dedication to effect pedals that you have for guitars (I suppose so if you read this blog!) People who know everything about every pedals, upgrade them with mod kits and can debate for ever about why the one that makes Grrrkkkkrssfzzzz is better than the one that makes Grzzzzrrfffffrzzz, etc... 

Anyway, the Supa Fuzz is one of the first effect pedals ever released (this one is not from 1967 as it is listed on eBay though, this design came up only in 1969) and I don't have much more anecdotes (I could tell that Pete Townsend used one in 1968 but quickly shifted to a Fuzz Face, then an Univox, but this just tells that the Supa Fuzz was probably not the best fuzzbox of the time!) 


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Another DiMarzio Cellophane Strat

Regular readers of Guitarz will no doubt be familiar with my DiMarzio Cellophane Strat which I have posted about several times. Frank from Denmark has another one (pictured above) - indeed he's currently offering it for sale. He describes it as being pink rather than red, so I'm not sure if the finish is quite the same as mine or if we are interpreting the same colour differently. (Mine can appear red, pink or orange depending on the lighting conditions). His also differs in being routed from the rear for the controls, having a different pickup and control layout and a 22-fret neck as opposed to my guitar's 21-fret neck.

It's nice to see another one of these turn up. They are quality guitars and seem to be quite a rarity. I have owned seven Stratocasters over the years, and my Red Beauty has been my favourite one - and the one I would keep now if I had to have a Strat cull from my collection.

G L Wilson

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Atlas guitar from Hicksville

This so-called Vintage Atlas guitar is a bit of an oddity (see also here). It appears to be a generic 1960s semi but looks to be in such remarkably good condition that it could almost be new. The seller on eBay tells us that:
The label inside the F hole has an Atlas emblem and model number AC-2, a penciled serial number, and Atlas Musical instrument 319 West John Street, Hicksville, Long Island, NY. I have seen this label on acoustics, but on nothing of this quality.
Well, I may be wrong, and am quite happy to be corrected on this, but to me the guitar absolutely screams "JAPANESE". Atlas Musical Instruments would be the store that sold these guitars - it may even have been a brand name applied to such imported guitars.

Nevertheless, it's a very nice time capsule instrument, and so good to see it in such perfect condition.

G L Wilson

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Friday, November 26, 2010

1965 Firebird V Kerry Green

We showed a series of Firebirds here last spring, and I noted then that there's been very few variations in the model over its six decades of existence - I rule out the non reversed body, that was just a temporary erring by Gibson in a bad phase, as is the current Firebird X - that leaves the number of pickups, the tremolo, the finish and that's it. 

So finding a Firebird to show here is mostly about colour, and to me this sweet pop Kerry green finish is enough to redefine the guitar! That's the instrument I would play if I would join an all-girl Japanese neo-psychedelic J-pop band in Yves Saint-Laurent's Mondrian mini dresses (I know that it is quite unlikely but life is full of surprises...) Makes me feel like eating a raspberry-pistachio ice cream (though it's snowing here).


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Airline archtop acoustic guitar

Further evidence that you can't always believe what you read on eBay. The seller of this gloriously Art Deco-looking Airline archtop obviously hasn't done his/her homework when listing this guitar on eBay, claiming it is from the 1940s. Although now revived by Eastwood Guitars, originally Airline was a brandname of the Valco Manufacturing Company for guitars sold through Montgomery Ward mail order between 1958-1968.

By the way, although this guitar looks fine in the above images, photos on the eBay listing showing the rear of the guitar tell a sadder story. The neck/body join needs some serious repair work.

G L Wilson

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Stone Free: Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Artist: Various Artists
Album: Stone Free: Tribute To Jimi Henfrix
Year: 1993
Genre:  Guitar Rock, Guitar Virtuoso
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. THE CURE - Purple Haze (5:22)
2. ERIC CLAPTON - Stone Free (4:27)
3. SPIN DOCTORS - Spanish Castle Magic (4:07)
4. BUDDY GUY - Red House (3:49)
5. BODY COUNT - Hey Joe (4:31)
6. JEFF BECK & SEAL - Manic Depression (5:12)
7. NIGEL KENNEDY - Fire (3:13)
8. THE PRETENDERS - Bold As Love (3:24)
9. P. M. DAWN - You Got Me Floatin' (4:49)
10. SLASH & PAUL RODGERS feat. The Band Of Gypsys - I Don't Live Today (4:32)
11. BELLY - Are You Experienced? (3:44)
12. LIVING COLOUR - Crosstown Traffic (3:15)
13. PAT METHENY - Third Stone From The Sun (6:00)
14. M.A.C.C. - Hey Baby (Land Of The New Rising Sun) (5:29)


1980s Mel-O-Bar Explorer - 10 Strings!


I have a great fondness for the Mel-O-Bar, as regular readers may know. The listing has some great information and hints at some of the flexibility of this multi-string format. Here's what the seller has to say...
This 1980s Melobar X-10 Explorer, a true Vintage Classic. Melobar guitars were made for lap steel and Dobro players to be able to play standing up. Melobars were made by Walt Smith who collaborated with many outstanding innovators in the guitar world from the Dopyera Brothers to Ned Steinberger and Semi Mosley. The design is basically the same on all models -- the neck is tilted as to be slightly less than perpendicular to the player. It hangs from a strap. There were very few of these instruments made and a number of them are used by "A-List" players in contemporary country bands (Tim McGraw and Toby Keith), David Lindley has several, also Rusty Young of Poco and Cindy Cashdollar to name a few. You can use your favorite tuning on these. It is totally up to you. For pedal steelers the 10 string models enable you to tune the first six strings to standard "E" tuning (E,B,E,G#,B,E). The remaining four are tuned to "A" (A,E,A,C#, A) which allows for suspensions and secondary chords to be produced without pedals.
The last few lines of the ad are quite telling.
This Bad Boy is in Excellent Condition - Minor wear and tear. - Guaranteed to Shred in the Right Hands!
"Shred in the Right Hands!" Hmmmm, I would love to hear what could be done with this by a young, free thinking (that bit is very important) metallurgist, Jazzologist or shredderista. I think it needs someone like that just because of the high degree of skill and dedication required to really master it, the potential for the execution of the most esoteric and/or microtonal scales and the potential for the wildest solos combined with jaw dropping visuals. Not to mention instant and total admiration from the rest of the musical community. The Hendrix of steel guitar!

Probably the instrument's biggest drawback is its history as the backbone of country music. You barely have to look at a lap steel for it to start wailing out those whiny Nasville yeehah! tones and "Crystal Chandelier" melodies. Musicians like David Lindley have done a lot to popularise it to a non-country audience but for the world at large the association with "that sound" is so strong, it will take a complete change of way-of-thinking about it to shake off that baggage.

I bought my own Mel-O-Bar on eBay a few weeks ago (still awaiting delivery but I'm patient). I have a Peavey Powerslide and am awaiting the imminent delivery of an old (40s/50s) National New Yorker lap steel - also care of eBay. The slide guitar bug has bitten hard.

I've just invested in a pile of lap steel books and an instructional dvd from the wonderfully named Cindy Cashdollar, which I'd recommend to anyone thinking of taking up any kind of steel guitar. I'm not a country music fan (the only albums I have are Merle Haggard, The Dixie Chicks and The Indigo Girls) but one thing I found out very early on is, the lap steel requires a lot of practice and a fair bit of discipline. And, understanding a few basic techniques, exercises, tunings and scale structures makes such a difference.

This is not a dig at country music, by the way, before all you rednecks start giving me grief, y'all. Just out loud thinking that maybe there is a another tonal voice to be heard from these instruments. Gavin pointed me in the direction of Captain Beefheart circa "Ice cream for crow" (one of my favourite Beefheart tracks) and although the (Mel-O-Bar) has a prominent contribution, it doesn't sound like a regular steel guitar.

Anyone know of players in other genres doing innovative stuff, metal, jazz?

David in Barcelona

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dusty Guitars online museum

I didn't post here for ages (if you want to know why, please check my own blog) so instead of one cool guitar, I propose you a whole bunch, and more, that you can discover on French e-museum Dusty Guitars. The guy who gathered these jewels has a good and personal taste, never falling for easy or glitter, and I extracted a few ones:  from left to right, a 1967 Kent 820 'Lady', a 1972 Gibson SG200 (we showed one a few months ago, this one is in a much better state and had some pickup upgrade), an extremely cool 1959 Burns bass prototype and a bizarrely finished archtop acoustic Alosa (a 1950s German brand, this model I never saw before). To see more, click on the link and enjoy!


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Jeff Beck - Steve Lukather - Santana - Lotus Gem - Live In Japan

Artist: Jeff Beck,Steve Lukather, Carlos Santana
Album: Lotus Gem
Year: 1987
Genre:  Guitar Virtuoso
Format: 320 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1 Primera Invasion
2 Black Magic Woman
3 Open Invitation
4 Starcycle
5 Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
6 Wild Thing
7 Freeway Jam
8 Going Down
9 Escape
1 Superboogie
2 Lotus Blues
3 People Get Ready
4 Johnny B. Goode
5 Love Will
6 Ambitious
7 Goodbye Pork-Pie-Hat
8 Stop, Look And Listen
9 Blue Wind


Richie Kotzen - Peace Sign

Artist: Richie Kotzen
Album: Peace Sign
Year: 2009
Genre: Rock, Guitar Rock
Format: 320 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. My Messiah (2:59)
2. Long Way From Home (3:56)
3. Paying Dues (4:51)
4. Peace Sign (5:22)
5. Best of Times (4:49)
6. We're All Famous (3:58)
7. You Got Me (3:09)
8. Your Entertainer (3:51)
9. Catch Up To Me (3:41)
10. Lie To Me (4:06)
11. Larger Than Life (4:37)
12. Holding On (4:09)


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Jim Hevesy's Hembry "Hevy" doubleneck

Guitarz reader and guitar enthusiast Jim Hevesy tells us about his Hembry doubleneck:
The double neck was built by Scott Hembry in Washington state. I live in Maryland near Washington DC and I found Scott through another guy on E-bay. I sent Scott what I was looking for and he built it for me. When I would play at church, I never knew what other players I might have so I wanted a 4x6. I was on a Telecaster kick so I wanted to see if he could incorporate a ‘fat’ Tele and a Fender P. I used to have a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda muscle car when I was growing up and I always like the plumb crazy color they had. After talking with Scott we decided on "flip/flop" paint that changes from green to purple depending on the light. He also painted a racing stripe on it for me changing the original "Hemi" to "Hevy" which is what most people call me. I sold a bunch of old stuff I had on e-bay and had this made. It is the fattest Tele I have ever heard (add all that wood and metal and what do you expect?) and plays like a dream. Here are some pics of it. One cool one you will see is the back with a reflection of a giant pine tree from the pacific northwest where it was built.
Thanks for sharing this with us, Jim.

We've previously looked at another Hembry doubleneck, this one a double fretted/fretless Jazz Bass style. For more Hembry guitars see www.hembryguitars.com.

G L Wilson

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Hellecasters - Hell III New Axes To Grind

Artist: Hellecasters
Album: Hell III New Axes To Grind
Year: 1997
Genre:  Instrumental Guitar, Guitar Virtuoso
Format: vbr 224 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. T.W.P.P.T (5:58)
2. Riddler's Journey (5:29)
3. Ghost Of 42nd Street (5:19)
4. Mist Beyond Delhi (6:09)
5. Almost Dawn (5:05)
6. Mad Cows At Ease (3:58)
7. As We Know It (5:52)
8. Mr. Natural (3:40)
9. Deiter's Lounge (4:25)
10. The Hellecasters - Breaking Through (8:51)

"Hell III-New Axes To Grind" is the 1997 release from guitar phenoms Jerry Donahue, John Jorgenson and Will Ray. The trio open the CD with "T.W.P.P.T", a song written by all three members (our personal Frankenstein, says Ray). The hard edge continues through "Riddler's Journey", slowing down a little with the Will Ray composition entitled "Ghosts Of 42nd Street", a piece based on New York City jazz in the '30s and '40s. Next, Jorgenson pays tribute to Indian pop music with the original song "Mist Beyond Delhi". Songs such as the twangy "Mad Cows At Ease" and the face paced finale "Breaking Through" nearly stop the show. It's hard to believe this trio could push the guitar envelope even further, but on "Hell III-New Axes To Grind", boy did they ever!


Martin F50 archtop

Here's a reminder that C.F. Martin & Co were not all about flat-top acoustic guitars. This vintage Martin F50 archtop dates back to 1962; this example has been modified by its previous owner having a Kent Armstong Jazz humbucker and replacement machine heads and bridge.

G L Wilson

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Clarence White's 1968 Fender Telecaster B-Bender prototype


'Here is Clarence White's 1968 Fender Telecaster with original string pitch bender prototype as purchased from him in the early 1970s. An incredible piece of the early history of Clarence White and the invention that later became the "Parsons White String Pull", and then more commonly known as the "b-bender".'

We've looked at B-Benders before here on Guitarz, but this one would appear to be the one that started it all. Note the external mechanism and the false back. This is a fantastic museum piece and an important part of guitar history!

G L Wilson

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien (REMASTERED)

Artist: Joe Satriani
Album: Surfing With The Alien (remastered)
Year: 1987/2007
Genre:  Instrumental Guitar, Guitar Virtuoso
Format: flac
Size: ~260 Mb
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. Surfing with the Alien (4:25)
2. Ice 9 (4:00)
3. Crushing Day (5:14)
4. Always with Me, Always with You (3:22)
5. Satch Boogie (3:13)
6. Hill of the Skull (1:48)
7. Circles (3:29)
8. Lords of Karma (4:48)
9. Midnight (1:42)
10. Echo (5:37)


An original USA handcrafted B.C. Rich Stealth

Rather than re-invent the wheel, let me just unashamedly copy some text from the eBay listing for this guitar:
This is an original B.C. Rich Stealth [...] one of the very few USA handcrafted Stealths that were produced at the BC Rich Custom Shop in Los Angeles California from '83-'84. Only 174 originals built and the black fixed bridge models are the rarest. Designed by the great rock guitarist Rick Derringer and made even more famous by Chuck Schuldiner of "Death" who adored his Stealths.

Originally Rick took his design to Gibson. As usual, Gibson set about a way they could make it cheaper and ruin the mojo. Gibson wanted to make it a set neck guitar and not a neck thru. Rick then took it to Bernie Rico and the rest is Rock n' Roll history. The Stealth is probably the nicest of all the B.C. Rich Guitars. It balances the best and has a very comfortable feel sitting or standing.

SPECS: Mahogany neck-thru and body with a beautiful Brazilian rosewood fretboard. DiMarzio Dual Sound humbuckers. 4 toggle switches - Dual-sound neck and bridge switch, phase switch and kill switch, Quadmatic bridge. 24 fret, 24 5/8 scale, Dunlop strap locks and Schaller tuners that really keep this axe in tune. This guitar plays extremely well and sounds absolutely beautiful whether you play blues, rock or death metal. Strike a chord and your hands will feel how alive this axe is with beautiful resonance.
G L Wilson

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Framus Camping guitar

This Framus Camping guitar from 1968 is an acoustic guitar that could only ever have come out of Europe. Its style is quite distinctly different from anything from the American market which more often than not conformed to the law of C.F. Martin. Likewise, Japanese and other Far Eastern-made acoustic guitars were inspired by the American way of doing things.

European makers, however, were happy doing their own thing. This Framus is a perfect example, being a flat-top guitar but with the floating bridge and trapeze tailpiece you'd notmally expect to find on an archtop, and with a parlour-like 12-fret neck on a wider, more rounded body.

This, of course, is all topped off by the simple artwork depicting a scene of tents pitched along a lakeside with mountains in the background. It's very North European, very German! It's a charming little guitar, and one which the seller describes as having a sweet action and an effortless playability.

G L Wilson

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Hellecasters - The Return Of The Hellecasters

Artist: Hellecasters
Album: The Return Of The Hellecasters
Year: 1993
Genre:  Instrumental Guitar, Guitar Virtuoso
Format: vbr 256 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. Highlander Boogie (2:41)
2. Peter Gunn (3:43)
3. Back On Terra Firma (5:01)
4. Sweet Dreams (4:12)
5. King Arthur's Dream (4:45)
6. Orange Blossom Special (7:10)
7. 5 Minutes To Spare (5:34)
8. Rockin' The Dog (3:51)
9. Hellecaster Stomp (4:21)
10. Passion (4:03)
11. Help I've Fallen (And I Can't Get Up) (4:15)
12. Menage The Beak - The Claw (3:28)
13. Hellecaster Theme (2:54)

Guitar, guitar, guitar! The "Return Of The Hellecasters" features the ferociously hellacious licks and tricks of the three Hellecasters-John Jorgenson, Will Ray and Jerry Donahue. You won't find another CD, in any music style, packed with as many guitars and as much tremendous playing as in the Hellecasters debut. As well as some incredible original instrumentals, The "Return Of The Hellecasters" includes a cover of the bluegrass standard of speed, "Orange Blossom Special" as well as Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" and the Gipsy Kings "Passion". The strongest recommendation possible for anyone who claims a love of guitar oriented music.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Buckethead - Slaughterhouse on the Prairie

Artist: Buckethead
Album: Slaughterhouse on the Prairie
Year: 2009
Genre:  Avant-Garde, Guitar Virtuoso
Format: 320 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. Lebron (4:33)
2. Lebron's Hammer (3:43)
3. Blood Bayou (2:57)
4. Iceman-Tribute to George Gervin (2:04)
5. Don't Use Roosts if you Raise Broilers (3:27)
6. Robot Checkerboard (4:28)
7. Premonition (2:42)
8. Crouching Stump Hidden Limb (3:08)
9. Goat Host (2:35)
10. The Stretching Room (3:10)
11. Pumpkin Pike (2:50)
12. Collecting Specimens (2:45)
13. Rack Maintenance Part 2 (3:22)


Electra Phoenix X189 RD

We've looked at Electra guitars before; other than a few minor cosmetic differences, this 1980s' Electra Phoenix X189 RD bears an uncanny resemblance to the Westone Spectrum. Matsumoko-made, methinks!

G L Wilson

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Hellecasters - Escape From Hollywood

Artist: Hellecasters
Album: Escape From Hollywood
Year: 1994
Genre:  Instrumental Guitar, Guitar Virtuoso
Format: vbr 256 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. Danger Man (3:57)
2. Inspector Gadget (2:39)
3. Valley Of The Pharaohs (4:16)
4. Son Becomes Father (4:42)
5. Hanging At Tom And Rita's (5:03)
6. Axe To Grind (3:36)
7. Between Twilight And Dawn (5:57)
8. Mad For Mothra (3:28)
9. Lost In Kashmir (5:29)
10. Le Journee Des Tziganes (5:43)
11. Bordertown (4:02)
12. A Point In Time (4:31)
13. Major Troutage (3:55)

The Hellecasters are an American guitar group. Composed of Nashville session players Will Ray, John Jorgenson (Desert Rose, Elton John's backup band), and Jerry Donahue (Fairport Convention), they all play modified versions of the Fender Telecaster as their main instruments. Their name, it has been speculated, comes from a pun, wherein they claim to play the Hell out of their Telecasters. They came together at the behest of Michael Nesmith of the Monkees to record an album as a gag. Their first two albums, The Return of the Hellecasters and Escape from Hollywood, were released by Nesmith's Pacific Arts Audio label.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010







Buckethead - Shadows Between the Sky

Artist: Buckethead
Album: Shadows Between the Sky
Year: 2010
Genre:  Avant-Garde, Guitar Virtuoso, Instrumental Guitar
Format: 320 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. Shadows Between the Sky (3:02)
2. Inward Journey (5:13)
3. Chaos of the Unconscious (3:01)
4. Rim of the World (2:35)
5. City of Woe (2:18)
6. Sea Wall (2:40)
7. Sled Ride (3:05)
8. Sunken Statue (2:36)
9. Cookies for Santa (3:32)
10. Andrew Henry's Meadow (2:42)
11. Centrum (2:28)
12. The Cliff's Stare (4:42)
13. Greenskeeper (0:58)
14. Wax Paper (3:09)
15. Walk on the Moon (2:45)


A "Where have I seen that one before?" Chinese Baritone

This nameless Chinese-made baritone guitar is a very cheeky knock-off of the Rick Turner Model 1 guitar as used by Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham.

From the photos on the eBay listing it appears to be a competently-made instrument, if a little rough in some of the finishing touches, but there's no way this is going to be anything remotely like the quality of a genuine Rick Turner guitar, but then you wouldn't be paying for that level of quality either. For example, it doesn't appear that the pickup is able to rotate, and is merely sitting on a circular plate screwed to the top of the body.

Nevertheless, the Model 1 design does lend itself quite nicely to this 28" scale baritone layout. It has echoes of the Hofner violin bass - no doubt helped by the trapeze-type tailpiece being used here.

G L Wilson

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Marshall... "Bluesbreaker" acoustic guitar???

The name Marshall should need no introduction to anyone interested in guitars or rock music in general. The amplifiers produced by this now legendary British company are almost omnipotent on stages around the world and have been used by just about everybody.

The name is so well known but it's unusual to see it actually on a guitar - and an acoustic guitar at that! This particular Marshall Bluesbreaker acoustic guitar is currently being offered for sale on eBay, although unfortunately has sustained some damage to its rear. These were distributed by Rose Morris (I'd guess in the 1970s) and were - the seller claims - actually made in Italy by Eko. The eagle-eyed will notice that this Marshall Bluesbreaker is nearly identical to the Eko Ranger other than having a different shaped headstock and - of course - the Marshall name applied to it.

However, I'm wondering if perhaps they were made by Fratelli Fuselli (Fuselli Brothers) who produced the E-ROS Dakota fashioned after the Eko Ranger design? I'd say there was more of a resemblance.

G L Wilson

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Buckethead - Chicken Noodles II

Artist: Buckethead
Album: Chicken Noodles II
Year: 2007
Genre:  Avant-Garde, Guitar Virtuoso, Instrumental Guitar
Format: 320 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. The Chicken or the Egg (6:04)
2. Ovum Prophecy (4:10)
3. Concentric Motion (9:07)
4. Oyster Crackers (9:42)
5. Heat And Serve (4:28)
6. Let It Cool (5:26)
7. Chicken Nostrils (5:08)

Chicken Noodles II is a collaborative album by Buckethead and Travis Dickerson, and is the follow-up to 2006's Chicken Noodles album. It features Buckethead on guitar and Travis Dickerson on keyboards More just Guitar and Fender Rhodes Piano. This time, more noodles, more chunks and bits.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Fender Custom Shop Strat/Tele hybrid

This is a Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster/Telecaster hybrid masterbuilt by Yuriy Shishkov, and is one of only 10 guitars of this design. This stunning example, finished in emerald green on body, neck and fingerboard, is currently being offered for sale on eBay in the UK with a Buy It Now price of £3,200.

A similar example, with not quite such a stunning finish, is also being offered for sale with slightly less hefty Buy It Now price of £2,600.

G L Wilson

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tomahawk Custom Guitars

Tomahawk Custom Guitars create replacement bodies and necks for Telecaster-style guitars, and also produce a few designs of 21st Century evolved Teles such as the above pictured guitar which was assembled and finished by Graham from the UK. (Graham, if you're looking in - I hope you don't mind us using this photo of your guitar - I think it looks great!)

I think this is a fantastic idea, allowing you to build your own more distinctive and individual looking guitar but using readily available components.

G L Wilson

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Gibson ES335 12-string

Here's one you don't see very often: a rare 12-string variant of the Gibson ES335. This example is currently being offered for sale on eBay with a starting price of £5,499. The ES335 was first introduced in 1958 as the first commercially produced semi-hollowbody electric guitar having a solid centre section to the body beneath the strings and pickups.

The 12-string version of the 335 is rarely seen but has been used by artists such as Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys and Julian Cope.

G L Wilson

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Vox Custom 24

Further to my recent blog post about the Vox Custom 25 guitar, here - by way of further illustration - is the Custom 24 model with a more Gibson-esque scale-length of 24" and other appointments such as separate bridge (not quite a Tune-o-matic) and tailpiece, coil tap switches, etc. Like the Custom 25, it is of through-neck design although in more subtle darker timbers.

G L Wilson

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Santana - The Woodstock Experience (Limited Edition)

Artist: Santana
Album: The Woodstock Experience (Limited Edition)
Year: 2009
Genre:  Guitar Virtuoso, Instrumental Guitar
Format: 320 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. Waiting (4:07)
2. Evil Ways (4:00)
3. Shades Of Time (3:14)
4. Savor (2:47)
5. Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (4:23)
6. Persuasion (2:36)
7. Treat (4:46)
8. You Just Don't Care (4:37)
9. Soul Sacrifice (6:37)
1. Waiting (4:49)
2. Evil Ways (4:00)
3. You Just Don't Care (4:46)
4. Savor (5:23)
5. Jingo (5:31)
6. Persuasion (2:52)
7. Soul Sacrifice (11:35)
8. Fried Neck Bones And Some Home Fries (6:41)


Friday, November 12, 2010

MOJO magazine ask you to name Dengue Fever's doubleneck


L.A.'s Dengue Fever - described by MOJO as playing "Cambodian party pop from the pre-Khmer Rouge swinging '60s" - are inviting readers to bestow a name upon the unique instrument pictured here. The strange amalgam of Fender Jazzmaster and Chapei Dong Veng (a traditional Cambodian two-stringed guitar) was created by friend of the band Mel Bergman and it now needs a name.

The reader who submits the best name will take home signed vinyl copies of DF's Escape and Venus albums, while a runner-up will win all four of the band's LPs on CD. The band will choose the winners.

Enter here

(Thanks to Mark Bannister for bringing this to my attention).

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Mercurio S-type guitar with interchangeable pickups

Mercurio Guitars were made from 2003-2006 in Chanhassen Minnesota USA, and have a particularly innvovative feature of interchangeable pickup modules. A set of DIP switches on the rear of the guitar allow the pickups to be selected in series, parallel, coil tap, in phase and out of phase modes. This particular example is currently being offered for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $1,250.

I remember seeing these a few years back and it's a great idea for the session guitarist who wants access to an endless number of pickup combinations without having to cart around a whole arsenal of different guitars.

For most of us though, or at least people like me, as with the Variax modelling guitars it's just too much happening on one guitar.

Incidentally, I've seen similar interchangeable pickups on Gibson "test bed" guitars.

G L Wilson

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Paul Gilbert - Get Out Of My Yard

Artist: Paul Gilbert
Album: Get Out Of My Yard
Year: 2006
Genre:  Shred, Guitar Virtuoso, Instrumental Guitar
Format: 320 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. Get Out Of My Yard (1:38)
2. Hurry Up (5:11)
3. The Curse Of Castle Dragon (3:51)
4. Radiator (4:51)
5. Straight Through The Telephone (4:01)
6. Marine Layer (2:57)
7. Twelve Twelve (4:03)
8. Rusty Old Boat (4:04)
9. The Echo Song (5:08)
10. Full Tank (5:19)
11. My Teeth Are A Drum Set (3:38)
12. Hydon Symphony No. 88 Finale (3:37)
13. Three E's For Edward (2:19)
14. You Kids (3:30)
15. Hurry Up (Studio Live Version) (5:23)


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Michael Lee Firkins - Michael Lee Firkins

Artist: Michael Lee Firkins
Album: Michael Lee Firkins
Year: 1990
Genre:  Guitar Rock, Guitar Instrumental
Format: 192 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. Laughing Stacks (4:21)
2. 24 Grand Avenue (4:36)
3. Runaway Train (3:08)
4. Cactus Cruz (3:28)
5. Deja Blues (6:27)
6. Space Crickets (3:44)
7. Rain In The Tunnel (5:23)
8. Hula Hoops (3:50)
9. The Sargasso Sea (5:23)


Vox Custom 25

My first ever electric guitar in the 1980s was a then contemporary Vox Standard 25, the design of which was obviously based on the Stratocaster but with a much more rounded-shaped body. The Vox Custom 25 - as seen here - was the deluxe version and shared the same body shape as the Standard but was of through-neck construction and had dual DiMarzio humbuckers and a Les Paul like control layout. For myself I really dislike the pickup selector switch on the upper horn - I find it's far too easy to hit accidentally while playing and also aesthetically looks ugly, I always think. (I know, I don't really like it on Les Paul guitars either, and I'm speaking as someone who play a Vintage LP-style guitar these days).

These guitars, along with the Standard and Custom 24 models with a more Gibson-like scale length, are often spoken of today in reverential tone by those in the know. Phrases like "the best guitars ever produced under the Vox name" are often bandied about. This is very possibly true - at least until the latest boutique offerings from Vox. They were built in Japan (I want to say at the now legendary Matsumoko factory but I don't actually have any info to corroborate that - I think I read it somewhere) and were extremely solid, reliable and well-made guitars if a little on the weighty side. My Standard 25 served me well for many years until I fell in love with a paisley Stratocaster, which I did prefer because not only was it prettier but it seemed to be much more resonant and ultimately much more playable.

Nevertheless, these early 80s Voxes are ones to look out for!

G L Wilson

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Paul Gilbert - Hammer Of The Gods - Two Nights In North America

Artist: Paul Gilbert
Album: Hammer Of The Gods - Two Nights In North America
Year: 2006
Genre:  Shred, Guitar Virtuoso
Format: 320 kbps mp3
Password: http://guitar-maniacs.blogspot.com
1. The Song Remains The Same (5:34)
2. Heartbreaker (4:48)
3. Livin' Lovin' Maid (She's Just (2:47)
4. The Rover (5:42)
5. Houses Of The Holy (4:57)
6. Misty Mountain Hop (5:29)
7. Inmigrant Song (3:26)
8. The Rain Song (7:52)
9. Dazed And Confused (21:11)
1. In The Light (7:49)
2. Celebration Day (3:22)
3. Night Flight (3:20)
4. The Wanton Song (3:45)
5. Out On The Tiles (4:16)
6. Moby Dick (12:11)
7. Ten Years Gone (6:23)
8. Black Dog (6:09)
9. The Ocean (4:34)
10. Thank You (4:12)
11. How Many More Times (8:54)
12. I'm Gonna Crawl (8:33)


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Giannini Craviola thinline 'Roberto Frejat'

A following to the previous Giannini Craviola post, thanks to Henrique's comment pointing this superb thinline version - the Roberto Frejat signature - I love this one even better! 

Also we know now that these guitars are 2000s reissues - so they exist, they are not extraordinarily rare so there's hope to get some one day - but they still have to come from Brazil!


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Another coolissima Teisco

With Teisco you have an endless pool of cool vintage guitars to discover! This one wears like usually no brand and was probably sold as a Kent or a Silvertone.

It has all the details we love so much in these 60s guitars, that strangely people who try in vain to innovate lately in the electric guitar field  (am I talking about the Firebird X? No, nobody talks about the Firebird X) are too dumb to take inspiration from: a twisted design, a unique trem, a strangely shaped control plate with big switches, a sharp scratch-plate on a round horn, vintage single coils, and the typical and superb Teisco headstock.

And of course the supremely elegant art nouveau sound hole.


EDIT: the model of this guitar is EP200.

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Jimi Hendrix Expirience - Live At Woodstock

Artist: Jimi Hendrix Expirience
Album: Live At Woodstock
Year: 1999
Genre:  Rock, Rock Guitar
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1. Introduction (2:21)
2. Message To Love (7:21)
3. Hear My Train A Comin' (9:49)
4. Spanish Castle Magic (7:05)
5. Red House (5:24)
6. Lover Man (5:11)
7. Foxey Lady (5:06)
8. Jam Back At The House (7:44)
1. Izabella (6:42)
2. Fire (3:42)
3. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (13:40)
4. Star Spangled Banner (3:43)
5. Purple Haze (4:23)
6. Woodstock Improvisation (3:59)
7. Villanova Junction (4:28)
8. Hey Joe (5:52)


Tuesday, November 9, 2010




And I love Her

All My Loving

The Fool On The Hill

Let It Be

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1970s Japanese Commodore Bass

This shortscale Japanese bass from the 1970s looks very familiar. Although it bears the Commodore brandname, it is virtually identical to instruments bearing the Epiphone and Dorodo names. Compare this to the Dorado guitar we looked at in May; a similar looking bass appears in the 1973 Dorado catalog (and on the cover too!).

Such a pity someone has amateurishly "re-finished" this example in black spray paint.

G L Wilson

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