October 2016

Vintage

Resuscitating A Ruined '56 Fender Esquire

March 9, 2012
1. To repair the hacked-up body of this ’56 Esquire, I cut replacement pieces from old ash and shaped them to graft back into the guitar. 2. Today’s commercial
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1968 Fender Stratocaster and 1969 Kustom K 100 2

March 9, 2012
A swinging ’60s couple: 1968 Fender Stratocaster and 1969 Kustom K 100 2 head and cab. By the mid 1960s, the Stratocaster— Fender’s top model of 1954—had taken a
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Gretsch Bikini Bass and Guitar

March 9, 2012
LEFT: Introduced in 1961, the Gretsch Bikini features removable and interchangeable guitar and bass necks rigged with onboard electronics. MIDDLE: To facilitate travel, the Bikini’s body is cut in
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My Gibson J-45 Skull Guitar

March 9, 2012
This was once a Gibson J-45—we think. Now, it looks like a cross between Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” and the townspeople in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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1957 Gretsch 6022 Rancher

February 10, 2012
The Rancher was a 17"-wide jumbo acoustic with a triangular soundhole based on Gretsch’s earlier 125F, but with Western-themed decorations similar to the Chet Atkins 6120, 6121, and the 6130 Round Up.
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Resurrecting a 1957 Supro Dual Tone

February 10, 2012
I spotted an old Supro case hiding underneath a dealer’s table. Whoa—inside was a ’50 Supro Dual Tone. The guitar was in parts, so I had to be careful not to get burned.
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Martin Style Types

February 10, 2012
Style numbers indicate the construction materials and appointments of the guitar, and this system allows for several combinations between body shapes and styles.
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Restoring a Prototype Gibson Cello Bass, Pt. 2

February 10, 2012
Though the groundwork was laid by Gibson, I still faced many questions and had to work through a number of mechanical designs.
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The Mysterious Vox Pacemaker

January 10, 2012
Because the Pacemaker was entirely designed and built in the US, many enthusiasts don’t consider it to be a true Vox.
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1965 Fender Precision Bass and '70s Ampeg B-15 S

January 10, 2012
When the Fender Precision bass was introduced in late 1951, almost immediately it had a dramatic and lasting effect on how music was heard and played.
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Restoring A Prototype Gibson Cello Bass

January 10, 2012
The groundwork was laid by Gibson, but there are still many mechanical designs to work through and questions to answer about how the original builder intended to make it all come together.
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1969 G&L Leo Fender Tri-Sonic Prototype

December 20, 2011
In the case of Leo Fender and G&L, a 1969 Tri-Sonic R&D prototype covered in 20 years of dust, dirt, and grime.
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Restoring the Neck on a 1965 Shoreline Gold Fender Strat

December 20, 2011
You may recall that a previous owner had decided to install a Floyd Rose locking nut and tremolo. My job will be to replace missing wood, patch various holes, and re-install the original Fender trem, which fortunately stayed with the guitar.
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Silvertone Amp-In-The-Case

December 20, 2011
This is the same guitar that Lenny Haise (played by Steve Zahn) plays in the movie That Thing You Do!, before the fictional band hits it big and purchases more expensive instruments.
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1955 Gibson J-160E

December 20, 2011
The J-160E was introduced in 1954 and had the more conventional look of the popular J-45 and Southern Jumbo models.
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1969 Silvertone 1490 Bass

November 15, 2011
The ’69 Silvertone 1490 bass showcased here has a 30" scale, three-tone sunburst, double-cutaway 14"-wide body.
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Resurrecting A 1965 Shoreline Gold Fender Strat

November 15, 2011
As I checked out this cool Strat, it became immediately clear why it was brought to us. Ouch! Someone had decided to rock out and install a Floyd Rose locking nut and tremolo.
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Harmony Archtone H1213

November 15, 2011
There are hundreds of thousands of Harmony guitars out there, and though these are mostly entry-level instruments, they’re very much a part of guitar history.
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Bringing A Blackface Bassman In From The Cold

November 15, 2011
While the Bassman was designed for amplifying a bass guitar, most players today use them for guitar, since these amps are able to get a nice overdriven tone at a somewhat useable volume.
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1967 Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe and 1968 Gibson Barney Kessel Regular

November 15, 2011
The list of ’60s players with signature Gibson guitars includes Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith, Barney Kessel, the Everly Brothers, and Trini Lopez.
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