December 2016

Bottom Feeder

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Churchill Cigar Box Guitar

November 30, 2016
A simple bridge replacement makes for a killer, totally tunable tone machine.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone ES-339 “Blem” Guitar

October 5, 2016
Cracks in a guitar neck can be an opportunity instead of a deal-breaker.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser Branson Model

July 26, 2016
Sometimes it pays to step back and do a little homework before bidding on an eBay guitar.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Fender “Bluesbird” Telecaster

June 6, 2016
When you find a guitar that’s been modified exactly how you like, buy it.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Bohemian Moonshine Guitar

April 3, 2016
Is this metal machine hillbilly chic or too hard to handle?
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1999 Yamaha AEX-502

February 7, 2016
A different set of pickups can bring a potentially great guitar to life.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone 50th Anniversary “1962” Sorrento E452TDN Reissue

December 3, 2015
A possible factory second turns out to be a first-class guitar.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 2001 Epiphone Firebird VII

September 24, 2015
What happens when you replace three mini-humbuckers with a trio of P-90s?
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser ES-125 Copy

July 19, 2015
A copy of my onetime dream guitar—for $145.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 2002 Folk-Art Fender Strat

May 17, 2015
Can you get a good deal if you buy a guitar on the sidewalk?
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Bottom Feeder: Vintage Icon Series V6 Distressed S-style

March 16, 2015
An authentically vintage-sounding Strat-style axe for under $300.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Squier Telecaster Custom II with P-90s

January 19, 2015
Looking for another guitar or amp? Consider swapping gear with a fellow musician.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1967 Quad-Pickup Ibanez 996 MaxiTone

December 1, 2014
When a trio of pickups just won’t do, try a quartet.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: My Epiphone 1966 Worn Wilshire Reissue

September 28, 2014
Ever regret selling a guitar? With a little luck, you might find a similar one to replace it.
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Bottom Feeder: My $60 Blonde T-Style

August 6, 2014
Can you get a decent electric guitar for the price of a tank or two of gas?
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: My Blackmore-Inspired Frankenstrat

May 8, 2014
Combining elements of an early Blackmore Strat and Epiphone shred machine, this mutant solidbody sounds surprisingly soulful.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Douglas T-Style

April 8, 2014
This budget T-style sounds good and offers unusual flexibility by letting you string it up two ways.
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Bottom Feeder: My $81 Les Paul Special

January 12, 2014
There are some good eBay deals—and a few ridiculously good deals.
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Bottom Feeder: My Steampunk Guitar

November 17, 2013
Okay, relic treatments are pretty common these days. So if you’re looking for something a little more unusual, check out this 3-string electric guitar from a past that never was.
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Gallery: Bottom Feeder Reader's Edition

November 1, 2013
We asked to see your best bargain gear finds in the Bottom Feeder world—and what a wonderful world it is! Here are some of the cheap and unique instruments Premier Guitar readers are wheelin’ and dealin’ around the world.
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