August

Bottom Feeder

Cutaway Cigar Box Guitar with Higgins Bender

April 15, 2013
A few years ago, this CBG caught my eye on eBay because it kind of resembled a jazz guitar with its deep 3" body, cutaway, and fetching trim.
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'60s Silvertone "Sharkfin" ET-460 K4L

February 4, 2013
When three pickups simply won’t do, reach for a Silvertone ET-460 K4L There was a time when a man was judged by the number of pickups on his guitar.
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Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom Royale P93

December 10, 2012
With all its ornamentation, this Epi reminded me of a ’60s Gretsch White Falcon. The only problem was, it was also kind of pricey.
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Relic'd Fender Tele Wannabe

November 5, 2012
Made by Squier—Fender’s budget brand—the Affinity Telecaster is an entry-level version of Leo’s iconic axe. This one has been relic’d and hot-rodded. For some strange reason, I don’t own
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The Epiphone Emperor Swingster - A Poor Man's 6120?

October 8, 2012
1. Ready to rumble! A hollowbody Epiphone Emperor Swingster. 2. Officially called the “Wire Handle,” this is the trem arm Chet Atkins preferred on his Bigsby. The guitar’s overwound
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G&L ASAT Z Special Classic

September 5, 2012
We took a semi-hollow G&L ASAT Classic, installed an elongated ashtray bridge plate, and stuck a Z-coil pickup in the bridge position and an ASAT Special pickup (minus the cover) at the neck.
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1970s Epiphone EA255

August 10, 2012
I go to a lot of yard sales. Sometimes I get lucky, sometimes I don’t. A few weeks ago, I got a little lucky.
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2000 Reverend Bug-Eye Slingshot

July 9, 2012
Equipped with a trio of P-90 singlecoils, this Reverend Slingshot sports metal plates fi nished in a radical “bug-eye” pattern. All the metal surrounding the pickups and controls reduces
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2011 Indy Fly-Caster in TV Yellow

June 8, 2012
The love child of a Gibson Flying V and Fender Telecaster? Meet the Fly-Caster.
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Old Kraftsman Solo King

May 11, 2012
This Solo King features a Masonite body, a set neck, a single pickup, and a weird, oversized Gumby-style headstock.
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SX Hawk MN P90

April 6, 2012
The P-90s make the guitar sound full and very Gibson-ish, while the Strat-style body, neck, and bridge give it more of Fender vibe.
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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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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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My $15 Arbor

December 20, 2011
It was around 6:30 a.m. and still dark, so I didn’t get a good look at the guitar, only what I could see with a flashlight.
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Fender Squier Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic

November 15, 2011
The older Duo- Sonics seemed pretty pricey, but it turns out Fender offers a Duo-Sonic as one of the models in its Squier Classic Vibe series.
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SX Callisto Jr.

October 18, 2011
Okay, I confess: I do a daily search for SX guitars on eBay. Why? Because I’ve owned SX axes before and know they’re built solid and they’re cheap.
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1996 Epiphone T-Style

September 20, 2011
Once in a while, I’ll get on a kick where I just want to find a Tele-style guitar that’s different from the ones I own.
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Early-'60s Kay Value Leader

August 16, 2011
For several years, I’ve been Jonesing for an old blonde Kay Value Leader triple-pickup guitar.
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T. Hiles Cigar-Box Guitar

July 19, 2011
For inexplicable reasons, I’ve been bitten by the cigar-box guitar bug.
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Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93

June 14, 2011
A triple-P-90 steal with some minor work needed
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