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May 2014

Articles by Will Ray

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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Giving a Squier Tele the Cigar-Box Treatment

January 10, 2012
The scariest moment was sawing off the lower body—I wanted to make sure we avoided the control cavity, as that could damage wires and leave a gaping hole in the bottom of the guitar.
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