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Bottom Feeder

When it comes to hunting down great deals on inexpensive instruments, Will Ray is a master. In his Bottom Feeder blog, he shares photos of his latest finds and details what it takes to get a bargain-basement guitar in working order.


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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