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May 2014

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.

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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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Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser Stiletté Futuré

September 22, 2013
A radical-looking guitar with a not-so-radical sound.
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Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser Surfmaster

August 8, 2013
This blogger couldn't pass up a Jaguar-meets-Jazzmaster growling machine with three P-90s.
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Red Sparkle Samick Jaguar Wannabe

June 17, 2013
Customized aJaguar-inspired Samick with a Wilkinson Tele-style bridge.
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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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