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Articles by Will Ray

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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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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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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