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Wizard of Odd

This Teisco MJ-2, also known as an ET-200, comes with a tremolo, grinding surface-mounted pickups, and a deep V-shaped neck.

This guitar is the same model that belonged to Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks. Of course, the one that our columnist owns still has its whole body intact.

As the wind blows, so do my interests, and recently, I found myself taking a deep dive into the music of the Buzzcocks. That group was one of the early, legendary English punk bands. I was going through all the band’s recordings but I was really digging the group’s first EP from 1977, Spiral Scratch. That first record just has an incredibly raw guitar tone that has a familiar feel.

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Bohlinger Builds a Gig-Ready “Broadway” Pedalboard
Bohlinger Builds the Ultimate Broadway Pedalboard for Gigging in Downtown Nashville

JB gets a little help from his pedal friends and puts together the ideal stomp station for performing in Music City's SoBro district.

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Crank a small amp and the gold-foils in this Audition solidbody will gladly scream.

We used to have an excellently eccentric local public access channel in our area, and the recording studio was just a little ways from my house. Some of the touring punk bands as well as local ones would play live on the channel, and let me tell you.… It was so awesome. The performances were the stuff of legend. I can remember one particular band playing where a song culminated with the singer hammering a long nail into his nose! (My wife and I share these crazy experiences, and our kids are always shaking their heads at us, unable to comprehend that VHS era.)

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An art-deco body style and pickup enclosure, plus multicolored fretboard dots, add pizzazz to this humble lap steel.

While the lap-steel guitar may have been surpassed in popularity by the pedal steel, this humble instrument makes a brief but meaningful appearance in Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

During a recent battle with a nasty stomach virus, I laid in bed for three days binging all sorts of shows and movies. One show I discovered was so interesting that I watched the whole series in a day: Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Peeps, I know I talk all the time about punk and blues and guitar-driven music in my column, but I really enjoy old hip-hop, and the Wu-Tang Clan is one of my favorites! The show is a semi-fictionalized story of the group and the collective members.

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How one guitar builder went from powerhouse builder Teisco to his own small operation to bring this Jazzmaster-inspired build to life.

I remember back when I was getting heavily involved in guitar research, I found so much satisfaction in learning about people from across the world. Seriously, it was so stimulating to find former guitar-factory employees. It wasn’t easy to do, but when the dominos fell, it was wonderful. So, follow along the path with me here for a moment.

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