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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart Serape T-style

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart Serape T-style

August 13, 2018
A cheapo guitar with a Mexican-style blanket covering its body is a conversation starter—and a cool player.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Modified Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Modified Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II

May 23, 2018
Three P-90s and a Bigsby remake a jazz box into a rockabilly raver.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart 12-String S-Style

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart 12-String S-Style

March 26, 2018
The ring’s the thing with this lightweight, low-budget chimer.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: JSW Cutaway Guitar

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: JSW Cutaway Guitar

January 15, 2018
Oh boy! A cool custom guitar built by one of Buddy Holly’s songwriting partners.
Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser JT-SM Hollowbody Jazz Guitar

Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser JT-SM Hollowbody Jazz Guitar

November 15, 2017
How a dud bargain buy became a dependable 6-string.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone John Lennon EJ-160E

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone John Lennon EJ-160E

September 24, 2017
This low-budget replacement for a long-gone Gibson has its own winning qualities.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cry Baby Wah Guitar

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cry Baby Wah Guitar

July 23, 2017
A common stompbox gets a weird upgrade.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser JT-1423

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser JT-1423

May 24, 2017
Price-hunting and proximity win a sweet deal on an homage to a ’50s Silvertone.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1960 Gibson Melody Maker Single Cutaway

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1960 Gibson Melody Maker Single Cutaway

April 3, 2017
A modded old guitar gets a new lease on life.
Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: 1994 Korean Epiphone Sorrento 

Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: 1994 Korean Epiphone Sorrento 

January 30, 2017
Dual P-90 pickups and old-school looks in a sunburst finish—what’s not to love?
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Churchill Cigar Box Guitar

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Churchill Cigar Box Guitar

November 30, 2016
A simple bridge replacement makes for a killer, totally tunable tone machine.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone ES-339 “Blem” Guitar

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone ES-339 “Blem” Guitar

October 5, 2016
Cracks in a guitar neck can be an opportunity instead of a deal-breaker.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser Branson Model

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser Branson Model

July 26, 2016
Sometimes it pays to step back and do a little homework before bidding on an eBay guitar.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Fender “Bluesbird” Telecaster

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Fender “Bluesbird” Telecaster

June 6, 2016
When you find a guitar that’s been modified exactly how you like, buy it.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Bohemian Moonshine Guitar

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Bohemian Moonshine Guitar

April 3, 2016
Is this metal machine hillbilly chic or too hard to handle?
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1999 Yamaha AEX-502

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1999 Yamaha AEX-502

February 7, 2016
A different set of pickups can bring a potentially great guitar to life.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone 50th Anniversary “1962” Sorrento E452TDN Reissue

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone 50th Anniversary “1962” Sorrento E452TDN Reissue

December 3, 2015
A possible factory second turns out to be a first-class guitar.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 2001 Epiphone Firebird VII

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?
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser ES-125 Copy

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser ES-125 Copy

July 19, 2015
A copy of my onetime dream guitar—for $145.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 2002 Folk-Art Fender Strat

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?