October 8, 2020
Meet the Custom Kraft Beat Blaster, Agitator, Bone Buzzer, and Groover!
September 6, 2020
The Soviet-era Jolana Star X does not have a built-in gamma-ray phaser, but the otherworldly solidbody makes up for that with built-in fuzz.
August 2, 2020
Resuscitating a quirky, heavily damaged ’60s-era electric is made possible by a skilled technician and friend.
May 24, 2020
The flagship model for Japanese electronics juggernaut was here and gone in the blink of an eye, but certainly not because of quality issues.
April 13, 2020
Mosrite aesthetics, Japanese flair, and a circuit reminiscent of the Electro-Harmonix Linear Power Booster.
March 16, 2020
Guitar hunter extraordinaire Frank Meyers recalls how he found this late-’60s Marlin PB-26—an ahead-of-its-time design so gonzo it left him speechless.
February 19, 2020
She's got four pickups and a cornucopia of switches, dials, and pickups on her saber-toothed pickguard.
January 6, 2020
But as the Wizard of Odd shows, this early made-in-Japan Teisco J5 “guiter” speaks the right language.
December 9, 2019
It may not be your dad’s ’Stang from the 1960s—unless he’s from Italy—but this axe has a unique look and flavor that’s begging for surf rock.
November 14, 2019
This Romania-built, communist-era axe takes some obvious cues from Italian and Japanese guitars of the ’60s, but has a look all its own.
October 25, 2019
Like flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, this guitar from 1960s Japan was bold, non-traditional, and favored red.
September 24, 2019
A unique-looking bass from the back pages of a familiar family biz.
August 23, 2019
Blasting off with a difficult-to-find, but very cool MIJ guitar from the violin world.
July 22, 2019
An axe with an interestingly quirky pickup that gives new meaning to “take the stairs.”
June 19, 2019
Escape the ordinary with this rare take on Leo Fender’s classic solidbody.
May 16, 2019
Learn the history—and hype—behind the flagship guitar of the Cipher line.
April 8, 2019
Angular lines, sweeping curves, bright tones, and mysterious origins. What more can you ask for from a super-rare Japanese electric?
March 7, 2019
Check out these Cold War-era, comrade-approved electrics from the land of tart yogurt and centuries-old women’s choirs.
February 12, 2019
What do polka, beer, accordions, and hot mini-humbuckers have in common?
January 9, 2019
When a guitar looks the part, but isn’t really playable, it’s time to call the pros.