October 2020

 

Will Ray's 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: Scoring a King T-Stang

September 13, 2020
Three offers and a partial refund—the beginning of a beautiful 6-string friendship.
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Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Bohemian “Old Glory” Oil-Can Guitar

June 22, 2020
After a time-consuming series of tweaks, our columnist is glad he didn’t can the can.
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Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Cozart “Custom Shack” T-Style

March 25, 2020
Our columnist’s winning ticket: a modded China-built 6-string for $160 including shipping.
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Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Vintage Icon V132

January 23, 2020
With a nod to the Les Paul Special, this P-90 equipped solidbody inspires.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Bending the Rules with a Gretsch G2655

December 1, 2019
A Hipshot B-bender on a bargain semi-hollowbody? Why not!
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart “Rickencopy”

October 24, 2019
As they say, “Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby,” but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with a cheeky poseur.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone Les Paul SL

August 12, 2019
When it comes to mods, sometimes two guitars make a better one.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Gibson Music City Jr.

June 9, 2019
Trading for a P-90-powered prize.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Gretsch Streamliner G2420

April 2, 2019
Our columnist re-friends a classic American brand.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1982 G&L SC-2

February 5, 2019
Sometimes the best low bid is a trade.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: King Mother-of-Pearl

November 26, 2018
A classic-shaped 6-string catch of the day.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: The Mystery “Epiphone” Special

September 30, 2018
A battered street dog of a guitar that has all the charm of a lovable mutt.
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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.
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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.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart 12-String S-Style

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

July 23, 2017
A common stompbox gets a weird upgrade.
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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.
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