November 2019

Wizard of Odd

ARTICLES

Wizard of Odd: Doina Seranada

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.
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Wizard of Odd: Apollo Red Baron

October 25, 2019
Like flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, this guitar from 1960s Japan was bold, non-traditional, and favored red.
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Wizard of Odd: Maxitone 481

September 24, 2019
A unique-looking bass from the back pages of a familiar family biz.
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Wizard of Odd: Mid-’60s Astrotone

August 23, 2019
Blasting off with a difficult-to-find, but very cool MIJ guitar from the violin world.
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Wizard of Odd: Sekova Grecian

July 22, 2019
An axe with an interestingly quirky pickup that gives new meaning to “take the stairs.”
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Wizard of Odd: 1969 Aria 2000T

June 19, 2019
Escape the ordinary with this rare take on Leo Fender’s classic solidbody.
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Wizard of Odd: 1965 Inter-Mark Cipher Valor

May 16, 2019
Learn the history—and hype—behind the flagship guitar of the Cipher line.
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Wizard of Odd: 1965 Zenon Zemi

April 8, 2019
Angular lines, sweeping curves, bright tones, and mysterious origins. What more can you ask for from a super-rare Japanese electric?
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Wizard of Odd: ’60s Excelsior Jamaica III

February 12, 2019
What do polka, beer, accordions, and hot mini-humbuckers have in common?
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Wizard of Odd: Resetting the Neck on a ’50s Stella Electric

January 9, 2019
When a guitar looks the part, but isn’t really playable, it’s time to call the pros.
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Wizard of Odd: Stella—A Story of Strange Solidbodies

December 9, 2018
You may know that Charley Patton, Lead Belly, and Doc Watson played Stella acoustics built in New Jersey in the 1930s, but these oddball post-WWII electrics hail from Tokyo.
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Wizard of Odd: The Enigmatic ’60s Lux

November 7, 2018
How I almost passed on a rare Italian beauty—and why I didn’t.
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Wizard of Odd: Surf’s Up! The Story Behind Late-’60s 700-Series Kents

October 21, 2018
What do you get when ’60s California car and beach culture collide with a young Japanese guitar designer?
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Wizard of Odd: Late-’60s TeleStar Doubleneck

September 21, 2018
Here’s another beautiful weirdo from the Kawai Enshu factory.
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Wizard of Odd: ’60s Tombo 6-String Ukulet

July 25, 2018
What do you get when you cross a ukulele with a transistor radio?
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Wizard of Odd: Ripe for Slide—Mid-’60s Kawai SD Electrics

July 6, 2018
What do you get when a piano manufacturer turns to making electric guitars? Perhaps something resembling a serious piece of furniture.
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Wizard of Odd: Early-’60s Welson Kinton

May 29, 2018
What’s better than a cool mini-humbucker? Four of them, of course! And don’t forget that “all on” blower switch.
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Wizard of Odd: The Weird and Wonderful FujiGen PP Electrics

May 22, 2018
In a world awash with Tele and Strat remakes, it’s fun to stumble across quirky outliers.
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Wizard of Odd: The Incredible Tale of a Mid-’60s Aria Diamond 1402T

March 28, 2018
Sometimes, against all odds, you find yourself reunited with a long-lost friend.
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Wizard of Odd: The Mystery of Calculon 6

March 8, 2018
One big question remains about this intriguing piece of folk art. Perhaps someone, somewhere has the answer.
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