Friday, January 25, 2008
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
#84 KRAMER USA " Bent Pipes Strat
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
#85 - Reverend USA Rocco
#86 Fender Stratocaster MUTT 1975/1983
MY 1968 Gibson SG Restoration project
I was then lucky enough, yes I said lucky enough to have Dave Masel of McNaught Guitars in Locust, NC agree to refinish the guitar. Well if you've ever had the pleasure of seeing or better yet playing a McNaught, you know what I said I was lucky to have him do the paint. Dave is also known as Paint By Dave at http://www.paintbydave.com/ . Absolutely stunning! More to come on this BEAST.! Mean while check out Dave's list of players he has built for. Tell me this is not impressive!
John 5--Solo Artist/Rob Zombie Band, Matt Pike of HIGH ON FIRE, Jon Schaffer of ICED EARTH, Tim Sult of CLUTCH, Neil Fallon of CLUTCH, Neal Schon of JOURNEY, Ariel Pozzo of MIGUEL MATEOS BAND/Studio Guitarist/Solo ArtistChris Henderson of 3 DOORS DOWN, Tony Rombola of GODSMACK, Jasin Todd of SHINEDOWN, Jimmy Bower of SUPERJOINT RITUAL...Oh yeah, almost forgot...add me to his list! ;)
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Still many 2nd hand guitars around dispite eBay
I would assume this change in the market is due to the headaches presented by the eBay scams that have occured over the last 12 months. Anything from Paypal constantly siding with crooks to foreign fraudulent money orders and fraudulent listings have helped slowed this market. Nothing I hate more than to see a local shop lend money on a man's guitar only to sell it on eBay to a guy in another country. Talk about the blues!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I had the pleasure of meeting David McNaught and Dave Mansel of David Thomas McNaught DTM Guitars last week. Dave and David are true craftsmen of superb quality, handmade guitars made in Locust, NC about 30 minutes outside Charlotte, NC.
Dave Mansel is refinishing my 1968 Gibson SG for me. I wanted the best, and I was lucky enough to get him.
I brought my SG to McNaught Guitars last week. The guys have a terrific facility. I was pleasantly surprised when I entered the shop. It was simple, yet very professional. These guys know how to build a guitar. I have owned a Strat style guitar from them a few years ago and the quality was Fender Custom shop X's 10! Fender can't build a guitar like these guys. They don't know how! Fender uses machines to basically stamp out bodies. McNaught does it by hand. You decide! Truly an old school organization. David built his 1st guitar when he was 13. He uses many of his grandfathers tools to craft these masterpieces.
They also build custom guitars under the name of Mansel Custom Guitars. These are made right there in the same facility. They are only able to produce about one a month of the Mansel Custom Guitars since the McNaught are selling so well.
2 amazing craftsmen that clearly know their calling. I could go on and on but I'll let you jump to their web site's now. Don't hesitate for a moment. You'll be glad you did!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
#87 - Original 70's Hagstrom SUPER SWEDE
ca. 1970's HAGSTROM SUPER SWEDE. Original edition. Made in germany. If the cool name doesn't do it for you, the guitar itself will! A pure rocker, based n the Gibson Les Paul. These guitars were so good they just re-released these. Obviously nothing is ever as good as the original but if you get a chance to pick up an original for the $500- $800 do it vs. getting a re-issue for around the same money. I paid $200 for it in a 2nd hand store in the mid atlantic region, USA.
#88 Gibson SG 70's modified HOTROD
#89 - Electra MPC Flametop
Sunday, October 08, 2006
#90- ca.1970's Ibanez Double Neck Gibson Copy
Made in Japan. A Gibson Jimmy Page copy. Ibanez made several copies in the 1970's until Gibson persued a lawsuit against them for copyright infringement. Thus the 70's was dubbed the "Lawsuit Era" for these Ibanez copies. Good quality copies, but not near as good as the original Gibson's. During this time Ibanez made several copies using various names to avoid getting caught by the Gibson team of attorney's. This one was refinished when I purchased it. Previous owner also upgraded tuners to Sperzel locking tuners and I believe the pickups were also upgraded. I paid $299. for this.
#91 - IBANEZ LA Custom Shop Iceman
Here's a cool and very rare Ibanez Iceman made in the USA (just about all Ibanez guitars are made in Korea/China and a few are still made in Japan) at the Los Angeles (LA) , CA, Custom Shop. This one was built by Matty Baratto. He started working at the Ibanez Custom Shop in late 1994 to late 1999. He made prototypes, and all the endorsee's guitars for Ibanez as well as repair, R&D, paint, inlay, you name it! Matty worked with some of the most respected guitarists in the world. He built over 200 guitars for them and now has his own shop in California. See http://www.barattoguitars.com/index.htm for more info on Matty. He's a great guy and I was able to talk with him personally about this guitar about 2 years ago when I 1st purchased it. The kicker... I paid $250 for it in a pawn shop.
Super bright white finish, 2 humbuckers and Sperzel locking tuners. Bound fretboard. I picked this up 2nd hand for a very reasonable price. STAY TUNED!