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The body is made of highly flamed maple, absolutely gorgeous. And most of all, there is a detail we have never encountered on a Country Club: The sound post connects top and back, giving the guitar a greater rigidity, to avoid feedback problems when played really loud. No heavy dings, no heavy wear. The binding deterioration, so common on ’60 Gretsches, was becoming a real problem on the guitar’s body, since it just could not be stopped in any way. So, instead of keeping on touching it up by replacing the damaged pieces one at a time, we have chosen to ask our luthier Salvatore Mancuso to complety restore it. The restoration job is just perfect, since Mancuso has used exactly the same material, dimentions and colour of the original binding. More rare details make of this guitar a true “collector’s item”: Rare and interesting indeed!

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Since “bakelite” cracked and wore very easily, Fender switched to white ABS parts in early

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I promise the tables will still be there after you finish reading. We also received a report of a tweed 5G12 Concert. The 5G12 Concert is the earliest version from very late and early so the existence of a tweed example, while extremely rare, is certainly plausible since Fender was making lots of tweed amps during the same time period. Working at FMI — I was able to interview a fellow who wishes to remain anonymous who worked at Fender in in the amp department.

Although his job was somewhat limited, his recollections provided some really fascinating insights to how the amps were built. For instance, he confirmed our assumption that the amp chassis were put into stock after being stamped with serial numbers and that the chassis were pulled from the stock bins randomly just as with Fender guitar neck plates.

This case looks similar to the black molded Fender cases of the ‘s, except this case is brown, thicker, a little shorter in length, and the interior is not blue.

About Guitars Buying a new guitar is a considerable investment for most of us. An instrument is all about inspiration. You are the musician and the guitar is the tool you use to express your feelings and music. This has nothing to do with what models you choose or how much they cost. Some basic knowledge about the different wood types, neck and body profiles, pickups etc will help you in making the best choice. However, over the last decade or so, the MIMs has gotten a considerable face lift and the overall quality is very high.

In fact, the reason why they are cheaper, ha sless to do with quality but rather lower labour costs, cheaper type of laquer and apply methods etc. Japanese Fenders are considered to be above the Mexicans and perhaps even just as good as the US. In the 80s and early 90s, Japanese Fenders were well known for being superior to any other models and the quality is still top notch. Maple or rosewood necks?

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Features one channel and two inputs; volume, bright, treble, treble expander, bass, bass expander, bright switch, deep switch, stand-by switch, pilot light for stand-by and operate. This amp was built to play larger halls and outdoor concerts. The lack of reverb was not a big issue as most live performances had acoustics full of reverberation halls, arenas. Peter Traynor built these things to stand up to road abuse, unlike a lot of vintage stuff. It sounds great with either bass and guitar, providing a clean and loud tone.

Works great in large club settings.

The Star X had a very futuristic “Jetsons”-like double cutaway body and a built-in fuzztone effect.

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You may find some useful background information on the kit in our earlier article Martin Guitar Kit First Look.

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Plush Gig Bag Case Silkscreen: The Les Paul Deluxe has the 2 mini humbuckers which are sounding just awesome. Furthermore it has an all mahogany body pancake and Mahogany neck. Chrome hardware,rosewood fretboard-cherry finish,an awesome vintage LP Gibson. Condition is good,all works and has all original electronics-frets etc. It has lots of wear on the backside,like buckle rash and scratches,some dents and paintchips.

I’m 5”6″ it was all I could do to reach the preamp for adjustment.

Reading pot codes How to read pot codes, and what they mean An early s pot from a Gibson guitar. Once decoded, the writing on the back or sides can be very informative If you’ve been reading articles about dating a vintage guitar, you may well have come across mention of pot codes. The pots, or potentiometers to give their full name, are the variable resistors that control volume and tone. Better quality pots are often stamped with a number of codes; typically part numbers, date of production, manufacturers codes and resistance values.

Many pots don’t carry all of this information, but the better quality guitars produced in America regularly do. So where are these codes? Normally they are stamped or inked onto the back or sides of the pot. So reading them will require opening control cavities, removing scratchplates, or in the case of a semi acoustic, removing the pots entirely. Codes can be worn, obscured by solder and other components, or simply very small.

Finding them is not always easy; this is obviously not something for the faint-hearted, but once performed a few times, nowhere near as daunting as it might at first seem. There are many exceptions and variations to the general rules described below, some of which are highlighted in the examples at the end. Part numbers Many pots do not have part numbers, but the larger guitar manufacturers did list pots by part number in their spare parts manuals.

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Check and adjust the action at the nut. Measure the high e string and the low E string at the 12th fret by placing a precision ruler on top of the 12th fret. To raise the saddle piece, tighten the setscrew. To lower the saddle piece, loosen the setscrew. Place a radius gauge that corresponds to your fretboard radius on the strings. The gauge should be able to sit on the low and high E strings while touching the middle strings.

To summarize, if the Fender instrument is later than mid , and was originally not blond in color, the body wood should be Alder!

Return to the Main Index. Sometimes there just isn’t enough information on electric instruments and amps to allow them to be properely dated. And many people ask me to try and determine the year of their old amplifier, or to help them with the year of their older off-brand electric guitar. Since I primarily collect amps by Fender, and guitars by Gibson, Fender, Martin, National, Epiphone, Gretsch and Rickenbacker, I really can’t help them with these other less popular brands.

As you have probably noticed, there is plenty of information here to help date the brands that I am interested in. But where does that leave everyone else? Well I’m not one to leave you out in the informational cold, so here’s something that I use quite often in dating amplifiers and electric guitars. It’s called the “source-date code”, and it can help determine the approximate age of an electric instrument by the date its components were manufactured.

Source-Date Codes On American made vintage gear, the pots and speakers provide an excellent opportunity to date a piece of equipment by referencing their “source-date code”. The source-date code found on pots and speakers gives the manufacturer and date roughly when the components were made. It may have been some time before the part was installed at the factory, but it still provides a good approximation of when the gear was made. The source-date code will signify the earliest possible date that the instrument or amp could have been made.

This isn’t going to be exact, but it will give you a “ball-park” age. And remember, even the dates indicated by the pots aren’t that exact.

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Bass 6 , to Typical wear on a ‘s Fender maple fingerboard. Fingerboard Material Maple fingerboard, s: This was the standard neck on all models until when the Jazzmaster was introduced with a rosewood fingerboard; the rest of the Fender models changed to rosewood fingerboards in mid

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This guitar has a nice weight at well under 9 lbs: The neck has a comfortable 59 profile: This was used as a reference color guitar over the years, and has never left the Memphis factory since until now. This was a limited release guitar from The new Gibson ES in a Sunset Burst finish is designed with historic hollow-body features at heart. This impressive guitar incorporates modern enhancements like an ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles, and a hand-wired MTC control assembly paired to our MHS P pickups with hum-canceling capabilities.

The plastic is still on the black pickguard. With an estimated 40 to 50 left-handed instruments built up to the late ‘s, the Duo-Jet is an extremely rare model in factory left-handed, and even more rare when considering it is a lefty Golden Era single-cut Duo-Jet! For a left handed vintage Strat, this is as rare as it gets!

This is a factory original Left Handed Fender Strat in the ultra rare custom color finish: The letters are in a style that is typically seen on custom color finishes done by the Fender factory. This is a Heritage , jazz box similar to an L This one has massive flame on top, bottom, sides, and neck.

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Dating s Fender Guitars by Neck Code: You may recall that I wrote an article in the March issue of TCG that described my research findings for dating Fender guitars and basses with those whacky green or red ink stamped codes. In , CBS-Fender began to implement a new type of neck stamp in place of the usual date stamp consisting of model code, month, year, neck width e. The new code consisted of 6, 7 or 8 digits and was usually stamped in green ink.

However, instead of the little thumbwheels that adjust height by pushing the two bridge sections apart, Jolana bridges have oversized threaded shafts that work like a clamp, pushing against the top of the guitar.

If you’re not familiar with my site, it’s simple, and you’ll love it or hate it: It’s not a fancy site but it remains unchanged since ’98 so I figure, “if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it. Just click on any underlined text and it should open a picture; if you move your cursor over the pic and there’s a magnifying glass displayed instead of your cursor, click the pic and it will expand it to larger size. If you have any preference over overall look, i. When I think of lap steels I don’t envision fine woods and expensive cosmetic appointments.

No, a lap is a slab of wood with tuners and a pickup. This was the thinking behind the Artisan EA With its single Strat style single coil it’s capable of producing quality country, blues, or of course Hawaiian music. It features a hardwood body and neck, Roman numeral position markers, single-coil pickup, volume and tone controls, chrome hardware and a stainless steel pickguard. With the Trilogy, each string has 3 positions with a straight tuning and 2 detune stops.

The lap steel is in nice shape and includes gigbag and a quality steel slide. Boss AC-2 Acoustic Simulator , power supply.

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About Guitars Buying a new guitar is a considerable investment for most of us. An instrument is all about inspiration. You are the musician and the guitar is the tool you use to express your feelings and music. This has nothing to do with what models you choose or how much they cost. Some basic knowledge about the different wood types, neck and body profiles, pickups etc will help you in making the best choice.

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Four decades of guitars from Czechoslovakia. When I wrote my original article about Eastern European guitars [Guitars of the Cold War, Vintage Guitar Magazine, January ], I was still in the process of researching the roots of these instruments. In the first two installments, I had focused on Russia almost exclusively, though I did mention Jolana guitars briefly.

Since then, a lot of new information has come to light, enough to dedicate this third installment of “Guitars Of The Cold War” exclusively to guitars built in Czechoslovakia. This is their story. The Czech Republic has a rich musical instrument building heritage.

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