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Tokai Hummingbird 1960s classic from Japan

guitarz.blogspot.com: I know, I know, I know… It’s been FAR TOO LONG.  Time to get our arses into gear.  Thanks to Rich who kept the ship afloat for a long while in my absence. I’ve got lots of things I want to tell you guys about.  New guitars and basses of my own, plus a… Keep Reading

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Vintage 1960s Mark in Dartford Kent, Vox Clubman Bass for South Paws

guitarz.blogspot.com: A guilty secret of mine is that I do actually quite desire one of these: a original 1960s Vox Clubman Bass, “Made in Dartford, Kent” (England) by Jennings Musical Industries (JMI). Pre-dating the Italian-built Vox guitars of the later 1960s, the short-scale Clubman Bass was part of Vox’s range of “student” instruments. The body… Keep Reading

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A 1960s German take on the Stratocaster by Klira

guitarz.blogspot.com: This vintage 1960s S-type guitar from Klira in Germany is quite an oddity. It seems familiar yet alien at the same time what with the inclusion of features like Klira’s own branded K pickups which visually have a P90-ish vibe to them plus the Jazzmaster-ish tremolo system. The Strat-style body appears to be of… Keep Reading

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Prince RIP

guitarz.blogspot.com: What the hell is going on this year? We’ve lost so many of our beloved creative geniuses from the worlds of music and entertainment. First we lost Motorhead’s Lemmy in the very tail end of 2015 (as close enough to 2016 as damn it). Then David Bowie‘s death in January hit a lot of… Keep Reading

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Bizarro 1960s Kingston 12-string solidbody electric guitar

guitarz.blogspot.com: Here’s a real oddity, a 1960s-era Kingston 12-string solidbody, of a peculiar design that I certainly have never seen before. It is a very odd shape. It may just be me, but I fancy that if it were finished in yellow rather than black it might resemeble a certain submersible that The Beatles made… Keep Reading

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Viral video of the new SENSUS Smart Guitar

guitarz.blogspot.com: Could this change guitar forever? What do we all think? G L Wilson © 2016, Guitarz – The Original Guitar Blog – the blog that goes all the way to 11!Please read our photo and content policy. {{ Guitarz – guitarz.blogspot.com }} Guitar Blog Keep Reading

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Fender So-Cal custom design Stratocaster from 2005

guitarz.blogspot.com: This is the first time I’d seen this Korean made So-Cal Fender Stratocaster. It’s not really something I’m into, but it is a unique piece worthy of mention here on Guitarz. I’ve not had the time yet to look it up, I wonder if they only did a Strat this way. Perhaps there’s an… Keep Reading

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Dave Of England hand-built solidbody – Zemaitis related

guitarz.blogspot.com: Here‘s a stunning UK hand-built guitar from a luthier I was hitherto unaware of (hey, you can’t know them all) and which has strong stylistic and heritage links to the legendary guitars made by the late Tony Zemaitis. It’s a Dave Of England guitar, currently being offered for sale on eBay. It’d probably be… Keep Reading

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1979 MusicMan Sabre fretless bass guitar

guitarz.blogspot.com: Here we see a beautiful example of the rarely seen, and some would say more aesthetically pleasing, sibling of the Stingray bass guitar, the MusicMan Sabre. This fretless example features two of MusicMan’s own now legendary design pickups as opposed to the Stingray’s single unit and also boasts its own unique preamp design, with… Keep Reading

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Chinese counterfeit super bizarrely shaped thing labelled BC Rich

guitarz.blogspot.com: Words fail me! OK, I’ll try harder. I saw this earlier on Aliexpress.com (via Facebook). For those not in the know, Aliexpress is one source of Chinese-made counterfeirt guitars, copies of Fenders, Gibsons, Rickenbackers (often dubbed Chenders, Chibsons and Chickenbackers) amongst others such as Gretsch, BC Rich, Ibanez, etc. Occasionally they have an original… Keep Reading

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Amazing Tele-Strat hybrid 50/50 guitar from Rafael Villanova Bazaga

guitarz.blogspot.com: Can’t decide between a Strat and a Tele? Maybe you want a guitar that’s a bit of both? One answer would be this offering from Spanish luthier Rafael Villanova Bazaga which is quite literally half-Telecaster and half Stratocaster right down to the half-tremolo on the Strat side! The attention to detail is quite something.… Keep Reading

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Hohner EGS Ergonomic Guitar from 2007

guitarz.blogspot.com: I must have missed when Mr. Wilson posted the Black Hawk version of the Hohner EGS guitar. I’m sure I would have remembered seeing something like this before. Though it’s not really to my taste, I can see this 2007 Hohner EGS being appealing to some players. It has a lot of decent hardware… Keep Reading

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Hotflush Spaceking – Chinese Stratty thing from Aliexpress.com

guitarz.blogspot.com: Here’s another find from Aliexpress.com, something that the seller is calling a “Firebird” but which surely owes much more to the ever popular Fender Stratocaster. It’s as if they’ve taken the design of the Strat, flipped it over, then started cutting bits out. Almost. When I first saw a thumbnail photo, I thought the… Keep Reading

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R.I.P. Scotty Moore Guitarist For Elvis Presley 1931-2016

guitarz.blogspot.com: Sad news, Scotty Moore has passed away aged 84. I just a few moments ago read a comment about him on Facebook written by a guy called Mark Wilson (no relation to Yours Truly): Met him once, and he autographed my Hofner Committee. I thanked him for inventing rockabilly and he said “It was… Keep Reading

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Gretsch 7506 Acoustic guitar from 1972 with an unusual bridge.

guitarz.blogspot.com: This Gretsch 7506 initially caught my eye as it was not what I think of when I see the words “Gretsch” and “Acoustic” together. I’m used to the more ubiquitous triangular sound-hole that I thought was common to all of their flattop offerings.  Again, I stand corrected. Here we have a very traditional folk… Keep Reading

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Epiphone Mo’Baby. A travel sized version of the Gibson Moderne

guitarz.blogspot.com: I’ve always regarded the Gibson Moderne as an important piece of guitar history and Gibson lore. From it’s early days as a Gibson that basically didn’t really exist, to the reissues with varying headstock designs, it certainly holds a place in the pantheon of electric guitar.  But, I don’t really like it.  Here we have… Keep Reading

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Framus 12 String Semi-Hollow Guitar from the 1960s

guitarz.blogspot.com: We’ve looked at a lot of Framus Guitars guitars here on Guitarz so I was a little surprised that when I checked we hadn’t yet featured this 1960s 12 string beauty. This Framus looks to be in great shape. The seller even uses the word pristine. Short of the nick in the headstock I’d say… Keep Reading

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NAMM 2016: MXR Reverb Pedal With 6 Reverb Types

I like it when a manufacturer creates a product without resorting to crazy titles to describe their pedals, the MXR Reverb is a great example of a straight up, no nonsense, does what it says on the tin pedal. Except of course it does far more than just a single reverb it has 6 different… Keep Reading

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