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ballfinger tape and record players contrast aluminum with wood for a minimalist finish

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the german design house has just unveiled a set of vinyl and record players that combine aluminum with wood for minimalist perfection.

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1977 Burns “Jubilee” Flyte with faded UK Union Flag finish

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As I have mentioned many times in the past on this blog, I am a big fan of the Burns Flyte guitar, even though the only time I have actually seen one up close and personal was last year when my band was playing a psychedelic festival and Nick Saloman of The Bevis Frond, who were also playing, let me have a look at his.

However, I’m not so sure about the patriotic finish on this “Jubilee” example from 1977. (1977 was the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee, i.e. she’d been monarch for 25 years). Even though this is the original factory finish, the Union Flag – popularly known as the Union Jack but technically speaking it shouldn’t be referred to as such unless flown from a ship – has been poorly rendered with very thin crosses and not enough of a pinwheel effect on the diagonals. It’s made to look all the more bizarre by the process of ageing which has turned the blue background to green and the white to yellow – in fact when I first saw this I was trying to decide if it was supposed to be the Union Flag or not. If you didn’t know it was supposed to represent the flag of the United Kingdom, then perhaps it’d be easier to think of it as an abstract design. Still don’t think I’d like it.

Like it or not, it’s still a very interesting piece. This particular example was being sold by Denmark Street Guitars in London but is marked “Out Of Stock” which implies that it has either been sold or else withdrawn from sale. Unfortunately this means I cannot give you a price or value. However, three years ago, a Burns Flyte with “supposedly” original rare red finish was being offered for sale in Germany with a price of €1444. My feeling is that this Jubilee edition would be more valuable. Burns experts please feel free to correct me!

G L Wilson

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Honda Fit & Finish

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The 2016 Honda Fit holds a few best-in-class titles, including passenger space and cargo capacity.  It’s the definition of big things in small packages.  We took the 2015 Honda Fit for a spin back in January and found the cargo room to be one of it’s greatest strengths.

Plus it’s kinda cute – although under the hood, a solid performer.

The 2016 Honda Fit features a 1.5-liter i-VTEC (Variable Timing & Electronic Lift Control) engine with direct injection.  The engine is part of the Earth Dreams Technology initiative, developed by Honda to enhance fuel efficiency, power, and the overall driving experience.

Earth Dreams Technology is a focal point for Honda as they not only optimize performance but maintain a commitment to the environment.

The 1.5-liter creates 130 horsepower and 114 pound feet of torque and is paired with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) for maximized fuel efficiency.  However, a 6 speed manual is also offered.

The 2016 Honda Fit benefits from ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering), an approach by the automaker in designing the structure of their vehicles.  Benefits of ACE include better, more stable handling, sporty ride, and safety.  Right now, the Fit achieves the highest crash ratings in its class for both the U.S. government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Other standard safety features include, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, roll sensor, side curtain airbags, Electronic Brake Distribution, and Brake Assist.

There are three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L. Standard features on all models include, automatic headlights, LED brake lights, Bluetooth, and reverse camera.  Heated leather can be optioned for the Fit, along with Smart Entry Push Button Start and a moon-roof.

The 2016 Honda Fit is eye catching with unique exterior styling and 8 color choices.

The headlights flow nicely with the grille and lower intake, while well defined body lines highlight the wheels; the roof line brings out the spoiler.

The interior receives an update as well, lined with softer touch materials.

The Fit is postive for Honda and it appears the 2016 version will continue as so.

“The new Fit has been a tremendous hit with buyers seeking a fun, practical and stylish transportation solution.  It’s a satisfying car for a wide variety of needs and lifestyles.” ~ Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Honda

The 2016 Honda Fit goes on sale tomorrow, July 1st.


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Dodge Viper now available in matte finish

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Dodge now offers matte finish on any of the 8,000 colors available for the Viper, adding another step to the America supercar’s extensive paint process.

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Warmoth Telemaster in stunning Blackburst Finish

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I’m fairly surprised that the Telemaster style of guitar is as polarizing as it is. I became a fan when Fender Custom Shop built the prototype for Makin’ Music, a Chicago guitar dealer.

Since then, as I’ve researched and coveted this awesome hybrid, I have found either sheer adoration or pure vitriol for the Telemaster. Not a lot of indifference.

As a Telecaster player and a former Jazzmaster owner ( stolen in 1990…..still fills me with rage to think about it ) I cannot help but love the design.

This Telemaster built with Warmoth and USACG parts borders the line where it almost could have been too flashy or precious yet held back enough to land in a very classy place.

It was listed for $ 700 OBO in Calgary, but wasn’t up for long before someone, sadly not I, snatched it up.

R.W. Haller

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Ibanez Roadstar with Evil Ernie comic book finish

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We looked at the Batman Raven guitar a little while back. It looks like the seller has done it again.

Here we see a mid 1980s Ibanez get the Evil Ernie treatment. The less obscure guitar gets a more obscure comic.

The seller says it is “perfectly playable but looks good on a wall too”.
Which is a good thing, about the playability that is, since $ 500 would be a lot to spend on guitar-art.

R.W. Haller

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