Tokai facts, theory, photos & ID thread

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.

Starplayer Bass

The only force powerful enough to stop their progress was the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, According to history, all makers dropped what they were doing to join the war time effort. Epiphone had suspended their guitar production to make aileron parts for aircraft. However, the company emerged from the war with a different face…the man whose name was on every musical instrument had died during the war.

When the war ended in Epiphone renewed its battle with Gibson, however Gibson never resumed making upright basses and Epiphone again held strong with its upright bass making prowess. The Epiphone catalog showed this line up of basses with a notion that many items were not yet back into production after WWII.

A note on identification. While the first Yngwie Strat model () is distinct from the others in that it has a small, 50’s style headstock and a two-point tremolo, the later two redesigns, launched in and , are less easily distinguished.

If you’re looking for an easy to play guitar, the action doesn’t get any lower than this baby. Excellent value and quality that’s typical of Korea today. This model was only made in one small run so there aren’t many of these around – most of the Harm 3 models feature the cats eye f-hole in a semi-hollow design while this model was a limited edition production model that’s no longer available. It features a solid archtop mahogany body, 22 fret maple set-neck with ebony fretboard and synthetic bone nut, side markers on the side of fretboard only, jumbo frets, flat The setup on this guitar is superb and the tone is warm and rich, very good choice for anything besides metal.

Last Guitar , pic2. More pics and full description at this link: Owned by Martin Miranda, my world-class tech, who was a close friend of Bernie and this was the last guitar that Bernie ever built, albeit not quite finished, and he was working on it the very day of his untimely passing. Click the link for a full description and feel free to email Martin Miranda directly at the address on the page. A killer metal axe with cool looks with Tribal graphics, Widow headstock, and beveled edges which catch light and give it a very 3D look on stage.

The main attraction of this axe, however, is one major upgrade in the tone dept. Now this guitar sounds as bad-ass as it looks.

Dating vintage kluson tuners

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Dating to around , it’s from a classic era for Fender tube amps. The aluminum drip-edge front panel was only offered for a short time on several Fender amp models making these a bit more prized. Just serviced by our tube amp technician, it’s ready to rock. The two original Oxford ‘Fender Special Design’ 10 inch speakers sound fantastic and can handle pedals easily. The genuine spring reverb is lush and the vibrato shakes like it should.

There have been several classic Fender tube amp models in the Attic recently and they’ve all sold quickly. This is a special opportunity and these amps are hard to find. Bring your favorite electric down and give it a try! Click here to hear this vintage amplifier in action! Early Silverface ‘drip edge’ model c. If you are thinking of buying an instrument on the private market, make sure you can spot these common flaws. Lifting bridges Most bridges on acoustic guitars are simply glued to the guitar top.

MOSRITE The Ventures model

If you’re looking for an easy to play guitar, the action doesn’t get any lower than this baby. Excellent value and quality that’s typical of Korea today. This model was only made in one small run so there aren’t many of these around – most of the Harm 3 models feature the cats eye f-hole in a semi-hollow design while this model was a limited edition production model that’s no longer available.

It features a solid archtop mahogany body, 22 fret maple set-neck with ebony fretboard and synthetic bone nut, side markers on the side of fretboard only, jumbo frets, flat The setup on this guitar is superb and the tone is warm and rich, very good choice for anything besides metal.

Sep 03,  · On the typical Kluson key, the tuner shaft also sticks out of the opposite side of the housing. Check any Kluson for that. In the late 40s, a version [the first] came out without that feature, but with the confusing “single line, with info”, like a late 50’s.

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The latest and greatest reissue of the original early 50s black guard Tele, replacing the American Vintage ‘ This one has all the black guard era vibe with period correct hardware and pickups, but adds modern features such as pickup switching and the modern 9. It features a solid ash body with gloss nitrocellulose finish, 21 tall vintage fret neck that’s also nitro-finished, chunky ’52 U-shaped maple neck with 9.

The Tele has always been the workhorse guitar in the Fender stable and none more than the butterscotch black guard Strat. It has all the twang you know and love in a Tele and this 9. It is set up with very low action and sounds very alive, even when unplugged. Includes Fender black case and certificate. These guitars already have a great vintage vibe with an authentic looking two-tone sunburst gloss finish, parchment parts, and tinted neck, so the vintage logo is icing on the cake.

Other features include C-shaped maple neck with maple fingerboard and modern 9. Like the early vintage models this guitar also has stacked knobs with a volume and tone on each pot. The tone pots are the click type, rather than a smooth taper; nice touch.

Identifying an Yngwie Strat

I’m hoping to find the earliest serial number possible of a Martin featuring these Kluson tuners with the ultra thin pancake-like riveted cog wheels. The reason for this is to learn if the tuners were marketed before April They were patented in but the application for this was filed on April 10,

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All models made during WW2. The post-war logo has the “G” and the “N” with a tail that drops below the other letters. Dot on “i” connected to “G”: Dot on “i” free from “G”: Gibson always used nitrocellulose lacquer for all instruments from to present. Some other special order custom colors were available. Prior to , Gibson used mostly spirit varnish. This is very similar to Behlen’s Violin Varnish still available today. This spirit varnish produces a eggshell crazing patina. Around is when Gibson started experimenting with Nitrocellulose laquer, and by all models were using lacquer.

In the lacquer experimentation process began on less expensive models like the opaque white top A3, L3, and Sheraton Brown “A” models. Note that all staining was done with water based aniline dyes directly on the wood. As for binding, all bindings were scraped clean of varnish and stain at the end of the finishing process.

War time Kluson tuners – Martin serial numbers wanted

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Paramount’s Gibson J (used in Loving You, King Creole, G.I. Blues, Tickle Me). Elvis with J in a promotional shot for Loving You – Photo.

I have seen four A stamps on Natural finished bodies, and a trans-red with an A stamp. I’ve seen a C on a Monaco Yellow and a Sunburst. I have also seen a D, along with an A on a Sunburst body. This is just a theory, but if only A’s were put on Natural finished guitars as an example, it could help determine if a guitar is refinished. The number will have an ‘S’ prefix possibly an ‘E’, read below followed by a six digit number.

The first digit is supposed to reflect the year of manufacture, but there are major overlaps in this regard, and the serial number should not be used to ID a guitar’s exact year of manufacture. The last five digits are basically random. An important thing to look for are the matching serial number stickers in the neck pocket and on the pickguard. All bodies are Ash, and usually a heavy piece. Most Natural and Sunburts finished guitars seem to be three-piece bodies, painted ones may be more.

Necks are Maple, and are constructed from one complete piece if they have a Maple fingerboard. The trussrod was inserted through the back of the neck and the channel filled with the Walnut “skunk stripe”.

Vintage Tuners String Change – Kluson style