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1975 Fender Starcaster

Previously, I presented you with a post on the Gibson S-1, which was an attempt for Gibson to co-opt the Fender single-coil sound. Essentially, it looked like a Les Paul Junior that was trying to sound like a Telecaster. Today's post is the sonic mirror-image: a Fender that tried to hedge into the market for the Gibson 335 semi-hollowbody. The Starcaster featured a bound, offset semi-hollow body with an arched top and back and F-holes. This body was mated to a 70's CBS-style 3-bolt neck. The strings were inserted through the back of the guitar to a substantial bridge, a meatier version of a hard-tail Strat, which sat on a big metal block to give the bridge the height to sit over the humbucking pickups and the more steeply-angled neck joint. Unlike the Gibson, it had a maple neck and fingerboard, with black dots and one of the weirdest headstocks Fender ever made. Like the 70s Strats, it also had the micro-tilt adjustment in the neck joint, which added to the unstable feeling

Cozart Tobacco Burst Electric 12-String

You have probably seen Cozart guitars pop up on your eBay searches, but you've probably been skeptical about the quality and the prices--because the price is so low on them. I took a chance on one about a year-and-a-half ago and got one of their electric 12-strings. With a little bit of easy tweaking (adjust the truss rod and intonation, pickup height, etc.) I had a great sounding and playing electric 12-string. This was great because, I don't play one all the time. Some songs, it can be just the thing to add sparkle to a track. When I played in a band once, I happened to have an electric 12-string that I'd play for just about three songs a night: the Beatles' "Happy Birthday," Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Passionate Kisses," and the Eagles' "Hotel California." Whenever people heard the sound of that electric 12, they'd almost run for the dance floor. There are way more songs than you can imagine that have electric 12-string--stuf