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1974 Gibson USA Model S-1

The big guitar manufacturers all underwent a tumultuous period in the mid-1970s. I was a high school student during that period, but I had an after-school job teaching guitar in a music store. I got to see firsthand the guitars of that period and the adjustments they had to make to compete in those times. Many of the guitar companies were bought up by huge multinational conglomerates. Fender was gobbled up by CBS. Gibson became part of Norlin. To these big companies, building musical instruments out of wood was just like building furniture. They tried to force the guitar manufacturers to adopt non-traditional methods of guitar making and cost-cutting measures. A lot of the guitars of the Seventies were junk as a result, but there were some unusual instruments that had a lot of personality. One of them was the Gibson S-1. Gibson wanted something with a strong single-coil sound that could compete with Fender, head-to-head. They got Bill Lawrence, famous pickup designer extraordin

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