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'La Catedral" by Lame Horse Guitars

For your browsing enjoyment today, eBay has an amazingly beautiful and unique acoustic guitar: La Catedral from Lame Horse guitars. This custom instrument is visually stunning. I admit, I love guitars with lots of ornamentation. I think this originated with my interest of the art-deco banjos of the 1930s and it just carried over into my guitar life. I have always loved ornate instruments and this one is ornate inside and out, literally. The guitar features premium grade materials throughout and it makes an artistic statement with a lot of personality. The basic woods in the guitar are as follows: katalox back and sides, Englemann (Alpine) spruce top, Indian rosewood bridge, bubinga headplate, ebony fretboard and a seven-piece neck made of Honduras mahogany. I had never heard of katalox before. It is grown in Mexico and, in guitars, it is used for the same purposes as rosewood, ebony, cocobolo, etc. The guitar is ornamented with inlays from red abalone and turquoise. The inlay work give

Vintage Yamaha G100 Guitar Amplifier

Back in the mid-1970s, Yamaha introduced a line of amplifiers that ought to be a lot more collectible than they are. The G100 evolved over time through three variations that lasted until the mid-1980s. The amp featured today is one of the first in the series and is one of the more basic in design. The G100 was a solid-state, one-hundred-watt guitar combo amp with two twelve-inch speakers, which would compete with amps like the Fender Twin Reverb. Of course the Fender Twin was an all-tube amp, but it came with the inherent problems of tubes: maintenance and repairs. Solid state amps were generally less maintenance over time, didn't weigh as much, and were less likely to get damaged from handling on the road. They were also less expensive. Those selling points made solid state combos appealing to up-and-coming musicians who couldn't spare the cash for a Fender at the time.  It ought to be noted that 1970s Fenders were made by CBS, a period when many players feel that the quality

Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster

In 2017, Fender commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival by reissuing a piece or rock history. The year 1967 was known as the “Summer of Love” as it marked the peak year of the Hippie subculture. A year later, the tide of the Vietnam War would turn from the Tet Offensive, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy would be assassinated, and Richard Nixon would be elected. At Monterey Pop, Hendrix amazed the world with guitar sounds and showmanship. For his last number, a cover of “Wild Thing,” he brought out a hand-painted Fender Stratocaster. The floral design had been painted on in nail polish enamel. After several minutes of radical sonic exploration, Jimi set the guitar on fire as it howled with feedback. The Fender reissue has the same floral design that graced the original. It includes Jimi's likeness on the neck plate and his signature on the back of the headstock. It’s an attractive guitar and a great piece of rock memorabilia. It's on eBay currentl

Keith Richards' Custom Telecaster

Want to own a piece of rock history? Got a spare two million bucks to spend? Here you go-- On eBay right now, a legendary guitar from a legendary guitarist. This is a 1978 custom Telecaster-shaped guitar built by Keith Richards' lu t hier, Ted Newman Jones. The guitar was built for Richards and he played it on the 1977 recording sessions for "Some Girls" and the 1978 tour. You can see him playing it on the music videos for "Miss You" and "Far Away Eyes." The guitar had several modifications to bridge, neck, and pickups over its life as a working instrument. Details are in the eBay listing. It has a basic maple neck with rosewood board with OEM tuners. The signed pick guard is made from wood and the guitar has Straplocks. It's one of the few Keith Richards guitars ever to be sold and, the way Keith is going, he may reach 150 years old before he passes away and more of his collection goes on the market. Enjoy the pics.  

Ovation Collectors Edition: 1976 Bicentennial Model

It was dangerous for me in high school. I was a 17 year-old guitarist with established credit at the local music store. Over the years I was in high school, I bought several guitars from a small, family-run music store in Southeast Alaska. A few of them I had bought on time and I faithfully paid them off. This meant that I could pretty much walk into the store, buy any instrument hanging on the wall, and walk out with it after putting down perhaps ten percent on it as a down payment.  One evening during the school year, I had just returned home from a band practice when the family phone rang. Remember, this was 1976, the phone was on the wall in the kitchen with a long cord. My mom handed the phone to me with a quizzical look because she didn't recognize the adult's voice on the other end of the call. It was the manager of the music store. He told me they had just gotten in a brand new guitar and that I had to come see it right then. It was a collectible guitar and they would o

1964 Fender Bass VI

With the popularity of the Fender Jazzmaster and the Surf music genre, Fender released an interesting octave guitar, the Bass VI. Fender had already taken the bass world by storm and dominated the sales of electric basses. The bass had become so ubiquitous that Jazz scores would refer to parts for "Fender Bass" as a name for any electric bass guitar. The Bass VI wasn't a bass guitar; it was a bass GUITAR.  You have probably seen baritone guitars, which have a longer scale length and heavier strings which are tuned down to B. The Bass VI took this to a full octave down below the guitar's standard tuning. The strings were thinner and more flexible than those found on a regular bass. The 30-inch scale length was four inches shorter than a regular bass guitar. The scale was uncomfortably long for first position chords, which sounded muddy anyways. The Bass VI strings were also closer together, making it more reasonable to play with a pick than with bare fingers as one mig

Mosrite Usa Joe Maphis Double Neck Guitar 1966 Vintage Mozlite Double

Continuing our recent interest in unusual, mutant guitars, here is the latest object of our admiration: a Mosrite Joe Maphis double neck from 1966. If you're not familiar with Joe Maphis, he was a lightning-fast country picker from the late Fifties and Sixties. This was the time when country guitar was clean and snappy. You'd never hear any distortion back in that time, at least not intentionally.  I only had the chance to play a Mosrite guitar once. It was a treat! They are truly oddball guitars from a time when builders tinkered with ideas like craftsmen and each guitar was built like a custom race car. The one I played was a single neck version, not a double, but I'm sure some of the qualities were similar.  The body on the Mosrites looked somewhat amorphous, but the single versions were something like a Strat turned upside down. The double neck version is the wider version based on that body design. The body was probably alder and the neck maple, with a rosewood fingerb