Eastwood has just produced a Limited Edition of their popular Classic 12 in Metallic Blue. Only 24 of these electric 12-string guitars were made. They begin shipping Oct 10, 2012. First come, first served. Order yours today!
What could be more exciting than unwrapping a new guitar at Christmas? How about a custom color Seafoam Green Delta 6 Resonator!? What about a nifty Airline Mandola in Metallic Blue?! That’s right folks, we’ve made 12 of them in these never-been-done-before colors, ready to ship to you on December 9th, with plenty of time to stuff it under the tree for your loved ones.Just like a real Christmas present, you can’t see it until you unwrap it! (just kidding, but we won’t have pictures of them until Dec 7th) However, we know you’re going to love them, so we are taking PRE-ORDERS NOW. Of course, you will get to see some photos before we ship and you can cancel your order if you don’t like it for any reason.
Teisco guitars have run a curious course in the opinion of vintage guitar fans. There was a time when any unidentified Japanese guitar from the 1960s—and that was just about all of them, even with brand names—was said to have been “made by Teisco,” and was generally held in disdain. Then, what used to be just cheap old guitars became collectible “vintage” guitars and before you knew it, Teisco and other el-cheapos were all of a sudden desirable and treated more or less seriously.
It’s funny how history and evolution work. They follow a loosely Hegelian dialectical process of first going one way, then leaping to an opposing pole, and finally ending somewhere in the middle, only to start the process over again. This Kramer Ferrington acoustic-electric reflects one of those dialectical swings that occurred in the mid-1980s.
In the 1960′s Maurice Lipsky Music Co., a prominent importer and distributor in New York City, developed the Domino brand of guitars. In 1967 Lipsky introduced a line proto-copies carrying the Domino brand name. Most were inspired by European models such as the EKO Violin guitar. Here is the original flyer announcing the lineup from 1967, claiming “DOMINO IMAGINATION LEADS THE ROCK GENERATION!”. The California Rebel, recently reissued by Eastwood Guitars, is front and center here in 1967.
EKO was an Italian musical manufacturer, prominent in Europe from the late 50’s to the 1980’s. The brand lives on today, but the instruments are no longer produced in Italy. To the best of my knowledge, they evolved from being an accordion manufacturer in the late 50’s, to creating some of the coolest electric guitars in the early sixties. They were known for their crazy pearloid and faux woodgrain finishes, accordion switches and funky body shapes. Later in the early 1970’s, they also took over production for VOX guitars, and were distributed in USA by the LoDuco Brothers in Milwaukee. That is likely where this guitar came from.
Knowledge can be a terrible thing, especially if you’re a collector like me. Once I learn about a subject—say, an obscure guitar maker with connections to bigger things that almost no one knows about—I want one, or two. Never fails. That’s how I ended up with this 1981 Renaissance bass.
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