Can a brand new guitar be better than a legendary, vintage one? Mosrite vs. Sidejack: Which One Is Better? This is a tougher question that you might’ve thought… Before we start a fight, let’s be clear: we LOVE Mosrite here at My Rare Guitars, as Mike himself made clear in previous blogs. They sound amazing, […]
With the popularity of surf bands – especially The Ventures – taking hold in the late 1960’s, Mosrite guitars started gaining traction. Soon there were many knockoffs coming from Japan, these two with the Silvertone brand. It was a simple, solid body design, with the Mosrite body shape and featuring the slanted pickup mount. But […]
It wasn’t long after we moved back to Toronto from California that I acquired this guitar. You have to understand – I’ve bought and sold more guitars in the past 20 years than there are Beatles fans in Liverpool. When you are in the business of buying/selling guitars, you simply cannot afford to get attached to them. Yes, it is hard some times, but in the end this is what pays the bills, so you have to let them go.
For the past few years I had been looking for a really nice Mosrite Ventures Model Vintage guitar. Prices ranged from $1,500 to $4,000 depending on the year and the condition. Last year an angel descended on eBay with 35 NOS Mosrite guitars that were built in 1987. These guitars were all brand new and were never sold. They were stored in a warehouse for 14 years. Unbelievable! They were auctioned off one by one, week after week, until they were all gone. I bought the 13th one that sold. I was not disappointed.
Guest blogger Michael Wright tells us about his favourite Heavy Metal “shredding guitar”. Never mind he can’t shred… he still thinks this Ibanez RS540S Pro-Line Saber is awesome! Back at the beginning of the 1980s I became enamored of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (I didn’t make that up; that’s what it was called) […]
Guest blogger Michael Wright tells us more about this rare 1968 semi-acoustic model by Yamaha. Exquisite, and quite special for sure… My first guitar was one of those legendary acoustics with 3/4″ action, outfitted with heavy gauge (one gauge only) Black Diamond strings. I was seven. My teacher, an authoritarian Austrian gentleman, insisted I practice […]
Last night (Tuesday 8th August) it was announced the passing of Glen Campbell, a true musical giant. Here’s our tribute – and Top 10 reasons why he won’t be forgotten. Singer, songwriter, star guitarist. Glen Campbell had a fantastically rich musical career – spanning different genres, instruments and playing with some of the greatest names […]
While the 12 string guitar has been around for over a century, its role as a foreground instrument only surfaced in relatively recent rock and roll history. This blog takes a closer look at 12 unforgettable songs that wouldn’t be the same without the leading sounds of a twelve-string guitar! Sure, the instrument was favored by […]
by Michael Wright The Different Strummer It’s odd that I never thought of things this way before but it was encountering Japanese guitars that started me on the road to writing guitar history. It was probably more about coincidence—and me being cheap—than any sort of far-sighted strategy, maybe salted with a generous dash of […]
For this last musing on ugly duckling guitars, let us turn our attention to this example from Japan, this Guyatone LG-160T. The Fenton-Weill Tux-master we contemplated was pretty much unrelentingly ugly, only redeemable if you fondly remember it from your youth. The Burns UK Flyte was more of a space oddity than especially ugly, but it sure didn’t grow on me, at least. However, some unusual guitars do eventually win your heart over the more you stare at them. I think that this is the case here.
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