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OMG!! It’s Back!! MRG 1960 SOLO KING Replica

MRG Solo King Guitar

OMG!! It’s Back!! MRG 1960 SOLO KING Replica

On special instructions from your friend and ours – Mr. Billy Gibbons – we have just finished another small run of the MRG Solo King. They will start shipping on December 9th, getting in your hands before Christmas!

First come, first served. Order yours today!

Here is the back-story…

Since 1998 myrareguitars.com has been sharing its knowledge  and history of the bizarre guitars from the late 50’s and early 60’s. As we approach our 15th anniversary, we’ve been looking for something unique to mark the “brand” and create some historical goodies for all those passionate about weird guitars. We’ve decided to issue one or two new models each year – focusing on the real “fringe” bizarre – branded with the MyRareGuitars label. These oddball collectables will feature top quality, professional materials and construction, but will keep the prices at a fun and friendly level – a thank you to all who have supported us over the years. We especially look forward to your suggestions for future models! Our initial release – the Solo King.

MRG Solo King

MRG Solo King

Only $479. FREE Shipping North America ONLY.

Details & Specifications:

  • Colours: Black
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Bolt-on Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, Dot markers
  • Scale Length: 24 3/4″
  • Width at Nut: 1 5/8″
  • Pickups: Dual Mini Humbuckers
  • Switching: 3-Way
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone
  • Bridge: Fixed Tun-O-Matic Bridge
  • Hardware: Gotoh style Nickel/Chrome
  • Strings: #9-#46
  • Case: optional hardshell case $99 extra.

Additional photos:


Mike Robinson

36 thoughts on “OMG!! It’s Back!! MRG 1960 SOLO KING Replica

robert millerPosted on  1:11 pm - Nov 14, 2012

That is one F*&^%$N ugly combination of wire and wood!!!!!!!!!!! I sure hope it sounds better than it looks.

DalePosted on  1:18 pm - Nov 14, 2012

Just a thought……If you can envision what the body would have looked like contoured to the back scalloped area. With guitar flipped over and the carve essentially cut out of the area that is waist contoured. It would have probably come right down to the pickguard but I think that would have been a pretty cool looking design. You stayed true to the original and hats off for going outside the mainstream industry box. I especially like some of the Airline models and will probably buy one.

Fernando PerdomoPosted on  1:29 pm - Nov 14, 2012

reissue the Futurama (George Harrison and Jimmy Page’s first guitar)

do it ..

I will go ahead an pre order the first one ..

IanPosted on  1:45 pm - Nov 14, 2012

I own two Kay Vanguards.

My first is an original single pickup one branded as a “True Tone” – I heard somewhere it was marketed through a line of tire stores that way. Replacement bridge, and I put new tuners on it, but its an amazing guitar. Was my main gigging guitar for a number of years.

I also have the Vanguard 2 that I bought a few years later with all the original hardware, but somehow doesn’t sound quite like my first one. Looks awesome plays pretty good, but something isn’t quite there.

If you re-make either of those with this kind of a treatment (particularly in the bridge department) I’d probably HAVE to pick one up.

Jay WilsonPosted on  2:05 pm - Nov 14, 2012

??? No video or audio demo?

Sorry guys. I don’t know anyone who buys a guitar based on the pics alone these days. It’s 2012 not 1960…

Demo up!

JimPosted on  2:16 pm - Nov 14, 2012

Nowhere near as ugly as the Gibson Reverse Flying V…

Robb PearsallPosted on  3:41 pm - Nov 14, 2012

I love this thing! Is it full or short scale? It just needs a bigsby. Trying to scrounge up pennies before they are gone.

Tom SkrinePosted on  7:18 pm - Nov 14, 2012

I like it- good job! Great look / colors available? Hows the intonation? Does it stay in tune? I want one. What type of wood is the body and neck?

louPosted on  8:16 pm - Nov 14, 2012

Very interested in this new series — looks like a lot of fun!

My requests/suggestions:
LaBaye 2X4 (four, six or twelve, your call) and/or Vox Winchester

Gibson Corvus II or III

Something Alamo-like, maybe a Fiesta or Jet?

Mike RobinsonPosted on  8:46 pm - Nov 14, 2012

How could it NOT sound better than it looks!? =)

Mike RobinsonPosted on  8:46 pm - Nov 14, 2012

Stayin’ true…

Mike RobinsonPosted on  8:47 pm - Nov 14, 2012

Might do a video, but will probably be sold out before we do.

Mike RobinsonPosted on  8:48 pm - Nov 14, 2012

full Gibson scale.

Craig RobertsonPosted on  9:50 pm - Nov 14, 2012

I used to have a Vox teardrop ten string…I would love to see a repro of that guitar.

coryPosted on  10:01 pm - Nov 14, 2012

I own two Eastwoods (Club Bass, Sidejack) and i gotta say this one looks like the coolest yet!! Cheers

Jim HPosted on  5:14 pm - Nov 15, 2012

Oh, that is not even close to being the ugliest guitar ever. It actually looks pretty cool, in a lop-sided sort of way.

Leif WilliamsPosted on  8:53 pm - Nov 15, 2012

I think this thing looks way cool, and in keeping with the reason so many of us are Eastwood fans to begin with … twisted, bizarr-o, groovy guitars that take us back to the halcyon years when imaginations ran wild, and sans the restrictions of todays builders. Just as the music was, by and large, more inventive then (and by a long shot), so too were the instruments. I might have to grab one of these.

Robb BrownPosted on  11:31 pm - Nov 15, 2012

Ugh, I distinctly remember Guitar Player magazine profiling one of these about a decade ago in their old “Encore” section at the back, and either Art Thomson (or Tom Wheeler?) did not have many good things to say about its “high school shop class body” and “under-powered pickups”.

I’m liking the fact that you guys put a body-carve on the back, and probably used great pickups for this incarnation. But seriously, the Kay Solo King has got to be one of the UGLIEST electric guitars ever. A Zenon, Zim-gar, Teisco or Guyatone reissue would be much weirder AND sweeter for your 20th anniversary!!

Mike RobinsonPosted on  8:53 am - Nov 16, 2012

Yep, those are all on the list! I think the Zenon with the “wave” pickgaurd is next…

martinPosted on  1:26 pm - Nov 16, 2012

here is my suggestion:


crazy enough and i would buy it in a heartbeat.
haven’t found the real deal yet…

anyway, a great idea Mike

John AustinPosted on  7:02 pm - Nov 16, 2012

This is a really cool guitar, bought it as soon as I read my email a couple days ago. Can’t wait to get it , and I’m sure it will be super amazing like all Mikes wares are! If I could request any guitar, maybe a plexi bodied one played by Jake from Jeff The Brotherhood?, it’s a three string guitar, totally cool and I would buy one for sure! Take care and thanks Mike for this early X-Mas gift to myself!

MikePosted on  4:05 pm - Nov 17, 2012

It’s not for me, but I’m definitely digg’n it! Cool addition to an already amazingly unique line of guitars.

John AustinPosted on  7:35 pm - Nov 18, 2012

Question about the optional hard shell case, is it designed specifically for this guitar or is a standard case you already have available for purchase? Thanks, my guitar arrived in perfect condition, except the delivery person left it in my lane way and I didn’t find it till the next day, crazy!!!, glad it didn’t get pinched….

Mike RobinsonPosted on  7:37 pm - Nov 18, 2012

do not have a specific case, just a generic rectangle case.

Robb PearsallPosted on  10:39 am - Nov 19, 2012

Are the Solo Kings gone??

Mike RobinsonPosted on  10:58 am - Nov 19, 2012

we have only TWO left.

Jeff DoranPosted on  11:14 pm - Nov 20, 2012

Hey Mike. How are you and the fam. doing? This guitar looks like a versatile axe. You could gig with it and paddle your canoe!

Seriously – very cool. Hope you guys are doing great.


Mike RobinsonPosted on  10:10 pm - Dec 11, 2012

two left.

AJ MarikPosted on  7:54 pm - Dec 28, 2012

Why is this growing on me? It reminds me of my Rickenbacker 450, but just kind of smushed out of shape. I love the fact that there’s history behind all of the Eastwood (and MRG) guitars.

WMansfieldPosted on  7:32 pm - Nov 23, 2013

I have one of these from the SUPPOSEDLY ** limited to 24** run. [Oh well, so much for exclusivity]. In any event, I love it !!! The awkward and formidable looking body, is suprisingly comfortable and the long straight edge makes a perfect ergonomic armrest when standing and not playing. The mini- humbuckers sound authentically vintage, too IMHO. The only thing I found to be different from the originals, was the tuners. Mine arrived with large, bright white
banjo-type buttons which didn’t match the cream pickguard very well. I swapped them out for a nice set of off-white vintage-style, small
button Klusons; which really fit the look and vibe far better. All in all, a very cool aquisition that satisfied a
very long, frustrating search for an
original, which are virtually impossible to find. HIGHLY

RavenPosted on  4:57 pm - Dec 2, 2013

I LOVE the Solo King! It’s not ugly. Those Airline map guitars are ugly!

My request? How about a Teisco Mayqueen? I’d buy one of those in a minute!

Dan WeissPosted on  4:03 am - Dec 6, 2013

I’d like one, but without the track-lighting decal on the back. >.<

sleepiPosted on  2:27 pm - Dec 23, 2013

If there was one guitar that I’d buy no matter what if you made it, it would be a faithful reproduction of the Aria Diamond SG12T.

Gary ChildsPosted on  6:50 pm - Dec 23, 2013

So how many are in this new run? What’s the story with Billy Gibbons? How many in total were made now?

Steve VaughanPosted on  1:34 pm - Feb 24, 2014

How about re-issuing the Watkins Rapier. Not the one that is a copy of a Strat. The one I’m thinking of was the original shape with a serial number below #350.

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