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 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.

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  1. robert miller says

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

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    ??? 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!

  5. Robb Pearsall says

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

  6. Tom Skrine says

    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?

  7. lou says

    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?

  8. Jim H says

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

  9. Leif Williams says

    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.

  10. Robb Brown says

    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!!

  11. Mike Robinson says

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

  12. John Austin says

    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!

  13. Mike says

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

  14. John Austin says

    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….

  15. Jeff Doran says

    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.


  16. says

    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.

  17. WMansfield says

    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

  18. says

    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!

  19. sleepi says

    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.

  20. Gary Childs says

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

  21. Steve Vaughan says

    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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