Guest blogger Michael Wright remembers the Guild S-200, an unpopular model when it was first released but now quite desirable model that inspired the now-sold out Eastwood Custom Shop S-200. This model is also a reminder of the era when the acoustic sounds of folk music gave way to electric guitars… Where were you when […]
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 highlights the story of an oddball Gretsch, designed by Jimmie Webster. Not a lot of people loved it at the time… but it was a visionary creation! History seems to go in cycles, it appears. Not perfect circles, but close enough. When it comes to guitars we seem to go through […]
Casio. Not a name you’d expect to find on a guitar’s headstock. But yes it’s true – they did have a go at guitar manufacturing, and guest blogger Michael Wright tells us more about the Casio MG-500 MIDI Guitar! Back in the mid-1970s guitar players got a bad scare from Disco. Hard rock had ruled […]
The 1984 Aria Pro II RS Series Rev Sound RS-E is much more than a Strat lookalike. Guest blogger Michael Wright explains why he loves this rare and very special model… Most guitars first speak to me as visual works of art. The color, the shape, or some sort of unique design. Or it might be […]
Guest blogger Michael Wright highlights a little-known EKO model… from the Eighties! EKO guitars were almost archetypically “’60s” guitars. Cool colors, cool shapes. And not expensive. They were the stuff of garage-band dreams, at least before Japanese guitars dominated the budget guitar market. But, if you’ve ever had much experience with EKOs, you know they […]
If you’d have told me I was going to write an appreciation of a guitar like this Dean Z Autograph—let alone any Korean-made guitar—back in the ‘80s, I probably wouldn’t have laughed outright, but I certainly would have been skeptical. Then again, a good many of us probably couldn’t have imagined people writing books about or paying premium collectible prices for Japanese guitars back in the early ‘70s. Times change and reality and history intervene to challenge our preconceptions!
Go ahead, admit it. If someone told you there was a cool Sixties guitar with a factory setting called “Wild Dog” (or maybe even one called “Split-Sound”), you’d want one, wouldn’t you? Of course you would. That’s why, once I found out about the Burns Jazz Split-Sound, it went straight to the top of my wish list. But sometimes when you get what you wish for it doesn’t live up to the hype!
Jeopardy Quiz: When do you think this Bunker guitar was made? When I first laid eyes on it, I was pretty sure it was from the late 1970s. It just has that ‘70s “natural” kind of vibe. Well, the correct response would be, “What is 1968?” I was shocked. This matched none of my presuppositions about guitars from the Sixties. But then, Dave Bunker has made a career out of being ahead of his time with the unexpected.
Once upon a time I was in a used window shop in Milwaukee—true story, such a thing used to exist; they sold windows salvaged from old houses (I needed a storm window)—and some old geezer was wandering around the store yelling “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” I thought it pretty weird and didn’t immediately understand until I realized he was a Korean-era Vet and needed help and, like in most modern big box stores, there was no one around to assist him. I don’t often need much assistance in knowing about obscure guitars, but, boy, is this guitar off the radar and it makes me scream “Mayday!” Despite what I do know.
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