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Le Capitaine – a Les Paul style guitar by 42nd Street Guitars

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Le Capitaine – a Les Paul style guitar by 42nd Street Guitars

Very excited to find this guitar – and this guitar maker! Another wonderful British guitar maker too! I don’t know about you, but to me, this just screams ‘classic hot-rod guitar’. The clean, stripped down lines of a Les Paul style timeless classic pared down to its essentials – you just know how it’s going to sound, somehow. I’d love to get my ands on this to confirm what my eyes are telling me. About 42nd Street Guitars: 42nd Street Guitars was founded by Angela Arnott – the ‘Guitar Angel’ – a UK-based luthier with more than thirty years experience in vintage guitar restoration, modification and repairs. (For information regarding restoration work, repairs or painting check out our other website guitarangel.co.uk) Sensing that top-quality instruments were becoming out of reach for many players, we decided to put all our expertise and knowledge to good use, developing our own range of ‘American vintage’ inspired guitars – all built in the UK. Why did we choose the name “42nd Street Guitars”? Quite simply because 42nd Street is a place where dreams come true. All our models have carefully selected high quality hardware, electrics and components, this along with premium grade tonewoods, means 42nd street guitars are amongst the top luthier-built instruments available in the UK today. We also offer a range of upgrade and replacement bodies and necks, all finished in nitrocellulose paints and lacquers to the highest standards, and available in a variety of NOS and aged styles. Whether you want a pristine pre-aged closet classic or an authentically worn replica in your choice of vintage colour, we can customise all of our items to meet your individual needs. Our guitar kits – body, neck and carefully-aged nickel hardware – are a great way to get started in building your own custom instruments. We take care of the paintwork, while you get to enjoy putting it all together and to tweak the setup and the electronics to your requirements. All of our bodies are machined here in the UK from light weight and beautifully figured Swamp Ash, Red Alder and African Mahogany to exacting standards, and we test the fit of all neck pockets, pickguards and plates before shipping to ensure that the only concern you have is which pickups and electronics to choose and fit. We do not cut corners on our aged finishes. We start by giving your body a high quality as-new finish, with appropriate base coats and only then do we get to work in giving it an authentically aged, used, loved and worn appearance. The details matter to us – discoloured paint, unaffected colours under the pickguard and control plates, exposed primer, buckle marks and tobacco stains, dirty frets, worn lacquer and classic clay fret markers in all our rosewood fretboards. This attention to detail shines through in our finished instruments, which come complete with Bare Knuckle Pickups, are professionally set up and ready to be enjoyed. Whether it’s a “The Sinner”  model from our limited edition “British Masters” range, a classic golden era replica or a custom instrument to your own design, we make sure that whatever we make you is tailored to your style. Please get in touch for further information or to place an order. http://www.42ndstreetguitars.co.uk/   Share...

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Ty’s Green Dragon by Zerberus Guitars

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Ty’s Green Dragon by Zerberus Guitars

  http://www.zerberusguitars.com/ Share...

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4 New makers added to A-Z

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4 New makers added to A-Z

With a hat-tip to Francesco for giving me these! F Bass   Moffa Guitars   D’Aqisto (re-issues by Aria)     Coura (Kenya Guitars) Share...

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F Bass – Alain Caron Signature

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F Bass – Alain Caron Signature

Stunning looking bass. Seriously – makes me want to be a bass player … again. Ahem – not that I ever was – I mean since the last time I wanted to be a bass player. (Hat tip to Scott Levine at http://scottsbasslessons.com/ for alerting me to this manufacturer).   fBass say: This model was developed in collaboration with Alain Caron over many years. The AC line was inspired by Alain’s desire to have one bass that could do it all, having an extended range with easy access for soloing and being able to produce anything from acoustic to modern electric tones. This wide variety of tonal possibilities is mainly due to the configuration of pickups and controls. As well as offering a “standard” magnetic tone, the piezo pickup and chambered body allows you access to acoustic tones, and the attack that an acoustic instrument offers. The two separate volumes allow you to blend the magnetic and piezo pickups in any amount of each, not limiting you to the fixed levels of a blend control. The passive tone control functions whether in passive or active mode enabling it to modify a different set of frequencies than the ones affected by the active tone controls. This bass is the “King of Fretless” with a very “BIG” sound!   http://www.fbass.com/ Share...

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Samurai by Manuel Ali

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Samurai by Manuel Ali

  http://www.gitarrenwerkstatt-lippe.de/ Share...

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The Dragon’s teeth …

Posted by on 12:54 pm in Exotic materials, Gallery, Solid Body, Weird | 0 comments

The Dragon’s teeth …

I posted a picture of this guitar sometime earlier but I didn’t really know anything of the backstory. However, there’s a new article all about it now at Guitar World. If you look at the pages here, there’s no shortage of exotic materials on display – shells, hardwoods, semi-precious stones (or even precious stones – remember the Flora Aurum by Jens Ritter?) etc., etc.. But what about sharks teeth – or even puppy teeth? Oh yes … luthier Virgil Mandanici (and his wife) thought that for his first guitar build ever, incorporating puppy teeth in the design might be a good idea. Well, everyone’s got a story, but when the upshot is that the guitar sells a year or so on for $17,000, I guess that’s a result and speaks to the fine qualities of the instrument as well as the imagination and craftsmanship involved. You could say Virgil well and truly signed his indenture with this one! FROM GUITAR WORLD: For inlay work, guitar builders often use all kinds of exotic materials, including shells, hardwoods, semiprecious stones and precious metals. When building his Dueling Dragons guitar, luthier Virgil Mandanici of Virgil Guitars in Tampa, Florida, utilized all of the above, but he also incorporated two more unusual materials: teeth from prehistoric sharks, for the dragons’ teeth and claws, and puppy teeth, for the dragons’ horns. “Using puppy teeth was my wife Lorrie’s idea,” Mandanici says. “She saved our puppy dogs’ teeth when they fell out, which usually happens when you are playing tug of war with them using old socks. One day she found an eyetooth from one, which I thought would make a perfect horn for the dragons. It took about a week to get the other tooth. I kept offering her a pair of pliers until that tooth finally came out!” READ MORE AT GUITAR WORLD   Share...

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Amps by Jesse Davey and Howard Wilson Robinson

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Amps by Jesse Davey and Howard Wilson Robinson

Sod beautiful guitars. How about beautiful amps? The hand-built, hand-crafted Kingtone 100 watt head by Jesse Davey and Howard Wilson Robinson.   Commissions only I believe, but pay a visit to Lindsay Wilson Guitars: Share...

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The Secret to a Great Bass Tone

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The Secret to a Great Bass Tone

Not so long ago, I thought I might like to learn bass. I didn’t – (bugger me, it’s harder than you think) but I did come across this great guy who offers fantastic online bass lessons. He’s Scott Devine and here is one of his latest videos:   More info at http://scottsbasslessons.com/ Share...

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Custom Resin Top by Michael Spalt

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Custom Resin Top by Michael Spalt

I post quite a lot of images of Michael Spalt’s guitars. No apologies from me …   http://www.spaltinstruments.com/ Share...

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Standing with Stones

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Standing with Stones

Nothing to do with guitars or even Rolling Stones, I’m afraid. I have also produced films in my time – the last one was called ‘Standing with Stones’ and is full length feature documentary about the standing stones and stone circles of the UK and Ireland. You might enjoy… Share...

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