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Le Capitaine – a Les Paul style guitar by 42nd Street Guitars
Oct24

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...

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A ’68 Gibson Les Paul – in sparkly blue … with killer whales!
Mar12

A ’68 Gibson Les Paul – in sparkly blue … with killer whales!

Bruce Johnson from Toronto sent me these pics of his Les Paul which he has owned for 17 years. Apart from the fact that it has a blue sparkle finish with a killer whale motif (!), it’s interesting from a back-story point of view. In Bruce’s own words: The story I heard from the guy I bought it from was the the fellow who painted it did four guitars like this. One for Clapton (supposedly a Strat), one for Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick (an Explorer), one for Jimmy Page ( a tele) and the one I have, with no word on who the supposedly famous guitarist was that it was owned by or intended for. Makes for a fun story with no way of backing it up, and all the research I’ve done leads to dead ends …. except … Clapton had a Strat that he sold in one of his auctions. The last I heard, the Hard Rock chain had it at their Chicago location. I’ve seen pictures of it and it has airbrushed snow leopards within a gold metallic sparkle paint scheme and looks like  a brother to my LP. Spooky. As for the guitar? There’s something in the wood, it weighs a ton  (5 kilos actually) and would completely impractical to play with live. But sitting down with it on your knee it plays beautifully and sounds gorgeous. Share...

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