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Guitar Collection

 

 

Here is a sample of our collection  - We collect these fine instruments because we love them and want to learn as much as possible about them.  Please contact us if you need any information about these or other vintage instruments.  These instruments are NOT FOR SALE.

Information posted here is to show the array of instruments that we work on and is for reference only!

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Fender

 

Stratocaster with Floyd

 

 

 

 

 

Really nice USA Strat, this is one of our favorite players, it just seems to have what's needed. 

It is equipped with a Floyd and humbucker at the bridge.

Nice!, Nice!, Nice!

Something certainly went right when they put this one together it sings!.

 

Fender Stratocaster Custom Splatter

This is a guitar that we did some work on a number of years ago - the guitar was finished by Fender but needed some restoration - its now perfect.
Fender Stratocaster SRV

(Greasy Groove Custom)

 

This is a very nice Strat that we have, it has a SRV neck but I always felt dissapointed with the body color on an SRV so we dressed this one up with a beautiful honey burst and fitted one of our cream pearl pickguard's - it grabs attention from everyone.
Fender 1962 Jaguar

Original 62 Jaguar with the rare and very early slab finger board.  Dated April 1962 - this is a very early Jaguar and has a wonderful chunky neck.

All original wiring and electronics.

Fender 1966 Jaguar

This is a pristine 1966 Jaguar (someone replaced the bridge pickup for a seymore duncan little 59) - the original came with it as did the original case bill of sale strap and fender catalogue.  Its a gem! - We will have to put the original pickup back in her - the rest of the wiring pots and solder joints are 100% intact and original.
Fender 2000 Telecaster

I always think that Telecasters need a dress up to look really great.  We kept this pretty simple with a bridge change and fitted a Bigsby.  the Bridge pickup has been changed for a Seymore Duncan.

Sounds wicked!

Fender Precision bass

Straight forward P Bass hanging on our wall for reference purposes - it will get a  custom job one of these days.
Fender Jazz bass

 

Straight forward Jazz Bass hanging on our wall for reference purposes - it will get a  custom job one of these days.
Fender Single P/U Stratocaster

(Greasy Groove Custom)

 

80's Made in Japan single pickup Strat.

We,ve seen a few of these kicking around over the years and they make nice guitars.  The original coors seem to be a bit off so its nice to get a chance to dress one of these up.

This one looks a complete Doll now that its got a great looking Cool pickguard and a dreamy black painty job.  The necks on these Strats are often black already making them Ideal candidates for a dark image.  We dressed one up in Goth gear for a customer a couple of months ago - he was delighted! 

       
 

Gibson

 

ES 175D (1963)

 

 

 

 

 

Original and still in her prime.  A really nice vintage Gibson Es 175D in sunburst.
Gibson ES-295
 

These guitars have always been a favorite of mine.  They are actually built on a 175 body with the classic gold finish.  They got the number 295 based on the initial selling price of $295.

An altogether different sound and bite than a traditional ES175, due to the P90 pickups. 

Gibson Les Paul Custom ('89)  

Great Les Paul Custom in white.  The white ones always look great because of the contrast with the ebony fingerboard.  This baby has nicely yellowed off here and there giving it a nicely played look.
Gibson Les Paul Junior (1958)

Modified

This is a 58 Les Paul Junior that was routed out to add two DiMazio pickups - the work seems to have been done a long time ago.  The finish is original and although it has been modified, it plays and drives like a dream.
Gibson 1965 ES125T I have always loved these thinline 125's, they seem to have so much life in them somehow.  This one is in really nice shape, it came to us with a slightly loose neck but that was an easy fix that left no trace of ever being loose.
Gibson Flying V '67 Reissue No collection is complete without a flying V.  We dressed this one up with a carved birdseye maple pickguard inlaid with a red pearl dragon.
       

 

Gretsch

 

Double Anniversary (1961)

Gretsch Guitars just seem to have the looks.  This 6117 double anniversary is in pristine condition and plays like butter.  It has the original Hilo-Tron's and sounds pretty nice.  I've seen many Hilo-Tron Guitars and they can vary greatly in sound quality.  The pickup has a bit of a weak reputation but can sound really rockin if driven hard into an amp.  The TV Jones pickups (TV-Tron) that are available as a replacements have an altogether different quality, they are fabulous - I'd change them in a heart beat if I were to decide to gig this guitar regularly.

 

For me, its all about how useful a guitar is and sometimes you have to give a bit of Hot Rodding and it comes alive.  That's what I like to do and that's why I love this business.

 

I think that these early double anniversary's are missed by a lot of people who figure that its better to buy a newer 6120.  For me, I'd rather source a good old 6117 and give here a fresh look with custom pickguards.  Spice up the looks and then increase the horsepower in the pickup area and all at once, you have a guitar that will flatten any modern day "wanna be" copy.  I'm old school when it comes to guitars, It hurts to think that buying a new Gretsch these days is actually more like buying a Fender made Gretsch copy.

Gretsch 1956 Country Club

The absolute best guitar I own.  The Neck feels great and the whole feel of the guitar is just inspiring.   The guitar plays like butter and sounds like everything I could have hoped for.  This is the guitar that drives me the most crazy - I find it hard to pass it without picking it up and playing it yet I am so scared of damaging it that I feel like locking it away somewhere.  Honestly though Anyone who has a guitar and doesn't play it needs to sell it to someone who can appreciate it.  Guitars are meant to be played regardless of their age value or prestige.
Gretsch 1968 Single Anniversary Nice straight and original gretsch.  This one will probably end up getting a make over by us in the near future.

 

I feel anger towards a little music store in New York when I get to this one.  "RIVINGTON GUITARS" shipped a guitar like this to me with a broken neck and claimed it got broken during shipping - Believe me I have packed and unpacked and fixed to many guitars to know that the damage to this guitar occured prior to packing.  Watch out for the many so called trustworthy guitar stores out there, they can all sell you something lessor than they claim to make a quick buck.  If ever you are unsure, always have a luthier or knowledgeable person check something out for you.  Send me an email if you want any advice - I'll do what I can with advice.

Gretsch 6120w - (1989) I have personally owned this guitar since new.  I originally imported the guitar to the UK and it was one of the first newer issues to ever arrive there.  These guitars are second to none - they ring out like a true Gretsch should.
Gretsch 6120KS - (2002)

(Greasy Groove Custom)

 

This is a Gretsch Keith Scott Guitar that we took and replaced the guard and covers with Leopard print designs.  I think of all the designs we work with, I enjoy the animal print stuff the most.

This also came with Dynasonic pickups that I felt were a little disappointing sound wise.  We routed out the pickup holes and fitted TV Jones Classics - now it's just great!.  When we route a guitar like this we ensure that the final finish is in keeping with the excellence of the guitar.  I can never understand why so many so called luthiers leave rough routing hidden underneath pickguards.

Gretsch Synchromatic

w Bolt on Maple Neck

This is a 2002 Gretsch sparkle jet that we came across - its stayed with us because its the only one we have seen with a bolt on maple neck - Bo Diddley signed this one for us so its now a keeper.
 

Hofner

 

1959 Senator One of the great senators made by hofner.

This one is actually a 596 model which suggests that this came straight from the Hofner plant and was not handled by the Selmer company.  Selmer were a UK distributor who marketed the Hofner models by name instead of by the type number. this model is made from flame maple with an unusual headstock design. 

Hofner President

Prototype built for and previously owned by Jimmy Bruno

As I scroll down this list I can't help feeling that I am saying how great every guitar is - I dwelled on that for a moment and realized that they ought to be simply because they are the cream of the crop from the constant stream of instruments that I have owned.  I think that if you buy a guitar, it should be because its a great guitar, not just because of what it says on the headstock.  This is a truly great instrument that I came accross at the Hofner stand at the 2006 MIAC show - How everyone managed to walk past and not be drawn by its charm surely "Gob Smacks" me.  I played many Hofner guitars at their stand that day but there was one that simply felt alive and had that Buy me sort of Charm - this was it.  It was later that I found out that it was one of two prototypes made for and owned by (Jazz Guitar Great) Jimmy Bruno. 
Hofner Solid Electric    
  Upright bass    
 

Framus

 

Framus Bass

Framus - Always quirky - always something odd yet cool about these guitars.  This bass sounds pretty good but I find the neck to be too narrow for me, it takes a little getting used to.  These can be good guitars if you look at a lot and find the right one that was built on a good day at the factory.  They are quirky but that's what collecting is all about.
 

Stewart

 

Wondertone (1957)

SS Stewart Guitar - Model (Wondertone).  To the best of our efforts we date this circa 1957.  The finish is actually painted but looks like tiger maple even from a few feet away.

This one was slipped to me by an unscrupulous seller on ebay that never mentioned the loose neck in the auction blurb - Oh well!.  Lucky for me I'm a luthier and its as solid as a rock now.

Ibanez

Roadstar   I hated this guitar it had to go!
 

Supro

 

 

 
 

Epiphone

 

Epi Special  
Epiphone Epiphone broadway 1964 This cutaway archtop guitar features a thinner neck, two mini-humbucking pickups, and the  tail piece. It was produced after the Gibson purchase of Epiphone when they continued to put out high quality under the Epiphone logo.
 

DanElectro

 

U56

These Dan Electros are a nice instrument. They are and always have been a little quirky in way of construction and for that reason tend to give unique sounds.
 

Minarik

  

Inferno

The Interno - We just had to have one.  Each flame lick is its own chamber and this one sounds awesome.

Great Rock guitar but has surprisingly great mellow sounds - sounds just huge when played clean.

 

Minarik

  

Goddess

Extremely nice playing Guitar - I have become a fan of Minarik guitars and like what Bill and Mark are producing  - the quality is excellent and its got its own all important vibe.
 

Washburn

 

Prairie Song

 
Burns 2005 Hank Marvin Always been a Hank Marvin fan since I heard my first shadows tune (Atlantis).

Hank has a simple but unique sound and has his own style that has inspired so many.  This guitar is a dream to play.  It leaves strats behind and its such a pitty that north America doesn'y understand what burs was all about.  This one is great and the trem is a great reproduction of the original - These burns custom issues are fabulous guitars and are to be taken really seriously.

Austin 62' ERA Tele We have customized a few Austin guitars and we find them to be a nice instrument.  This one has stuck with us just because it plays so well and sounds just great.  It came equipped with Wilkinson hardware and pickups.
       
Harmony 610 Custom I met Charlie Subecz (President of Harmony Guitars) at NAMM and we got talking about bigger hollowbody guitars - he put this in my hands.

These are so reasonably priced for what they are.  The neck on this has a wonderful '50's feel and I love the fullness of sound - I had expected to have to change the pickups to get a great sound but quiet honestly these are as near perfect.  My thing is Rockabilly and this just fits in great for my style.  This one is my daily player now.

My Favourite guitar has to be my 56 Gretsch Country Club - I have never played anything better.  It shocks me to say that out of everything listed here, this Harmony is my second choice for gigs.  Without question its the best guitar I ever laid my hand on for less than $1000

 

Harmony

 

Archtop

 
Ventures

Wison Brothers

Ventures Strat Style This just got put aside as a keeper when Bob Bogle and Don Wilson signed it for us.
 

OTHERS

 

     
 

Hybrid

Greasy Groove Custom

Custom Fretless Bass

(Greasy Groove Custom)

 

This is a Bass that we Built here in our shop.  We wanted to build a really nice fretless that had the look and feel of a pre bass.  The maple neck is a real players neck and is beautifully finished with a ebony finger board.  We went for nice grover tuners and kept the rest of the bass looking fairly stock.

The Body is solid Alder and the electronics are all fender.

 

Hammond

 

M100 Organ We also work on other instruments as well as guitars.  This Hammond M100 needed some replacement switches and some TLC to bring her up to spec.  It now sits in our studio.  We have also dome cabinet work and modification work to other Hammonds.
 

Lowrey

 

Special    
 

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VARDES Accordian We occasionally get to work on interesting projects.  This accordion has had some of the Mother of Toilet Seat repaired and replaced by us.
 

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PIGMI Accordian Again - our material skills allowed us to replace a black key and do some inlay work repair on the instrument.
 

 

Alto Sax    
 

Conn

 

Baratone Sax We have replaced many of the Mother of pearl key inserts on brass instruments.
       
 

Hammond

 

Accordian    

 

 

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