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Used and Vintage Guitars
About Guitars Buying a new guitar is a considerable investment for most of us. An instrument is all about inspiration. You are the musician and the guitar is the tool you use to express your feelings and music. This has nothing to do with what models you choose or how much they cost.
If you don’t already know, I am a very proud mother of the World’s cutest little angel from heaven, Coconut. She is a Maltese and is honestly the sweetest, most loving soul I have ever encountered.
You may compare these with your own speakers to determine what you have. Speakers are like ice cream; we all have our favorite taste. Some like strawberry while others like chocolate. What someone finds harsh can be beautiful sparkle to others. Speakers can have different frequency response depending on materials and construction design, like cone shape, magnet weight and coil size. New speakers will therefore sound different from vintage speakers.
There are of course exceptions to our preference of American speakers. One is a heavily cranked amp with a bright single coil guitar. The amp has a huge bottom end and a slightly edgy Fender 6L6 push-pull class AB cranked tone. Think of Keith Richards. Another example is a bright jazzmaster with bridge and neck pickup combined for some jangly surf tone, through a big clean amp like a Pro Reverb, Super Reverb or Twin Reverb with lots of reverb.
In some cases we want more power and headroom, particularly in small single speaker amps like the Princeton Reverb and the Deluxe Reverb who were poorly equipped from the Fender factory it is a big shame that the Jensen C12n never was installed in the blackface Deluxe Reverb. High power speakers are stiffer and require more power to vibrate and operate in its sweet spot. They sound great when they are fed high power, but very few of these speakers sound good with low wattage amps.
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Career[ edit ] John William Cummings was born in Queens on October 8, , the only child of a construction worker of Irish descent. He was a lifelong New York Yankees fan. He also worked as a plumber with his father before the Ramones became successful, at one point attended military school ,  and briefly attended college in Florida. He met future bandmate Douglas Colvin, later to become Dee Dee Ramone , in the early s while delivering dry cleaning.
Vintage Guitars Info’s Vintage Fender Guitars, Basses, Amps. Model Information.
Don’t let anyone try to convince you that there is a Strat Plus, they just did not exist. It was owned by a former Fender employee who recently passed away. The strings, I am certain, were the original from 87, as they were rusty and hard to pull through the nut. I have owned ‘s of Strat Plus’, as well as helping s of people to identify their guitars. I also saw where Shell Pink was listed as an available color from Fender in color code 56 but not in any of the Strat Plus brochures.
This is the oldest Strat Plus I have come across yet, as it came off the assembly-line July 27th, ! Scroll up to see John’s Custom Shop work log. The backs of the pickups do not even have any stickers with the part or patent numbers. Instead they are hand scribed most likely done by Jeff Lace when in high school.
How to Date Fender Pickups
Lightly built with scalloped braces and hot hide glue construction, with a slightly deeper body for extra low end. This is from the new limited run of Brazilian R9s from Gibson. The guitar has a great top and weight – it only weighs 8. This impressive guitar incorporates modern enhancements like an ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles, and a hand-wired MTC control assembly paired to our MHS P pickups with hum-canceling capabilities.
This is from the new limited run of Brazilian R9s — and the lefties are even more rare, with only a handful made.
The Serial Number Problem The difficulty in determing where your SRV Strat fits into the production line lies in the fact that Fender serial numbering, apparently, has only to do with internal stock control and not particular dates of manufacture.
Let me guess, bridge, trem, radius, scale length, feedback? These can be an issue, but all of which can be sorted out. This is more of an issue with the Japanese jags, as the groves arent cut deep enough, strings pop out of the saddles, the height adjustment screws tend to buzz and fall out because of the vibrations and blah blah blah. Which have screws for adjustment. But for my purposes the graphtechs worked perfectly. You should be able to minimize the choke off to only a few frets and still keep the strings at a comfortable height.
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Bigger strings can be tuned down a half or full tone and still not be too loose, resulting in an even darker, fatter and woodier tone. Together with single coil guitars and transparent Fender amps, this will give you a richer tone. If the strings are too big you will not have the necessary power, control and ability to play fast and bend and shake as easily as Stevie did. Another good example of how powerful string control makes great tone is Kirk Fletcher.
Guitar setup and frets You need a high string action to allow big strings to vibrate freely without buzzing.
Strat Plus Series was introduced by Fender in and was the highest end production model next to Fender’s Custom Shop guitars. Production was stopped in July of There was some transitional Strat Plus’ in that were a mix of the new DX Strat series and the Plus Series.
Fernandes is the parent company that made most of the company’s Fender replica guitars under its own Fernandes name. Burny is the brand name or division that focused on the making of Gibson replica guitars. For their Fender copies, they were forced to change their headstock shape completely. The rare old Fender and Gibson “lawsuit” replicas that can be found are extremely accurate in their attention to detail that the original Fender and Gibsons had.
The headstock logos were dead ringers from 15 feet away. On the Revival Stratocaster, the saddles were stamped like Fenders, except bore the F. Other details were uncanny, too, in their replication of the Fender Strat. The Tele was just as meticulously cloned as well. Most Japanese guitar manufacturers used the model number to reflect the list price of the guitar. They say the feel of the neck is identical and especially enjoy the tone of the pickups. The pickups Burny and Fernandes made for their Fender and Gibson clones are highly-regarded as some of the best vintage replica pickups.
Fernandes used L , L Vintage II, and L single coil pickups in their Fender-style guitars, while the Burny models were fitted with the now famous VH-1 pickups that have extraordinary tone. Dating a Burny or Fernandes can be loosely done by looking at the truss rod cover.
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Lawndale CA Fender’s methods of using serial numbers on steel guitars varied constantly; there is no pattern and there have even been repeated numbers used. The model is a “Custom” – they were reportedly offered from , although the bulk of them were sold between , when the Stringmaster was introduced. Usually the best way to get a rough date on these is by the presence or lack thereof of plates or decals on the body.
As this is apparenly a refinish all bets are off. You can check for pot dates, but as Fender purchased huge orders of pots in the 50’s and 60’s it’s only a “as late as” date checker and only if it can be verified by someone who knows how to check for untouched solder joints i.
Mar 15, · I would hazard a guess based on past experience that it is probably a Lately it seems a majority of guitar companies date their guitars using the 1st 4 digits of the serial.
The first Fender solidbody model, the Esquire , lasted in name only from June to October This model name was replaced by the “Broadcaster”, which lasted in name only from the October to January All Broadcasters have truss rods, where many Esquires often have no truss rod. In Gretsch had trademarked the name “BroadKaster” for a line of drums. After advertising the Broadcaster in music trade papers in February 20, , Gretsch took notice and sent Fender a telegram asking them to change their name.
Therefore Fender was forced to drop the name Broadcaster. Starting around February 22, , Fender cut the word “Broadcaster” off of their headstock decals. These models February to summer are known as “NoCasters”. Starting in the summer of , Fender adopted the name “Telecaster” for this model, and started using new decals after all the old clipped decals were used. Decal attachment was the last assembly step, so NoCasters with a February neck date are seen.
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Just finding these pickups is a challenge all its own. Even if one is purchased online at a hefty cost, how can you be sure of its vintage value? Up until , Fender did have several processes that can be measured to determine the date of their pickups. Determining Pickup Age Even if you’ve never really used a multimeter, don’t be intimidated by it for this project.
late s Kay Truetone Speed Demon – truly grouse 3-pickup guitar that just oozes character and is great to play! Overall very original, and totally usable. Sounds great! – went to Bill. Maton EG Supreme – a nice early Supreme, and in totally original condition. I love these electrics, and this one’s just back from a service and fret dress and polish with Jim Cargill.
The body is made of highly flamed maple, absolutely gorgeous. And most of all, there is a detail we have never encountered on a Country Club: The sound post connects top and back, giving the guitar a greater rigidity, to avoid feedback problems when played really loud. No heavy dings, no heavy wear. The binding deterioration, so common on ’60 Gretsches, was becoming a real problem on the guitar’s body, since it just could not be stopped in any way.
So, instead of keeping on touching it up by replacing the damaged pieces one at a time, we have chosen to ask our luthier Salvatore Mancuso to complety restore it. The restoration job is just perfect, since Mancuso has used exactly the same material, dimentions and colour of the original binding. More rare details make of this guitar a true “collector’s item”: Rare and interesting indeed! All in all, an exceptional guitar, rare and beautiful, with the same sound and circuitry of period’s s, but with an unique look and personality, with a great natural blond finish and a fantastic flamed maple body.
Introduced inl as the budget model in the Chet Atkins line, the Tennessean mod. Few guitars have such a strong personality.