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Ampeg Dan Armstrong-modified Danelectro bass, circa 1969-70

guitarz.blogspot.com: Dan Armstrong, the man who created the line of clear lucite-bodied guitars and basses bearing his name for Ampeg, freely admits that he was influenced by Danelectro:Danelectro® instruments served as far more than merely inspiration for the clear guitars and basses, as Dan virtually built his business on these guitars practically from day one. When Dan opened up his shop on 48th Street ...

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Herbert Todt / Pergold violin bass

guitarz.blogspot.comThis astonishing violin bass was created by luthier Herbert Todt for East-German company Pergold - that was probably a brand used by workers of bigger companies in Markneukirchen like Musima when they made higher end instruments in their personal workshops - for example this one has a carved solid archtop, not a plywood one, and laminated neck. And it has 'comma' soundholes, similar to b ...

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Merlijn shows us his Welson

guitarz.blogspot.com: Merlijn writes:Hello everybody from the Guitarz blog! I love reading your blogs but I want to know something from you. On the photos [above] you can see an old guitar from the brand 'Welson'. It was a famous guitar brand during the 50s and 60s. This guitar belonged to my father. I'd like to get more info about it. Could you help me?Sincerely, Merlijn.Hi Merlijn, whilst I can't give you ...

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To all our regular readers..

...I feel I owe you guys some kind of an apology about the recent scarcity of posts. I also need to thank Bertram while I am about it, as without him we'd have had zero blog posts this last week. Not only am I getting busier and busier these days just being a musician, but I've not been able to provide you all with a regular dosage of Guitarz due to my internet connection having been either AWOL all week or ...

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1978 Music Man Sabre 1

guitarz.blogspot.comUsually I don't care for strat-shaped guitars but the Music Man Sabre has an interesting story and it's not a mere copy, since it was conceived by Leo Fender himself during his short time in the company. By the time the hugely successful stratocaster shape had become an industry standard, so it was not improper for Mr Fender to re-use his own design, even if he was not owing Fender anymo ...

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Migma hollow-body

guitarz.blogspot.comIt's been too long since I last shown a Migma guitar here - the odd twin company of more famous East-German Musima. This hollow-body model has their trademark strangely shaped pickguard, extra long whammy bar and sound-holes for which I guess there is no descriptive name (feel free to propose one!)  Bertram D © 2014, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog - the blog that goes all the way to ...

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The Flying B

guitarz.blogspot.com: This blog post is the latest in a very occasional series on guitars shaped like letters of the alphabet. Obviously there's the Gibson Flying V and various other V-shaped guitars (including doublenecks that resemble a W), Explorer-style guitars that are quite Z-like in shape, Takamine's acoustic Flying A guitar, and even an S-shaped guitar. And now there's this The Borealis guitar, appa ...

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Johnny Pro solidbody electric guitar from 1980s Japan

guitarz.blogspot.com: Just when I thought I had quite a good handle on the world of guitars, along comes something else that is totally unknown to me. Had you shown me the above picture, suggested that it was Japanese in origin and asked me to identify this guitar, I'd have probably have said it was something from Daion's range of guitars, mainly because of the rear cutaway. However, this guitar is apparent ...

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Acoustic lap steel / Hawaiian guitar is quite a lapfull!

guitarz.blogspot.com: This acoustic lap steel or Hawaiian guitar has been hand-built using a large plywood box. Whether the box was made specifically for the guitar or whether it was an existing box that has been repurposed, I could not tell you. Whatever, with a soundbox that big it ought to have plenty of acoustic volume. I think if it was mine I'd be tempted to put legs on it. Currently listed on eBay UK ...

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Gibson 2013 EB Bass

guitarz.blogspot.com: These days I mainly play bass gigs. If I do pick up a 6-string more often than not it's my Fender Bass VI. But I'm quite happy in the bass department with the four basses I have in my collection. However, had I been seen this beauty when on the lookout for a bass, I think I would have been very tempted. It's a Gibson EB bass from 2013, a model that I admit I was hitherto totally unawar ...

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