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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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What's that guitar that a young Jimi Hendrix is playing?…

guitarz.blogspot.com: ...asks Guitarz reader Raul. Looks like an Epiphone Wilshire (circa 1960-62) to me. Unless you know differently! G L Wilson© 2014, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog - the blog that goes all the way to 11!Please read our photo and content policy.{{ Guitarz - guitarz.blogspot.com }} ...

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1960s Alamo Fiesta

guitarz.blogspot.comTwo things are sure about Alamo guitars: they are rare vintage US cheapos, and they do have strange shapes - strange outlines, strange pickguards, strange pickups, a look at this Alamo Fiesta says all… Alamo was an early amp company from Texas that released guitars in the 1960s, and anything I could write about it would be copied on this www.vintageguitar.com article, so it's better to r ...

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Moses Graphite 42" scale headless Vertical Jump Bass

guitarz.blogspot.com: From Moses Graphite, this is a strange one. The Moses Vertical Jump Bass straddles that indefinable area between bass guitar and electric upright bass. It is indeed designed to be played in a vertical position - I'm guessing that bizarre elongated horn allows for a shoulder strap to keep the bass in the correct position. It also has a whopping 42" scale length - we're definitely in upr ...

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One-off fretless baritone guitar with Kramer headless alu neck

guitarz.blogspot.comA fretless baritone / bass VI (depending on the strings you use - with a 78 cm scale, around 30 inches, you have the choice) is a challenging instrument, definitely one I'd love to try - though I'm really not sure I can get something good out of it! This one-off was built from a 1980s Kramer Duke short scale bass aluminium neck (with wooden inserts in the back and Ebonol fingerboard), mo ...

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Bassix Jazza – yet another eccentric electric upright bass

guitarz.blogspot.com: No, it's isn't a giant wooden spoon, it's another eccentric upright bass design from UK-based upright bass specialists Bassix. This model is called the Bassix Jazza, and again it appears to feature a bass-guitar friendly 34" scale length. Unlike the last Bassix EUB we looked at, this particular model does not fold in half. Neither does its body serve as its own carry case. Currently li ...

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One-off vintage hand-made violin bass guitar

guitarz.blogspot.com: Who's to say how old this one-off vintage hand-made violin bass guitar actually is, although I'd wager that it was post-Beatles seeing as it was McCartney that popularised the violin-shaped bass. The ingenuity that's gone into making this bass is something else. The neck appears to be from an old 6-string folk guitar - it still sports six tuners on the headstock - although the greater ...

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