Friday, 29 January 2016

Framus 12 String Semi-Hollow Guitar from the 1960s

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We've looked at a lot of Framus Guitars guitars here on Guitarz so I was a little surprised that when I checked we hadn't yet featured this 1960s 12 string beauty.

This Framus looks to be in great shape. The seller even uses the word pristine. Short of the nick in the headstock I'd say they would probably be right.

R.W. Haller

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Wilkanowski Archtop Guitar from a Violin builder in 1937. Very Unique Acoustic Guitar

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I'm not sure what I can really say about this Wilkanowski Archtop Guitar from 1937. The pictures really tell most of the story. But if you want to know more the seller has a very lengthy and informative history of this guitar and it's builder with the listing.

R.W. Haller

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Lindert Loco-Motive T Guitar

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This Lindert Loco-Motive is a decidedly individual take on guitar design and that's the kind of approach we admire here at Guitarz.




According to Linderts guitars (unofficial) fan site, Linderts were built in Chelan, Washington in the 1990s and were the brainchild of Charles Lindert.  Along with their plastic-like, textured bodies and their grillcloth or tweed inserts, their biggest features were the unique "Thumb's Up" headstock as shown in the photo below and the "Escape Velocity" neck, which was a combination of a C-shape at the lower frets that morphed into a V-shape contour that directed your hands around the neck as you went to the higher frets.

They have posted all the different models and lots of info and also describe the differences between the USA models (which this is) and the later Korean ones. Worth checking out.




We've posted about Lindert guitars a couple of times before. A baritone guitar here and a six string bass there, so this is a nice addition to the family.
This is what the seller says about his guitar..."This auction is for my Lindert Loco-Motive 'T' Guitar in near mint condition. I believe this guitar is also known as the VT148 Victor. 
  1. It has a wider headstock than the Korean model.
  1. The logo on the headstock would be parallel to the strings if Korean.
  1. There are three screws below the bridge which would not be present on the Korean model. 
  1. There are also three screws on the back which typifies American build.
  1. The Korean models had a smooth finish.
I purchased this guitar new over 20 years ago and it has remained in it's bag since. I have probably taken it out of the bag four or five times to tune and play.

This model was made in Washington, USA and has the textured finish of brown and cream so loved by Charles Lindert. 

Other ways of telling it is USA made rather than the later Korean models are:
Other features of this guitar are the 22 fret neck, chicken feet control knobs and the semi-hollow body with, what looks like, Fender Tweed cloth inserts. Infact when I first bought this guitar I wondered if it had a built in amplifier and speaker but unfortunately not so!

This guitar plays extremely well and is becoming, like all Lindert guitars, desirable and collectable. 

The neck and string spacing are just wide enough to comfortably finger pick or play in a classical style.

Please note there is one small chip on the front top as shown in the eighth and last picture, other wise this guitar is in mint condition. 

I am not sure of the serial number however believe it is hand written on a label, together with the date of manufacture, on the heel of the neck.

The guitar comes with a soft case however will be supplied with a new hard case for shipping."

I haven't posted in long while but this whacky beauty deserves to be seen in all it's crazy glory. (The clue is, of course, in the name).

David in post-xmas-stupor Barcelona



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Friday, 8 January 2016

Sweet Little Duesenberg 12 String Mandola.

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I'm not sure if calling short scale high strung guitars mandolas is a misnomer or not. They do fall within the range of a mandola pitch but we are still dealing with guitar tuning in fourths.

Lets forget semantics and take a look at this beautiful Duesenberg.

With a 15.5 inch scale and ability to intonate each string individually (instead of the more common pairs intonation ) this little giant must just ring with chimey goodness.

Currently listed on Reverb for $2589

R.W. Haller


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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Harmony Roy Smeck H73 signature guitar from 1966

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I didn't know who Roy Smeck was until I bought a bunch of parts from 2 Harmony Roy Smeck lapsteels a while back. Born in 1900, Smeck, who was known as the Wizard of Strings died in 1994. He was known for his skills on guitar, lapsteel, banjo, and ukulele. He was even inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame.

It seems he had a long affiliation with Harmony and was even somewhat of an inventor. Many Harmony products bear his name.

This H73 is one of those products. I like the profile of this hollow, 2 pickup electric. It has an ample cutaway and an upper bout that is slightly reminiscent of a telecaster's curves.

It looks to be in great shape and comes with the original case. 

The seller is looking for trades, something interesting or unusual.

R.W. Haller


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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Awesome Vintage 1960s Goya Rangemaster with funky original case.

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I'm not sure i could describe this 1960 Goya Rangmaster with near the enthusiasm of it's seller:

"Wow, FAB, Groovy, Cool, What a Gas, Baby . . .
Dig THIS, Daddy-O~! Far-OUT, Man.
Freaky Flower Child, Pop Art, Jazzy & Right On.
This Gorgeous Vintage '60's Axe WILL Bring YOU
Right back to the Hip Psychedelic '60's . . .
Sock It To Me, this Bad Ass Git is Outta Sight~!
Crazy multiple switching pickups selectors & tone controls.
Artsy faux wood pickguard, neato neck dot inlays, PRIMO~!
This beauty plays as good as her awesome Italian looks.
Great, semi-chunky neck, wonderful frets, smooth action.
Several minor battle scars as expected of a 50 plus year old instrument.
Original Italian Art Goya Case, everything operational (missing trem arm).
This is one fabulous piece of music art history and plays like a mo-fo...
Dig it, man, this jive axe can be YOURS right now. Freaky… "

Freaky, man. Freaky indeed.

Currently listed for $850.

R.W. Haller


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Monday, 4 January 2016

Phoenix Phantom Headless Bass. 1980s Made In Japan

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I'd never heard of Phoenix guitars before. Clearly they were part of the Japanese invasion of the 1980s.

This Phoenix Phantom looks to be a solid example of the quality that was going into all the made in Japan guitars of the time. If you can get past the lack of a headstock you could possibly have a great vintage bass at a decent price. The single pickup is coil tapped for single or humbucker tones and the black on black colour scheme gives it an air of class.

Currently $250 Canadian.

Happy New Year!

R.W. Haller





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Sunday, 13 December 2015

This New York Pro has been abused

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The seller of the guitar keeps it short and simple. 

"New York Pro, refinished, new strings, tuned, sounds awesome"

Let's dissect it a little:

It's a New York Pro -  Hard to dispute or confirm as the headstock is not shown, but it looks like it's likely low range Korean offering.

Refinished - Well if you count intentional damage as a refinished job, then I guess so. Seriously, it looks like Marcellus Wallace got all medieval on it with a blow torch and pair of pliers.

New Strings - Phew, and I thought I was going to have to buy my own. There's a few bucks saved.

Tuned - Think of the hours I'll save. I wonder if I'll be able to get the seller to do house calls and tune it again if it ever should need it.

Sounds Awesome - The sound of an instrument is a very subjective thing, but I think that the judgment of this seller cannot wholly be trusted.

I generally don't like to be mean spirited when posting here, and yes we've called out horrible relics, bad customizations, and general guitar abuse in the past, but I feel this seller may be trying to dupe a potential buyer though, and sadly there are folks out there who wouldn't know that they were getting ripped off. 

Am I wrong? This is not a good guitar, is it?

For $250 I could have bought 8 of these guitars.

R.W. Haller











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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The day the Rush died. Alex Lifeson's Signature Aurora Guitar for sale in Toronto.

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I guess it was just a coincidence that I came across this posting today as the news of Neil Peart's retirement from music bounced around the internet. This isn't entirely shocking news but as a lifelong Rush fan ( though, admittedly much more fervent in the 70s in 80s before i discovered what the rest of the world had to offer ) I'm a little saddened.
It was Alex Lifeson and his unique approach to guitar that had me practicing riffs and solos over and over. Not before or since then have I tried to learn anyones music as precisely. I clearly wasn't that precise, but the foundation of my skills were cemented then, in those countless hours.

So, only the $15000 price tag could keep me from this otherwise rather underwhelming super-strat-esque Signature Aurora. I was at at least one of the shows where he played this guitar.

A Farewell To Kings, indeed.

R.W. Haller

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Danelecto Bellzouki 12 string guitar from 1965

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This Danelectro Bellzouki was the brainchild of Vincent Bell, a session guitarist in the 1960s. Apparently when asked to play bouzouki for a gig he tuned one up 12 string style and faked his way through the show. This lead him to design an electric version of a bouzouki. 

Initially there were 2 sets of g-unison strings to help emulate the sound of the greek instrument but quickly evolved to a standard 12 string tuning. Interesting to note that the heavier gauge of the octave strings are on top as opposed to the bottom as on standard 12 strings. I've always thought this would be a better idea, but have never owned a 12 string long enough to try it out.

Other than the bouzouki shape this guitar is very Danelectro with the lipstick pickup, aluminum nut , and skate key tuners.

R.W. Haller

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