So folks know that from 1980 to 1999 the Fender Jazzmaster was not available as a USA production model, until the introduction of the AVRI ’62. Most examples of USA-made Jazzmasters were Custom Shop orders, and the earliest mention I could find of them popping up were post-1996, as per this article: https://guitar.com/guides/essential-guide/relic-guitars-untold-story/ Sales … More 1998 Fender USA Custom Shop 1962 Jazzmaster
Let me try to piece it all together before my memory fades. I’ll cut to the quick and say yes, it’s still here, and it’s still amazing. OK off we go. One day I was strolling in the Village here in NYC in 2007 and this window caught my eye: What the heck is that? … More Memory Lane: The Build History of my 2008 Rick Kelly Bowery Pine Tele
The last time I had a Strat that I really enjoyed for many years was a 90s Fender Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster, the one with the Lace Sensor pickups. In fact I think one of the first blog posts I put up here was about that guitar. The only tweak I did to it was … More 1973 Black Fender Stratocaster; or How I Ended Up Making The Edge’s Guitar, Somehow
Got two recent pieces of gear that have been through the wringer, but after a little TLC have really come back from the dead. Blog-worthy? Yep. The 1982 Fender Standard Stratocaster was quite a funky attempt at returning to form, resulting in a transition model affectionately known as the Dan Smith Strat. Here’s why, better … More Fender “Smith” Strat. Silvertone 1481 Amp. Yes.
Quick intro on why I hunted this info down. I love Peter Hook’s sound, and he loves Yamaha BB basses: And this video shows a Yamaha BB1000S in action by Kerry Hatch, which had the perfect specs for me – neck-through, passive electronics, both a P and J pickup with a P/J mixing knob to … More How to Stop the Rattling Tuners of a Yamaha BB Series Bass Guitar
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/play-it-loud A few blog posts back I shared pics of my tour through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It’s time for another run at some amazing guitars in the same format, which is just the pics, sir. So without further ado, here’s the spread.
In 2009, this was my couch shot. Still have the 1969 Guild F-312, the 1972 Martin D-28S, the 2008 Rick Kelly Bowery Pine Tele, and the 1966 Fender Pro Reverb. I even have some of the pedals still – the Boss CE-1, the DMM, and the Monster Effects Swamp Thang tremolo. Oh and the Keeley … More A Decade of Couch Shots.
So a few years back I picked up a project guitar, a 1982 Gibson ES-335 Dot. Good news, it still had the original Shaw humbuckers and there were no wood cracks or breaks, and new jumbo frets were on there that had plenty of life. No neck reset needed- basically, the bones were good. Many … More 1982 Gibson ES-335 Dot – Project Complete!
I’ve been enjoying Premier Guitar’s Rig Rundowns recently, and I thought to myself, why not get into the nitty gritty of a particular setup that I’ve been into recently. So, here’s the rig – a 1984 Gibson ES-335, a 1966 Fender Pro Reverb running in 4 ohms, a Fryette Power Station 2 attenuator, and a … More My Take on a Rig Rundown