Readers’ Gallery

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275 Responses to “Readers’ Gallery”

  1. RAB says:

    Nice! Lotza Bigsbys! Git on the right is a 330, right?

  2. RAB says:

    Been digging playing my Crafted in Japan Fender Telecaster Custom! I stripped the guitar of all the stock parts, just leaving the neck and body. I then built the guitar up using the finest available aftermarket parts including Amalfitano pickups, a slanted switch control plate, Callaham bridge plate and Bensonite tumbled brass bridge saddles. Result? The git plays and sounds better than any of the several late 50’s-early 60’s vintage Teles and Esquires I’ve owned over the decades! And for a very modest outlay of coin!

  3. RAB says:

    Above photo is before I replaced the Callaham brass saddles with the Bensonites! Noticeable tonal improvement!

  4. Lane says:

    I was wondering why the ES-340 doesn’t get mentioned on this site. These guitars are awesome. This is one of the first ones made, it was actually a Gibson rep’s “salesman’s sample” sold by a music store in Georgia in the 1960’s. It has the orange oval label with no volute or “MADE IN USA”. One owner guitar and not for sale.

    This is a great site.

  5. okguitars says:

    I did a post about ES-340’s a couple of years ago. It wasn’t flattering because I think the circuit is not very user friendly.

  6. RAB says:

    Yup, a lot of 340’s wiring converted to 335 spec!

  7. John Rivas says:

    I have a 1967 Gibson ES-355 TDC Mono. I purchase the guitar used back in the early 70’s used. This guitar came with nickel hardware. I thought all ES-355 came with gold hardware? Could someone help me figure out why the guitar with a stop tail, because it looks like it had a Bigsby on it before? Thanks…

  8. RAB says:

    Covid guitar project update! Getting the Tele Custom refretted with Dunlop 6105 frets (tall and narrow) and a new bone nut. Should make an already great axe play even better! What y’all been up to guitar or amp project-wise?

  9. okguitars says:

    Post a photo or two and we’ll see what we can tell you.

  10. RAB says:

    Covid-induced git-tar acquisitions include a new pedal. I’ve always loved and used pedals by David Barber for the past 20 years. I just scored a very rare, original issue Barber Burn Unit. It is basically a Direct Drive overdrive with an additional control for “Dynamics” which is a variable compressor. That enables you to “squish” and fatten up the overdriven tone. Tasty! Will be gigging it on 9/4 at a social distancing outdoor gig!

  11. RAB says:

    Any other fans of Barber pedals? Or let’s hear about your favorite stomp boxes!

  12. RAB says:

    On a whim I just bought a used OD pedal hoping it’d sound like a juicier TS-808. Only $70, this pedal kills slays any 808 with fat, harmonically rich overtones! The Open Road by Visual Sound! I’ll be gigging it soon…get one for your gig bag!

  13. Logan says:

    Found this on reverb from Fretted Americana. 1964 Walnut 345 with short maestro vibrola

  14. RAB says:

    Yes, I’ve seen that walnut brown 345 on David’s site…pretty cool!

  15. Olleandro says:

    Anyone seen the ’63 335 on UK ebay that has been in a fire, become charcoal, and that the seller wants £10,000 for? Genuinely one of the maddest things I’ve seen. Just don’t ask the seller any questions, you’ll make him mad! Be genuinely interested to see what people here thought of it.

  16. RAB says:

    ‘Nuther COVID git-tar project y’all! I was craving the more classic look of a blonde Telecaster Standard and in tribute to Robben Ford’s (one of my favorite players!) famed 1960 Tele. So I swapped my sunburst Tele Custom body for a Fender Road Worn ash and blonde nitro body. I changed the Fender logo decal and put all the high end parts (mostly titanium!) on to the new body. Result? A lighter and twangier sounding Tele! Dig the classic looks too!

  17. RAB says:

    Oh yeah, I also ditched the 3 layer “green” guard in favor of an aged white, single ply guard. I used some OOOO steel wool to lightly relic the part…looks purty good, eh? Subsequent to this photo I used a fine, 1/2 round file to put in the truss rod adjustment “scoop” in the guard near the end of the fingerboard…

  18. DaveK says:

    Yes Olleandro I’ve had the horrific fire damaged 63 on my Ebay watch list since it was put up for sale. I thought someone was having a joke at first, but the seller’s history shows a lot a guitar merch sales. It really needs to be euthanased.

  19. RAB says:

    OK, COVID made me do it! I obtained a light weight, very resonant swamp ash blonde Tele body and installed all the premium parts I had from the yellow Telecaster I featured here previously. Result, a prettier and MUCH BETTER SOUNDING Telecaster! And for a modest outlay of coin. I’m a happy camper!

  20. RAB says:

    Let’s see yer partscasters!

  21. RAB says:

    Any other Covid-induced git-tar or amp projects out there ya want to share?! Let’s see ‘em!

  22. RAB says:

    Gulp! Must be some other projects and acquisitions! Let’s see ‘em!

  23. RAB says:

    I know I’m not the only one with a Covid guitar or amp project! Or even a cool pedal! Let’s see yours!

  24. RAB says:

    ?!?! Let’s see your Covid acquisitions!

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