Friday, 6 March 2015

Custom Finished 1958 Harmony Stratotone Mercury H47 just in time for Saint Patrick's Day

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I stumbled across this nice old Harmony and thought that it was rather timely. The vintage Harmony guitars can be either pure gold or just alright enough in my experience. I've not had an H47 in my hands so I cannot speak to this model. I do like the 3 way tone selector with a one DeArmond pickup layout. That it's green endears it to me even more than the fact that it is deliberately "blarney-ed" up as much as it is.

Currently listed at $400 Canadian

R.W. Haller



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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Shergold eight and four-string doublenecked bass from 1980

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Founded in 1967 by Jack Golder and Norman Houlder, both former Burns London employees, Shergold were arguably Britain's most forward-thinking guitar manufacturer of the 1970s and 1980s. Innovations included guitars with modular electronics that could be swapped out and changed depending on the sound desired. They were also champions of more unusual instruments such as their own take on the Bass VI and they had a particular affinity for double-necked instruments, the most famous of which was probably the 12 string + bass combination as used by Mike Rutherford of Genesis - a particularly clever design in that it was a modular instrument that could be configured as a doubleneck or else two separate single-necked instruments.


Here we see another Shergold doubleneck - a configuration that I haven't previously seen from this company - with 8 and 4-string bass necks. The eBay seller tells us that this is one of only three such instruments produced.

Currently on sale on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £985.

G L Wilson


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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Rare Condor Corperation Guitar with on board effects. Made in Japan

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I've never tried a guitar with built in effects. I have seen a few for sale over the years, and have seen them profiled on this blog. This is the first time I've seen or heard of Condor Corperation guitars.

All in all this specimen is a pretty typical 1970s era Japanese Strat copy, only it comes with on-board effects including a phaser, distortion, booster, and what appears to be a treble booster.

At $135 Canadian this would be a cost effective way to try this kind of setup.

R. W. Haller



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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Tokai Woody Talbo Hollow Body Rare Made in Japan

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We've looked at the Tokai Talbo before, but here is a newer one that is not made of aluminum.

I'm having a hard time finding anything not to like on this Tokai Woody Talbo. It has a great unique body shape that is both modern and retro at the same time. I love the Hamilton Green colour, which is very seafoam or surfy. I also like the look of the replacement pickguard that is, according to the seller, too flexible for a secure mounting of the pickups. That would be an easy fix or replacement.

Currently listed on eBay for $559.99 US

R.W. Haller


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Monday, 23 February 2015

Heartfield by Fender RR-58 Made in Japan

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In the early 1990s I lived in a very rural part of Canada. With a lot of lakes, trees, and wildlife it's hard to complain. However, it seems I missed out on a lot of things that were going on in the guitar world.

Take this Heartfield RR-58 for example. Drawing influences from all over the place these guitars were the product of a joint company created by the American and Japanese branches of Fender.

I love the TV yellow-ish colour and the simple layout. Nice setneck design and a pushbutton 10db boost with l.e.d. indicator.

Apparently they made a version in green as well, thus piquing my interest even more so.

R.W. Haller






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Saturday, 21 February 2015

1960s Baldwin/Burns GB 65. Beautiful precursor to the Virginian

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My main electric guitar is a Burns Steer so this beauty caught my eye. This Baldwin/Burns GB 65 is from the mid 1960s and apparently predates the Virginian. I love the lines on this semi-hollow single cutaway guitar. Two Rez-O-Matic single coils and a three way switch would likely be enough for my tonal needs at least half of the time. Note the simple yet elegant tailpiece as well, a good example of less is more.

Currently listed on eBay at $919 US

R.W. Haller





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Friday, 20 February 2015

Vintage Sigma Electric Guitar

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Here's a Sigma that I've not seen before. The seller believes that it is from the Matsomoku plant in the 70s. I agree with the country origin, but that logo screams 1980s.

All in all it is an alright looking guitar that seems to be drawing influence from a few styles. The seller also calls it a "hippie sandwich" which is a new term for me. I assume they are referring to the layered laminated body construction.

It was listed for $580 at the time of writing this post, but seems to have sold as it's no longer listed.

R.W. Haller





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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Sherwood Hockey Stick Guitar. A guitar made from hockey sticks

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I may have been apologetic about my Canadian guitar choices ( saying sorry is kind of our thing ) but I never said I was going to stop.

Some bloody genius has made a guitar from hockey sticks!

This guitar was actually made for a good cause. It will be played by country singer Chad Brownlee on his upcoming tour and auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Tim Horton's Children's Foundation.

I've never heard of Chad Brownlee which likely means that he's a rather popular country artist here. My finger is not on that particular pulse.
Tim Horton's I do know. Tim's is a widely popular and horribly overrated coffee/donut chain named after a legend of Canadian hockey.

The guitar itself looks pretty average, except that it's made from hockey sticks! One pickup, two controls, and four minutes for hooking.......

I'm really starting to like the look of Paul style guitars with maple fretboards, oh, and hockey sticks for a body!
In all honesty, I skate poorly and do not play hockey at all.

It's hard to tell from the pictures provided if the sticks just cap the top of a piece of solid wood or if they layered the sticks. I suspect the former.
Either way, I'd love to try it out.

R.W. Haller
















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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Rare Electric Norman from the Godin family of guitars

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I apologize if my posts have been excessively Canadian-centric. I look here in Canada for guitars so it's where I find a lot of my source material. And, I'm learning more every day without breaching my own borders.

For example; Norman made electric guitars.Yes they did, just like this one listed in my own proverbial back yard.

I know enough about the history of Norman to know that they were a factory that existed before Robert Godin bought it and transformed it into the success it is today, and that they mainly built windows and only dabbled in guitars. There is a great profile here on the history of Godin. I've always known Norman guitars as being one of the entry to mid level acoustic guitar lines under the Godin umbrella not as a builder of electric guitars.

Nice to see this simple one pickup solid body that predates the Godin line of electric guitars. Nice nod to a tulip as well, and great to see the original cheque that paid for it in 1985.

R.W. Haller








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Monday, 16 February 2015

MXB Travel Guitar by Michaud in awesome orange

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I like when somebody comes up with an original design that isn't too wacky or over the top. This MXB travel guitar is a nice take on the travel guitar. And simple. One pickup, one stacked pot, and a wraparound bridge. I also like the 4 and 2 tuner arrangement on this one.
I'd actually like to see what this body shape would look like as a full size guitar. I think it could work.
It's slightly reminiscent of the Burns Jet Sonic and is apparently one of only 47 made so far.

R.W. Haller


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