Sunday, 8 November 2020

Something Strange Came Out Of The Skies

Please excuse this post for being not particularly guitar-related. Having said that, there are quite a few guitars, basses and mandocellos (!) used on the album. I'll go over all that in more detail in a follow-up post.

I am delighted to be taking pre-orders for the brand new Spurious Transients album, our very first to be released as a vinyl LP (and on Sky Blue coloured vinyl too!)...

"Something Strange Came Out Of The Skies" is a documentary soundtrack concept album using genuine eyewitness testimony to tell the story of "The Welsh Triangle" UFO phenomena of 1977.

Journey through bizarre tales of UFO sightings and close encounters via songs, musical soundtrack and spoken word content, taking in a variety of musical styles through psychedelia and dub to trip hop and ambient electronics.

A very limited quantity of the LP are available with a 12" square fine art print on 300gsm matte board PLUS a 12-page A4 full colour "UFO zine" complete with lyrics, sleeve notes, UFO newspaper cuttings and articles!

For your 10% discount code, what item of "flying" crockery is synonymous with the term UFO?

Expected release date of physical product: 15 January 2021

Now available to pre-order at:

Monday, 22 April 2019

5 Weird Guitars from Craigslist!

Hi there. My name is Billy and I’m a writer with, where we teach people how to play guitar online! I’m a huge fan of looking for weird, interesting guitars, and one of the best places to do it is on Craigslist.

Craigslist is home to a number of interesting guitars. Here are some that I came across that are entirely unique and unlike anything I’ve ever seen in person. Some of these guitars are custom-built, others aren’t guitars at all but instead, use leftover guitar bodies and parts. Check them out!

This telecaster was “Made like a Tele.” According to the sales post. I’m not sure how anyone is supposed to play this, or even hold it. The parts seem pretty sharp but if you really want if you’re playing in a steampunk rock band, then maybe this is a match made in heaven. 

Apparently, the seller has listed this as a “3-string, acoustic/electric, roasting-pan resonator guitar.” If you want to know what this instrument really sounds like, the seller even posted a video of him playing it! Check it out here:

Who knew Budweiser made guitars? Looks like this seller has a handful of Gibson and PRS guitars with custom Budweiser paint on them. One of these is a “very rare” Les Paul Custom shop! I’m more of a Guinness kind of guy myself though.

This guitar caught my eye simply because it looks very sharp! Just look at that thing. You can slice a cake with this guy. Otherwise, it looks like a pretty clean custom-built number with mahogany and maple. 

This seller has taken broken guitars and turned them into speakers. There are three different guitar/speakers for sale. I wonder if these sound any good!

This is the only bass on this list but it looked so darn interesting, I couldn’t help but put it on the list. It’s a custom made guitar and looks like it started life originally as a Maestro.

And that’s it! There are so many interesting guitars out there, don’t forget to check them all out. 

Billy has also written for Guitar World and if you want to read more from him, visit Guitar Tricks, the #1 online guitar lessons website!

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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Very strange Precision and Jazz Bass headless conversions listed on eBay

Here are an odd pair of basses I saw listed in separate auctions from the same seller on eBay. As you can clearly see they are strangely tweaked Fender designs, namely a Jazz Bass and a P-Bass, both bizarrely converted to headless instruments. Well I say headless, but each has a mini-headstock which acts as a string anchor. The mini-headstock in itself is not inelegant; however at the other end of each instrument is a strange protuberance (a butt-stock, perhaps?) carrying the tuners. Surely there could have been a neater way of doing this, e.g using a Steinberger-style bridge with integral tuners. Also note that it would be impossible to stand up either of these basses while not being used without the right kind of guitar stand. As for getting a case to fit...

I'm guessing that these are one-off custom jobs. Judging by the photographs the conversion and finish on each has been carried out very competently. My only questions are Why? and Who will these appeal to?

EBay UK links for these  two:

Both are listed with starting prices of £199 (UKP).

More photos of each:

G L Wilson

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Burns Weill RP2G Super Streamline bass guitar from 1959

Here's an intriguing and supposedly quite rare bass guitar from Jim Burns and Henry Weill, the Burns Weill RP2G Super Streamline Bass. I suppose that back in 1959 it looked futuristic and space-age. Today it looks ... I don't know what. It's an ugly bass for sure but probably not as hideous looking as those ghastly singlecut jobbies with the bass-side bout extending half way up the neck which seem to be unfathomably popular these days in bass playing circles. It's quite recognisably a design from the Burns stable, displaying future echoes of the Burns Flyte on the treble side of the body.

Here is what the eBay seller has to say about it:
Burns Weill RP2G bass
This is a very rare bass made in 1959 by Jim Burns and Henry Weill. The body, neck etc., were designed and made by Jim Burns and all the electrics and pickups within the scratchplate were designed and made by Henry Weill.
This particular bass came from the collection of Mark Griffiths - bass player for The Shadows.  It was sold in auction some time ago along with many other guitars and basses owned by Mark Griffiths. I did not manage to buy it then but a while ago I contacted the buyer and managed to purchase it.
It is totally original apart from the fact that it had been refinished in the past - possibly when Mark owned it.
It is a very rare bass regardless of previous owners and its actually the only one I have come across. It has two pickups with volume, tone and blend controls plus a pickup selector switch and two-way switch - all working well, and it is a very nice playing bass with a lovely neck, quite narrow but very playable with twenty-two frets with red dot markers and a scale of thirty inches.
Currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £950.

G L Wilson

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

The Piglet guitar build project, part 15
The Piglet in action on-stage with Red & The Hogweeds at a festival in a field somewhere in Wales.
That's me on the Flying V bass, by the way.
Sorry guys, I've not posted for ages and in the last Piglet post I had said I'd hope to show some video of the Piglet in action. It's actually done quite a few gigs already; alas I don't have any quality video footage worth showing you, so you'll have to make do with a few photographs instead.

For the record, the guitar performs well and is a great stage instrument. Audiences seem to like it as well. It gets pointed at quite a lot, photos taken, etc, and is the cause of a few double-takes! Which is all good promotion for the band.

At The Garage in Swansea

At The Parrot in Carmarthen
Landed Fest, near Llandrindod Wells, Wales

The Piglet, on its stand
Finally, I just thought I'd post my original PhotoShop mock-up of the Piglet guitar. Obviously, there are a number of differences with the final product, e.g. number of pickups, headstock shape, angle of the neck, but hey, I think we got pretty damn close to the original vision.

G L Wilson

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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Rare Fender Acoustic Jazzmaster JZM Deluxe

Love it or hate it, Fender makes acoustic versions of their electric icons. I'm not a big fan, but I understand the appeal. That said, I have some love for this abomination.  It's got a "so ugly it's cool" thing going on.

I'll have to do some research and find out just exactly how rare this JZM Deluxe really is.

R.W. Haller

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

The Piglet guitar build project, part 14

Moving on to assembly, which meant much measuring...

...drilling of holes...

...and even more measuring!

In the picture above we are determining the optimum position for the bridge before screwing it into place permanently. I had created a crude but effective device from some offcuts which is effectively a temporary tailpiece clamped to the rear-end of the guitar. This allowed us to align the bridge with the outer E-strings in place and ensure that both were going to be the correct distance away from the edge of the neck. With the strings taut we were able to make precise movements to the placing of the brdge until happy with it and then we marked the positions of the five holes where it is to be screwed down.

Unfortunately mistakes will happen, and gettting confused about which holes we were drilling - the screw holes or the strings-through-body holes - we managed to drill one of the screw holes right through the body. A silly mistake but all part of the learning curve. We'll worry about disguising this later. (Hey, at least it's on the back of the guitar!) As you can see we also drilled the holes for the strings to pass through the body and for the ferrules to be inserted.

Next we mounted the electrics, which basically means the volume control and putting the pickup into position which will be screwed down more permanently once we have all the strings on so we can align up the pole-pieces. Thankfully the pickup routing allows for some movement to let us do this.

Gunner hard at work doing a preliminary set-up on the guitar; in this picture he's filing the nut slots.

Gunner commented on how easily the guitar intonated. Reckon all those precise measurements paid off.

Here I am having a little test play. First impressions are that it feels good.

We spent a while assessing the balance of the guitar before attaching the strap buttons. Hangs quite nicely on a strap. Is quite a heavy guitar, maybe 10lbs or so at a guess, but then it is quite big and is mainly solid poplar. Just as well I put in quite a few tone chambers or else it'd be heavier!

Here's a photo of where we've got to at the moment. It's not quite finished yet. The output jack is not yet wired up, and I still need to attend to the truss rod cover (I did have one but it split when trying to screw it into place). But we're allowing it to settle in for a while before giving it another set-up, just picking it up occasionally for a little unplugged play.

The next post should be the final one in this series. I hope to include some video footage.

G L Wilson

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Stunning Rare 1983 Burns Bandit Guitar


Sorry that I've not been here lately. Life has been busy, and that's good, but it leaves me little time to find cool guitars to share here.

This Burns Bandit needed to be showcased.

We've looked at the bandit a long time ago here but I had forgotten that the pickups were controlled with push-button selectors. I only remember this concept on late 1980s Ibanez guitars.

This Bandit is in great shape and it's the perfect shade of green.

The only thing keeping this rare beauty out of my hands is the listed price of over $5000 Canadian

R.W. Haller

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