Wilshire Phant-o-matic:

The Epiphone Wilshire Phant-O-Matic Electric Guitar was designed in collaboration with Frank Iero, guitarist for multi-platinum band My Chemical Romance, and combines an incredible array of features that only Epiphone would dare put in one instrument.

The result is one of the smartest and most flexible guitars on the market with all the vintage styling that made Wilshire models a behind-the-scenes favorite of Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Paul Gilbert, and Steve Marriot.

Classic Form
Like the classic SG design, the Wilshire Phant-o-matic features a double cutaway design with a solid Mahogany body. The 24.75 scale mahogany hand-set neck has a 1960s SlimTaper profile, a rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays, a 12 radius, and a 1-11/16 nut. The neck profile and double cutaway make the Wilshire Phant-o-matic a perfect guitar for chunking rhythm or cutting leads. The Antique Ivory finish, black single-ply pickguard, and classic form are eye catching to be sure. But what really sets the Wilshire Phant-o-matic apart from the pack is how it sounds.

This feels and sounds great. the les paul neck and pick ups take this guitar in another direction. it is so raw, but so contained at the same time. i own, and have owned, numerous guitars. this is by far my favorite right now. the sound and feel, mixed with the kill switch and “o matic” tone, make this a guitar worth owning. i liked my Gibson Les Paul studio. but I love this guitar.so much I had to write one for the Phant O Matic.
it’s sad that there’s only one review of this guitar. it is a really great guitar that has so many features. the tone “o matic” feature takes a little tinkering around with to see what it does, i think that it would be a great feature in recording multiple guitar tracks. the kill switch is pretty cool, i can see myself using it more than i should. the rest is pretty basic. volume knob and a 3 way switch. simple, but so versatile.
It feels solid. frets feel good and the tuners stay in tune. i had to get it set up, but i would do that with any guitar i bought.  it’s a great price for an unexpectedly great guitar



Posted: October 20, 2017 in Guitars

Duo Sonic & Duo Sonic HS

A modernized version of a student-turned-classic instrument originally released in 1956, the Duo-Sonic HS model’s compact form belies its giant-sized sound. It’s the ideal companion for adventurous players who aren’t afraid to buck the norm and shatter expectations.

This classic shorter scale was originally offered during the 1960s on Fender classics such as the Jaguar and Mustang guitars. The 24″ scale remains an authentic Fender design element still offered today.

Clear and punchy-sounding, thanks to their vintage-spec output, Duo-Sonic single-coil and humbucking pickups add a unique character to the guitar’s voice. The instrument’s pure Fender tone shines through with enhanced upper harmonics and an articulate midrange that easily cuts through a mix.

This instrument features a modern neck designed for comfort and performance, with a contemporary “C”-shaped profile (the shape of the neck in cross section), 9.5” fingerboard radius and medium jumbo frets—ideal for those who play with the thumb on the back or side of the neck.

The Duo-Sonic features a three-way toggle pickup switch, giving you either the bridge or neck pickup alone, or both. The push/pull tone control knob selects just the bridge coil of the Duo-Sonic humbucking bridge pickup, unlocking a variety of tones.

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Brad Barr of The Barr Brothers has been playing with the same guitar pick since he was 16 years old! He shows us how his guitar pick fights ignorance through music, and what it sounds like on a tackle-box guitar.

He also talks here about some of his fav guitars , Brad Barr’s vintage guitars attracted notice. he took some extra time to talk about his guitars, one of which has great sentimental value.

Yeah, the lap-steel he has is an Oahu — we think it’s late ’30s, early ’40s. I found it in an antique store in Austin, Texas. Got it for about 75 bucks, and I put about six or seven hundred into it. Right when it got back to Montreal, it started committing suicide — caving in and so forth. But a great luthier in Montreal helped me get it in shape. It’s an amazing guitar. Really fun to play.

And then the other is a 1951 Gibson J-45. I found that one in Chelsea Guitars in New York.

My uncle passed away in the late ’90s, and he left me a J-45 from about the same year, and it was stolen in New York out of the back of a car. So I sort of made it my mission for a few years to replace it for myself because I loved playing it so much as well as for the family.

My uncle also had a daughter who was very sad when that guitar was stolen, so my way of replacing a family heirloom was to buy this one, and it’s been my favorite guitar to play since. Uncle Ted. Ted Barr. He was a painter and a guitar player. He lived in Ashland, Oregon. I guess he moved out there in the ’60s, and I went out to visit him when I was about 18; I hadn’t seen him since I was maybe 12. I went to visit him and just sort of pillaged his record collection and played his guitars and hung out at his house for about a month, just sort of soaking it in.

He lived in a little, tiny house out there and he was in pretty rough shape; he died of a heart attack, but I think it was like his third heart attack. He tried to heat his house just by turning his oven on and opening it, and that nearly killed him. He lived pretty hard, pretty rough, but he was a great teacher to me, and I’m ever grateful for him.

You write a lot of your songs on the J-45?
I do write a lot on that guitar. I also write on my other one — I have a Martin nylon-string guitar that I write on a lot. I like to use that. I don’t know; there’s something about the quality of that guitar — it’s a ’69 nylon-string Martin that never comes on the road but is sort of my house guitar, and I write on that one a lot. But yeah, the J-45 has given me a lot of great songs. It’s got a great growl to it.

But I hope to find a guitar that’s not quite as precious and fragile. This one has really thin wood, which is why it sounds so good. But it’s seen a lot of road and I don’t know how much it has left in it. I want to make sure it’s always there for recording and also, just to be there!

Maybe it could take another 20 years on the road or maybe it’s ready to retire. If I can find someone who can make a guitar like this or something similar to it, I would probably try it out at the very at least, if not bring it on the road.

But so far, there’s nothing that really compares to this guitar for me.

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It’s the one that players have been begging for and dreaming of for years. Fender has just unveiled the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster and it’s heading this way! .Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm with his incredible Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of his now-iconic hand-painted Stratocaster. Destroyed during the fiery culmination of his set, this one-of-a-kind guitar survived only in photos and film. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this milestone in music history, we created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster.


“This is for everyone,” he said just before spraying something on the guitar. Jimi bent down to kiss the instrument and then tossed a lit match to elicit flames from the prone Strat. Like a disciple worshiping at an altar, Hendrix knelt before the blazing guitar as the audience stared agape watching him smash it to pieces.

An homage to Hendrix’s spectacular Strat—right down to the hand-painted nail-polish artwork that burned its way into our memories—and as a special touch fender added an exclusive etched Hendrix neck plate.

Carrying on the same free-spirited, psychedelic vibe of the original, and indeed Hendrix himself, the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster is sure to set your music ablaze.

To celebrate Jimi Hendrix’s iconic Monterey Pop Festival performance, where Jimi sacrificed his iconic hand-painted Stratocaster in a blaze of glory, Fender has created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster. Vintage-inspired single coil Stratocaster pickups come together with a “C” shaped maple neck and vintage-correct 7.25″ radius pau ferro fingerboard to recreate the vintage magic of the original, while the iconic “Monterey” finish pays homage to the original hand-painted iconic instrument. While the original may have gone up in smoke, the all new Limited-Edition Jimi Monterey Stratocaster makes this amazing moment in rock n’ roll history available to our exceptional customers. The Wildwood Team was thrilled the moment that these phenomenal instruments were announced, and we couldn’t be happier to present them to you,
Model Aritst Series Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster
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It’s been 50 years since Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm with his incredible Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of his now-iconic hand-painted Stratocaster.
Destroyed during the fiery culmination of his set, this one-of-a-kind guitar survived only in photos and film.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this milestone in music history, we created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster. A trio of single-coil Stratocaster pickups give this Strat® its classic Fender sound—bell-like and articulate, it has plenty of singing sustain for soloing. The “C”-shaped maple neck bears a vintage-style 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 vintage-sized frets for a playing feel just like the original. The six-screw synchronized tremolo is perfect for unleashing dive-bombs and other sonic expression. Other period-correct touches include the vintage-style tuning machines, strap buttons, trem arm and dual-wing string trees.

An homage to Hendrix’s spectacular Strat—right down to the hand-painted nail-polish artwork that burned its way into our memories—and as a special touch we’ve added an exclusive etched Hendrix neck plate. Carrying on the same free-spirited, psychedelic vibe of the original, and indeed Hendrix himself, the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster is sure to set your music ablaze.

This is a new series of videos from Bluesmannus Custom Shop.
Part nine of a DIY project, the making of a custom stratocaster in the style of Jimi’s Monterey Pop Strat.
In this video I Demo the guitar, playing Little Wing (SRV version)

Earlier this week, Fender proudly announced the release of its new Brad Paisley Signature Telecaster  But lucky for all of us, that isn’t the only new signature model joining its line.

Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien collaborates with Fender for signature guitar

Fender has also partnered with Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien to launch the new EOB Sustainer Stratocaster. But instead of a signature stamp, the neck plate is engraved with a custom “Flower of Life” design.

Launching the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster, O’Brien has added a Seymour Duncan JB Jr humbucker in the bridge, vintage synchronised tremolo bridge along with vintage-style tuning machines with a Texas Special single coil in the middle and Fernandes Sustainer in the neck.

Set to launch on November 14th for a cool £949, the O’Brien EOB Sustainer Stratocaster signifies the first piece of Radiohead signature gear to be created.

According to an official statement, the guitar’s neck plate is engraved with a custom “Flower of Life” design instead of a signature stamp and Fernandes Sustainer  a “uniquely designed electronic system that enables the controlled sustain of any single or group of notes within the guitar’s sound range.”

Ed O’Brien Sustainer Stratocaster

The guitar features a Seymour Duncan JB Jr humbucker at the bridge, a Texas Special single–coil in the middle, and a Fernandes Sustainer (the guitar’s namesake) in the neck. The guitar’s “infinite sustain” is controlled by an on/off switch, an intensity knob, and a three–position switch — fundamental only, harmonic only, or blend.

Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster

It’s also equipped with vintage–style appointments, like a synchronized tremolo bridge and tuning machines. This is the first time Fender has collaborated with a member of the beloved English band, so we’re excited to hear the Sustainer in action. It will retail for $1,099.99.

George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster

Also announced on the floor are three more Fender signature models: the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster ($899.99), the George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster($2,499.99),

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Smashing Pumpkins singer and bass player Billy Corgan has announced plans to sell almost all of the rare music equipment he used throughout his career.

Partnering with online music gear marketplace Reverb, Corgan plans to place up to 150 listings which includes a a Stratocaster and a pair of Marshall JMP-1 amps that featured on iconic records Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

“Of all the artist-owned gear we’ve been fortunate to sell on Reverb, this collection of gear from Billy Corgan has arguably the most historic prominence – you can feel it when you pick up any one piece,” Reverb’s Jim Tuerk said in a statement issued to Rolling stone. “These are the tools that not only defined one of the all-time greats, but an entire generation of music.”

Corgan, who will also sell his 1969 Gibson EB-3 Bass, described the instrument as having “a very Jack Bruce sound.”

“I used this on everything from Mellon Collie to Machina,” he added. “It’s one of those secret-weapon recording basses.”



Here are a handful of things on offer, according to Reverb:

  • Corgan’s #2 Stratocaster. A modified, star–covered 1988 Fender AVRI Strat that recorded most of Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie, including “Today,” the solo of “Cherub Rock,” and many more.
  • A pair of Marshall JMP-1s that were the main preamps for Mellon Collie album and the tour.
  • Two Alesis drum machines, one used for the loops on “1979” and another that was used to record many early Pumpkins‘ demos before Jimmy Chamberlin joined the band.
  • The modified 1990s Les Paul Special used to record much of the Machina album and played regularly on that tour, and the two backup LP Specials from the tours.
  • The rackmount ADA MP-1 preamps used to record Gish.
  • A Fender Subsonic Stratocaster in Sonic Blue from the Zeitgeist era signed “This is what true freedom looks like. Billy Corgan.” One of the few items in the shop signed by the guitarist, it was originally set to go to auction in 2008 before Corgan decided against it.
  • The Fernandes sustainer guitar used in the studio and on tour for most of Adore.
  • A 1969 Gibson EB–3 Bass in Walnut dubbed the Mountain Bass used as a “secret weapon” on everything from Mellon Collie to Machina.
  • The small Crate combo amps used to get the distortion sounds on Machina.
  • The arsenal of Diezel and Bogner amps used to record and tour for Zeitgeist.
  • Dozens of collector–grade vintage guitars, including two ’58 Strats, a ’63 Candy Apple Red Strat, a 1953 Gibson Super 400, and a ’66 Rickenbacker 360.
  • A vintage 1950s accordion and an autoharp used on the Mellon Collie tune “We Only Come Out at Night.”

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Wayne Kramer came to prominence as a teenager in 1967 as a co-founder of the Detroit rock group MC5 (Motor City 5), a group known for their powerful live performances and radical left-wing political stance. MC5 broke up amid personality conflicts, drug abuse, and personal problems, which, for Kramer, led to several fallow years, as he battled drug addiction before returning to an active recording and performing schedule in the 1990s.

“Guitar Power” continues this week with host Dweezil Zappa talking with Wayne Kramer from the legendary rock band MC5 about playing with drive, creating an innovative tone, and how he heard the future in the sound of electric guitar. Check out more here about Wayne Kramer http://www.waynekramer.com/wk/