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Gibson Guitars vs Fender Guitars – Which is better?

December 10, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

fender vs gibsonAh, the classic Gibson vs Fender debate. This dispute has become so famous and so controversial that nearly all guitarists are forced to segregate themselves and declare their allegiances. But why form such specific, exclusive factions, driving a wedge between the guitar playing community? For good reason, as it turns out the two companies build different guitars for different purposes, making it perfectly reasonable that some players only pick a Fender while others are firm Gibson men (and women). But which is best for the player who has yet to pledge themselves to one brand? Read on and find out. Read more

Fender Road Worn Series Guitars and Basses

March 1, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Road Worn 60s StratocasterFender first revealed the Road Worn Series guitars and basses at the Winter NAMM 2009 show four years ago, and seemed to have been a hit. These axes are for players who desire that banged up, beaten, used and abused vintage relic’d appearance but don’t have the spare $2,000 – $3,000 for a Fender Custom Shop Time Machine relic, let alone the cash to purchase an authentic vintage Fender. Read more

Vintage Guitars vs Just Plain Old Guitars

May 18, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Vintage Guitars vs Just Plain Old Guitars There is a lot of fuss made in the guitar community about so-called ‘vintage’ guitars, ‘vintage’ being another word for ‘old’. There is a certain part of our world that longs to play a 30-, 40-, or even 50-year-old guitar or bass for a variety of reasons. To be honest, there is something to this argument when it is applied to instruments that truly are products of what many to be the ‘golden era’ of guitar production in the USA which, if we combine acoustic and electric guitars, would be roughly from the 1920’s to about 1970.
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How To Spot Fake Fender Guitars

January 25, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

How To Spot an Fender GuitarIt’s easy to get bamboozled if you’re purchasing a vintage Fender guitar. Because these instruments are bolted together, their parts can be swapped, stripped or replaced faster than you can say “rip-off.” A buddy of mine who has been in the vintage game for years recently estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of the “Sixties Strats” out on the market are bootlegged. And if that number sends a shiver down you fuzzy fretboard, the number of “all-original” Strats that feature replaced pickups, pots, bridges and other parts is even higher.

By and large, G-V has found that vintage guitar dealers who have a good reputation have earned it. Likewise, if the word on the street is that a certain seller is not on the up and up, he’s probably guilty as charged. Avoid him like the plague.

In short, proceed with caution, and get educated before you reach for your wallet. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started. Read more

Fender ramps up its Squier line for 2012

January 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fender Squier GuitarsIt’s that time of year again, when everyone is on the edge of their seat—waiting and watching, for the shiny new products to be rolled out at NAMM. Calm down – this isn’t a game changing miracle device, but it’s still pretty cool.

Fender has introduced the new Squier models for 2012, putting some nice touches on a guitar line that has had less than impressive results in the past. Read more

History of the Fender Telecaster

January 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fender Telecaster GuitarsThe Fender Telecaster is seen by many as the primordial electric guitar. Sure, one can argue that Paul Bigsby was also developing solid body instruments at the same time and in the same general area as Leo Fender but it is the Telecaster that is generally accepted as the first production solid guitar and the start of the modern guitar manufacturing business. Since its debut in 1952 Read more

News: Fender Telecaster stolen from a Casket

September 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fender Telecaster stolen from a CasketA Fender Telecaster was brought back from the grave, allegedly stolen from a casket of a 67-year-old Army veteran by a Wisconsin cemetery worker. Read more

Joe Trohman Telecaster & J Mascis Jazzmaster Fender Squier

September 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Telecaster  Guitar
Squier has teamed up with Joe Trohman of the Fall Out Boy and The Damned to create the Joe Trohman Telecaster, which is loosely based on the early ’70s Fender Telecaster Deluxe.

The Joe Trohman Telecaster guitar, like the other artist signature series of Squier was designed to provide inspiration to guitar players by making great value guitars that have the approval of great artists, ensuring quality workmanship and superb sound. Read more

Fender and Gibson 9/11 Tribute Guitars

September 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fender Stratocaster GuitarsI’m a little late to the party, but thought this was something worth posting. I thought it was a classy move by both Fender and Gibson guitars. Below are the press releases and images of the 9/11 tribute guitars. Read more

History of David Gilmour’s Black Fender Stratocaster

September 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Pink Floyd The Black Strat

The black Strat as it looked in 1976 following Gilmour's substitution of the black DiMarzio FS-1 pickup. He added the neck with rosewood fretboard in June 1972, replacing the original maple neck.

The history of Pink Floyd has been told many times but never in the way that Phil Taylor tells it. His book, Pink Floyd, The Black Strat, A History of David Gilmour’s Black Fender Stratocaster, is a real-life rock and roll story filled with color and excitement, told through the vicissitudes and fortunes of a single musical instrument. The instrument in this instance is a black Fender Stratocaster belonging to David Gilmour, and the story is one of the greatest in the annals of classic rock Read more

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