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Guitars

ESP Guitars: History of ESP Guitars

Electric Sound Products (ESP) Company was created in the year 1975 by Hisatake Shibuya, a resident as well as a businessman from Tokyo, Japan. Shibuya started as a manufacturer and a producer for the replacement […]

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Amplifiers

Leo Fender and Marshall Amplifiers – Beginning of the Guitar Amp

The mid-Sixties British Invasion made England more of a player in the development of electric guitar technology, particularly amplification. Designed by Britons Dick Denney and Tom Jennings, the Vox AC15 (introduced in ’57) and AC30 (introduced in ’59) used a completely different output circuit (a Class A cathode bias push-pull configuration, if you must know) than the Class AB design Leo Fender had taken form the RCA manuals. […]

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History of BC Rich Guitars

B.C. Rich have eventually settled (down?) up to create guitars for metal guitar players–from flamencos and acoustics, mind you. However, we cannot know for sure what to expect from the company in the future. New heavy metal guitars could be a pointer death ax, or BC Rich could go conveniently-style guitars, which haven’t really worked out that well for B.C. Rich Guitars. Either way, history will be made! […]

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Guitars

History of the Fender Telecaster

Designed by Leo Fender as a testbed for electronic equipment for guitars the Telecaster has become one of the most popular guitars in history.

In Leo Fenders workshop the basic Telecaster design was used as the testbed for items such as Pickups and wiring schemes for tone and volume control, But a few guitarists liked the basic structure of the Telecaster and function over design approach.

Fender decided to make a mass-produced guitar that could be sold at a low price and used the Telecaster as this guitar, It entered production in 1950 as the ‘Esquire’ which featured only one single-coil pickup in the bridge position. This move to make a mass-produced guitar was seen as bold by other guitar makers such as Gibson and Gretsch and it was thought that no-one would buy such a cheap guitar. Eventually when all kinks in the production system were ironed out and the telecaster as we know it today was in full production in 1951 it soon became the best selling guitar in the USA.

In response to this Gibson put the Les Paul into mass-production and a rivalry between the two guitar makers was established, although the Les Paul would be seen as a threat to the Telecaster it wouldn’t be huge as they appealed to different audiences. As a guitar the Telecaster appealed to the country rock musicians as it had a very bright tone due to the through body stringing and the bridge-plate surrounding the lower pickup. The Telecaster could also handle jass tones and saw a popular run in most jazz bands of the 1950’s.

The Telecaster shape remained pretty much the same until the 1970’s when Fender saw it fit for a redesign, the new design Telecasters had twin humbuckers and a different scratchplate design. These new models were called either the Telecaster ‘Custom’ or ‘Deluxe’ and in time became known as ’72s.

Due to the simplicity of the Telecasters design many punk bands in the 1970’s used the guitar their music as it matched the anti-stadium rock aesthetic which was associated with complicated Gibson SG’s and Explorer guitars. The Telecaster has now become somewhat of a iconic punk instrument and is synonymous with the Clash’s Joe Strummer who is famous for using the same Telecaster throughout his whole career.

More recently the Telecaster has seen use in indie-punk bands which have dominated the UK chart scene, such bands include The Rakes, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys and Graham Coxon. These bands no doubt using them because of their unique tone and image.

The Telecaster has shown itself to be diverse and adaptable and has been used in most genres of music and the classic design now embedded in the history of the guitar. […]

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Guitars

History of Danelectro Guitars

Danelectro guitars are highly sought after collectible items by discerning guitarists and are of extra-ordinary quality and style. The history of Danelectro begins in 1947 when it was founded Nathan Daniel primarily as an amplifier manufacturer. However by 1954, the company had started producing solid bodied electric guitars and finally acoustic and bass guitars. The amplifiers and guitars that Danelectro produced were sold to retailers like Montgomery Ward and Sears which sold the instruments after putting their own brand names on them… […]

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Guitars

History of Cort Guitars

The history of Cort guitars bears a striking resemblance to many other Japanese and Korean manufacturers. Cort is a South Korean manufacturer of electric, bass, and acoustic guitars and has been around since 1973 when […]

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Amplifiers

History of the Vox AC30

1958 – AC30 was considered a big brother to the Vox Company’s up-til-then flagship amp, the AC15. Also called the AC30/4, it featured one 12-inch Goodmans 60-watt speaker and two channels with two inputs each, which explains the “4” in the model designation. It used EL34 power tubes, a tube rectifier, and EF86 preamp tubes, which were known to fail from vibration fairly often. These early AC30s lived in “TV Front” cabinets, reminiscent of some 50’s Fender amps, and were covered in thin, white Rexine with a small diamond pattern and grill cloth with a larger diamond imprint. The EL34 tube was not used for very long and soon the amp came with EL84 power tubes. It was still a 1×12 but Vox shortly introduced the AC30 Twin […]