Instrumental Musings…Framus Jumbo Headstock

Framus Jumbo Headstock by JOtwell
Framus Jumbo Headstock by JOtwell
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Instrumental Musings…Harmony H22

HarmonyH22 photo by JOtwell (click to buy)
HarmonyH22 photo by JOtwell (click to buy)

 

This guitar was originally profiled in this post: http://wp.me/p2W71Q-8

 

You can see this guitar in action by Ronnie Lane of The Small Faces in these YouTube videos:

The Small Faces- Happiness Stan

 

SMALL FACES & P.P. ARNOLD – (If You Think You’re) Groovy Rare Beach Promo

 

You can read more about the Harmony H22 here: http://harmony.demont.net/model.php?id=110

 

Do you own one? Tell us about or posts links to the H22 in action!

 

Instrumental Musings… Gibson ES-175D 1970

Gibson ES-175D photo by JOtwell (click to buy)
Gibson ES-175D photo by JOtwell (click to buy)

 

This guitar was originally covered in a previous post: http://wp.me/p2W71Q-H

Visit the link for more views of this guitar

 

GIBSON ES-175D  1970

I acquired this beauty as a straight swap with venerable British jazz guitarist Ivor Mairantz, who was also the main Gibson dealer in London. I had a vintage  Gibson L-7 that he openly coveted, so he gave me the 175 and a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic in exchange for the L-7.

If I still had the L-7 it would probably go for $ 30,000 or so, but it wasn’t a practical instrument for me at that time, so it made sense to do the trade. The Hummingbird has long since flown the coop, but this 175 is still a big go-to guitar for me, after 44 years.

Modifications: Replaced the original humbuckers with Seymour Duncan, and added a Bigsby.

 

Instrumental Musings… A Guitar Is A Woman

Guitar Is A Woman by JOtwell (click to buy)
Guitar Is A Woman by JOtwell (click to buy)
A guitar is a woman to whom the saying, “Look, but do not touch,” does not apply; her rosette soundhole is the very opposite of a real rose bud, for she will not wither, no matter how much you touch her with your hands. On the contrary, when she is touched and played by a master hand, she will produce ever-new blossoms whose fragrant sonorities will please the ear.
–  Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710) Spanish priest, composer and guitarist 

 

 

 

Instrumental Musings…Fender Telecaster Bass Guitar 1975

 

Fender Telecaster Bass photo by JOtwell (click to buy)
Fender Telecaster Bass photo by JOtwell (click to buy)

This model was actually a re-issue of the earliest Broadcaster/Precision era bass guitar design. One assumes that the huge popularity of the Telecaster guitar at the time, and the resemblance of the bass head stock to that of the Tele prompted the re-naming. A beautiful instrument all the way round, it can growl and bite with the best of them, but also has an attractive softer side, especially when plucked with the thumb.

Instrumental Musings…Harmony H 49 Stratotone Jupiter 1963

 

 

 

Harmony H 49 Stratotone Jupiter 1963 photographed by JOtwell (click to buy)
Harmony H 49 Stratotone Jupiter 1963 photographed by JOtwell (click to buy)

 

Harmony H 49 Stratotone Jupiter 1963

 

The Jupiter is one of the great forgotten rock ‘n’ roll guitars. A hollow body, despite it’s appearance, it’s light as a feather and the craftsmanship is delightful. Rather than pickups Harmony employed DeArmond microphones and there were many sound blending possibilities with the array of volume and tone controls offered. Despite it’s relative obscurity, it remains one of the most unique sounding of the electric guitars of the period.