Fretless acoustic bass guitar with long-scale neck, and piezo pickups. Strung with extra heavy gauge flat-wound strings.
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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.
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.
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.