As cool as it is rare, the Gretsch 6117 Catseye got its name from the “Cat eyed” shape sound holes instead of the traditional F-holes. Common to Rickenbacker, catseye holes were only seen in acoustic Gretsch models.
This is Vox’s take on a Stratocaster, with the same slanted pickup. Not sure what wood it is made off, but the body looks like a strat morphing into a jazzmaster. Similar shape is found on the Vox Tempest and Vox Hurricane.
Sweptwing were revived along with the Hallmark brand in 2004. But if you want the real deal, you’ll have to be on the lookout for one of the few sweptwings that were made by Joe Hall at the time (around 100). Since Hall was a former Mosrite employee, a few Mosritish features such as zero-fret were common to those guitars.
Embraced by the figures of the british invasion, this magnificient piece of german craftsmanship quickly gained in popularity, both in UK and US. (although the 500/1 bass was Hofner’s flagship, thanks to Paul McCartney). Maple, Spruce and Ebony (neck and bridge), the club 60 was topping the club series as a “deluxe” model.
The 365 was basically an upscale version of the 360 model that came with a tremolo bar. Two body styles were available: OS (Old Style) for the 330 body style with sharp horns, or NS (New Style) for the rounded body. The OS is one of my favorite Rick out of the 300 family, and the factory original Autumnglo finish is simply stunning.
Picture Idaho during the sixties, more specifically a ranchers town called Sweet. And in this town, a man, Walt Smith, eager to give lap-steel lovers as much freedom as then popular rock icons. That’s for that very reason that this 1965 Mosrite Melobar was built (with the expert help of Semie Mosrite.) The Melobar was arguably the first lap steel that could be played standing up.
SOME of Jimi Hendrix’s guitars. From left to right: 1968 Stratocaster Olympic White (the Woodstock strat), 1965 stratocaster 3 tone sunburst that Jimi burnt at the Finsbury Astoria in 1967, 1968 three-tone sunburst stratocaster, 1967 Gibson Flying V he painted himself, 1969 Gibson Flying V used at the Isle of Whight.