The Guild X-50 was Guild’s response to Gibson ES-125. It was the smallest of Guilds hollowbody and the only model of the ‘X’ line to be non-cutaway. Early models were nicknamed Granada, up until 1961 when the guitar was renamed Cordoba.
Family-built by Brian May and his father, the Red Special has been reproduced several times by brands like Guild and Burns since the eighties. In 2006, May created ‘Brian May Guitars’ to market his own take on the ‘Old lady’. Loaded with three Burns Tri-sonic pups, it’s a great quality instrument for $800.
1987-1999 Alder or Ash / Maple / Maple or Rosewood
By many considered one of Fender’s finest, the Plus series was released and introduced a lot of new props. It was the first Strats to featured Gold Lace Sensor pickups as well as locking tuners. Those pickups were appreciated for keeping a 50s feel, but without the hum. Hear it
Another superb Hofner. The President Electric was a variant of the acoustic model of the same name, which started off in 1953. It is easily recognized by its triple dot inlays and single cutaway (venetian or florentine). Early models had black bar pickups (pictured). Hear it
Fender has honored each of the three member of the Hellecasters band with a signature stratocaster Fender. Jerry Donahue is a Telecaster player, so he “telifyed’ his MIJ signature strat by requesting a metal plate under the bridge pickup. Overall this rarebird (450 made) is considered very well crafted guitar and simply sounds fantastic.
The Invader came as a replacement of the Vox Bulldog, and just like its predecessor, it perspires Mosrite. Just like any other Vox of that time, it is stuffed with electronics. The Invader includes a E-tuner, a wah-wah effect, a percussion effect, treble, bass and distortion boosters. Very cool and rare axe.
Poor Tom Petty had many of his guitars stolen recently, but he still has a Rickenbacker signature model. Its official name is Model 660/12TP. No surprise with such release, Tom Petty has been a long time supporter of the brand. Although it was officially introduced during the 1991 NAMM Anaheim show, prototypes were hurling around as early as 1988. A total of 1000 TPs were made, the majority with a Fireglo finish (813), the rest in Jetglo (187).
Neck through body, the TP is entirely made of Birdseye Maple, with the addition of a rosewood fretboard. It also features the traditional toaster pickups that Petty favored.
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.
Made in the early seventies, this amazing Guyatone has an integrated drum machine with five preset drum rhythms that come out straight to the amp! Yours to choose between Slow Rock, Fox Trot, Twist, Bossa Nova and Rock ‘N’ Roll. These are probably cheesy and outdated, but got to try, just for the hell of it…
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.
Called at times Arrow or Musiclander, The Fender Swinger was born out of a CBS/Frankenstein evil plot to refurbish leftovers from the Fender factory. Less than 300 Swingers were produced, only in 1969, out of parts from Bass V and Mustangs. The model found an afterlife in the underground No Wave New York scene.