By the way, it's April Fools Day!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Today, my fine people I will show you how you can take a vintage 1956 Fender Stratocaster and update it to a more contemporary 21st Century Hello Kitty® Strat. It's much easier than it sounds. Just follow along.
First you will need to procure a vintage 1956 Fender Strat complete with original tweed case. They are available, just check out eBay.
Remove the neck, then sand the body down to the bare wood. Nice lookin' wood, huh? Don't forget to sand the headstock and neck to get out those darn aged-in finger marks.
Next, get a couple cans of Shell Pink spray paint. Krylon® glossy ought to do the trick. Hang the body up and spray it until it looks good.
Put it together and what have you got? Hello Kitty! And it looks great!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The first model was the B-15N. This amplifier had a 15” speaker and a whopping 25 watts. Later models had 30 watts. A smaller version called the SB-12 came with a 12" speaker.
|1965 SB - 12|
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As the years went on, Ampeg changed hands several times through its history and finally St. Louis Music acquired ownership in 1986. This is the company that brought us Electra guitars and Yairi-Alvarez acoustic guitars and many, many other products.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The next Dean guitar was based on the Gibson Explorer, but it bore the V shaped headstock that are now Dean trademarks. This headstock was similar to some artist conceptions of the illusive Gibson Modernes. Zelinsky named this model the Z after its shape.
He stayed with the company until 2008 when he departed from Armadillo due to creative differences.
DBZ is a Houston, Texas based company. They maintain a custom shop in Chicago where Zelinsky still resides. Dean Zelinsky is in charge of the Custom Shop.
|Dean Acoustic "Mamba"|
The company has branched out to become a large manufacturing-warehouse center in Tampa from which it distributes Dean electric guitars and Dean acoustic guitars as well as other product lines.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Through the years when the Stahopoli owned Epiphone, there was a continuous ongoing rivalry with Gibson. This culminated after the war years.
|1958 Epiphone catalog|
Epiphone was now for the budget conscious customer and Kalamazoo was the companies’ basic, no-frills line.
In photos, it appears the nut and bridge were reversed to accommodate a left-handed player.
Which had a large body and sloped shoulders.
Gibson originally used white buttons on the tuner knobs, but changed them to metal in 1967.