I want to offer Da Angel to all of you who want the forties and fifties archtop sound without draining your Swiss bank account. For hollow bodies, tone (to me) has always been a punchy, wide aperture single-coil in the neck position. I'm offering vintage, new/old stock, genuine D'Armond pickups on this art deco beauty. Its very zen with
one volume knob on the stairstep pickguard. It has a decent sound acoustically
and a tremendous electric tone that goes to the roots of electric jazz guitar
voicing. Da Angel -- he's my Dude. Blonde, dressed in gold hardware, flame
curley maple, back and sides. Great for be-bop, blues, even schmoltzy jazz.
$700 (Not $70k)
In the sixties, I had the pleasure of Lowell Folsom's blonde ES-5. Lizard
Slim took me to a old jazz guitar store and showed me this guitar he wanted
to buy. And I flipped. Lowell Folsom had traded in his ES-5 -- a big jazz
guitar with three P-90s -- for a white Falcon. This was like one of those
old "fat fart, pipe-smoking jazz guitar stores" -- in the suburbs. Anyway,
we got to play it and have it around for a year or two.... When I was a
pup, I murdered an old cutaway Harmony, trying to create a Lowell-type of
guitar. Thirty-some years later, I've achieved my goals with the Lowell.
I start with a beautiful blonde archtop with flame and curley maple, back
and sides. Block inlays and even the tit at the end of the fretboard. I've
dressed this with three P-90s and the old speed knob arrangement of one
volume for each pickup and a master tone in the rounded cutaway. I wire
the middle pickup out of phaze for that t-bone tone. This thing is bitchin'.
This is one of the most rockin' R&B bad boys out there -- AND great for
a true blues tone. $700 (Not $7,000)
The Dan E Jizzcaster
If Jimmy hadn't wanked on *strats, these guitars would have been the "classic"
for that single coil blues and rock tone. Dan Electro and Coral made these
jizzcasters in alot of different configurations in the 60s. Some were dressed
with the Silvertone label to be vended through Sears; others with the Dan
Electro name; later on they beveled the sides of the body to an elliptical
flying saucer shape and bore the Coral name. They are a great guitar in
the Fender® style; they had a thick Brazilian rosewood fretboard, two or
three lipstick tubes and a fixed or whammy bar bridge. The whammy was really
weak and sucked for tuning. When we got the Dan E pile, there were tons
of parts for these; we are recreating the two- and three-pickup model with
some improvements. The necks came finished with the skate-key tuners. We're
using a six-way non-trem strat* bridge, and Gotoh or Kluson-style tuners.
We're doing the alligator-skin crackle finishes -- mostly because they're
fairly non-toxic and also reminiscent of the 60's Dan Electro era. We'll
probably do some weird colors, but we'll stain the wood -- like purples,
blues and greens. We're adding a push-pull pot for phaze reversal. These
things KILL for $400. We've sold alot of them over the years to top
R&B players that just couldn't believe what a great guitar they are.
The Gene V
I've been dreaming of his series of instruments for awhile. I love these
big fat blonde jazz guitars, but I like them dressed more for the 50s. So
we're offering three models: Gene, Lowell and 'da Angel. Here's a glimpse
of Gene: get your blue cap out and ROCK! Loaded with two P-90's, Bigsby-style
trem, Schaller tunamatic roller bridge and Gotoh locking magnum gears --
for those dudes who really want to yank their thang. The magnums have a
piston in the shaft that locks the string -- you basically get half a revolution
around the post when the thing's in tune. So wanking and yanking won't wack
it out of tune. The other model -- Lowell -- will have 3 P-90 soapbar pickups,
a master tone in the cutaway, three volume knobs in a line, and a fancy
art deco tailpiece. This will be a great blues guitar in the tradition of
T-bone Walker and Lowell Fulsom. Now for 'da Angel. We're gonna go the for
art deco with a tailpiece and stairstep pickguard. There will be one genuine
D'Armond pickup mounted to the end of the fretboard -- floating -- and a
volume knob on the pickguard. This will be more of a zen jazz guitar. You
can play smoltz on it that will have your grandmother exclaiming: "Marvelous!"
She'll even miss her Arthur Godfrey Show to hear you strum a little concert
for her. Here's the super good news: 7 bills each. Not $7000 -- but $700.
The final touch on all three models will be a faux pearl inlay -- FatDog
-- in the peghead. Finally, the FatDog brand will have a guitar who's styling
deserves sporting the FatDog label. They will be in a blonde and gold tone
finish. Of course we'll have custom permutations of the appointments --
bridges, pickups, tuners, etc. One guy has already put his name in for one
black P-90 by the neck.
Acoustic bass with Piezo
Comes with bridge pickup and active EQ in preamp. It actually sounds good
acoustically and has a wide range of electric tones. $325
The Deluxe S-Bass
A synthesis of Warmoth body, slender USA Fender® neck, Bartolini 9W4 jazz
bass pickups run through an active tone circuit. Very resonant Korina body.
Some people wait 12 months to pay $2400 for a similar bass. This one is
Moderne Electric Bass
It features a thin 24-fret neck, a flame maple honey sunburst top with humbucking
electronics. Its a beautiful piece for $400.
Beautiful Retro Jazz Bass*
Gold-plated hardware, mother-of-toiletseat pickguard, solid wood body with
ruby-brown sunburst. Vintage-style pickups.$400
Rock star stuff. Pelvis-gyrating machine. Gold-sparkle glitter finish and
mother-of-toiletseat pickguard. Has a contour on back fit for a king's chubby
paunch. I should probably give some of the profits from these to Arthur
"Big Boy" Cruddup, since he got nothin' out of it -- and it really
was his thang. While some fat slob ate peanutbutter and bacon, deep-fried,
another Big Boy starved. $375
Reproduction of 30's National
Bell-brass body, chrome-plated, has a trussrod in the neck and Gotoh tuning
machines. An old associate of mine called me and said he was manufacturing
these old-style Nationals. When I got it, I couldn't believe it! It was
GREAT! And you won't believe it for $650.
BIG, full-bodied jazz guitar
Best buy ever for an L-5! Fancy appointments, available in a metallic
red burgundy, black sunburst or blonde for $650.
The Grande Baritone
If I had to choose one guitar, it would be a baritone. Its a 6-string bass,
but tuned up. It has a Moses graphite neck with 24-frets, a single cutaway-style
body in a blue- or rubyburst body. You have a choice of pickups from active
to passive, EMG, Alembic or vintage-style. I can even make it with a thinline
type of body. The voicing is tremendous, especially when run through a tremelo
reverb amp. Starts at $750
FatDog acoustic bass with pickup $350
* Fender®, Stratocaster® and Jazz Bass® are registered trademarks of the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation.
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