Archive for July, 2007


Gibson Dove

July 26, 2007

Has anyone ever seen this model of the Gibson Dove? This is the model I have.dove3 It’s an anniversary model from 95′. I have done lots of searching about it and always come up empty except for one band site that a person mentions that he has the same model. Actually, this is a photoshoped image I had to make from 2 different guitars since mine’s in storage and I couldn’t photograph it. The truss rod is the only thing I couldn’t get to, but mine says “DOVE”. It has gold Grover keystone tuners and I believe a Fishman amplification system.

These are the 2 pictures I used to create the image of mine, which is an accurate image.

So if anyone’s ever seen this model guitar or can tell me more about it (like anyone even sees this page), I’d appreciate any info you might have on it. Thanks.


My Telecaster Wishes update – part 2

July 3, 2007

I found another really cool one, over in West Chester, Pa., at JH Guitars. It’s a limited run Palo Escrito Tele and here’s what it says:

Palo Escrito is a endiginous wood to Mexico, often used on Mexican folk instruments. This unique guitar marries the historically revered local wood with the iconic Telecaster. This wood has very unique properties and it’s grain pattern and hue can vary drastically, so no 2 will be alike. A 60’s classic Tele with a bound solid Palo Escrito top.

This is a Mexican Tele going for $769 (list – $957). Here’s some pics:palo escrito mexican tele

mexican tele 2 mexican tele 3 back

mexican tele 4 back

You know I’m dying to hear this wood. (and it’s torturing me not being able to just buy it)

AND…..not that this is an option, BUT…..I came across a vintage 60’s Tele that looks allot like the red one in my initial post, and being that that one and these are 60’s based, I think it must be trying to tell me something. But here’s what they say about the vintage one over at Buffalo Bros, where it’s being offered for sale.

1969 Fender Telecaster With Factory Bigsby Vintage White: (VG) Beautifully aged white finish, Rosewood fingerboard on comfy “C” shape Maple neck, pearl dots, 3-ply white pickguard, Fender Bigsby tailpiece. Weighs in at 8.4 lbs. With non-original vintage Fender hard shell case, possibly for a Jazzmaster. $8500
© 2007

Is THAT ALL? WoW, I’m sure glad people aren’t going apeshit over vintage guitars.

On to the pictures:

69 tele 169 tele 2
69 tele 3 © 2007

They did a pretty good job, as you can see, on modeling that red 60’s Tele after these 60’s ones with the Bigsby’s, but those slight differences bug me. Enough that the Bigsby can’t make up for it? I don’t know, don’t think so though, cuz I totally dig that Bigsby on a Tele look.


And on a side note to close out this post, I noticed they don’t put the “F” on the neckplate like they used to. I can see them not putting it on their foreign line, but the US made fenders don’t get them anymore, not even the Masterbuilt models. I would just like to see them again. I think it’s because it doesn’t feel like I’m looking at a Fender if it doesn’t have the “F” on their parts, including the saddles and tuners. So c’mon Fender, bring back the F’n “F”.


My First Telecaster Wishes

July 2, 2007

I’ve never owned a Tele. in 20 years of playing, but after reading about how versatile they are, that they can cover just about any style with ease, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like my first Tele to be, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

First I liked this one I saw in a catalog, from Sweetwater
Red Telecaster with Bigsby

This one is almost $900 and is crafted in Japan. I like the Bigsby® on it and feel that it must now be a requirement for my first Tele, but I feel I could do better for that kind of money.

**I should point out that a real Bigsby® runs anywhere from $120 to @ $300, is made of quality materials such as nickel or aluminum, and you can tell by the word “patent” as opposed to “licensed”. I don’t know, but I assume the one that comes on this Japanese Tele is a “licensed” Bigsby which are made of die-cast aluminum (then covered in chrome or gold), but maybe not.**

Then I come across one I like at the Harmony Central Electric Guitar Forum posted by “Ultradust”pink tele with bigsby

Here are the specs: MIM neck, TV Jones Filtertron Classic, Nocaster bridge p’up, Bigsby B5 kit, Custom two-piece double bound alder body from these guys:
Probably run me the same price if I put it together myself. But I do love that color, so that might be another requirement.

So then I see another color I dig over at the forum on a tele for sale by BlackHatHunter. It’s $745 and I kinda dig the color, but not as much as the pink. Here’s a pic seafoam green tele & specs: US Fender Tele refinished in seafoam green nitro. The pickups are from OC Duff, the neck is a Warmoth, the nut is an Earvana, and the tuners are Sperzels locking tuners.

I don’t know, I kinda like them all, but I’d definitely like a Bigsby. And so these are my initial inspirations for when I get my first Tele. I think my best option here would be to do the specs from the green one with the pink body with a Bigsby, that would be perfect. I don’t know when that’ll be just yet, I just know that I really want one (with a Bigsby). Let me know what you think.


Captain Beefheart’s Ten Commandments For Guitarists

July 2, 2007

Courtesy of “lowbrow” at the Harmony Central Forums

1. LISTEN TO THE BIRDS…That’s where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from. And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren’t going anywhere.2. YOUR GUITAR IS NOT REALLY A GUITAR…Your guitar is a divining rod. Use it to find spirits in the other world and bring them over. A guitar is also a fishing rod. If you’re good, you’ll land a big one.

3. PRACTICE IN FRONT OF A BUSH…Wait until the moon is out, then go outside, eat a multi-grained bread and play your guitar to a bush. If the bush doesn’t shake, eat another piece of bread.

4. WALK WITH THE DEVIL…Old delta blues players referred to amplifiers as the “devil box.” And they were right. You have to be an equal opportunity employer in terms of who you’re bringing over from the other side. Electricity attracts demons and devils. Other instruments attract other spirits. An acoustic guitar attracts Casper. A mandolin attracts Wendy. But an electric guitar attracts Beelzebub.

5. IF YOU’RE GUILTY OF THINKING, YOU’RE OUT…If your brain is part of the process, you’re missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something that is fur bearing.

6. NEVER POINT YOUR GUITAR AT ANYONE…Your instrument has more power than lightning. Just hit a big chord, then run outside to hear it. But make sure you are not standing in an open field.

7. ALWAYS CARRY YOUR CHURCH KEY…You must carry your key and use it when called upon. That’s your part of the bargain. Like One String Sam. He was a Detroit street musician in the fifties who played a homemade instrument. His song “I Need A Hundred Dollars” is warm pie. Another church key holder is Hubert Sumlin, Howlin’ Wolf’s guitar player. He just stands there like the Statue of Liberty making you want to look up her dress to see how he’s doing it.

8. DON’T WIPE THE SWEAT OFF YOUR INSTRUMENT…You need that stink on there. Then you have to get that stink onto your music.

9. KEEP YOUR GUITAR IN A DARK PLACE…When you’re not playing your guitar, cover it and keep it in a dark place. If you don’t play your guitar for more than a day, be sure to put a saucer of water in with it.

10. YOU GOTTA HAVE A HOOD FOR YOUR ENGINE…Wear a hat when you play and keep that hat on. A hat is a pressure cooker. If you have a roof on your house the hot air can’t escape. Even a lima bean has to have a wet paper towel around it to make it grow.

Thanks lowbrow.