Hi there. My name is Billy and I’m a writer with Guitartricks.com, where we teach people how to play guitar online! I’m a huge fan of looking for weird, interesting guitars, and one of the best places to do it is on Craigslist.
Craigslist is home to a number of interesting guitars. Here are some that I came across that are entirely unique and unlike anything I’ve ever seen in person. Some of these guitars are custom-built, others aren’t guitars at all but instead, use leftover guitar bodies and parts. Check them out!
The Winzz EGM100-S Mini Electric Guitar is built with children in mind. It is built with durable, high-quality solid wood body, Maplewood neck, and a Maplewood fingerboard. The EGM100-S features a chrome die-cast machine head, volume control and a single coil. Accessories include a gig bag, cable, strap, 2 picks, amplifier, and a wrench – everything your child needs to get started!
Aged or relic’d guitars have been around for long enough now that they’re simply a part of the guitar vernacular. There was a time when the very idea of intentionally bashing up a guitar seemed like absolute madness. For a while I agreed: I babied my guitars to the point that 15 years after I got my first good electric guitar, it still looked virtually brand new (aside from a lot of fret wear). And why wouldn’t it? I watched over that thing like a hawk, kept it carefully stashed in its case, never let anybody else play it, and never tried to do that cool Steve Vai ‘throw the guitar around your body’ trick. Although I kinda wanted to.
I had a few other guitars before that good one: beaten up, scratched, rusty, abused axes which I didn’t really look after very well at all. These were the guitars that were leaned up against the wall, maybe had a coat draped over them once or twice, were tapped on with drumsticks during especially creative jams, and were generally treated like dirt.
Guess which ones I felt more of an attachment to.
A common analogy is that an aged guitar – whether it got that way by natural or assisted means – is like a comfortable pair of jeans. I totally get that. Of the two beater guitars I had back in the day (actually I still have them), one saw so much combat during its first few years that the glossy finish wore clear off the back of the neck behind the first few frets, behind the twelfth to fifteenth, and along the entire back of the treble string side. The other one has an oiled neck so there was no finish to wear off, but the fretboard looks …kinda gross, actually. It’s covered in grit and stains where I spent hour upon hour playing Jeff Beck licks, Jeff Buckley songs, Tea Party riffs (the Canadian ‘Moroccan Roll’ band) and Mike Keneally solos. Every year it acquires a few more scratches, a few more character marks and a few more signs of wear. But that’s okay because I do too. And every year it feels more and more comfortable, compared to that pointy shred axe, which still feels glossy and slick,
And that’s what I dig about relic’d guitars. It’s not the aesthetics – although a carefully aged instrument can have plenty of visual vibe. It’s that a guitar with the hallmarks of the aging process just feels more playable. It’s like it invites you to pick it up and create with it. For me this is particularly important on the back of the neck, because there’s a certain lived-in feel that seems to invite a closer emotional connection to the instrument. And I’ve found over the years that any aged guitar that gets this right immediately feels like a serious instrument to me. A carefully aged instrument will also usually have the fretboard edges subtly rolled to replicate the way the wood is gradually rounded over due to decades of regular play. Again it makes the neck physically easier to hold, which makes for a more natural playing experience.
Personally, when it comes to aging of the guitar’s cosmetics, I’m not really fussed. I like the look of a checked and scratched finish, and I dig the idea of a guitar which is aged in a specific way to look exactly like that of an established artist. But for me what I like most about these instruments is that they take away that fear of the first scratch. Once you’re forced to accept the first chip or ding in your guitar, you stop worrying about the next one.
A while back I bought a Les Paul Traditional. The folks at Sky Music here in Melbourne let me play every Trad in the store until I found the one that felt like ‘my’ Les Paul. And the one that spoke to me the most had a weird visual feature: the top appeared slightly mismatched (even though on close inspection it wasn’t). One half of the bookmatch had much more flame than the other. I like this because it shows that guitars really are pieces of wood and works of art. I also like that it’s reminiscent of the distinctive and sometimes imperfect grains that you find on vintage Les Pauls. And while I take care of this guitar to the extent that I don’t use it to play cricket with in the back yard, I’m not scared of my own guitar, and I’m not terrified of that first ding: it’s already got a few light marks in the finish that I could probably buff out if I wanted to, but as far as I’m concerned they give the guitar more character. These little marks, and the much more visible ones that are sure to appear as the guitar and I spend the next however many decades together, are going to tell the story of our shared history. Just as with other guitars in my collection (“That’s where the strap chipped the paint when I put it down on the stand too quickly to go answer the phone,” “That’s where the I discovered that the cool belt buckle I wanted to wear onstage was a bit too rough for the guitar’s finish”), this one is going to have definite memories to attach to it, and it also means I can direct my energy towards playing the thing instead of babying it.
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Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Neck, Jatoba Fingerboard, 1 Single-coil Pickup, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and Double-locking Tremolo – Yellow
Double Coil Humbucker PickupWill fit most lp style electric guitar as a direct replacementOne wire leaf for each pickupIt can make a perfect balance between warmth and clarityEach pickup includes screws and springs which had been installedPickup Pole Spacing: 50mmResistance: 11-12KPackage Including:1 x Neck Pickup
Get performance ready and turn up the volume with an acoustic-electric guitar set. The cutaway design produces a brighter sound and has the advantage of letting players reach higher notes. For a balanced sound profile, the 4-band guitar pickup can adjust the treble and bass levels. This way, you can have the perfect sound on stage or at home.
Perfect for Beginners or Pros
If you’re just starting to learn how to play, this guitar provides a superb playing experience without breaking the bank. For professionals, it’s perfect for practice on-the-go or as a spare guitar.
The set comes with everything to start playing right away, such as a guitar strap, guitar picks, and a guitar amp with an included cable! Just put the digital clip-on tuner on the headstock for easy tuning.
Pre-Installed Guitar Pickup
The guitar pickup lets you play through a guitar amp and allows for volume, treble, bass, and presence control. Also, a low battery indicator light lets you know to replace the battery.
Digital Clip-On Tuner
10-Watt Amp w/ Cable
4-Band EQ-7545R Guitar Pickup
Guitar Strap and Picks Included
Cleaning Cloth Included
Ready to Play
Guitar Dimensions: 40.5″(L) x 15.5″(W) x 4.5″(H)
Amp Dimensions: 11.25″(L) x 4.25″(W) x 11.5″(H)
Guitar Weight: 4.6 lbs.
Amp Weight: 6.9 lbs.
Guitar Material: Okoume/Spruce/Linden Wood
Cleaning Cloth Material: Cotton
Bag Material: Nylon, Foam
No assembly required
Digital clip-on tuner
(4) Guitar picks
Set of replacement strings
BCP SKU: SKY5102
I've read a lot of biographies about musicians and my fair share of business bios, but Thomas Dolby's improbable "The Speed of Sound" is one of the best. Dolby creates a compelling narrative that puts you in the scene, without the usual aggrandizing. He gives you a feel for what it was like to be carving out a living as a geeky synth player in the late 70s and early 80s. Then as his music career starts to fade, Dolby gets involved in film soundtracks and eventually moves the San Francisco Bay Area to become a tech entrepreneur, creating a technology to put sound on the web and in mobile phones. He sheds light on the questionable ways of the music industry (and Silicon Valley) that makes the story especially powerful.
While I was familiar with Dolby's early musical work with such songs as "One of Our Submarines" and "She Blinded Me With Science," I wouldn't say I was a huge fan. But if were around in the '70s and '80s you'll appreciate his stories of blagging his way into an Elvis Costello gig, going to see Television and the Talking Heads, doing sound for bands like The Members and Gang of Four. Dolby had pretty wide-ranging musical credits playing synth with acts as divergent as Foreigner(!), David Bowie at Live Aid and Rogers Waters in his record-breaking performance of The Wall in Berlin.
Similarly, his description of the dot-com frenzy in the bay area, is spot on. He describes decisions, good and bad, that led to the rise and near IPO of his company, as well as the miss-steps that led to its downfall. (Interesting coincidence: Dolby's software company Beatnik Audio started at a small office on Third Street in San Mateo, where many years later, I also worked at a startup company.)
Most of all, what emerges is the portrait of a man who found his calling as a music boffin who always remained curious.
Visually stunning, with a gorgeous flame maple top, the FA-235E offers legendary Fender sound at a budget friendly price. Quality laminate construction with a modern Fender 3+3 headstock and Viking bridge create an easy-playing instrument that sounds great. Modern Fishman electronics allowing you to take your sound to the stage with ease. Developing and experienced players alike will appreciate the mahogany neck that gives the guitar a lively tone while complementing the flame maple top.
Out of all of Les Paul”s many achievements; inventor, guitarist, and hit recording artist, Les is most beloved among musicians for inspiring the Les Paul Standard, one of the most sought-after guitars in the world. And now, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus top PRO give the legend a fresh start with ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3 pickups with coil-tapping, a AAA flame maple veneer top, and beautiful new color options.
(Guitar Educational). As rhythm guitarist for blues legend Muddy Waters, Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin has gained invaluable experience in the art of Chicago blues rhythm guitar. And now in this exclusive and comprehensive book/DVD package, Bob Margolin and blues author/historian Dave Rubin bring you the definitive instructional guitar method on the subject, featuring loads of rhythm guitar playing examples to learn and practice, covering a variety of styles, techniques, tips, historical anecdotes, and much more. To top it off, every playing example in the book is performed on the accompanying DVD by Bob Margolin himself! The book also features a unique code to access the same videos online for download or streaming!Reblogged 3 weeks ago from www.amazon.com