Thursday, October 28, 2010

Interesting old Harlin Bros. Acoustic in Lima IN for $50

I don't recognize know much about this brand or model - the headstock is unique and that stencil type Logo implies it is from the 1930's or 1940's - I am curious if that is real binding around the body and soundhole - hard to tell. Anyway this is an interesting find.

Apparently the Harlin Bros. were Indianapolis based guitar makers in the 40's and 50's and are most well known for their Multi-Kord Six String Pedal Steel guitars.  This is the first regular acoustic of theirs I have encountered. - JC


 antique guitar for sale - $50 (lima)


Date: 2010-10-20, 6:29PM EDT

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Im selling this guitar for $50 if interested you can reach me at 419-231-4405 call/text or just email

•Location: lima

Teisco E-100 in Tippecanoe IN for $50

It's cheap.  So if you are in the area and want one. And it's even got the logo on the headstock. Yipee!


66' Tiesco del rey - $50 (Lafayette, IN)

Date: 2010-10-27, 9:57PM EDT
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  • Location: Lafayette, IN

Vintage Airline Reso - Jack White Guitar in Peculiar, MO for $600

Sounds like there are still some issues with this guitar but the seller is not going into detail so you would need to be an alert buyer - could be a playability/intonation problem.  You would want to make sure that those are both original pickups too since he said some "electronics" were replaced.  Caveat Emptor.

Note:  This is not "exactly" the same as Jack White's guitar since it does not have the Gumby style headstock.


Vintage Montgomery Ward Airline Guitar, Just Like Jack Whites! - $600 (Peculiar, MO)

Date: 2010-10-17, 2:17PM CDT
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I am selling an original vintage 1950's-60's JB Hutto Montgomery Ward Res-O-Glas Airline guitar, the same one that Jack White plays in his band. It was inherited to me from my uncle who passed away 4-5 years ago. Since owning it the inlay and frets have been replaced, along with some of the electronics, and the neck has been straightened out. It still needs some work, but is playable. The pickups and the tuners are all original, it is missing the Airline symbol on the neck, but I have seen them on Ebay for $5.00 before when I was looking into restoring it completely. I just don't have the time to mess with it anymore, and it has just been decoration for a long time. A guitar like this in excellent condition is worth $2,000-$3,000.00, but since I know this one still needs work I'm willing to start the price at $600.00. Feel free to shoot me an offer, but I don't know how flexible I will be. This guitar is very rare to find for it to be an original. So, serious inquiries call 816-206-8241.

  • Location: Peculiar, MO

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Vintage Tube Combo Amp in Danelectro Cabinet in Portland OR for $150

I would expect this to be a terrific little amp for $150.  These B&H FilmoSound tube amps are little monsters.  I wouldn't be too scared by the unusual tube 25L6GT tubes - they are basically similar to a 6V6 just a more simple design with the voltages adding up to approx 110 to equal standard wall input voltage.


 Vintage Tube Amp - $150 (Tigard)


Date: 2010-10-24, 8:02PM PDT

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Danelectro Nifty Fifty cab w/8" alnico speaker. Amp is a 1960s Bell & Howell Filmosound 285 amp. Puts out 12watts and uses 25L6GT x3, 12AX7A x 1, 5879 x1 tubes. Sounds fantastic. These amps get the smoothest crunch/distortion of any small tube amp I've played through and that's a lot. These amps are prized by harp and guitar players for thier tone. This is a steal but I've got 3 of these as well and other larger amps and need to downsize my collection. Price is firm.

•Location: Tigard

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

1948 GIBSON GA-25 Tube Amp in Phoenix AZ for $500

Back from my honeymoon - spent two weeks in Italy so didn't do any guitar blogging (I know I could've looked for EKO's and Crucianelli's but it was Tuscany - nothing but old roundback mandolins to be seen).

Here is a nice collector's item in the Phoenix area.  I think Gibson reissued these a few years back but this is one of the originals.  60+ year old tube amp in nice shape - looks mostly original except for some required maintenance like caps etc.  This would look great on a bandstand - abnd probably sounds pretty good too - though like the man says, Gibsons are generally pretty bright amps - just the way they built the tone stack. 


Vintage 1948 Gibson GA-25 Tube amplifier - $500 (Phx)


Date: 2010-10-26, 4:02PM MST

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Rare 1948 Gibson GA-25 tube guitar amplifier. Gone over last January by Rob at Buffalo Amps. Jupiter tone caps were installed. Original output tranny. Rob tweaked the tone adjust so it sounds best maxed on the bass side. It is a bright amp. Weber Signature Series replacement speakers 12"/8" (correct Jensen replacements for the era)

I have a Weber copper cap in place of the 5y3 rectifier tube with allows it to run a bit cooler (the 5y3 is included). Pretty clean up until 4/5 then starts breaking up. Sounds killer with an overdrive as well.

Missing back bottom cover. $500 or trade Vox/Moog/Fender

•Location: Phx

Thursday, October 7, 2010

10 Best Guitar Solos - a slight tangent from my usual Blog Posts

This post is a little side treat for my readers - I found this list of 10 BEST GUITAR SOLOS at a site called while doing some research on the Robert Fripp solo on "Baby's on Fire."  I have no interest in generating an intense debate among my readers (there are plenty of guitar blogs and forums for that) but I wanted to share what I consider some good writing that I mostly agree with about the psychedlic, garage, trashy, hard rock guitar that I so know and love.  Feel free to comment but once again I am more interested in highlighting this writers presentation of the information than in declaring this as the perfect list. And if this prompts you to check out one of these solos that you may not have already heard - well then my job is done here. - Jim C


The 10 Best Guitar Solos

Back when girls were chicks, men were dudes, and Frank Zappa still played the guitar, someone asked him why he did. Frank responded thusly, "The guitar is the only instrument with which you can be truly obscene." Of course this is a paraphrase of a rumor of something that Frank Zappa probably never said or even thought, but it's a nice quote so I've included it in my article. Later Frank decided that guitar solos were passe and when his son, Dweezil, put out an album with many a fast and foolish guitar solo on it, Frank reportedly said, "Gee, I don't like this album very much."

So, what are the ten greatest rock and roll guitar solos of all time, and why don't you list them in descending order of greatness? Well, I'm sad to say that neither Frank or Dweezil make the list. Jerry Garcia's not here either, see "country wankin', page 4". This is rock, my friend, not Romper Room.

10. Amboy Dukes, "Baby Please Don't Go"

Ted Nugent in 1968 was indeed an avante axe-smith to be reckoned with. Here the motor city madman takes a boring blues standard and turns it into a psychedelic feedback-feuled ride to some nameless distant planet where the sheep are goats and Rapunzel gets a haircut. This solo makes me laugh at myself for ever having tried to make heads or tails of anything. Then the confusion wears off and I'm finally able to remember my middle name (it's Bob).

9. Thirteenth Floor Elevators, "Street Song"

I have no idea who is playing what in this song. There must be only two guitars but it sounds like infinity plus one. Fuzz-delay-reverb-space-non-stop-jam-solo-from-heaven. Listening to this song played loudly through earphones is like floating through a silly-sized ocean of azure jello full of lots of fruit chunks that are all very glad to meet you. A tangerine slice calls out your name and smiles knowingly as you realize where the Butthole Surfers got their sound.

8. Dinosaur Jr., "Sludgefeast"

When somebody asked J. Masics (guitarist o' Dinosaur Jr.) why he played his guitar so loud, J. said, "The guitar is such a whimpy instrument, I hate it. Playing loud is the only way I can even tolerate the sound of the guitar." Dude. J. does play as if he and his instrument are battling for control of the known universe. If someone asked me for a definition of 'ballsy', I would play them this solo. No corny heavy metal arpeggios, no psychedelic effects, only massive distortion, the occasional wah-wah, and tons o' rock. You don't stop.

7. Jimi Hendrix, "Voodoo Child"

I suppose this is "The Wasteland" of rock solos. I think Satan probably had a hand in this one; it's too super-human for any single mortal man to have created alone. Jimi sings, "I'll stand up next to a mountain. Chop it down with the edge of my hand", and then he proceeds to do just that. Evil is a powerful thing, my friend. Beware.

6. Led Zeppelin, "The Rover"

Jimmy Page is the master composer/arranger/genius/godhead of rock. He rarely takes a standard solo, per se, but when he does, he blows many a proficient guitar meister right out of the water. This solo is just one guitar, no overdubs. It's short, subtle, and, in a word, perfect. Page plays exactly what the ear wants to hear, and always with a sloppy precision that defies description. There is nothing superfluous, nothing extractable. This is one of the few truly organic rock guitar solos.

5. Meat Puppets, "Oh, Me"

This solo captures a random moment of pure genius. In "Oh, Me", Meat Puppets guitarist Curt Kirkwood sings, "I don't have to think. I only have to do it. The results are always perfect, but that's old news." What Curt proceeds to do with his guitar in the following moments is, in the words of Ezra Pound, "to [gather] from the air a live tradition". During the solo, Curt mutters "lets get way out there, boys," and off the band rides to planets unknown. There are plenty of improvisational guitarists who are willing to go as far out on a musical limb as Master Kirkwood, but none of them have ever been able to consistently gather and reel in the golden eggs that Curt plucks while he's out on said limb.

4. Neil Young, "Southern Man"

Neil Young is arguably the least proficient guitarist on this entire list. Why, then, is he at number four? Because the ability to rock is not taught in school. Rock and roll is in Neil Young, and shall out! Here is fuzz. Here is fury. Young's fretboard is a harem of wild, insatiable women, and his fingers are having one hell of an orgy. Here is music yearning like a god in pain. If this solo doesn't make you want to carpe diem till you drop, then you are a dullard indeed.

3. Husker Du, "Indecision Time"

Forget spiked hair and the Sex Pistols, Satan and speed, Black Flag and the Decline of Western Civilization, Nazi Skinheads and date rape. Bob Mould's solo on Indecision Time is punk rock. Say no more.

2. Eno, "Baby's on Fire"

Robert Fripp is probably the most technically proficient guitarist on this list. Luckily, he also knows how to rock. A healthy combination of fretboard wizardry and temporary insanity make this Fripp solo (off of Brian Eno's first album) a monster indeed. Mixed obscenely loudly over Eno's cheezy seventies keyboards, Fripp's guitar sounds like some rabid mechanical beast. The words 'sear' and 'singe' come to mind. This solo simply baffles the mind. It is literally awesome.

1. The Velvet Underground, "I heard Her Call my Name"

In 1968 Lou Reed decided to test the limits of rock and roll. White Light/ White Heat is arguably the most raunchy album in the history of the world. And the most raunchy bit of grime on this disk of sludge is the second solo of "I Heard Her Call My Name". This solo is inimitable. It is as if Reed's amplifier and guitar take over and start playing him. There is more feedback and fuzz in one second of this solo than there is on an entire Metallica album. This solo makes me physically sick when I hear it. Its sheer massiveness frightens me. This solo defines the outer limits of rock music. Anything more is just noise. Anything less is just a light. This is the greatest rock and roll guitar solo of all time. Go and do likewise, my friend.

That is all. Until next time, use the word 'rock' no less than sixteen times in everything you write, rock, and don't forget to rock.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Truetone (Kay) electric in Round Rock TX for $125

The guy who bought the last one of these I listed sent a comment and said he absolutely loved it.  This one is even cheaper.  hehe. I don't know why the seller is calling it a 5-string unless he's got it set up ala Keith Richards (which is very possible tuned in D). Note that the difference between the Kay and Truetone versions of these guitars is the 6-on a side headstock (most Truetones) and the chrome bridge cover (also on the Truetone) - JC


1960s Vintage TrueTone by Kay 5-string electric guitar - $125 (Round Rock, TX)


Date: 2010-10-05, 10:15AM CDT

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Here is a really cool vintage TrueTone made by Kay, I have this setup to be played with slide. It sounds amazing in open D, perfect guitar for this style of playing. Includes with original hardshell case.

$125. 5128255805

•Location: Round Rock, TX 

Lafayette LA-75 vintage tube Combo amp in Buffalo NY area for $250

Most Lafayettes you see on the resale market are Japanese made products (like Univox) however the chassis and tube design of this lil LA-75 seems to be an American made product.  It is clearly a cosmetic knockoff of a Danelectro built Silvertone.  But with it's 7189 power tubes and 6CA4 rectifier it straddles the Ampeg-Gibson camp.  My best guess - this is probably an adapted Hi-Fidelity amplifier design that the folks at Lafayette wedded to the preamp control panel to quickly capitalize on the popularity of the Silvertones.

$250 seems a bit steep considering it is missing the speaker and probably needs a cap job or other work.  the amp has almost no real value other than its uniqueness.  But it is definitely a rare and unusual bird and there is something about the pseudo industrial Mid-Century design that I personally find appealing.  This amp would look great in a Danish modern living room or in the b.g of a smokey little bar scene on the show "Madmen."  


Vintage Tube Guitar Amplifier from the 1960's

Lafayette Model LA-75

Reviews show that this amplifier provides excellent sound particularly for the jazz and blues guitarist. Check this out:

Powers up and sound can be heard from an attached speaker, but it is no longer loud. Something must need to be repaired.

There is no speaker in the cabinet, but it looks to be set up to accept a 10 or 12 inch speaker.

There are two instrument connections, one microphone connection and one foot switch connection.

There is a tremolo feature.

The cabinet is in clean, excellent condition.

Location: Williamsville, NY

Price: $250.00

Call: 716-828-8978

No emails please, they will be ignored - unfortunately there are too many spammers spoiling craigslist

Silvertone 1482 in Appleton-Oshkosh Il for $250

Nice deal even if there is no pic and it is rough cosmetically.  No pic on the listing but you know these are the TV Knob styloe cabinet with two channels and Tremolo. - JC


Vintage 1960s Silvertone 1482 guitar amp - $250 (Little Chute)

Date: 2010-10-06, 4:42PM CDT
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I am selling my Silvertone model 1482 guitar amplifier.
It was made in the mid 60's. It is all tube with 2 12ax7s in the preamp and 2 6v6s in the power amp.
If you are looking at this I assume you already know about these amps.
I am selling this because I play heavier music and I would rather this amp go to someone who can appreciate it.
It was in my grandmothers attic for many years. When it was given to me, I took it to Cole's Music in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
He went through the amp, retubed and rebiased it, and did whatever maintenance you do to a 40 year old tube amp.
It plays very well and sounds great, but it isn't in perfect condition anymore.
The corners of the cabinet are a little roughed up, it is missing one of the knobs on the front panel, the piece of wood that makes it a semi-closed back is missing, and the tubes for the tremelo are not there so the tremelo does not function right now.
Other than that, it functions just like it should. It does have a really cool sound, but like I said, its just not what I'm into.
So I would rather have someone own this that will play it and enjoy it.

In perfect, all original shape, these go for $500, $600, or $900. Check out and look at their vintage section.

I think that is an obnoxious price for this so shoot me an offer and we can go from there.
I would love to get $250 for this, but let me know what you are willing to offer.
I will add pictures probably tomorrow night.


Lectrolab R200B in Tucson AXZ for $100

Here is a neat lil Electrolab (sic!) R200B in Tucson for only $100.  Low wattage (about 3 or 4 watts amp that is great for late nights or you can hit the front with aPreamp/overdrive and get some serious crunch and growl.  These amps are basically indestrctible (except for the cheap cabinets).  Worth $100 for sure. - JC


1964 Electrolab amp - $100 (Downtown)


Date: 2010-08-27, 2:43PM MST

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This is an odd little low powered tube amp. No danger of disturbing neighbors or kids. Missing knobs and handle. Has 6 inch Alinco speaker.

•Location: Downtown

Lectrolab R500C with rare Tweed Covering (original?) in Atlanta GA for $300

Why buy a foreign made Fender Pro Jr for $300 when you can buy an all original hand wired 1960's Lectrolab R500C for the same price?   I can't think of any reason other than sheer ignorance (or sloth).

The R-Series was the best of the Cicero Il made Lectrolabs (before they starting cutting back on some of their components due to financial problems).  I doubt this seller is exaggerating about how good this amp sounds when you crank it to 10.  These Lectrolabs really hit the EL84's hard with about 300 volts and they squeeze it out through an undersized USA-iron tranny for some glorious slightly compressed power chords.   And no it does not sound just like a Fender Tweed Deluxe - that is the whole point - it's more boxy, mid-humped and growly - ala the VOX AC15!  But what do I know - I just write a stupid guitar blog. - JC


1960's Lectrolab R500C (Tweed Deluxe Wannabe) $300 now until Friday!!! - $300 (Near Mall of Georgia)


Date: 2010-10-05, 3:33PM EDT

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I have an ultra rare, ultra killer, ultra great condition Lectrolab R500C for sale. There is not a ton of info on these out in on the web, but research will tell you that guys really love finding these amps. They are all handwired in Chicago with all the good parts that were available back in those days. This one is set up similar to a Tweed Deluxe. It has two channels with volume and tone on each and the original 12" Jensen speaker that just slays! This one is original down to every last part but the 3 prong cord. The cab is all original and very solid. It runs quite as a whisper and has no little demons lurking inside that I have ever come in contact with. This amp is very loud too! You will be shocked by the sheer volume this little guy puts out. It runs a pair of EL-84s, but if you were blindfolded you'd SWEAR you were hearing 6V6s. It really does sound most similar to a Tweed Deluxe all the way down to the sag when you run it on 10 and rip out some power chords. She is in very nice condition. You can have it for my rock bottom price of $300 between now and Friday. I can promise you wont be let down by the killer tone of this guy. I HATE to move this guy, but I have 2 amps and NOW a new guitar on the way. Sheesh!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Kay electric in Oakland CA for $200

I've never played one of these but it has the basic Kay soapbars so how bad could it be?  Nice babyblue color - may not be original - or maybe it is - but sure looks nice.


Vintage electric guitar - $200 (oakland lake merritt / grand)

Date: 2010-10-04, 1:05PM PDT
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Today only : 1960's vintage KAY electric guitar in good condition , made in USA .

Plays and works very well .

First $200. firm. takes it. Awesome guitar for the price.

Please CALL: 510-444-5408 , for local pickup & purchase only , no shipping or checks , thanks!

Silvertone (by Kay) Speed Demon in College Station TX for $375

This mid 1960's Speed Demon is rather unusual in that it was branded a Silvertone and sold through Sears.  I've seen (and owned) a lot of these over the years and this one looks to be in very good condition - definitely all original.   These are not really great  rock guitars - they tend to feed back with gain at high volumes - but they are lovely and have a nice round sweet jazzy tone.  And they look great on the wall.


Silvertone Speed Demon 1960's 3 PICK UP Guitar - $375 (College Station)

Date: 2010-09-28, 5:50PM CDT
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This is a fine, Vintage Guitar that has been in my family for a long time. I think my Brother bought it back in the mid 60's. It has been played very little. This kind of sat around for years waiting for people to pick it up and learn guitar, but my Brother never seemed to get into it. I have it now and have no need for it and I would rather see it go to a good home and get played than sit in a case in my closet. It has had a couple of minor repairs to the body over the years. There is a spot near the tail piece that has a rather amateur looking repair to the finish about the size of a silver dollar. There is also about a one inch piece of binding that has been replaced on the bottom front pointed bout that looks like it could be improved upon by a skilled craftsman. The electronics and all three pick-ups work fine and sound very good. Cash Only Please. Thanks

  • Location: College Station

Friday, October 1, 2010

Trutone (Kay) K-100 in Los Angeles CA for $200

I am a big fan of these K-100's (aka Vanguard) because they are simple beasts that do one thing very well.   If you've never played one of these, or anything similar, they feel strange when you first pick them up - they are full scale guitars but with small solid wood bodies and very thick necks so the bridge is mounted further back than usual - it feels strange but what happens is it maximizes the tonal density of the thick wood body and gives them plenty of sustain - even though the baseball bat size neck is a bolt on (Kay style 3 bolt).

That center mounted Kay single coil is in exactly the right spot for SLIDE tone - not too thin and not too round - just right.  I would put these up against the Harmony H44 (w/ one piece neck and body) any day for wicked overdriven swampy slide tone - and these are always alot cheaper than the H44's. 

Check one out if you get the chance - these are USA made and you'll always smile when you plug it in.

p.s. Truetone was the branded guitar line of Western Auto a major catolog distributor in the 50's and 60's. 


Vintage Truetone by Kay Vanguard Solidbody Electric Guitar $200 obo


Date: 2010-10-01, 10:39AM PDT

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Vintage red Vanguard guitar by Truetone. Truetone was one of those brands made by the Kay/Harmony/whateverotherbrandstheyfeltlikemaking company. It is missing the tone knob, however the pot works. For some reason, when I got it, the tuners were upside down, but I fixed that, but there are some extra small holes in the headstock from the tiny screws. It was missing a strap button, so I just replaced both of them with new ones. Has a single stock DEARMOND pickup. It's a pretty rad little guitar, has some great indy vibe too it. Finish has aged to a reddish orange color. Fat neck. Super mojo. Email for more pics or to arrange a checkout.

Rare Burns Baldwin Model 706 in Minn for $550

These are very rare - which doesn't necessarily translate to great - but certainly an interesting guitar.  Burns Badwin (late period) 335 type guitar.  The owner seems to know the history of this model - with the hardware being of Eko-Crucianelli origin and the body from the original Burns English guitar plant. Certainly an interesting beast for the Burns completist and they are very quite uncommon on this side of the pond.


 Vintage 60’s Baldwin, Burns of London model 706 (335 copy) guitar. - $550 (Eden Prairie)


Date: 2010-09-24, 9:17PM CDT

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Vintage 60’s Baldwin, Burns of London model 706 (335 copy) guitar.

As far as features go it's quite basic - tone and volume for each of two pickups, a three-position switch. All in perfect working order and all original. Very cool 335 alternative and you gotta love the headstock scroll. The body, pickups, and "B" tailpiece were made in Italy, while the Neck and everything else was made in England (by the former Burns of London), then shipped to Arkansas, USA to be put together. Has some finish drying on the back but front is pretty clean. $550/ best offer. Original hard shell case included.

Call Tim at 952-212-5504 to set up a time to check it out.

•Location: Eden Prairie

teisco ET-100 in Charlotte NC for 65

Just what the doctor ordered - every guitar player-collector should own one at some point (preferably when you were 13 back in 1973).  If not, then here is your chance. 


60's Teisco Tulip guitar - $65 (Charlotte)


Date: 2010-09-29, 9:41AM EDT

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Vintage single pickup guitar. Has a great vintage vibe and sound.

•Location: Charlotte


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