Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme 

1997/98 Rickenbacker 360, turquoise-glo*

I love the incredible red-ish rosewood that only Ric seems to use.  No other (mass production) guitar companies (that I am aware of) seem to ever use any rosewood anywhere near this colour.  WTF?  Why are Ricky fretboards so red?!?  I love them…but WHY are the they only ones that look like this?!?

* The real name for this colour is just plain old “turquoise”, but that isn’t “Ric” enough for me.  So I took it upon myself to Rick-ify the name in the tradition of their well known finishes like “mapleglo” (natural), “fireglo” (sunburst) and “jetglo” (black).  See how much more fun everything is when you stick a “glo” at the end?  So, “turquoise-glo” it shall be for evermore.

PS: here’s a video that will help put the first line above in context..it’s not Richard Thompson himself performing it, but these guys do a great bluegrass-y cover version of Thompson’s incredible song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”.  Dig it!

Seriously falling for this 1968 Gibson Dove that we picked up a couple days ago. Say what you will about Gibson’s adjustable bridge designs from the 60s, but this Tune-o-Matic absolutely slays the rosewood and more spartan plastic saddles seen on virtually every other model. #guitar #Gibson #acoustic #dove #dreadnought #squareshoulder #tuneomatic #vintageguitar #1968

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I made a pilgrimage to my own personal Mecca on Saturday - The Twelfth Fret, a great vintage and used (as well as new) guitar shop on the east side of Toronto:

  1. This kind of thing blows my mind.  It’s a Martin 0-21 (at least I think it’s a style 21 - it’s too fancy to be a style 18.  It could be a style 28 I guess…) and it was built in Nazareth, Pennsylvania - as are all Martins (except the ukes…they’re made in Mexico.  But I digress).  Anyhoo:  this was made in Nazareth PA, in the 1890s.  Yep:  THE EIGHTEEN NINETIES!  this guitar is roughly ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS OLD!  These were the days before the scourge of dreadnoughts, when the “0” was considered a BIG guitar, because they made 1s, 2, and even 5s!  5s look like a toy…but an incredible cool toy!  These were the days when Orville Gibson was just starting out in Kalamazoo…but CF Martin had already been in business FOR SIXTY YEARS!  Note the slotted headstock, 12th fret neck join, and no headstock logo.
  2. 1974 Telecaster.  Just a baby compared to the guitar in photo #1!
  3. Queen street & Yonge street in downtown Toronto.
  4. It’s partially covered by that pesky Guild, but this is a 1928 Gibson L-0.  If not the exact model (and nearly the same year) as Robert Johnson’s, then pretty darn close.
  5. Dig it!  2 more ancient Martins.  But these would be the sons/daughters of the one in the photo #1 as they were made in the 1920s and 30s (I believe…).
  6. I believe this vintage BMW bike is owned by the man who owns the guitar shop.  And here I though BMW only used opposed engines!  I stand corrected!  Well I am sitting right now, so I “sit” corrected!
  7. A whole whack of vintage Gibson J models.  I only recently learned that “Jumbo” was/is Gibson’s word for “dreadnought”, with dreadnought being Martin’s term for their big guitars.  I always thought that a Gibson “Jumbo” was the shape of the J200.  And the J200 is certainly a jumbo.  However, I now know that “Jumbo” ALSO applies to these “slope-shoulder” style Gibsons.
  8. 1978 Fender Thinline Telecaster (dig the Zemaitis behind it!)
  9. Wow…I was in a used record shop and found this album from the early 70s.  I LOVE this band so much.  Probably because they were form my hometown, and also because the first big arena rock concert I ever went to was them and the experienced blew my juvenile mind so thoroughly that I am still picking up the pieces several decades later!

 Here’s an April Wine cover of King Crimson’s 21 Century Schizoid Man.  Brian Greenway is singing on this one…he’s not the main lead singer in the band. After idolizing this band through my youth, I actually ended up playing the same club circuit as Brian in the early 90s.  April Wine had broken up in the mid 80s and then reunited in 92 or 93.  But in the mean time Brian was paying his bills on the Montreal club scene and it was such awesome thing to meet him, get to know him and then actually get to play with him live a few times.  Great player.


Just took in this stunning, 100% original 1968 Gibson J-160E! Subtle lacquer checking on the top and an additional piezo pickup under the bridge which you can run in stereo with the stock single coil. There’s just something too cool about dreadnoughts with knobs on the top (and spiffy Gibson reflector caps at that). Some call it sacrilege, but I couldn’t disagree more! #guitar #acoustic #gibson #dreadnought #j160e #sunburst #beatles #1968

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More goodies from my cousin’s collection…including his newly-acquired 1966 Gibson ES125TDC.

  1. 1966 Gibson ES-125TDC.  "T" for “Thinline”, “D” for “Double Pickups”, and “C” for “Cutaway”.
  2. 2000-and-something Gibson ES-335 (satin finish)
  3. 2001 ES-135
  4. 2001 ES-135.  The colour on this guitar makes me weep with joy.
  5. 2012 Epiphone Emperor Swingster (aka “sphincter”)
  6. 1972-ish Gibson ES-325 in that glorious early 70s “walnut” finish.  (it’s pretty much identical to the one that guy in that band uses…or “used” I guess…he smashed it a couple of times.  The first time I know Gibson was able to repair it…the second time I am not sure.  Kings of Leon? Maybe?  Anyway, ES-325 abuse MUST be put to an end.  This is the 21st Century people.  We DO NOT abuse our vintage guitars in this century!
  7. 1974 Larrivée Dreadnought.  SO OLD that it was actually made in Toronto (the company moved out west to Victoria in the late 70s and then finally to Vancouver where they still are to this day. 
  8. “10 apart”
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