2016 Oceana “O6-S” DuoTone 
• Mahogany body and neck
• Ebony fretboard
• 25.5″ scale, 22 Jescar .047x.095″ stainless steel frets
• Medium C ultra-slim taper neck profile
• Celluloid tortoise binding
• Black Diamond Firemist top color
• Roadhouse Super Alnico bridge and Kingston neck pickups
• Mastery bridge and vibrato
• Hipshot classic open gear tuners


Guitar shopping night is my favourite night!

This week: Long & McQuade Brampton, Northwest of Toronto, Canada.

  1. If I ever have to buy a 36 pound guitar I want ti to be this one.
  2. I love Gibson gold.  This ES-335  plays as good as it looks.
  3. Beautiful ES-195.  The colour is getting close to Gretsch territory!
  4. Speaking of Gretsch:  these!  I am a sucker for “sparkle” but that orange one on the right is so pretty.
  5. I once saw BB King in Vancouver with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  needless to say it was a fantastic show.  My only complaint was that I was sitting center stage about 20 feet back and I had BB’s amp pointing right at my face!   After an four of him hitting those staccato punchy notes he is famous for, I thought my head was going to explode!  It didn’t though.  :D
  6. Notice anything odd about this Gibson “Lucille”?  Hint:  it’s semi-hollow.  No?  OK, hint #2: what feature do you usually associate with a semi hollow?  NO?!?  OK:  hint #3.  IT HAS NO F HOLES!  Lovely colour though.  
  7. Speaking of lovely colours, this is a new Strat and I don’t think I have seen this colour before.  It kind of looks like Firemist Silver…but not quite.  What the heck is it?   Don’t make me go to the website!
  8. I will admit I was not crazy about the Select line when it came out.  But I must say that Select Telecasters are amongst the most beautiful Fenders of all ever and ever.  Look at this lovely hunk of deliciousness.  I would lose the ‘bucker though…Fender should be single coils IMO.  

Various shots from my collection:

  • 1997 or 98 Rickenbacker 360, turquoise.
  • 2009 Fender American Standard Telecaster, FSR, fiesta with matching headstock.
  • 2005 Fender Custom Shop Ltd. Edition, ‘66 Closet Classic Stratocaster, firemist silver metallic
  • 2010 PRS Starla special order (hardtail rather than Bigsby), transparent charcoal.
  • 2011 Marshal JTM1-C

Long and McQuade in Mississauga (Toronto, Canada), was the destination for our weekly guitar shopping extravaganza, and they did not disappoint:

  1. Let me draw your attention to a beautiful natural finish VOS ES-330.
  2. Bass Vee Eye
  3. Beautiful white/blonde Custom Shop Tele.
  4. LP Custom with an extremely sharp band of red in its ‘burst!
  5. Gretsch orange is lovely.
  6. Select Tele.  I’m not sure if I like Teles with no pick guards…
  7. Bookworm?  Bookend?  Bookmatched?  Yeah that last one.
  8. There’s that new Fender colour again.  Reminds me of my firemist Strat.  Maybe it’s “ice blue” as opposed to firemist silver?

Made in America.

(Candy apple) Red, (Olympic) White and (firemist) Blue (metallic)!  Strats and Stripes for Ever.  

I’ll stop now.

  • 2006 Custom Shop ‘60 Relic (candy apple with matching headstock).
  • 1987 American Std. (Olympic white)
  • 2005 Custom Shop Ltd. Ed. '66 Closet Classic (firemist)

There was a time, long ago, when I loathed the over-sized "CBS" headstock on a Stratocaster.  I felt that the original Strat headstock was perfect…and the “CBS” headstock was so out of proportion and goofy looking.

HOWEVER, I walked into the Long and McQuade store in Mississauga in April of 2011 (It must have been either April 29th or 30th because I remmeber going home that night and doing my taxes.  Since the deadline for filing Canadian income tax returns is April 30th, and I NEVER do my taxes until the very last day I possibly can, so it MUST have been either the 29th or the 30th!), and I saw this used 2005 Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition ‘66 Stratocaster Closet Classic in Firemist Silver Metallic.

At first glance I was in love with it…and after many years of literally hating the CBS headstock, this guitar was so beautiful it changed my long-held opinion in less than 5 seconds!  :D


Top:  2006 Fender Custom Shop ‘60 Stratocaster Relic (Candy Apple) 1997/98 Rickenbacker 360 (Turquoise), 2000-and-something Gibson SG Classic converted to early 60s SG Special Replica (Polaris White), 2005 Gibson Custom '63 ES-335 Reissue VOS (Iced Tea Burst), 1966 Gibson ES-330 (Cherry), 2005 Fender Custom Shop '66 Stratocaster Closet Classic (Firemist Silver Metallic).

Middle: clouds 

Bottom: 2011 Gibson SG Standard Exclusive (Bullion Gold), 2010 Gibson Custom '60 Les Paul Special Doublecut VOS (Ebony), 2006 Fender Custom Shop '60 Stratocaster Relic (Candy Apple) 1997/98 Rickenbacker 360 (Turquoise).