sonic blue guitar


So much guitar shopping to do…so little time.  And money.

  1. Gibson ES-355
  2. American Standard P-bass in a fetching colour (sonic blue?  I can never get these darn colours straight!)
  3. Lefty American Standard P-Bass
  4. Bizarre but funky Fender bass.  don’t know what it is but I kinda like it!
  5. Sparkly Gretsch
  6. Lovely figured top on this ES-335
  7. Faded ES-335
  8. Blue Peter.  Er…I mean blue Paul!
  9. Lovely but filthy Les Paul Supreme.  

Thursday Night Guitar Shopping at the amazing Cosmo Music megastore just north of Toronto, Canada:

  1. Not sure…this may be one of the 60th Ann. Strats or it may be a “Select”.  Either way it is distinctive.  Check out the “binding” on the neck.  It’s actually a channel cut into the maple into which the fretboard is inserted.  Looks like binding…but it ain’t binding!
  2. Incredibly gorgeous Custom Shop Jazz Bass.  Wow.  The price tag is “wow” too…  :\
  3. Is this a dream rack?  Or a rack of monotony?
  4. Speaking of cool basses…here’s a Custom Shop Jaco Pastorius FRETLESS JB.  I won’t even consider telling you the price lest you have a heart attack and die and I get sued by your grieving relatives for sending you to an early grave.
  5. Hahaha…the Strat bookends (sorry for the repeat, but I love them so much!)
  6. Yes Suhr!
  7. Yes Suhr!  Part 2.

Sonic Blue Squier VM Jazzmaster that’s been given the full AVRI upgrade treatment. Now adorned with a wonderful Couch Guitar Strap.

Truth be told, my father and I are more builders and modders than players (though the idea was always to learn how to play guitar on our own home-built instruments). But armed with knowledge culled from countless hours reading mmguitarbar’s invaluable social media instructionals, I felt emboldened to try a setup of my own. It didn’t turn out half bad! Those guys are the best!


Tuesday night guitar shopping this week at a great store called Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill Ontario, just north of Toronto (Canada).

It’s always interesting to visit this shop…they are huge.  They even have a special room upstairs for the high-end stuff.  And man, they have some seriously high-end stuff!

  1. It’s a Les Paul sandwich!  Custom Shop Strat (top left) and Select Tele (top right).
  2. Fender - I have to say - you guys are really getting experimental with the finishes!  So many different ones have popped up on various lines over the last year or two.  Here’s an American Deluxe in a new copper-gold colour.
  3. (see above)
  4. An American Standard in a hand rubbed finish…also interesting!
  5. Custom Shop early 50s Tele Relic.  Note to self: black ‘guard on blonde with round string tree = early 50s on a Telecaster.  Just an FYI if you ever see one in a pawn shop…  :D
  6. RORY!
  7. Here’s another look at that Rack-O-Strats.  I heard a sales person saying that some of these were Olympic White and Sonic Blue (or Daphne Blue???  Damn I can’t keep this stuff straight!!) rather than Surf Green…
  8. Another example of an interesting new finish on an American Deluxe.
  9. This might have been an American Std. HSS (rather than a “Deluxe”) but again…another new and different finish.  Thanks Fender for keeping things interesting!  :D