Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gin Blossom signed Epiphone Special

Gin Blossom signed Epiphone Special

Nothing special here. Just an inexpensive work horse guitar. Pete Townshend should be smashing these, not expensive Gibson SGs.

Signed by Scott Johnson and Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms at Long Wong’s in Tempe, where they got their start. Building that housed Long Wong’s is gone. Put on some stuff from an art store to preserve their signatures, since this is where my right arm goes.

Two humbuckers, dark wood neck, back of neck is painted white.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ibanez RG 570 - Japan

Talk about a guitar! This was made in Japan; year ’93. It is an RG 570. Ibanez still makes something like it, but not quite. This has a Wizard neck, Gotoh tuners, imitation DiMarzio pickups – V2 and V7, plus an S1 in the middle. 5 way switching. Floyd Rose tremolo. It never goes out of tune.

The problem is, I’m the world’s second worst guitar player. I used to think I was the worst until Guitar Center’s grand opening in Scottsdale. This guitar beaches at me everyday. It wants a rock god playing it, not a word jockey. Remember, this was the poor man’s Steve Vai guitar. Sold new for like $700.

Fender Squier Jazz Bass

Fender at one point quit making the Squier Jazz Bass, then they started again. I bought this around 1997. I thought a bass guitar was like a guitar. It may as well be a tuba for the difference.

I’ve played it about 5 times. I have tried to sell it for $225, including gig bag. It’s like the relative who comes and stays and stays and you can’t get rid of it. I’d love to sell this instrument. The body is royal or navy blue, almost black. Photos make instrument looked damaged, but that is light reflection.

Fender Squier Jazz Bass photos

Fender Squier Frankenstein

The story behind this guitar is the Fender Ensenada plant burned in 1994. Fender was forced to assemble something like 78 Squier Strats in its Corona, USA, plant. Parts was parts. Whatever was laying around was used on the guitars.

This Squier distinctly has the Made in USA label. Pickguard does not lay flat. I was the one to paint it and pickup covers. Neck is good. Add to the fact that it is one of a handful of Squier’s made in USA, it was signed by Gin Blossoms’ Robin Wilson and Scotty Johnson at Long Wong’s in Tempe, where the band got their start, in 2002.

Long Wong’s is long gone, destroyed by some developer. It is now a vacant lot. There’s almost voodoo with this guitar.

Rosewood neck – 21 frets
Pickups – 3 ? single coil
Pots - ?
Tuners - ?

Anyone have an idea what this guitar is worth?

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