Kramer 450

Solidbody / Production 1976 to early 1980’s.  Gary Kramer had been a partner with Travis Bean and known for producing metal construction guitars. When the first Kramer brand guitars appeared in 1976, it was no surprise that they had a metal neck and were made by...

Ibanez Iceman

Solidbody / Production 1976 – 1983.  The Iceman was born in the mid 1970’s as a national guitar of Japan, a design that would bring the same level of prestige to a Japanese guitar that the Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul did for the America.Four...

Yamaha SG 2000 (SBG 2000)

Solidbody / Production 1976 – 1988.  What a breakthrough this guitar was in 1976. Until this point Japanese guitars reputation was not great, but he Yamaha SG 2000 changed all that. Most guitarist considered this models workmanship and performance to be not only...

Fender Bass VI

Solidbody / Production 1961 – 1974 The Fender Bass VI is a short scale bass of 30 inches, but the tremolo along with its guitar style 6 string spacing, revealed its true identity as a low tuned guitar.The body and tremolo came from the Jazzmaster, and the three...

Music Man Edward Van Halen

Solidbody / Production 1990 – 1995.  With dive bomb vibrato effects and super fast fingerboard tapping, Eddie Van Halen was the most influential guitarist of the 1980’s and the foundation of the Kramer companies success. In 1990, Ernie Ball / Music Man...

Hofner President

Hollowbody / Production 1957 – 1973.  The Hofner President was the least expensive of Hofner’s single cutaway, full depth hollowbody electrics, although the theme of American politics continued down the line to the none cutaway Senator and the Congress...

Gibson ES-175

Hollowbody / Production 1949 to current day. In 1949, two years after Gibson added a cutaway to its ES-300, making it the ES-350, Gibson then did the same to its ES-125 and added 50 points to its title model number and called it the new ES-175. The models Florentine...

Guild Artist Award

Hollowbody / Production 1956 – 2007.  The Artist Award was Guild’s johnny Smith Award model, but only for a short period of time. Guild began its guitar business in 1952 just as Smith released the track Moonlight in Vermont, that bought him fame for his...
Gibson Les Paul Junior

Gibson Les Paul Junior

Solidbody / Production 1954 – 1958, 1986 – 1992, 1998 to current day. Gibson’s 1952 Goldtop Les Paul priced at £150,00 competed with Fender’s £120.00 Telecaster, but Fender also offered the Esquire at a much lower price. In 1954, Gibson came...

Aria Urchin Deluxe

Solidbody / Production 1982 – 1984.  This Aria Urchin Delux illustrates the Japanese company was unencumbered by any traditional designs, while Gibson and Fender had great difficulty creating news designs and did not follow its Les Pauls, Stratocasters and...

Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster

Solidbody / Production 1991 to current day.  In the band the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck never attained the commercial success of the guitarists who preceded him or followed him. However, Jeff Beck is as revered and influential as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.Fender managed...

Gretsch Billy Bo Jupiter Thunderbird

Solidbody / Production 2005 to current day. Bo Diddley made his mark in rock n roll history in 1955 with his rhumba rock beat that supported his hit track “Bo Diddley” and along with his rectangular guitar Gretsch made for him in 1958. This guitar model...

Gibson EDS-1275

Solidbody / Production 1962 to 1967 / 1977 – Current day.  Gibson started making Hawaiian doublneck guitars as far back as 1937, within two years of the Gibson’s first electric models, but the concept did not really take off until the 1950’s. Gibson...

Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster

Solidbody / Production 1988 to current day.  Eric Clapton gained his fame in the early 1960’s playing a Gibson Les Paul and plugging it into a Marshall amp as a member of the legendary band Cream. He did start out on a Fender Telecaster with the Yardbirds, this...

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