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This awesome guitar was built by Dan Altilio of Top Gear Guitar in San Diego, California… It has the body of the Fender Jaguar and the features of the Fender Stratocaster! It is outfitted with Dimarzio area 58 and 61 noiseless pickups, a Callaham tremolo, HipShot tuners, a Graph Tech nut, a Fender Eric Clapton pre-amp and a candy apple red paint job with matching headstock… Check out the photos and the upcoming article and videos…

Custom electric guitar based on Fender Stratocaster and Jaguar

When my friend and guitar teacher Luis told me about his frustration trying to find a good guitar at a decent price I immediately advised him to keep his Yamaha and modify it to get exactly what he wants… Anyone shopping for a guitar knows that you have to try a lot of them before finding something suitable… For example, I have 5 Stratocasters and they all sound different so imagine when you go to a shop and there are hundreds of guitars! Besides, his Yamaha Pacifica has soul! He’s had it for 15 years and traveled all over the world with it… Of course 15 years of hard playing put a toll on his instrument but after close inspection, nothing that cannot be resolved… Luis likes the vintage Stratocaster sound so I turned him on to the Dimarzio Area pickups… He listened to a few samples and fell in love with the combo 58, 61, 67… That being the starting point we kept going back and forth to figure out what other features Luis was interested in… After Luis tried a few of my guitars he decided on a few more cool things such as EVO frets, Clapton pre-amp, HipShot tuners etc… Don’t forget to read the full article!

Werewolf Pat talks about a 1995 Yamaha Pacifica that is in serious need of a pimpin’!

Phil X is a talented guitarist and very cool guy! I contacted him after watching his demo videos for Fretted Americana, a Los Angeles based shop specializing in rare vintage instruments. Phil goes there once every few weeks to demo a handful of instruments… Other than that Phil is a highly respected session musician working with pretty much all famous musicians in the Los Angeles area… He also has his own band “The Drills” and writes music for TV, radio etc… Phil kindly accepted my request for interview and invited me over to his house in Los Angeles… We spoke about his work, his plans and the Evil Robot, an amplifier modeled after the Tone Master, an amp that a lot of people are crazy for! At the end of the interview, I challenged Phil to play one of my left handed Stratocasters upside down! Not an easy thing to do when you never tried! Phil was able to figure it out in a few minutes and he played the chords almost perfectly! Phil is the man! Since YouTube only accepts 15 minute videos and the interview is well over 30 minutes, I had to split it in 3 segments… Check it out and send your comments!

Phil X interview, part 01

Phil X interview, part 02

Phil X interview, part 03

Phil X talks about music, the Tone Master amp and tries out one of my lefty Fender Stratocasters!

Al Farnell specializes in composite guitar bodies. He uses high tech epoxies and foams, not to be confused with plastic! Making such guitar bodies is not easy and requires a lot of research, trial and error, modifications etc… I must say I was impressed with the quality of his guitars because they look great, are very light but are also very comfortable to play… The concept is very interesting and not only his guitars are really lightweight but they sound excellent… He uses a lot of proven parts such as Gotoh tuners, bridges, Graph Tech nuts, Sperzel tuners, EMG active pickups etc… As of now his guitar necks are standard wood construction but he told me he has been experimenting with composite necks but wants to retain a wood fingerboard and probably switch to stainless steel frets… We wish Al great success and look forward to the next Farnell guitars!

Al talks about his composite guitar bodies and his plans for the future!

I drove down to Los Angeles to meet with Doug Rowell, an artist who specializes in guitar carving… Doug has been sculpting guitars for about 40 years and prior to that he was a musician and experienced the Summer of Love as well as the famous Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, a place where Jimi Hendrix was introduced to the American public… Doug also had the privilege of jamming with Janis Joplin and Big Brother and The Holding Company and many more artists… One of his first carving jobs was a banjo he did for actor Steve Martin and since then he has done many interesting pieces! Stay tuned for a photo gallery of some of Doug’s guitars!

Doug Rowell shows us his latest creation: a Fender Telecaster

Merry Christmas to all! I just posted this video that I shot in Santa Barbara last month… I was there hanging out for a few days preparing my upcoming interviews… Everything I am talking about in this video I ended up doing and I must say that everyone I interviewed was absolutely great! I would like to thank Phil X, Al Farnell, Doug Rowell and Dan Altilio for their kindness and patience! I hope you will find the videos informative and please, don’t forget to send your comments!

Werewolf Pat hangs out at the Santa Barbara harbor and talks about upcoming interviews…

I recently bought this handy little tool for less than $20 and I must say it was the best $20 I spent in a long time! This thing will make the changing of strings on your guitar or bass and absolute breeze… Although it has quite a bit of torque you can see that they designed it well so it won’t destroy your tuners! Being the owner of 12 guitars I cannot stress enough how helpful this thing is. It uses 4 AA batteries and works in both directions, extremely easy to use, just make sure you don’t over-tighten the strings, always finish by hand with your favorite tuner and you’ll never have a problem… Highly recommended…

the best guitar and bass string winder on the market

This excellent guitar tuner costs around 100 US dollars and is very well built! The display is very bright even under intense ambient light and the unit is very accurate… I have only good things to say about it! It will work with 7 string guitars and 6 string bass and it is very intuitive… You can also use it to do “drop” tuning up to 6 semi tones… Check out the photos and don’t forget to visit my sponsors for the best prices!

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The Boss TU-3 is definitely one of the very best chromatic tuners out there...

I ordered this incredible guitar from Phantom Guitar Works in USA… It is a left handed version of the famous Brian Jones Vox Teardrop Mark III, an electric guitar that became the epitome of Rock legend of the Sixties! Vox built 4 prototypes of this particular model based on Brian’s feedback and some of his requirements were for only 2 pickups with the bridge pickup mounted as close to the bridge as possible, one tone and one volume, a 3 way switch and the head stock was to be painted white, like the body… The result is a surprisingly awesome guitar with sort of a Fender Telecaster sound plus of course its own totally far out design! Phantom Guitar Works owns the trademarks for some of the classic Vox guitars of the 60’s and the owner Jack Charles is a great guy to deal with… They offer a wide range of Vox reproduction guitars and they are of much higher quality than the original Vox and much cheaper too! I am so pleased with their product that I already ordered another Teardrop but this time it will be a lefty Triburst hollow body model with a tremolo… As of this writing only 5 left handed units will be made and mine is the second so it means only 3 are left!!! If you are left handed and have around $1100 I strongly suggest you contact Jack Charles and get one before it is too late! Why spend more than 3 grand on a Gibson ES 335 when you can have this great and unusual axe!

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A faithful reproduction of the original Vox Teardrop, only much better and cheaper!

Fender just announced a new line of electric guitars: the Blacktop series. They basically took their existing models and modified them to be more like Gibson or Epiphone guitars! I love Fender guitars and I think this was long overdue! Only a few models were previously available with humbuckers but this is now a thing of the past and you can now buy a Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar or Jazzmaster fitted with quality humbuckers… I am now looking more closely into the features of these new guitars and will post a complete article very soon… In the meantime enjoy these photos courtesy of Fender USA.

fender blacktop series electric guitars

Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar and Jazzmaster with humbuckers