1. Thursday night #guitar #shopping at the big #Long & #McQuade store on #Bloor Street in #Toronto. Here is a #Fender #custom #colour you don’t see every day even with the plethora of #FSRs, #limited #editions, #special runs, etc. that everything seems to be all the time these days…I think it’s #Sherwood #green although it was WAY up on a top rack so I was not able to prove or disprove that assumption! The #mint #pick #guard looks great to. #guitar #shopping

     

  2. Thursday night #guitar #shopping part deux, still at #Long & #McQuade #Toronto. Dig this…it’s a new #Road #Worn #50s #Telecaster. Frankly I wasn’t a big fan of the RW series…they all had exactly the same wear marks and the finishes were dull (i.e. not glossy). They just looked a tad cheesy IMO. But this new model addresses all of my complaints quite nicely…there’s bit of glossiness…and the “wear” has been toned down to a much more subtle and believable level. If I didn’t look at the serial number I would have been hard-pressed to tell it from a #Custom #Shop #Closet #Classic.

     

  3. Thursday. #Guitar shopping. #Long & #McQuade #Bloor Street, #Toronto - dig the #pin #striping on the #Fender #Custom #Shop #Esquire!

     

  4. An oblique shot of my new 1996 Casino.  I believe all the Gibson semi-hollows (or as in this case and the case of the ES-330, “fully” hollow), had laminated tops, but this alternating of light and dark coloured layers is new for me.  I think I will call it “zebra lamination”!  I’m sure no one else would EVER think of that name…  :D

     

  5. I just got back to the office after lunch and found a nice #surprise sitting on my desk! It’s my chic new @atlasstands #Tshirt! I’m excited about this for 2 reasons: 1) the good people at #Atlas #Stands create sublimely #crafted works of #wooden #art to give us a stylish but functional place to stick our beloved #amps, #guitars and #pedals on, and 2) I forgot to wear a shirt to the office today. So yeah…problem solved. Atlas Stands, I salute you! And so do my coworkers. :D PS: yes I have a #Fender key chain. It was the only Fender I could afford that week!

     

  6. These were taken at The Guitar Shop, in Port Credit Ontario, Canada, about 10 seconds before I found, fell in love with, and immediately purchased my lovely 1996 MIK Epi Casino.  There are also a couple of shots from Toronto’s Distillery District which has been converted to shops and restaurants:

    1. I know next to nothing about PRS, other than they are definitely works of art.
    2. Interesting Les Paul Custom with three pickups.
    3. Distillery building.
    4. Fiesta Custom Shop Stratocaster.
    5. I actually like the look of these Yamahas…but sadly the ones I have tried have all weighed MORE than your average Les Paul…so they’re automatically off my list!  ;)
    6. The beauty of the ‘burst.
    7. Custom Shop ‘57 Relic
    8.  Groovy Asher Ultra Tone.
    9. Godammit!  Every time I park in the Distillery someone vandalizes my car!  10 minutes ago this was a Porsche 911 turbo!!
     

  7. My trusty #1987 #Fender #American #Standard #Stratocaster in #Olympic #white. Note the hole between the two bolts on the right…that’s for the “Micro-Tilt” which is used to adjust the neck angle . No shims required! PS: the #Micro-#Tilt was #Leo Fender’s last #invention for Fender before he left the company. #guitar #mycollection #toronto

     

  8. This is what happens when you give a dumb guy a 2006 Fender Custom Shop ‘60 Stratocaster Relic in candy apple red, and Picasa!

     

  9. Interesting news about the new, but older than I thought, Casino…

    1. First, and most importantly (as far as I and chubbuckguitars are concerned anyway) it weighs a feather-light 6 lbs 5.5 oz.  And if I remove the ‘guard it goes down to 6 lbs 3.5 oz!  The pick guard stays OFF!  
    2. Secondly and perhaps not important but good to know, I ran the serial number through the Guitar Dater Project and it came back with this info:

    (Source: http://www.guitardaterproject.org/)

    "Guitar Info:

    Your guitar was made at the Peerless Plant, Korea, November 1996.

    Peerless Korea Co., Ltd. is a Korean-Japanese joint venture company headquartered in South Korea and has been in the guitar-manufacturing industry since 1970. With the core expertise in guitar manufacturing initiated from Japan, Peerless has provided 2.9 million pieces of guitars in the worldwide market so far. Peerless had once manufactured 30,000 pieces of guitars per month in the past in order to meet the order quantity, however have gradually changed their focus from quantity quality. With this in mind they have cut down their manufacturing capacity to 2,000 pieces per month just to ensure the high quality of our products. Peerless produces guitars via OEM for brands such as Epiphone by Gibson, Alvarez, Hoyer and Gretsch by Fender. Note: While not explicitly stated it is believed that Peerless is part owned by Aria of Japan.”

    So there you go!  Now, if you’ll excuse me I am heading out to toast my 17.6 year old Epi with a bottle or two of the best 소주 two dollars and thirty seven cents ($CAD) can buy!

     

  10. It’s been all #Casino (of the #Epiphone variety) all the time here since Saturday, but then I remembered the #1972 #ES355 and paused to think how lucky I am to own this stunning #guitar. Also, it seems to me that this finish, “#walnut”, is like #Gibson’s version of #Fender’s “#Antigua”. Not alike in appearance - they are quite different in that respect - but both basically scream ” I was made in the #1970s!!!” at the top of their lungs. :D PS: yes, I know both finishes were also made in the #1960s…they just look so #70s!

     

  11. My new (used) Casino.  So cheap.  So good.

     

  12. Here are some shots of the great guitar goodness at a little shop called The Twelfth Fret in Toronto Canada.  With a few shots of The Distillery District - a 19th C  booze-making factory that was at one time the largest distiller in North America, and has now been turned into restaurants, shops and galleries :

    1. I’m pretty sure Cromwell was one of the brands that Gibson made for other companies in the 30s.  Dig the stripe down the middle of the fretboard.
    2. I’m pretty sure* those pipes carried the booze between buildings…
    3. I had a modern Thinline Telecaster for a while but sold it.  I am itching to get another…like this American Deluxe.
    4. I want candy (apple).
    5. The sign says “Ferment-something”. Even 30 or 40 years after it shut down, the stench of whiskey is still in every building!!*
    6. One day I’ll get a white-blonde Tele.  And a butterscotch one too!
    7. I am so glad Fender decided to copy the greenish discolouring that was common on early Strats.  We call it “mint”, and it looks awesome on candy apple, Olympic white and…as seen here…sunburst.
    8. This was the actual truck that Elliot Ness and his Treasury officers (plus Sean Connery) intercepted full of whiskey while smuggling illegal hooch into the US during prohibition in the 20s and 30s*** 
    9. Ah?  See?  MINT!  Looks great!

    * No I’m not.

    ** No, it isn’t.

    *** Nope.  Not at all true.  Made it up. 100% fabrication.

     

  13. Inspirational quotes:

    Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it" - Michelangelo on creating sculpture, ca. 1560.

    Every tree I see has a guitar inside it.  But frankly, I’ll be damned if I am going to waste my precious time cutting down trees and carving them into guitars!  You know how much work that takes?  Me neither - but I has to be a lot, so f*ck that noise!  I don’t even have a CNC machine…I mean can you even imagine the wagon-load of last week’s fetid bullsh*t that would be?!?  Carving my own body.  Sheesh!  I’ll leave the carving up to the professionals at  Maverick Guitar parts thank you so very much!  Let me know when it’s finished gentlemen, I’ll be down at the pub”  - DeeBeeUs™, 10 minutes ago.

     

  14. I don’t know why, but embossed gold Gibson pickup covers make me want to play some funk.  And who better to funk with than Tower of Power?  Quite the groove going on here…

     

  15. Still life:  Seafoam Nash S-63 (Fender Strat replica) & Ashtray.