This is a special guitar you can play for days without turning out tired or bored. It is a solid body classical guitar with nylon strings almost unusual and difficult to find nowadays. It sits there in the middle of the collection and sometimes it happens I played it for a few days, just for fun. The neck is perfect and even the amplified sound is quite good making it desirable if you need to record some guitar parts especially through computer interfaces using software plug-ins for effecting the bare sound.
The quality of the body is more than acceptable, obviously has nothing to compare to Gibson CEC but you save many, many bucks on buying it. The contoured body is sleek but the sound is still good with some peculiar sustain that makes this guitar adorable because of its little weight. If you can find one somewhere give it a try and buy it.
Here’s another special bit of my collection, the Custom 24 10 Top Paul Reed Smith 1991 with Tortoiseshell finish. It can sound like a Strat or like a Les Paul but with more power and usability. At that time I paid a fortune to get it and it was very hard because PRS made very few guitars, mostly for the US market.
Many thanks to Mr. Claudio Calzolari.
The original Gibson Chet Atkins Classic Electric Cutaway (CEC) was a revolutionary solid body classic guitar with the typical nylon strings and a fake sound hole in the middle of the front top. As deep as a regular Les Paul guitar was great to play and easy to have and the leg or on the shoulder even for a prolonged period of time. It has just two controls, volume and tone, on the front shoulder, easy to locate but not so easy to manage. Continua a leggere→
This one is my oldest guitar. At least the one that I still own because the real first one was another Strato but black that I sold for this natural one. Actually it has been modified many years ago by an italian luthier, Alfredo Bugari, that changed a lot of things, making a custom Strat, just an unique version for me. It’s quite heavy and the sound is a little bit too weak to be used comfortably: that was the way it goes in the early ’80s.
Anyway I’m still in love with this beauty.
I was lucky to get in hand a pre-production Parker Guitar when I was at the KORG USA headquarters in Long Island around 1991 looking like a regular red Stratocaster. What really impressed me was the incredible weight: so light, I can’t believe it would sound properly. After less than a year I was holding in my hand my brand new blue Parker Fly with its contoured and peculiarly shaped poplar body. Still I love the guitar for its versatility and multiple sounds and for its fake acoustic sounding bridge, very used in ’90s fusion and world music records. With a weight that is less than two kilos you can use it on stage even for a Band Aid concert without feeling tired or stressed.
Still a jewel in the entire guitar world panorama.
Gibson introduced and started producing the Explorers in 1957 made out of Korina wood. Because production records are unclear, it is not known exactly how many were made, but the original production total has been estimated in less than 50 pieces.
The Explorer featured a long curved headstock with all the tuners placed in a straight line on one side, design that has been popularized by Grover Jackson, founder of Jackson Guitars and other electric guitar makers such as Kramer and Hamer 20 years later. Continua a leggere→