We’re headed to Italy this week to investigate just how it came to be that the capital of accordion manufacturing ended up making guitars in the 1960s.
What was going on in Chicago in the 1950s? Guitar manufacturing, that’s what. And meat-packing. But mostly guitar manufacturing. Check out this sweet Kay 142 from the heyday of mass-produced American instruments.
This week we veer away from an exhaustive look at the Fender Jaguar, because we have a guest! Brady Smith of Old Blood Noise Endeavors joins us all the way from Oklahoma, where he lovingly walks us through a pile of his pedals. If you ever wanted to get inside the head of a boutique pedal manufacturer, listen in…
This week’s episode features the Fender Bullet, the guitar meant to take the place of the Mustang and Musicmaster. That didn’t work out very well, but it sure is a fun, unusual instrument to play. Bonus: Ed and John talk about stuff they did over the Summer months…
Join Ed and John as they explore the Explorer, the quintessential pointy guitar. Gibson debuted this beast in 1958, and it was a flop. Eventually, metal came along and saved it. The rest is history. Long-haired, spandex-wearing history…
And now for something fun! How do Fender reissue guitars stack up to their ancestors? This week we concentrate on the American Vintage Reissue (AVRI) period of Fender's history, via two Jazzmasters - an original 1963, and a 2006 AVRI. Can you tell the difference? Listen in...
This week our guest is pro woodworkerJeremy Apland, of Seattle's own Apland Guitars. He runs us through two of his instruments, built one at a time and entirely by hand. If you've ever wondered how guitars get made, but were afraid of asking dumb questions, we've got you covered - we love sounding dumb!
This week we plug in a Guild Starfire IV, and trace the steps that led to its creation. Get ready to hear a very muscular sounding instrument, brought to you by the letter 'Damn'!
We've been pretty busy this week, pulling double-duty to bring you only the best our addled minds can handle. This episode is all about the Univox Hi-Flier, a supersonic death ray of a guitar. Look at those P-90 pickups!
This week we head back to Gibson for a look into the venerable Les Paul Classic 1960, a story with more twists and turns than the average colon. You won't want to miss Ed and John muddling their way through this one!
Here at THG headquarters, we've always had a fond place in our collective hearts for the Ibanez Iceman. And not just because of KISS, either; we just think it looks totally badass.
This week we dive into the world of Nat Daniel, founder of Danelectro. You won't believe how this guy's mind worked. You won't want to miss the cool tones of a 1958 U3, either.
This week we welcome Wrightsounds' own Matt Wright, guitar tech extraordinaire, and creator of the spectacular Fuzz-Stang pedal. Join John, Ed and Matt as they put the Norlin-era Gibson Sonex through its paces, look for people that still play it, and decide if it is a much-maligned relic of Gibson's past shenanigans, or a guitar truly worth another look.
This week John and Ed travel south to Peavey, Mississippi in search of the story behind the T-60. They find a young Hartley Peavey, in the 1970s, hard at work innovating the production techniques that would allow him to compete with the big boys on a global scale.
Do you think Leo Fender just cut bait and ran after he got that sinus infection and sold Fender in 1965? Nope. He picked himself up, got back down to his fighting weight, and ended up making more guitars! John and Ed take a closer look at a Legacy, from Leo's G&L days.
Ever wonder what it's like to play a spaceship? We did, too. This week's episode takes Ed and John a little bit out of their comfort zone, and into the science fiction world of Parker Guitars.