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Gibson’s ES-335

 
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Gibson’s first “semi-acoustic” thinline, the ES-335, was in essence a combination of features borrowed from earlier Gibsons. In an attempt to produce an instrument that was neither solid nor fully acoustic, Ted McCarty and the Gibson design team took inspiration from one of Les Paul’s earlier experiments. In the late ’30s, Paul built a prototype […]

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Zemaitis Guitar

Tony Z and the Cult of the Zemaitis Guitar
 

While England has produced some notable guitar brands, such as Burns, Shergold and Eggle, it is rare for an individual maker to gain acceptance in a world where an “established name” bias results in irrational prejudices and stigmas. Few English builders have won international recognition, although some, like Dick Knight and John Diggins (JD guitars), […]

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