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Author Archives: Michael Wright

Ovation GS2-R “Ripley”

 

1986 Ovation GS2-R “Ripley”, For a guitar detective, there’s nothing like a good mystery. What’s the story on this guitar? Where was it made? Who made it? If you’re lucky, you might even get to ask, “Who designed it?” and find an answer! (more…)

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KayKraft Style A

 

1933 KayKraft Style A. Photo: Michael Wright. Almost any guitar can be viewed in terms of a confluence of influences that produced it, from the company history to the history of guitar evolution to the kind of music it was meant (more…)

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Penco A-15-JD

 

1975 Penco Model A-15-JD The 1970s is often called “the Copy Era” for the dominating presence and spectacular success of Japanese “copies” of popular American guitars, most notably of the Gibson Les Paul. Indeed, it was with these “copies” that many (more…)

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Rex Solidbody By Michael Wright

 

Circa 1959 Rex solidbody. While a lot of vintage-guitar enthusiasts are content to pursue well-known treasures, there are others who appreciate a good mystery. For me, it’s been a pleasure to spend a good chunk of my life being a guitar (more…)

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1967 EKO Condor

 

1967 EKO Condor The Summer of Love. Hippies, flower power, psychedelic drugs. Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and feelin’ groovy. 1967 was a heady time for a lot of people, especially the much-discussed and often controversial first wave of post-WWII babyboomers who (more…)

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Gibson Mark 53

 

1978 Gibson Mark 53. Photo: Michael Wright. Part of the fallout from the guitar boom of the 1960s was an increased academic interest in guitars that manifested itself in the 1970s. This ranged from Ph.D. theses in musicology – yielding our best biographies of (more…)

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Mosrite Stereo 350

 

1971 Mosrite Stereo 350. Remember that line from the old song, “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all…”? In some ways, it’s a summation of the life of Semie Moseley. In fact, if it hadn’t been for (more…)

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Ovation UKII 1291

Rodney Dangerfield of solidbody electric guitars
 

1980 Ovation UKII 1291 If there’s a Rodney Dangerfield of solidbody electric guitars, it would be named Ovation. For more than a decade, Ovation tried unsuccessfully to leverage its achievements with revolutionary Lyracord bowlbacks and pioneering pickup systems into a presence in the lucrative solidbody market. (more…)

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Domino Californian Rebel

 

1967 Domino #80E2 Californian Rebel. Photo: Michael Wright. California. The Left Coast. It was probably home to North America’s earliest inhabitants, as emigrants from Asia crossed the Bering Strait and began their march toward South America. But California figured little (more…)

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Stella Concert

 

Circa 1932 Stella Concert. Photo: Michael Wright. Had blues legend Huddie William Ledbetter (a.k.a. Leadbelly) not played a Stella 12-string, the brand might only have been remembered as the name on cheap, faux-finished birch acoustics that poured out of the Harmony (more…)

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