Scotty Moore

The guy who’s synonymous with Rockabilly and the Gibson ES-295.

Respect.

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His ES-295 didn’t have a name. But it’s right up there with the likes of Lucille, Blackie and Micawber.

*photos from Gibson, Rolling Stone and scottymoore.net

 

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Gibson Flying V & Explorer Faded 2016 Limited Run

New limited edition guitars from Gibson. These are really interesting takes on the modernist shapes.

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I grew up listening to Scorpions and these two shapes have been mainstays in Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs’ arsenal.

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The 2016 Faded models have that unstained mahogany bodies that gives this raw and unpolished look which adds to the character of the guitars. Retailing at US$1299, they make good purchases if you wish to add the iconic guitars to your collection.

Flying V Faded 2016 

http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2016/USA/Flying-V-Faded.aspx

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I’ve always felt Flying Vees with pickguard seem a lil too busy. With the more traditional models, you have an already small body and you cover most of it with a large pickguard. Perhaps that’s why we don’t see too many natural finished Flying Vees – not much wood to be seen anyway.

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With this new launch, the rear routed and unstained mahogany body works really fine to give off that simple, raw and pure rock machine. Very cool. Other nice appointments include Grover tuners and Dirty Fingers pickups.

 

Explorer Faded 2016

http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2016/USA/Explorer-Faded.aspx

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While the banana looking headstock may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the explorer, in its various korina body iterations, has won many fans over.

Like the Flying V, this one is built mainly for rockstars who sling them low and cool. 🙂

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Grover tuners and Dirty Finger pickups complete the fun package here.

It will be very nice to see these guitars reaching SG.

*photos from Gibson

Takamine – New Summer NAMM OMs

Takamine has announced new guitars for Summer NAMM. These two OM models look very mouth-watering with the blings and special headstock logo inlay.

 

EF75M TT

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The EF75M TT is an all-solid guitar with a thermal spruce top and Madagascar rosewood body. The TT stands for thermal top which is similar to torrification done by several guitar makers. Abalone bindings, ebony fretboard, gold tuners and cursive “T” logo inlay make this a very desirable OM indeed. Comes equipped with the stealthy TLD 2 Line pikcup.

 

EF7M-LS

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This limited edition model comes with a solid Lutz Spruce top and solid rosewood body. While it doesn’t sport as much bling as the EF75M, the ebony fretboard, gold tuners and that special logo inlay would still easily make guitar fans take note. Also comes with the TLD 2 Line pickup.

 

Read more on official website:

http://www.esptakamine.com/pages/summer-namm-2016-models

Read article and watch video on Premier Guitar:

http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/24347-snamm-16—takamine-ef7m-ls-demo

*photos from Takamine

Guitarbear Custom Soundport

Finally mustered enough courage to do this. Granted I only did this on a cheapo uke, but the results are nonetheless satisfying.

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BIG Disclaimer: Do not try this if you’re not confident or skilled with power tools. Injuries to your body or damage to your instrument is not fun. 

I got a cheapo all-laminate uke for this experimental project. This is a concert sized uke. I believe it’s an all sapele laminate.

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The plan is to put a soundport on the upper bout, just like those custom boutique stuffs you see.

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First we tape up the area with masking tape to avoid chips and cracks. Then careful measurements were made. The depth here is 65mm so the midpoint is determined to be around 33mm. I also made 15mm allowance for the edges so that I won’t hit the edge bracing.

Here we get all the reference points we need. The diameter of the soundport here should be about 35mm based on the instrument on hand.

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Make a pilot hole using a 3mm drill. Easy peasy.

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OK, the difficult part comes in. We’re using a hole saw to make a hole. This is no joke. I selected a 32mm hole saw bit. Always give allowance or you’ll end up hitting important structural points such bracing or neck block.

Using the pilot hole, steadily drill the pilot end of the hole saw bit. Once it’s anchored, the cylindrical part will soon cut up your beloved instrument.

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WHOA! What a mess!

But don’t worry, there’s always the clean-up and touch-ups. I use a conical sanding sponge to smooth out the edges. You can wet the sponge first before sanding.

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Finally use sandpaper to sand the edges. I went from 100, 400 and finally 1000 grit to ensure that there are no rough edges. You can always go back to using the sanding sponge and repeat the process. Just make sure that all the sanding doesn’t mess up the finish.

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Ok, it’s not too shabby. We got a custom soundport from Guitarbear. 🙂

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Smooth out the edge of the opening with lemon oil. Then use wood sealant and emery paper to have a final coat of protection.

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Not bad at all.

Scotty was happy to oversee the project.

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The uke is now louder (for the player) because the soundport acts as a monitor. I may do this on some of my guitars soon.

Special thanks to Judson Kimble for his tutorial. 

Original instruction videos  from Judson Kimble: