EVERYBODY LOVES GUITARS, I AM NO DIFFERENT. LIKE MANY GUITAR PLAYERS I HAVE HAD MANY GUITARS THROUGH OUT THE YEARS. I STARTED PLAYING GUITAR IN THE 1960s. I AM AND HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO CONTINUALLY PLAY FOR FUN, PROFESSIONALLY, SEMI-PROFESSIONALLY, AND SPREAD THE GOSPEL.
HERE'S A COUPLE GUITARS THAT MAY BE INTERESTING.
Featured are the somewhat unknown Gibson Johnny A Signature hollow-body electric guitar, and a Yamaki.
The Gibson Custom Shop Johnny A Signature guitar can be purchased by anyone, but it's not cheap. If all the people who play Les Pauls, ES335s, ES175s, L5s, SGs, and dozens of other fine electrics only knew what a Johnny A guitar is and what it can do its name would be as common as the Les Paul within time. Would you buy a Les Paul for $?K even though you could get something better? Don't get me wrong I like other guitars, especially Gibson electrics. There is something better than the Les Paul and the 335, The Gibson Johnny A Signature. It's not just my opinion, it's my opinion AND experience. I have performed publicly regularly with my Johnny A guitar for 10 years now. I have performed all my life with many fine guitars. I was and am a working musician. Let's take a look at this from an owner and player's view.
The man, Johnny A is a guitar player, a great guitar player. Of his songs, Two Wheel Horse is one of my favorites.>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pK8KdWkNS4
The Gibson company thought enough of Johnny A to let him design his own signature guitar from scratch, I'm so glad. The guitar is not another So-and-So Les Paul, L5, or SG. It is unique. You can do your own investigation easy enough. Go here>>>http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Archtop/Gibson-Custom/Johnny-A/Features.aspx
I can tell a few things about owning and performing with the Johnny A guitar publicly.
* It is a Gibson hollow body electric guitar, a true hollow body not semi hollow, yet it does not produce any unwanted feed back but sounds as sweet as those that did.
* It's a Long Scale, 25.5 inches. The 24.75 in scale is slightly easier to bend strings but the long scale gives more sound, tone, and power. 10s work best for me.
* It is as aggressive and has the prowess of any great Les Paul yet can get jazzy sweet in a way LPs can't.
* Balanced and ergonomically perfect for using a strap or sitting down. Light weight also, about 6.5 lbs.
* Fast neck with profile that allows any style to be played. If Rock and Jazz players only knew.
* The 57 Classic Humbuckers pups are really nice. I have used these pups on other guitars before this guitar. There are other really good PAF types. I never had any other remakes, only real ones. The 57s are little more balanced than PAFs and serial# PAFs. Lows are solid and no gaps in the whole range.
* Looks great. I am happy it is a looker but more excited about what it can do. Looks do matter, so next point...
* Even people who know guitars are puzzled when they see it. I have read it's a 335-SG mix. Not so much. It is nice having something different than other people but much nicer playing something better than the usual. Because.....
*The sound is like...well, if a vintage ES335 where a Cadillac, the Johnny A Signature would be a Rolls Royce. Below is the top of my guitar. Serial# JA250
The Yamaki Deluxe Folk
This Yamaki never ceases to amaze me. It is a Yamaki Deluxe Folk No. 120- 6 string acoustic. I got this guitar for 50 bucks to take to New Zealand on a mission trip. The plan was to leave it in New Zealand but after 2 weeks of playing it I decided to ditch some of my bags in favor of shipping the guitar back to the U.S.
The guitar is easy to play and has a rich low end. It doesn't sparkle like a spruce top because it is a red cedar top. Back and sides are rosewood with rosewood fret board and 25.5" scale. It has a zero fret. I like the zero fret. It is a copy of a Martin D-18 that was made in Japan. Yes it does have a heel splice but that doesn't bother me, it is rock solid. Stamped on the label inside of the guitar is 1972. This guitar led me into a study of old Japanese instrument makers including Suzuki, Yairi, Yamaki, Yamaha, Ibanez, Takamine, Kasuga and many others which is very interesting. Japanese guitars were considered junk not too many years ago but things are changing among players in the know. That being said I still prefer my American made instruments.
At first I imagined I wouldn't use it for recording because of the mellow tone yet now I see it has its place in the studio. This guitar has me dumbfounded. I keep coming back to it because it is such a joy to play. Listeners say it sounds great. It just goes to show that sometimes you don't have to pay a lot to get something you really like. There is a lot of hype about so called 'Law suit era' guitars. Some are junk and some are amazing.
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