Rick Shaw builds custom guitars in his workshop near Waco, Texas. Shaw offers solid body, semi hollow and hollow body guitars and basses. Styles can be a redesign of an existing model or a completely unique creation. According to Shaw:


The Gibson Alpha Series was a range of superstrats made in the mid to late 1980s period. These were Custom Shop models made at a time when Wayne Charvel was involved with the Gibson Custom Shop - and possibly he had an influence on these Alpha Series designs.

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Fender Jaco Pastorius Jazz Basses

Jaco Pastorius was a legendary bass player who played with Weather Report and Joni Mitchell. Jaco's best known bass was his sunburst-finish fretless 1962 Jazz Bass nicknamed the Bass of Doom, originally fretted but Jaco removed the frets. Pastorius finished the fretboard with marine epoxy to protect the wood from the round wound Rotosound Swing 66 strings he used.

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The Avon brand was used by UK distributer Rose Morris in the 1960s and 1970s. Avon was the Rose Morris entry level brand and Avon guitars and basses were typically made in Japan. Shaftesbury was the Rose Morris higher end brand.


The Columbus brand name was used on Japanese and Taiwanese made guitars and basses imported into the UK in the 1970s and 1980s. They were budget instruments, but were playable and are fondly remembered by many UK guitarists who started out on a 1970s Columbus Les Paul or Strat copy. Some Columbus badged guitars were made by the Japanese Matsumoku and Tombo companies.


Philipp Krosigk Germany

Both build in 1989 wit solid cedar top, ovangkol or rosewood back and side laminated, fredboard ebony and mechanics Schaller. Both are great guitars with a fantastic smoth sound, light construction and swinging top. The S7-EC has a fault...can you see it.

Otherwise this guitar will never be for sale.

Both build by S.Yairi sametime he manufactured for Lowden.


Summerfield Musical Instruments Ltd was established by Maurice Summerfield - son of Charles Summerfield of the CSL company. Summerfield MI Ltd are now one of the UK’s leading distributors of musical instruments and accessories serving music stores in the UK and Ireland. The Summerfield family have been been musical instrument distrbutors for over 50 years and recieved a NAMM Milestone Award recognising its contribution to the industry.

B.C. RICH ST III (U.S. Series) #unknown

1986 Model, Dimarzio's, Gotoh Bridge logo'd as BCR, Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Board, Gotoh Tuners


The JAY TURSER FUTURÉ SERIES was a group of 3 radically shaped electric guitars: Spectré, Spirité and Stiletté; as well as the Scarabé bass introduced around 1999. The Futuré models were produced in limited quantities and are relatively rare.  Gibson did as similar thing in 1957 when they introduced three radical designs: the Flying V, Futura and Moderne - which caught on eventually. Unfortunately these intersting Jay Turser models did not last beyond 2002.

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Music Man Axis (Van Halen) Series

The Ernie Ball / Music Man Eddie Van Halen signature model was introduced In the early 1990s and Eddie used on the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Balance albums. When Eddie left Ernie Ball/Music Man in 1995, the company was made to keep the guitar in production pretty much unchanged as the Music Man Axis model. All of the design, including the neck, pickups, and woods used are the same, but there were a few improvements made.

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The LTD JH-600 EC is the LTD version of the ESP Jeff Hanneman EC (Eclipse) model, built to Hanneman’s specifications. It features neck-thru-body construction at 24.75" scale, an alder body with arched top, a maple neck with ebony fingerboard, and 24 XJ frets. Components include EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 85 (neck) active pickups. The LTD version does not have the EMG SPC Control found on the ESP model. The LTD model has Grover tuners and a Kahler Hybrid tremolo (compared with Gotoh tuners and Kahler 2315 on the ESP).

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The ESP Jeff Hanneman EC is a customized version of the popular ESP Eclipse model, built to Hanneman’s specifications. It features neck-thru-body construction at 24.75" scale, an alder body with arched top, a maple neck with ebony fingerboard, and 24 XJ frets. The Jeff Hanneman EC guitars have a traditional-style full body thickness but with a waist cut. Components include EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 85 (neck) active pickups, and the ESP version includes an EMG SPC Control.

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Lots of frets and lots of strings, the Washburn DC6012 is one of the few 12 string 24 fret acoustics ever made as a production model . It has a Stephen's Extended Cutaway acoustic model giving great access to those upper frets. Introduced around 1987 Washburn DC6012 Lexington was the 12 string version of the DC60 Lexington.

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ESP Jeff Hanneman models are signature guitars for the late Jeff Hanneman of Slayer. The design is based on Hannemans favourite Jackson Soloist - with neck through contruction and EMG pickups. Hanneman's own guitars had maple bodies - which ESP changed to alder for the production models. Also initally ESP used a Floyd Rose tremolo on the early production models but changed to a Kahler bridge as used by Hanneman himself.

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The LTD JH-200 is the entry level ESP/LTD Jeff Hanneman signature model. It is like the LTD JH-600 but with a bolt-on neck, basswood body, rosewood fingerboard and more affordable pickups and hardware. Pickups are ESP LH-301 humbuckers.

The model has gone through minor changes. Initially the LTD JH-200 had eagle fingerboard markers (up to the 12th fret and then dots) these are currently H & sword inlays (up to the 12th fret then swords). The current model has a Kahler X-treme bridge but early models had Floyd Rose Licensed bridges.

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The Washburn Stephens Extended Cutaway series of acoustic guitars was introduced in 1987. The series had two basic models: the DC60 Lexington and the DC80 Charleston. There were also versions with electronics: the DC60E and DC80E as well as a 12 string the DC6012. The Stephen's Extended Cutaway is a series of design elements that allow the neck joint to be much thinner than the conventional instruments. This extended cutaway allows complete access to the 24 fret fingerboard.

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The Washburn EC36 model (also called the Spitfire I or Challenger I model depending on which catalog you look at) was introduced by WASHBURN in 1987. It was like the EC29 (with a Stephen's extended cutaway) but with a single humbucker and 36 frets. Above the 24th fret this model has compensated (thinner) fretwire to improve playability. There are some photos of EC36s (and EC29s) with monkey grips - I believe this was a factory option.

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ALVAREZ 5008 C CLASSIC reviewed by Shep

Average: 4 (1 vote)


Long story short, I love this guitar! I've played nearly twenty years, and I only play it plugged-in. It has a rich, full sound through my Roland amp, and blows me away how it sounds like a fine classical sounds on recorded albums, as though it were a concert instrument being mic-ed in a large auditorium. I use it annually to back up a soloist for a big event, and always get lots of positive compliments on how the guitar sounds afterward.
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