The Fernandes Decade Series was introduced in 1997. The design of the Decade guitars was inspired by classic Fender models, like the Jazz-master and Stratocaster but with some modern revisions. When introduced there were three models. The Decade-J1 with a classic alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard with three single coils. The Decade-A1 was similar to the J1 but had a smaller sleeker body and one less tone control. The Decade A2 had the same body design as the A1 but had a fixed bridge and two humbucking pickups. In 1997 all Decades had a Fernandes Sustainer pickup option.

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Denny Zager founded Zager guitars in 1969. As part of the duo "Zager & Evans" Zager recorded “In The Year 2525,” the #1 song of 1969 and the biggest one-hit wonder so far. Zager began working on guitars in the late 1960's by setting up his own instruments to improve their playability. Zager introduced several features to make playing more comfortable including a low oval neck profile, lower frets, lower action, custom saddles and nuts.


Hamer Californian Doubleneck (1990) electric guitar

HAMER made the CALIFORNIAN DOUBLENECK (MODEL GDNS) from the early to mid 1990s. It was a double-necked version of the Californian Elite. The twin neck Californian could be ordered in any number of configurations, the six/twelve string being the most popular. In contrast to the bolt on construction of the single necked Californians the Californian Doublenecks neck-joint was a glued dovetail each of which was hand carved to remove any heel block.

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Hamer Californian Standard (1990) electric guitar

HAMER produced the CALIFORNIAN STANDARD (MODEL GCAS) between 1988 and 1991. This was a Hamer USA model and was the most affordable of the Californian models with a rosewood dot inlay fingerboard.

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FENDER DG-41 SCE (NO. 095-4105) reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)


I don’t know if I was lucky and managed to find a single instrument that really stands out as remarkable, or if they were all this good (and if they were why on earth did Fender quit making them?). Everyone who’s ever played it has commented on how it both feels and sounds like a guitar twice it’s price. I have used it for (probably hundreds) of gigs and recorded with it many times. It has an excellent Fishman pickup built in and sounds well balanced both acoustically and through a PA (although annoyingly the battery can only be reached through the sound-hole).


The Ibanez GA Series classical guitars take the guesswork out of finding a playable, affordable, great-sounding classical guitar. The GA series come in full sized as well as three-quarter or half sized models - so they are good for beginners of all ages. The series has been around since the 1990s with GA10 one of the first models. The GA7 and GA5 are both traditional sized instruments. The GA6CE is a cutaway acoustic electric. The GAR3 and GAR5 are downsized (three-quarter sized) models designed for easy playability.

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Hamer Californian Cal (1999) electric guitar

The CALIFORNIAN (MODEL CAL) was produced by HAMER in the 1990s as part of their Korean made Import Series. Earlier Slammer Series Californians had mahogany bodies but these 2nd generation Import Series Californian CALs had maple bodies and one piece maple necks. In 2001 this model was replaced by the Californian Deluxe - which was identical but with boomerang fingerboard markers. A later XT Series Californian CAL was also available with two EMG humbuckers and abalone binding.

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GIBSON manufactured the ALL AMERICAN II between 1996 and 1998. The design was based on the early Melody Makes, but it had chrome tuners, no scratch plate, rear-mounted controls and a tremolo bridge. It had two high output single coil pickups. The following information about the Gibson All American II was contributed by a guitar-list.com visitor. The Gibson All American II is an unusual model for Gibson, produced in Nashville Tennessee only in the mid 1990s. The body shape is similar to Non-SG shaped Melody Makers or a 1959 Les Paul Junior Special.

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Music Man Sabre (1979) electric bass guitar

Music Man introduced the Sabre bass in 1978 to complement their successful single pickup Stingray bass. The Sabre was essentially a two-pickup Stingray but with some minor differences. It was moderately successful in the 1980s, but the Sabre never matched the Stingray's popularity and it was discontinued in 1991. Music Man reissued the Sabre in 2013 as the Classic Sabre model - looking much like the original Sabre but with extra electronics to deliver a wide range of sounds.

Music Man listed the following features when they launched the Sabre bass in the late 1970s:

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Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard electric guitar

Fender introduced the rosewood fingerboard option for the stratocaster in 1959. The rosewood board had the clay dot position markers. These earliest rosewood fingerboards were slab boards - flat across the bottom. In 1962 Fender changed to using veneer rosewood fingerboards - these were thinner and curved across the bottom and used less of the precious rosewood supplies. Around the same time this model was introduced in 1959 the Stratocaster pickguard was changed from single ply to the three-ply celluloid than often aged to a minty green color.

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ALVAREZ YAIRI DY 61 SIGNATURE reviewed by Tele-kinetic

Average: 5 (1 vote)


1990 DY61 bought 10 years ago. Just a lovely instrument. My first attempt to buy a quality acoustic and I feel very lucky that a friend told me about Yairi guitars. I then read about the shop in a Japanese mountain village where generations of Yairi family craftsmen made their instruments by hand.


Epiphone Olympic Custom electric guitar

The Epiphone Olympic Custom was made for the Japanese domestic market only. It had the Les Paul double cutaway body shape of the  early Epiphone Olympic Double and the Epiphone Olympic Special. The Japanese Olympic Custom had a radical German Carve around the edge of the body, no pickguard and two humbucking pickups. The Olympic Custom came with either a wraparound bridge or a tune-o-matic plus vibrato tailpiece. The pickup selector was strangely positioned directly behind the bridge such that the strings went right over the top of it on models with a vibrato tailpiece!

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Epiphone Olympic Double (1965-1970) electric guitar

EPIPHONE produced the OLYMPIC DOUBLE between 1960 and 1970 - it was the two pickup version of the Olympic Single. It started out with a Les Paul style double cutaway body, tortoise shell pickguard and melody maker style headstock from 1960 until 1962. The body style was changed in 1963 to an offset double cutaway Coronet style design with a larger white pickguard. The original LP style double cutaway body was retained as the Olympic Special model from 1962 onwards.

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Ibanez GWB1005 electric bass guitar

The Ibanez GWB1005 Gary Willis Signature bass was introduced in 2009, replacing the GWB105 signature model.  The GWB1005 is hand crafted from start to finish in Japan. There are a few changes from the previous GWB105 model: it has a black-faced headstock which no longer bears a Gary Willis signature. Now the signature is on the back electronics cover (each one is hand signed by Willis). The fretless fingerboard is now high gloss finished rosewood (instead of the GWB105's ebonol). The detachable finger ramp, designed by Gary Willis, is still there.

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Ibanez GWB2 electric bass

The Ibanez GWB2 Gary Willis Signature model was introduced in 1999 as the fretted version of the GWB1. The GWB2 was available in transparent black finish only and was discontinued in 2002.

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Gibson ES-775 archtop electric guitar

The Gibson ES-775 is one of Gibson's lesser known archtops. The Gibson ES-775 was introduced in 1990 as a much fancier version of the ES-175, with upgrades including an ebony fingerboard and knobs, gold hardware, multi-bound headstock, deeper cutaway, trapeze tailpiece with ebony insert and slotted block fingerboard inlays. The neck pickup is moved right next to the end of the fingerboard to get a even mellower jazz tone than on the ES-175.

Gibson described the ES-775 as follows in their 1990 catalog:

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Schecter PT Standard blonde finish electric guitar

Schecter introduced the PT Standard in 2015 as part of the California Vintage series. The PT Standard is an ash bodied telecaster style electric with two single coil pickups: a Schecter Diamond MonsterTone VT at the bridge and a Schecter Diamond VT-1 at the neck. It is available in blonde finish with black pickguard or sunburst finish with pearloid pickguard.

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Schecter California Vintage Series

Schecter Guitar Research pays homage to its origins in a Van Nuys repair shop in California with its Schecter California Vintage Series. In that shop David Schecter supplied an increasing variety of replacement Fender spare parts until it became possible to build an entire guitar from Schecter parts. Introduced in 2015, the Korean made Schecter California Vintage Series guitars are based on the classic Fender stratocaster and telecaster designs offering a familiar feel, style, and playability at an affordable price.

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Schecter Guitars Catalogs

Historical catalogs for Schecter guitars dating back to 2000.

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