The search for information on this bass led me to this site, so I can't offer more than the basics. first, it was listed as green, and definately looks it in the pics. It is actually a satin finish trans-black. Looks killer with the satin silver hardware.It's a 34" scale bolt-neck bass with rosewood board, silver metal fretmarkers and 24 frets. The body is ash, with one humbucker, volume low,mid,high controls, as well as switches to take out the EQ and split the pickup to a single-coil. It's very well balanced, and I'd guess it weighs 8.6 lbs.
The Rex double Florentine cutaway hollow bodied guitar was most likely made in Italy during the 1960s. This model is very similar to the Vox Challenger model (but a similar color to the Eko Florentine) and has an unusual rotary pickup selector switch mounted on a bell shaped plate.
The Rex brandname was used on 1960s Italian made electric guitars (these are not the Rex branded guitars produced by Gretsch in the 1920s). La Bagnini di Roma was a major Italian distributor of consumer goods including musical instruments. They sold in shops and through mail order catalogs using brands including Ariston, Rex and Kroma. The Rex trademark was owned by Ugo Beccacece of Recanati.
The MB-1 is Manson's Mat Bellamy signature model. MB-1 models are assembled in the UK from Japanese, USA and UK made parts, by request, in very limited numbers - so far there are only 54 instruments worldwide. The most striking feature of the MB-1 is the optional MIDI screen controller pre-set to operate a Korg Kaoss Pad or Digitech Whammy pedal, when coupled with the Fernades Sustainer the MB-1 has an incredible sonic palette.
English guitar maker Andy Manson has been hand building guitars since 1967, when he made his first acoustic guitar - a long scale length teardrop shaped model. Since then Andy Manson has made around a thousand instruments, always trying to push the boundaries of acoustic instrument performance. He builds guitars, lutes, mandolins, dulcimers, and a variety of multi necked and multi stringed instruments.
I was given this new as a Christmas present in 1995. It's pretty; but other than that not a huge fan of the action and the sound is a bit shallow when not plugged into my amp. It was my only accustic for years and boy was it hard to play. As of about 2002, it was replaced by an Ibanez accustic and since then I rarely ever picked it up. I recently had Guitar Center tune it up and they stated they had never seen a green one before.
Stromberg Guitars was an American producer of archtop guitars prized by jazz guitarists. Between 1906 and 1955 they made about 640 guitars. he company was founded by Charles Stromberg, a Swedish immigrant to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1906, who had learned the trade at the local Thompson & Odell company. His oldest son, Harry, worked with him until 1927, and in 1910, his son Elmer joined him in the business.
This is my 1956 Bigsby-designed Magnatone Mark III. It is the original neck-through construction. What a classic design - it still looks and sounds great after all these years! Would love to see pictures from other owners.
Greg Curbow started out in a workshop on a small farm once owned by his grandmother. He was best known for making sleek, curvaceous electric basses. He opened the Midnight Music Shop in Little Five Points in Atlanta when he was just 23. By keeping his shop open late in the evening to accommodate musicians schedules he began to build built a loyal clientele. In 1988 Greg did some emergency repairs for Jimmy Page when he was passing through Atlanta and was hired as a Jimmy's guitar tech for the rest of the tour.
Charles Cote Basses was a bass manufacturing business run out of Tampa Florida by the Cote brothers - while at the same time playing and recording in the band "The Reverse Engineers". The business folded around 1999. According to Charles Cote:
“A large percentage of our basses were being purchased by a distributor in Japan, and when the yen crashed, they had to cancel their orders. That’s when we knew we had to close up the shop,”
Ive had 20 some top of the line guitars in my life, some costing thousands, but one day in a music store going out of business in Red Wing MN, this AX was heading to the dumpster, but I rescued it for parts, and fell in love with it. It was my favorite stage and recording piece! It was stolen 6 years ago from my recording studio, in Red Wing Minnesota. One hour south of Minneapolis, Mn. I now know who arranged for its disappearence, and I also now who the culpret was that did the dirty deed. I cant proove it, and thats not important now compaired to getting back in my hands.
Through-neck design by Paul Bigbsy. This one has pots dated June 1957, and has an adjustable truss rod, unlike the 1955 model. The neck is quite slender for a '50s guitar. Reportedly it has a chambered body, but it feels pretty solid to me, and the gtr overall is about the same weight as my H44 Stratotone...
Ryoji Matsuoka began as a self taught classical guitar maker in post World War II Japan. The Matsuoka Musical Instrument Company Ltd. was founded in 1959 and carries on to this day as a classical guitar manufacturer.