Tony Cochran

Tony Cochran is a syndicated cartoonist. His other mission in life is to rescue the unused, electric guitars languishing beneath dirty laundry in the corners of unkempt bedrooms,  leaning against dusty duct work in dank basements, or forgotten in the Narnian regions at the back of an old cupboard. He takes these unloved and forgotten guitars and transforms them into art using bits and pieces of machines acquired from rummaging through garage sales, charity shops and church bazaars.


Yamaha FG420A acoustic guitar

The FG420A was a budget dreadnought shaped acoustic available between 1989 and 1995, but with some nice touches like an abalone rosette, bound fingerboard and the usual Yamaha build quality. The suggested retail price was $379. The top was spruce with black pick guard. The sides back and neck were made from nato and the fingerboard was bubinga with pearl dots. Both neck and body were bound. Tuners were chrome.

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Bolt Guitars Incorporated was founded by Wayne G Bolt and James Dalla Palu. Bolt  had been making tooling and fixtures for other manufacturers (like Martin), but in 1991 they used their technical expertise to create their own branded American made electric guitars, built using the latest CNC technology. By the mid to late 1990s however the production of Bolt Guitars had ceased.


The Gibson Custom's Collector's Choice series, launched in 2010, are faithful replicas of one-of-a-kind historic (mainly 1958-1960s) Les Pauls. Gibson contacted some of the world's most prominent collectors of rare instruments and convinced them to share their unique guitars, giving players and collectors a chance to own a close copy of a vintage era Les Paul. The Collector’s Choice range is a mixture of Les Pauls played by famous players and other non-famous guitars that are simply stunning examples of Les Pauls that legendary era.

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Bix Super Strat

Bix Super Strat Electric guitar

Jerry Bix was a custom guitar builder from North Devon, UK. He generally made two grades of instruments - the Exotics (like this one) and the Standards. Both grades had set maple necks with ebony fingerboards and mother of pearl inlays, but the Exotics had fancier inlay shapes, figured body woods, fancier finishes and higher spec hardware. The figured wood pickguard, as seen on this super strat, was a typical Bix feature.

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Jerry Bix was a custom builder of electric guitars and basses in North Devon, UK. He is probably best known for luxurious versions of well known designs, using exotic woods, subtle colourings and top quality components. Scratchplates cut out of the same figured wood as the guitar front give a unique distinction to his most prestigious instruments; he was perhaps the only maker offering this option at the time.

St. Blues

The Saint Blues brand had its origins in 1960s Memphis. Custom luthiers Charles Lawing and Tom Keckler worked together at Mike Ladd’s Guitar City across the street from Graceland. The first Bluesmaster, the signature St. Blues model, was designed by Lawing and Keckler before Keckler left to help start Schecter Guitars in Los Angeles. Interest of local musicians in the Bluesmaster guitars led to the official creation of the St. Blues brand in 1985. In the five years that followed, St.

Jackson Guldan

The Jackson Guldan Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) was a musical instrument manufacturer active in the first half of the 20th Century. In the early 1900s Jackson Guldan used carving machines to make cheap violins enabling it to compete with the German trade violin industry. The disruption to trans-atlantic trade caused by World Wars I and II enabled Jackson Guldan to become the largest factory producer of violins in the USA at that time.  As trade with Germany resumed in the 1950s, Jackson Guldman could no-longer compete with the cheaper German imported violins.


TAMA was a brand name of the Seisakusho Company in Aichi, Japan (founded in 1962 as part of Hoshino Gakki). Seisakusho initially produced guitars, amplifiers and drums for Ibanez. In 1974 the first TAMA branded guitar featured in a Ibanez brochure: a dreadnought acoustic guitar. In the next 3 years more steel-string and classical guitars were added to the TAMA line-up. The steel-strings were copies of Martin acoustic guitars. In 1977 TAMA changed their line of guitars and used a T-style logo on changed headstock design.


Rick Toone is an innovative guitar builder with a firm belief in ergonomic design. He holds patents for the Trapezoid Neck Profile and the Intersecting Neck Profile, created to maximize biomechanical leverage in the human hand. Rick also holds additional patents on intonation and tuning hardware, including the Intonation Adjustable Nut, Intonation Cantilever Bridge and Positional Constant String Pitch Control System.

Bluebird 56

Bluebird 56 guitars are made by  a team of three Italian luthiers and musicians. They hand build guitars in an eco-friendly manner eschewing the use of any harmful chemicials and plan to use only wood from dead trees.


Blue Star guitar company was established in 1991 by Bruce Herron in Ganges, Michigan. The first production Blue Star instrument was the Travelcaster - a mini electric guitar which was distributed worldwide by Elderly Instruments. Elderly still sell Blue Star instruments online. The Travelcaster was soon followed by  a full sized electric guitar - the Psychocaster, and then by the Lapmaster lap steel. Next came the Mandoblaster electric mandolin, the Banjocaster electric banjo and finally the Konablaster electric ukulele completed the Blue Star family.


Not much is known about Galveston... They don't have an official website.  You can see form a quick web search that they do a little bit of everythiing... from copies, to lucite guitars, to travel guitars, to weird stuff like 3-neck & square guitars. I'd love to know more about the brand.



Blast Cult One4Five

Blast Cult One4Five upright bass

The Blast Cult One4Five is an upright bass designed to be powerful and durable for players who use amplification but still want a natural tone with no feedback. Its strength and feedback resistance derive from its five-ply maple laminate construction and its unique hardwood fingerboard and tail-piece, especially when matched with the Blast Cult Channel Blaster pick-up system. All seams and joints are glued with Gorilla Glue for extra strength.  The neck is hand shaped hard maple. The One4Five has a scalelength of 41 inches (3/4 scale). Standard Colors: Black, Natural, Antique white.

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In the 1940s, Paul A. Bigsby was a foreman at a machine shop in Los Angeles owned by Albert Crocker of the Crocker Motorcycle Company. Paul’s interest in motorcycles and Western music brought him into contact with Merle Travis and they became good friends. Merle brought his Gibson L-10 guitar to Bigsby for him to fix its worn out Kaufman vibrato. On seeing the problems with the Kaufman design Travis ended up designing a whole vibrato mechanism which worked much better. The new Bigsby design quickly became the vibrato of choice for most guitar manufacturers.

Blackheart Engineering

Blackheart Engineering is a new guitar amplifier brand that combines the design expertise of Pyotr Belov and manufacturing capacity of Crate/LOUD Technologies Inc. Blackheart Engineering is dedicated to making affordable old-school, all-tube amplifiers.


The Eastwood brandname was established in 2001. (This brand has nothing to do with Brian Eastwood , the famous English luthier).They offer a colourful selection of models inspired by great sixties designs. Their Airline designs are spot on, they also have some Mosrite and Gibson influenced instruments. All models under $500 are made in China, and those over $500 are made in Korea.


Fury LS4 bass guitar

The Fury LS4 BASS was made between 1967 and 1988 in Sasaktoon Canada. The Fury LS4 had a Honduran mahogany double cutaway body with maple neck. The fingerboard was maple or rosewood with 20 frets (or fretless with inlaid maple fret lines). Early models have a single Fury piggyback humbucker but later ones were available with two pickups.

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Larsen Guitar Manufacturing is the brand of Chris Larsen (maker of Girl-brand guitars). Larsen's latest creation is the M9 Series of guitars. The M9s are designed as if they are military issue equipment and are made from aluminum bolted together. On Larsen's website there are assembly manuals and a 1950s style military instructional film for M9 assembly in the field.



As a young guitar player Brian May could not afford a decent electric guitar, so he designed and built one from scratch with the help of his father. After two years spare-time work, using only hand tools, the legendary "Red Special" guitar was finished and was to become Brian's main instrument through 30 years of live gigs and recording with Queen.

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