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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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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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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 introduced the Traditional Custom in 2015 as part of the California Vintage series. The Traditional Custom is an ash bodied stratocaster style electric with flamed maple top and HSS Schecter Diamond pickups. It is available in black cherryburst or transparent black burst finishes; both with white pickguards. The bridge is a Wilkinson WV2-SB tremolo and tuners are Schecter locking units.

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SCHECTER PT CUSTOM (California Vintage)

Schecter PT Custom black cherryburst finish electric guitar

Schecter introduced the PT Custom in 2015 as part of the California Vintage series. Other Schecter PT Customs have been available for many years - but they tend to have a carved figured maple top and no pickguard. The California Vintage PT Custom is an ash bodied telecaster style electric with a flat flamed maple top and two Schecter Diamond humbucking pickups. It is available in black cherryburst or transparent black finishes, both with black pickguard. The controls are laid out in the traditional telecaster manner but the tone control has a push/pull switch (coil tap?).

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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 PT Vintage electric guitar

Schecter introduced the PT Vintage in 2004 as a Korean made version of the PT with rosewood fingerboard and traditional telecaster style single coil pickups. The concept of the PT series was built around Pete Townshend's humbucker equipped Schecter Telecaster - but the PT vintage was more of a straight up telecaster copy. Perhaps that is why these orginal Korean single coil PTs were not made in great numbers and are relatively hard to find these days. Schecter reintroduced this model in 2015 as the Schecter California Vintage PT Standard.

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Rickenbacker 430 electric guitar

The Rickenbacker 430 was a Rickenbacker entry level solid body electric introduced in 1971 and discontinued in 1982. It has a double cutaway body similar in shape to the later 230 models. While the 430 was a budget model, being a Rickenbacker it's a well-made instrument, but lacking some of the fancy features of the higher end models.

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