Tag: instruments

Handcrafted Accoustic Guitars

When I think of top quality handcrafted accoustic guitars, I think of great sound and beautiful design. I never considered the building process as such and how much expertise, love and detail must go into it. An Amazing Video Then, while killing time with browsing guitar stuff, I stumbled upon this video. It is an…


Epiphone EJ-200

The Epiphone EJ-200 reimages the famous and iconic Gibson J200 Jumbo, probably known to some of you from Elvis using it in his accoustic comeback session in 1968: And the Epiphone does that perfectly for a tenth of the price. The instrument is just beautiful, very well crafted and sounds amazing. The model I got…


Aria 9634

My Aria 12 String Western Guitar is a very sentimental piece to me. It was the first guitar I bought with my own money in 1979. It has no serial number, just the model number 9634. Aria is a Japanese guitar company. It was founded in 1956 already by Shiro Arai. The letters of his…


Fender Stratocaster

Having built a custom Fender Stratocaster model guitar is one thing. Owning a “real” one is another. When I finally decided to buy one in 2018 I was facing the chioce of a US- or Mexican-built model. My research surprised me, indicating that the Mexican built Fenders are at least as good if not better…


Fender Stratocaster (custom build)

In 1985 I joined in to a plan of my friend to build our own Fender Stratocaster model guitar. There was a custom guitar shop nearby where we spent a lot of time to learn about and select all the parts we needed, as there are the body, the neck, the pickups, the mechanics, electronics…


Ibanez M330

I got the Ibanez M330 in 1985. The serial number, 82010964 H, does not follow the exact pattern known for Ibanez guitars from that era but it indicates that it was built in 1982. It has a beautiful full maple body, front, sides and back. It is robust, plays great and went through a lot….