Anyone have one of those oddball guitars....

SneakyPete

Gretschie
Platinum Member
Mar 7, 2022
325
Australia
May I introduce you all to Norma. She was born in the midsixties in Japan, 16" lower bout, rosewood, fully hollow. We got together about 25 years ago, I have to say I picked her up on looks alone! She was so cheap I would've been happy to have her as a wall hanger, so I was pleasantly surprised when she showed up and was sorta playable. After a bit of work (ok a lot 🤪) she's very accommodating for that sixties garage vibe, and makes a beautifully raucous slide guitar. But whatever you do, don't touch that thing masquerading as a Bigsby. Bad, bad things will happen. 🤨

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hcsterg

Friend of Fred
Silver Member
Feb 13, 2012
7,059
France
Anyone else have a guitar that just can't leave the nest?
One that most would never expect to be such a great instrument.

They would not be the sole, you guess it ! But I'll limit the mention to these two ones, my Lefty Improbable Danelectro projects :

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The Green one has a surprising versatility, the Orange one is a Fonky-Soul Machine to death...

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LivingMyDream

Friend of Fred
Gold Supporting Member
May 4, 2016
7,168
Peculiar, Missouri
This is an Alex Chase Cobra, and Alex Chase is the name of the man that imported these. This is an "I'm not sure why, but I took a chance anyway." guitar. It was cheap, and the quilt top might even be a photo top, but it's easy to play and sounds surprisingly good.

Like @Randy99CL, you don't usually think of a 12-string with humbuckers, but it plays with a sweet tone. I did get a pair of Gibson Classic 57's to put into it, but every time I play it, I keep thinking that it sounds pretty good as is.

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Brian Krashpad

Gretschie
Dec 29, 2020
207
GNV FLA USA
Sorry to go off on a tangent.......how do you find that Lead 20? And are the other Marshall's in the 'live' pic also mosfet?

I've got a bit of a thing going on for one of those.

Yep, the two combos in the live pic are also from the same '80s solid state side of the JCM 800 series, as the Lead 20. I loves 'em! Sfaik they're pretty easy to ID, as they are all with 5000-model numbers. They are sorta one-trick ponies compared to more modern amps, but that one trick is kinda my jam, so it works out well.

At one point I owned 4 such combos. The pictured Lead 20 (5002, 20W 1x10), the live shot ones (both 1x12s, a 5210 50w and a 5275 75W), plus their big brother, a 100W "Reverb Twin" 2x12 (5213). I sold the big 100W 2x12, both because it was more amp than I needed (I prefer amps in the 40W-60W range, and the thing was heavier than a dang imploding star), and in order to fund buying a DSL 40C. Here's a ridiculous photo taken during the short space of time that I had all 5, four solid states and the DSL, before the 2x12 sold.

From top: 5002, 5275, 5210, DSL 40C, 5213

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1adam12

Gretschie
Feb 25, 2022
111
Atlantic City
Could not resist the Dano-factor. Got this in a trade. Seems like a late 50's U-1 body converted to U-2 with a 67 Hawk neck (raised logo) another butt Re-fin, but I put some reflective tape under the guard which gave it a lil flavor! It's going to be hard to give this one up ever.
I'd like to figure out an intonateable bridge thing, I straightened out this one, but they always seem to bow in time....There's the Senn one, but $100 seems like a lot.



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hcsterg

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Silver Member
Feb 13, 2012
7,059
France
Could not resist the Dano-factor. Got this in a trade. Seems like a late 50's U-1 body converted to U-2 with a 67 Hawk neck (raised logo) another butt Re-fin, but I put some reflective tape under the guard which gave it a lil flavor! It's going to be hard to give this one up ever.
I'd like to figure out an intonateable bridge thing, I straightened out this one, but they always seem to bow in time....There's the Senn one, but $100 seems like a lot.



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Well done ! Congratulations... 😎 😎 😎

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