Guitars Plus Mini Guitar Festival This Sunday 29th March

This Sunday Lucky 13 Garage in Moorabin will be hosting a mini guitar extravaganza - 18 vintage and rare guitars on display, all Guitars Plus personal on hand, most playing in their various outfits, question & answer session, spot and door prizes too. Action starts @ 1pm and will go to early - mid evening. Your ticket covers admission and a BBQ. Lucky 13 is great live venue and gives many local bands an opportunity to play in a cool venue with a good system and great atmosphere. Clean and well run, family friendly and very reasonable drinks - come and have a fantastic guitar filled day. We will be showcasing some of our students that will display their skills, some as young as 10.

Andy Fraser

Two of rocks finest and most influential bass players. Andy with Jack Bruce
Two Andy Fraser style basses for sale @ Guitars Plus

We heard Monday morning that the bass player from Free, Andy Fraser, had died in California. Andy had a long musical career after Free, Sharks and the Andy Fraser Band - along with several sucessfull songwriting credits for the likes of Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, Frankie Miller amongst many others. More recently Joe Bonnamassa has been singing his praises and has appeared with Andy playing his and Andys songs. Chris Spedding reckons Andy is the best bass player he had ever worked wirh . If you visit our store over the next few weeks you'll hear and see the music of Andy Fraser. RIP Andy. Photos show Andy Fraser with Jack Bruce, and below two Andy Fraser style basses - a jap EB3 Gibson copy and 1964 Gibson EB2 - Andy called his 'Dobbin' ! ( old faithful )

AMPS

Marc Bolan using an HH Amp, as well as Vamp, and Zemaitis guitar - all UK made
HH IC100S with Satge & Studio settings at Guitars Plus Melbourne

Interesting amps in stock at the minute include a 1973 Marshall Super Lead and an early 1970s HH IC100S head. HH were made in Cambridge, England, and were used by many Brit bands, including T.Rex, Stray and the Sweet, later Eddie Van Halen used HH power amps in his 5150 studio.They were considered state of the art back then and looked pretty cool on stage with their pale green neon lights that lit up when you turned them on. This writer remembers being quite impressed when they hit the London stages in the early seventies. This would be great for a 'Melody Lords' type band as this is what many 1970s Glam Rock bands used. Also in stock at present are is a Music Man RD110 Fifty, this one is a minter and is a big sound in a small package, has owners manual and original foot switch, and is believed to be a two owner amp, this jem is also from the 1970s, certainly the best decade in the history of rock music one might say?

Vintage and Rare Guitars NEW PIECES

Due to skeleton staff (thin and bony ) and time constraints, we have decided to list new items that may be of interest, if you are keen on knowing more email the shop or text to 0411 102 625 and we'll forward more details and pictures directly to your device.
1976 Gibson Explorer, first year of reissue, light body - perfect condition original case. Mahogany - no mods or issues, normal play wear.
1966 Martin GT70 Hollowbody - twin De Armonds - YES - a Martin electric hollowbody - Gretsch like in sound and a funky look. Very Rare - not a lot of cash!
1983 Yamaha SG3000 - top of the line - very rare, only ever seen one before, endless sustain - unleash your inner Carlos.Metallic Black all original.
2010 Gibson 1956 Gold Top with P90s - Micky Bloomfield here we come - neck pick up as wide and open as the Grand Canyon. Looks cool sounds blues!
1985 Gibson Flying V - white. Very cool rock/blues axe - this one needs a little work - which we are doing - light and punchy, not a minter but does the biz
2006 Paul Reed Smith SC 250
Yamaha Mike Stern ( Japanese Signature Model )
Fender 2004 Strat 50th Anniversary SOLD
Takamine F400 Acoustic 12st - Jap 1976
Gibson ES335 Custom - Memphis Dot 1959 Style
Martin D12/20 1972
Jim Dyson Lap Steel
See above for a few rough shots of recent additions, with a handsome handmade 'SOUTHERN CROSS' valve handwired guitar amp in the background, limited edition of one, with hand made flame maple cabinet - stunning piece - looking and sounding - made right here in Melbourne. Don the amps builder claims,"not a British sound, not American sound but an Australian sound" - well done Don, this amp is awesome and will drive any cabinet. It would make a beautiful centre piece for any vintage or modern guitar collection and is a credit to it's builder. SOLD

Handmade Canadian's

All things Canadian - Morgans plus Garrison & Godin Artisan

We are now selling Morgan guitars, hand made by David Iaonne in Canada, these all solid guitars are remarkable instruments and very single person who has played one cannot believe the tone, volume and resonance of these exquisite guitars. We have three in stock at the moment Concert, Dreadnought and OOO. Prices around 5-6K and worth every dollar! Coincidently we have in stock another Canadian guitar from the other side of that vast country, a Garrison from 2002 - all solid Canadian birch and and sides and solid Sitka spruce top. Thee innovative guitars were only built for about 4-5 years before being taken over by Gibson, for whom they only lasted about another year! The main feature of these guitars was their innovative brace one piece - pre fabricated plastic former - upon which all solid timber panels were fitted. A way of introducing a low cost all solid timber guitar. Good idea - this one sound great and for under a G with a hard case and Fishman it makes a great buy and and intersecting historical sidebar to Guitarchaelogy.

Before and after - Tip of the Month

One of the mothers who come by the shop dropping off and picking up her boys for guitar lessons, is a very keen photographer and spotted me fixing up a dilapidated old Lap Steel (coming to the website you are currently viewing very soon) and asked if she could take some shots as she was keen to follow its restoration. So she did and we will post the results soon, in the meantime here is a before and after of a fret dress I did recently on a clients mandolin. This a pretty extreme example but all fretted instruments wear at varying degrees. To have your frets even and correctly crowned can do wonders for your intonation, string longevity and playability all round . Also observe closely your fingerboard, if there are pits and troughs adjacent to where you fret your favourite chord shapes you may find that your nails are too long and they dig into the wood - it doesn't take long with softer woods - but can even mar ebony. Take the time to clean your hands and keep your nails on your left hand short - your instrument, your strings and your bandmates or musical partners will thank you for it! A full fret dress - including servicing the guitar and all adjustments, truss rod, intonation body and neck clean together with lubricating any mechanical parts and feeding the fingerboard with some citrus or cedar oil will cost around $160 - $175 inc strings and case clean ! Form an orderly queue here!

Mustang Tele

Pete Le Pages magnificent 1965 Fender - sorry Ford Mustang, pictured with two fantastic Telecasters - Custom and Thinline - both from the same period as Pete's Mustang.

What's the connection ?

Here is the vehicle in which you may cadge a ride home from our local bar - The Hobson Stores - known locally as Hobsons - gold coin donation or similar - an authentic London Taxi cab. In front is a replica of Ronnie Woods Zemaitis disc front made by Greco. We are doing car themed photos to show off some interesting axes, together with complimentary cars that are around our locale. That's a shot of Woody playing his in the Faces - used it a lot in the Stones too. Connection is that the cab and the guitar are from the Rock capital of the world - London. Well the Greco is a very good copy of a London designed guitar - namely Zemaitis Tony Zemaitis was a luthier to the stars - literally ; his clientele included Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Lane, George Harrison, Marc Bolan, brothers Robinson (Black Crowes), Donovan Leitch, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. Tony worked out of a fairly modest workshop in Chatham, Kent, a place in which my father ,was working in the nineties, and whilst visiting my dad I also was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Tony. Many stories were told and although he kindly offered to make me a guitar, even drawing around my hand in order to facilitate bespoke neck carving, I had to decline owing to not having as deep pockets as his afore mentioned clientele !! We have a genuine example of his work for sale, interested parties should contact the store, details will be posted shortly.

Fast guitar - fast car

SOLD We borrowed our neighbours Lamborghini to show off this magnificent Ibanez neck thru RG style axe. It's a 2009 RGT 42 DXFM and a mighty fine piece of kit it is - expertly set up by a Ballarat luthier and in as new condition this a great example of the genre and at $795 in case it represents great buying, and yes I have driven the Lambo (thanks Vic) and it is very exhilarating ! SOLD

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