Aluminum Based Guitars

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  1. Deeve

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    NEVER play those things outdoors if a thunderstorm is predicted . . .
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    The french luthier Jacobacci started producing solid body (model name: Ohio) and hollow body guitars (model name: Royale) with an aluminum neck around 1961. I do,’t have one, they are scarce.
     
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    There were a few early ones State side as well! Burke was one of them. I have not heard of Jacobacci thanks for the tip!
     
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    Fender made one or two short runs of aluminum Strats. Once in a while, vintage dealers will offer one.

    What does aluminum sound like... but not wanting to start a tone metal discussion.
     
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    I used to play aluminum guitars until a guy told me that it gets through your hands/skin and leads to alzheimer's disease. I can't remember who told me that or where I was at the time....
     
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    i've been kinda fascinated by these since i saw the melvins like five years ago, but i've never gotten a chance to play one and every one i've seen on the internet is more than i want to spend on a guitar. buzz had great tone though.
     
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    The only metal guitar (pun intended!) experience I have is with resonators and they've all been acoustic, but I've always been of the opinion that an electric guitar can be made of anything that will allow it to be playable. Tones may vary for better or worse but playability is the real factor. Les Paul's 4x4 log is an example. These sound like great guitars. It would be great to try one!
     
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    I have a few bodies from that run I'm fitting with aluminum necks!
    The sound I would describe as clean snappy and a bit more sustain.
     
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    Then that would be true of an aluminum can too? What about all those drinks?
     
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    Buzzo is a heck of a player his riffs are so cool! Yeah they are too rare and hard to get your hands on but if you get a chance!
     
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    Nice stuff there. I have prototype brass topped electric guitars that I designed and built and I have made custom copper pick guards on some of my guitars. I made a bass guitar that I made an aluminum pickguard.
     
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    Wow copper that is cool post a pic please! There is a company that makes guitars out of copper tubing. http://www.toneacane.com Actually looks cool!
     
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    What were the ones that start with a V. Velono maybe?

    Cheers,
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    Yes Veleno you got it! The Tyranny model above is sort of a take on one!
     
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    I bought a Kramer that I didn't like very much (good neck though, still use it) at a pawn shop but ended up learning about the brand and their early years. So when I saw an aluminum necked bass for $50 I jumped on it. I sat on it for years, had Gary Kramer sign it at one point and won a lapel pin that matched his apparently. It was shaped like the tuning fork headstocks they used. I've lost that pin and feel kinda bad about it.

    Eventually sold the bass for a nice profit to somebody who was playing with Bob Wootton, I believe. It's called a DMZ6000B. This one's unusual in that it's fretless, just epoxy in the fret grooves there. The inlays are aluminum as well. It must've been a special order or something. The rest have frets and different inlays. The fretboard is ebonol. DiMarzio active pickups with a great big board in the control cavity.

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    Somewhere in one of my closets is a Tokai Talbo with an aluminum body.
     
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