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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Grabsplatter, Aug 25, 2016.
I had an Attila. I couldn't afford an Odyssey.
Valley Arts Guitars - I think that Gibson bought them out but I haven't seen anything new in awhile.
Jerry Jones made some good Dano style guitars. I never owned one, but saw a few pop up over the years.
I learned my first cowboy chords on my Dad's 50s Framus archtop way back in the late 60s. It's still sitting in the attic at my Mum's house (she bought it for him just after they got married) where it's been for the last 20 years since he died. It needs a neck reset and some TLC. On day I will get it playing again. (Yup, I've said that at least once a year for the last 20 years too.)
A friend of mine had a Polaris explorer copy in sunburst. I played it once and it was like strumming wet cotton yarn. Dunno what was up with that...
Did they ever make a Pro I? I had a Pro II bass. It was better than the Franconia, but I don't remember it as fondly, oddly.
I had a locking trem white Squier strat that I bought new around 88 when I was going through a major Adrian Belew phase. I can relate.
Hey - it was the 80's. Every guitar needed a locking trem and a pointy headstock!
How about Ovation?
I have a Celebrity acoustic. Celebrity was (still is?) Ovation's off-shore budget brand. Ovation and Celebrity were everywhere in the late 80's and early 90's. They are still around - I think - but again, just a moment in time.
My guitar looks like this, with the classic Ovation headstock:
There was Pro and then Pro II -- Never a Pro I
I once requested a brochure for España guitars as a result of an ad I saw in Guitar Player Magazine
way back when GP Magazine covers were one color with a black and white photo, which would be pre-1972 or so.
For about a year, I received mailings about España guitars, which were imported by B&J and seemed to be
well-built and affordably priced. I don't think there was a dealer anywhere nearby.
So, I couldn't buy one, but if you did, how were they? I still see some of their smaller bodied guitars posted on eBay every now and then. My theory is that they were priced out of the market by Asian imports.
"España", of course, is the Spanish name for Spain. Which struck me as odd, considering that the guitars were crafted in Sweden. I guess "España" looked better on the headstock than "Sverige".
Hey, unixfish, what is the model number of your Celebrity acoustic in the photo?
Takamine built its reputation making well-crafted knockoffs of top brands, selling them for much less than the top-brands cost. They only made solid-body electrics for a couple years in the mid-'80s, after which time they changed their focus to acoustic/electric guitars, but their electrics were terrific instruments.
Mine's a GX200-T, with its tremolo screwed down.
Yamaki and Daion.
I think they are related.
Good stuff, I had a great Yamaki D28 knockoff in high school and a great Daion neck-thru bass.
I remember both Odyssey and Attila guitars from my time in Prince George, BC.
Well made neck-through Alembic-esque guitars with more knobs and switches than I have fingers to hit.
Lindert, although might be remembered more often on here as their most common model was a cross between a Tele and a 1940s field radio:
Ladies and gentlemen, do you remember the Marquis?
My brother had a short scale Norma bass. Actually had a nice neck, and decent pickups.
My brother and I complied some bass parts and were supposed to build a neck in body bass called the "axe" but the pickups we bought for it turned out to be less impressive than the ones in the Norma. One more project that got shelved when the weather got better.
My first electric guitar was a Lafayette purchased used for $37.50 at the local music store.
Looked just like this one:
My first 'real' guitar (if you can call it that) was a Stella acoustic... not much of a guitar but got me started I guess... would be fun to still have around though.
In the young and dumb days whenever we would find one we would take it to a riverside beer party as a campfire guitar. Always a one way trip for poor Stella.