Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jackson Custom Shop King V Diuble Neck

Freak of the Week
Stand clear & make room. This one of a kind Jackson double-neck is from their USA custom shop. Note the blue-to-blackburst on a quilted maple top & the extra 12 string tuners on the tail of the top side. Here's a prime candidate to get a chip in the tail fins, so you & mates would really have to be careful on stage. A fine machine like this can be ordered in from eBay UK, but they're asking around $7500 (with free shipping). Be the first kid on your block to have one. What a pretty color. The Duncan zebra pick ups & shark fin mother of pearl inlays finish this machine off nicely.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ashbory Rubber Band

This one is going on to my "to do" list right now. I'm officially on the hunt. It's about 2/3 the size of a Steinberger. The first one of these that I ever saw & demo'd was labeled as a GUILD. Most of them that I've see since are labeled as Ashbory or DeArmond. John Schwartz from Emerald City Music in Coon Rapids had ordered one in for stock to retail around '85, & couldn't wait to get me behind the wheel to show it off. I was blown away by the responsiveness of the pick-up against the tubular rubber strings. This atrocity was an amazing piece of break through design technology, & sounded better than most of the basses that I'd ever heard. I think they retailed around $429 at the time.