Thursday, August 10, 2017

BOOMER ALERT the National GA97T - one little fun amp!

If you are a Baby Boomer you probably recall your first practice amp options to of been from the Sears Catalog.  Something made of Melamine like a Sears 5XLGA410 by Gretsch (BION), or a Silvertone 1482 if you were lucky.

Sears 5XL

Gretsch GA410

Silvertone 1482

Some were bonafide tube amps. Some were early Solid State transistor technology. Others were FET Transistor technology like the National GA97T.  The "T" stands for TREMOLO btw.


FET stands for FEILD EFFECT TRANSISTOR.  What is the difference between a traditional simple old regular transistor and a FET or even a MOSFET? Well, it's complicated.  Here is a very good read on the differences if you have a minute.
 good read
Regardless of the type of transistor in the National GA97T the secret to the tone must be the tremolo and how it sings through the little 8" Pioneer speaker.  LOL

 buy this one

 Art Diffusion

Thursday, July 6, 2017

RARE MIJ GIG Branded Explorer Rocks Don't let this one Runaway!

So you have studied your licks and you can shred like a Sharp Dressed Man (or Woman).  You have either a Matsumoku MIJ Explorer Aria Pro II, Vox, Ibanez, or Takamine on hand and are ready to Rock. Everything is just right....

But, can you handle the GIG? 

Ever heard of the GIG?

The GIG is a RARE 80's Japanese ZZ Explorer shaped (most likely) Matsumoku Plant build shredder.  It's hard to find any information on the GIG Brand name.  Try searching for Japanese Gig guitar.  It's a tough search.  Who knew back then the Internet would come about right?

From the looks of the head shape and some of the GOTOH parts. One would surmise the GIG is in the family of the ARIA PRO II ZZ, Takamine, or other members of the Ibanez family tree.

Aria Pro II ZZ 

Takamine ZZ 

The lovely Lita Ford and an Ibanez Explorer

Pardon the Pun but can we call this the "Raria" (rare Aria)?

Now let's ROCK a little bit.

Billy, Dusty, and Dean

Lita and Hamer

And party like it's 1999!

Dez Dickerson and a ?

Don't let this one Runaway!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

60's Bruno Royal Artist with rotating pickup WEIRO CITY

Ever hear of Bruno guitars?  If not that is OK since there is not much info on them out there.  Other than the C. Bruno Company in the States that seems to of been around a while.  In the early day, they produced Parlor Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos, and quite a few other odds and ends.

In the 60's they imported guitars from Japan.  C. Bruno is probably better known for importing the Ventura brand.  As well as, for being bought out by the Kaman Company in 1971.  Who could forget the Martin knock-offs?

Also, the Barney Kessel Guitorgan or Epi/Aria inspired hollow bodies, the violin, and classic shape designs. They were probably more of the  post1971 era, after the Kaman Company took over.

AGC's man in the field stumbled upon a lesser-known Surf Shaped Bruno model oddball recently.  After searching endlessly, nothing has come up on this particular model (the Royal Artist LG135 T) with 3 pick ups.

The neck pick up rotates by hand.  Where one can position it in any way they so desire.  

And the banana head is something reminiscent of a Schwinn or Huffy.

The only similar info that seems to pop up is The Guyatone LG120T.

It seems to have a few more variations upon the design.  

Which might make one think: what came first the chicken or the egg?
Get that LG 135T Royal Artist Here!