Sunday, February 19, 2017

SoCal 2017 Vintage Guitar Shows, NAMM, and Action Figures


AGC's "man on the street" attended the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.  The show was astounding, to say the least.  It was filled with 4 floors of new gear and the players and makers of them.  Star-studded players and makers of them that is.  Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, Floyd Rose, Seymour Duncan, Stu Hamm, Stevie Wonder, and even Sinbad are just a few names seen making the rounds. There will be more posts on the NAMM 2017 soon.

      

For now, let's focus on the Vintage Guitar Show that took place just around the corner and one unique vendor.



One morning while eating breakfast by the hotel in Costa Mesa AGC's MOTS saw a sign for the California World Guitar Show taking place not too far away.  So off he went for another adventure.

It took place in typical Fairgrounds exhibit hall.  There were Car Shows and Gun Shows in the other halls.  Everything seemed pretty unassuming at first until the Fair was entered.

 

Right off the bat the first vendor to focus on was Joe Bonamassa and his Nerdville collection.  Just a regular guy signing a few autographs and peddling some gear.  50's Strats, 50's Les Pauls, and lots of Tweeds were at hand in fine condition. In all, it was the stunning high-end stuff Nerdville is known for.
  

The other aisles were filled with Amazing vintage pedals, amps, and guitars from various periods.
    

 
  



A vendor that stood out was Action Figure Studios of Santa Barbara. They had a few oddball guitars in impeccable condition.  Like a German Horugel and a few others that looked to be vintage but were not.  They were part of their own collection and branded with the name DOGU.




DOGU has an impressive vintage look.  Some models fall into the standard Tele, Strat, and LP style. Although, they seem to be modded or molded into unique versions of with the additions of PU configurations and the such.

 


The unique models like the KNOT FOR EVERYONE, THE STEVES, and THE FRETLESS are the most impressive. Each includes Gold Foil Pickups and Jaguar tremolos mounted on unique Surf Shapes made of quality wood.   Each guitar looks to be a unique piece of art and masterfully built.





Why stop at guitars? Action Figure Studios has amps too.  One that stood out is called IT'S ALL IN THE HANDS.  It looks to be part Hi-Fi, part T-Bird, and part Mid-Century Thrift Shop score.  A true testament/homage to 50's and 60's Surf Culture and Folk Art Assemblage.

    



INFO:


amp name:  It’s All in the Hands
serial number:      NA
date completed:  2016 
style: all tube custom (head only)
cabinet material: solid, finger-jointed poplar 
upholstery: custom, recycled fabrics
grille cloth: perforated metal
wattage: 30
tubes:
Initial preamp:      two 12AX7
     The Preamp section features the great Frenzel                   
     FM-DP1 'hot rod' preamp with two separate input
     channels for US and British tones, and a             
     classic three-band tone stack. Bright pull 
     switches are on the gain controls, and a deep
     switch on the bass, with a single overall 
     Master level control. Powered by two 12AX7
     tubes, custom changes to the Cathode follower
     stage make for clean, smooth and crunchy 
     output tones, and the variable line level out 
     jack gives 'bedroom' to club volume levels. 
Phase inverter:      12AX7
Output tubes:       new Tung-Sol 6V6
     The Custom built Power amp section is modeled 
     after Blackface Fender Deluxe AA763 circuitry, 
     with a vintage RCA 5Y3 rectifier, but using a 
     12AX7 as the phase inverter on a custom made 
     board.
Rectifier:              vintage RCA 5Y3

controls:     2 channel (“Marshall” and “Fender” voiced)
                            volume (each channel) treble, middle, bass, 
                            master volume, line out volume
effects:     n/a
speakers:      n/a – head unit only
dimensions:      20" wide x 9 1/4" tall x 9 1/4" deep
weight:      25 lbs
electronics, preamp, design, construction, and testing by Frenzel modifications by Terry Bower
power section design, construction, and testing by Terry Bower

  

If you are in the SoCal area look up them up.  If you'd like to endorse their products just get in touch (I'll take a guitar please). Who knows if you have what it takes?  Either way, this is a fine company to keep an eye on and they also do custom builds.

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