Crazy About Guitar and Guitars !

This Site Is For The Semi-Pro/Week End Warrior/Hobbyist/Collector

Hi and Welcome !!

 I have run this web site since 1998. Had had a few problems with money (this is non profit) and the web company that runs this and has been updating to stay on top of technology. This site is about US! The everyday go home after work. Go to your bedroom/basement/ if lucky a practice room and just play you guitar. AND hopefully play out here and there. I created this site for you (and me).
   This information will be added below and be repetitive. Most of all !!! If you disagree with what I write then write me back. I would rather have you pissed off and calling me a so and so than sit there and be silent about how you feel! Again this is your site. We need your opinions to be heard and this is a way to have that happen. (--Don't be too long winded on your reply. I have that job-being long winded - covered)
Today 11-21-17
  Here is what I have ordered from China.
Did You Know ?--Gibson is closing down. Best as I have heard from close people in the business. This site has been about watching out about Chinese Replica guitars. My God have they become better than close. 
 I just polished several of my pride and joy collection pieces. My $5,000plus Les Paul Elegant and My Les Paul Florentine. That is the first model of the Les Paul ES--series. Before they thought the idea might work fifteen years later. Yea--I wonder why they are shutting their doors. Stupid is as Stupid does!

Please read below--BUT!--I had to add I just bought a Tascam 24 Track Digital Recording Studio. We are talking around $600 dollars. I own several recording devices. Some supposedly way ahead of there time and a few old digital computer programs (say year 2000) and one of my favorites--an old Tascam cassette four track (still works) and was used for my old band's CD for bars to check out. "Also" have one of the first fancy BOSS BR-8. Digital recorders with a  slide in hard drive that has a total recording time of 20 minutes. You buy you learn! So bear with me as I up date this web site.

This Site Is About Us Not Me. The truth from day one that I started this in 2009.

Okay--Below was written two days ago 7/24/18 and Thank You for taking a look and write me about any ideas!


Wow !! Have been working on this site since 2008 or 09- Had a lot of companies send me equipment for a few years and then the economy went to it's lowest point. I still have opinions on those products that were sent. These products are still relevant--- EMG--Ernie Ball -- Seymour Duncan--Eastwood Guitars. I have more and my opinion on what they were selling and are selling now. They have had advertising here for ten or more years. Every product they have sent me is still "RELEVANT". They still have the same products and they all are the best that I have worked with --"Except" what I bought in the late 1970's and still have them.
   How about a Ross Phasor with an MXR turn button (the EVH model but the real thing) or a ROSS Flanger?? Had to pull it out to spell it correctly. 1959 Gibson ES-345-stereo Natural. It was given to me and was asked to pay back what it was worth after I replaced parts. Well. $600 dollars later and rewiring it I took it to a Gibson Representative in 1996. Estimation of worth $96,000. Paul Rivera Sr. signed the inside. His name and date --1972-
 So!!  There is a ton of reading and me rewriting this site. I have become a sort of expert on Chinese Replica guitars. (every one hates this) Now Gibson is going to send their main line there. They bought the Baldwin piano company there in (around) 1996. Ephiphone has been there since then.
 Okay start reading and learn.

 I have a ton of information to update. This might take two or three years.
Lastly I have not made any money off this site. The products sent to me were a #2 products-- If I could make a few dollars of of it--Honestly, I wonder where we could take it. This your site and mine. Please read as I up date all of this and know I really am into this to the point of what I call "Stupid"! Just being honest.
  Take Care and Be Safe.

I still need to update my contact info--
That information is critical I need to know. Good or Bad I want your thoughts. I have to keep this honest!!!
  3-4-18--Okay back to what I had written
Sorry. I just wrote a three paragraph explanation of my history here and what I believed. I just found a video that honest to you know who backs up all my beliefs--which  I wrote on here ten years ago. Please follow the entire video and the read on through this "Wonderful web site (humor). Hey, I really give a D*mn about this. I now own forty three guitars. This is not a game! -- This is my life!-
Please read on and know you are not alone about being a guitar nut!!!
After seeing the video everything from here on will make a lot of sense. Please copy this web address. This stupid site will not allow me to let you to click on it.
copy-- and send to search or just click on it.
    You ready. This will be a Les Paul with a 60's neck and the head stock will say Gibson w/split diamond inlay on the head stock. Ready?? Hope I am. 

UPDATE : 1-18-18---  I received this guitar and the finish is like a mirror. Neck perfect. Fret work once again perfect. The electrics are the usual Chinese cheap. The pick-ups have no adjustment screws on the top of the pick up. I am replacing them with the Earl Slick Humbuckers. Another review coming. These come from but a lot of small help full equipment from them.
   Just a reminder for readers I own seven real Les Pauls --Three at six thousand each. My main Les Paul  for playing out has been the first Chinese replica I bought. Check the "Chinese Mind page". That has been my main play out guitar for close to seven years with a Gibson Les Paul Classic 1996 as back up with a Eastwood guitar (sent to me) as another back up (unbelievable replica ) . I upgraded the first two with America electronics and pick ups. The Eastwood I did nothing with. I didn't have too!

Original thought's---- WOW--WOW--WOW-We will see. This one was $428 if I remember correctly. To my door--Free Shipping.

You know the only guitars the Chinese are not replicating very much are PRS. I have seen them. But? Maybe the quality is just a tad of a touch too much.

Update 3-2-18

I have upgraded the triple pick up Chinese replica Les Paul. I used G.F. Slick pick ups. This guitar is a beauty. I am working with a local band to find out how all these guitars are sounding. Might even be playing out. Stand by for pictures. You would not believe the quality of the guitar and finish. You will see. This is 3-2-18. I will upgrade with photos this weekend and photos of one of my real Les Paul's the EMG sent me the ZAK WILDE pickups. I am rewiring them because I think I did not wire then correctly. Tone nobs don't work. They have sounded great but I believe they should blow me away with the quality of this guitar. Again results to come this weekend.

Update : I saw a you tube video on PRS's. Guitar came in beautiful. But as you know these guitars take some up-man-ship. Here is how they work--New strings--possible new bridge--New pick ups--Tone and volume controls plus condenser and correct to a real guitar we are used two. Okay--maybe $300 from guitar fetish. SO-- you have paid maybe $330 to your front door plus $300 out of pocket. If you can do it yourself. Bottom line Maybe!!!---$700 to $800 total price. compared to $4,000 to $6,000 or $800 plus or minus for their SE model and then upgrade.

  Okay enough of this rant for today. Last Paragraph was from last time an still pertains. How ever I read an article on one of the four guitar magazines I subscribe too. The writer usually does an article on guitars that are weird and out there. His article of the Chinese Replica's was so "guitar racist" I was blown away. I promise I am going give this guy HELL!!!!. It is okay that most other manufacturers to use out of the USA manufacturers. Say Fenders history with Chinese/Korean/India/ and on and on. How about Made In Mexico. This guy wrote in the article he was so upset with the replica he felt disgusted and destroyed the guitar to feel better. This writer is going to be ripped a new ass-hole by me. The problem is where to start. Because he is total Ass-Hole! This should be a good adventure for all of you and me!

Okay--There you have an update. I am in touch with Awesome Guitars. My God do they come up with "amazing--tone shaping" equipment.

Say Tuned! This should be good !!!


I received this guitar a while back now. I would add to the ideas below--NEVER by and SG style from China. They just don't have it together. This guitar should be considered a baritone because of it's length. Absolutely beautiful and built perfect. Heck I dropped this on the floor and it cracked but is still way playable and the damage hidden. This guitar weighs around eight pounds. Very--Very well made. I still had to replace tone pots,strings--the usual. The Bigsby copy tail piece is very close. This guitar is stunning and anyone in an audience would swear that guitar is a $6,000 beauty! I am extremely happy.


Older paragraph--

Here are some pictures of an SG Custom Three pick-up. Absolutely beautiful more to come. This weekend I will get these pictures up to 2017 Speed. Hang on. If your into this as I am--I swear it will be better or almost better than sex. (and maybe cheaper if you follow my idea's. Mind you I am single!!! (six years)

Head stock of the Chinese SG. Just hang close for this week-end 7-29 2017. !!! Picture and explanation this coming week ending 7-31-2017.


I hope you are a new reader. I have had this site going since 2008! I pay for this myself. This was very hot in the guitar community for around six years. Then Life--Family problems/health/the economy kept new walls up to make this site work But today beginning of March 2017-- I am going to put the effort back into this--Your Site and My Site! My past readers and members (which cost's nothing to you) have attempted to hold on through the tough times. So !!  Again as of 2017 March  --We--You and Us are still here . If this is your first experience looking at this I hope you get the point I designed this tho be our site. I will be up dating this site from today. If you have a problem write me "Or" put it on the Forums page. If I make you mad and you want to write to say what a goof I am--GOOD! This is your web site to make a difference. I have to take out a few advertisements to get this site back to 1200 hits a day and/or more. (at my cost).  I probably make less money than you-so this is an honest labor of love about a musical instrument.

Okay From the very first paragraphs here you go and I welcome you! How satisfying to have another person on board.---Here you go from 2008 through 2017 and still to this first paragraph. How cool. Please add your information the the forums page.

 Also during the time this site has been on line we have lost a couple partners/brothers. One was called the blues traveler. He passed on. When I needed someone to light the fires under our readers/members butts I could write him. He would put some idea on the forums page and that page would come alive with members giving their point of view. I really miss his input. We need some of you to take up that huge hole in this sites soul. We will always miss his thoughts and entertaining point of view.

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TOO KNOW FROM What I started in 2008-- 

I  designed this site to be for "You and me" or just plain "US" ! This is your site or our site. When companies send equipment it is not to the main public but to we the small people. If you have a chance to become a small time popular band-- people will buy what you are using and these companies make a lot of money with your success. If you know how the game works write these companies when they send something for me to check out--Thank them for taking you and this site seriously. If you write them about where you read an honest review you help all of us "Normal" players. In my opinion you should write and say thank you for helping us the regular guitar buying public and giving a "Darn" about us!!! Just the truth !

So here is the first paragraphs:

    I give out information and hidden tricks I have learned in the past forty-eight years or so  of playing guitar.  I started this site in 2008. The idea behind this is if you are going to buy equipment how do you get your moneys worth. When you do not have a lot of money to spend--what equipment works for "On The Cheap"  If you are going to spend five grand {more or less} I will try to point you to guitars or guitar equipment that keep their value if not increase in value with age. Over the years I have been lucky finding and buying my fairly extensive collection. Some pieces considered "vintage' which I bought brand new. I guess that makes me archaic. I give my opinion from a point of view that most guitarists have -- From a players point of view. Not a guitar magazines approach. The articles that show how the band struggles to stay together in a half a million dollar coach -- I meant Bus.  I just read how Buck Cherries guitarist survives

 Most of us are what I and a few others call a weekend warrior that has to be at work Monday morning.  In my band we know what a weekend warrior is all about. Mind you we "need these famous players" for any tricks and equipment reviews--plus  new idea's and if at all possible help. Also what manufacturers really understand about the economic woes we have been in and want your business. We still spend money and we still make up the back bone of music industry's income.

Since 2008 very little has changed! Gibson finally figured out the country financially was in trouble and start offering guitars at a more affordable price. They now have raised prices to a rediculas price. Although they have really came out with some pretty guitars that perform like you would expect for the money and a little more in product performance. Company's like Seymour Duncan, EMG, Eastwood Guitars, Dean Markley and  Most of all I wish to thank Teye from TEYE He has always taken the time to reply to any E-mail I have sent with-in a day. That is Class in this business. He has disagreed and then come back to say " I think you might be right." Thank you my on line friend !!! and of course others that have contributed have continued to help because they want your business.  I erased everything on this site that did not sound like I was the common guitar player-- or as I like to call us "The Basement Players" for the guitar community. After working this site with only the money I make in the private sector, I still kept going forward. I am really trying to re-build this site with o9ut upsetting the good manufacturers. I still hold on too what I wrote below** What I believe is still in the paragraph below and I will not let you the readers down. Sounds really corny or fake--but the Emails I have received over the years now have been overly on the main idea of this site. So read below what I wrote  in 2008. In this year of 2016 I do not believe I have gone wrong with what you and I want. ---------------------------------------------------------------- This may become long winded as you read through. Please understand the love of the guitar--the music-"finally playing a song you love". So much work and so much Love Even if you become Good or Suck at it twenty/ forty years later--It is still a lot of fun.---------------------------------------


As for me-

 I started learning guitar in the early 1960's. My first guitar teacher was Rusty Young whom went on to be in POCO!

 POCO -- Rusty Young

I have tried to contact him but to no avail - Good thing. I was probably one of the worst students he every had ! Also, that was probably 1964. I doubt he wants to admit having a student so far back. But, I do remember those day's with a really cool dare I say "fond' memory's. He was honestly cool before both of us knew what it was !

Here,  I am so many years later and still playing hard. I actually became  an accomplished guitar player. Then the double edged sword. The problem of finding other musicians at your level of play.

The point of this site is that you and I are the same. We will keep playing "AND" buying equipment until you or I die.

I designed this site to be for "You and me" or just plain "US" ! This is your site or our site. When companies send equipment it is not to the main public but to we the small people. If you have a chance to become a small time popular band-- people will buy what you are using and these companies make a lot of money with your success. If you know how the game works write these companies when they send something for me to check out--Thank them for taking you and this site seriously. If you write them about where you read an honest review you help all of us "Normal" players. In my opinion you should write and say thank you for helping us the regular guitar buying public and giving a "Darn" about us!!! Just the truth !


I have been attempting to update this site for on and off for a while. This Company has stuck with me through all the market changes  Finally the guitar market or technology is catching up with where it should be. 11-2017 The owner/CEO/ to me a friend -- He (Thomas)has come off as a real person. On the phone he knows his products. He has stuck with me and US for ten years or so and has faith in what I write "And" what my readers think. One of the ideas we attempt to figure out is how to advertise honestly at an affordable price. Any ideas from a fellow musicians and readers that might have merit -- we always need your ideas!
Back to one of the original paragraphs.

This site is  our ( AND DAM IT I MEAN THIS)  our site as I see it. For the everyday guitar product buying person. This site is about "all" guitars and guitarist's.  I started building this site in 2008. There is a lot of information. The input of members and readers has been astonishing to say the least. Check the forums page and please add more. Highly entertaining and informative. You input is so important. Also, I am not an "English Major". I am a guitarist. Sometimes my spelling or how I write is not at collegiate levels. I hope you can understand this short coming of mine. So, tell your musician / guitarist friends about this site. The site slowly is becoming

Again older paragraph below:

Here is the new news--I just bought another Gibson fake/replica and it surpasses Gibson's usually building quality's. (Maybe not the Custom Shop) The electrics had to be replaced and the hardware- But for three hundred bucks to you front door how can you argue. I really wish GIBSON would write and say get your butt down here and tell us what the heck your talking about. I own well over twenty five thousand dollars in Gibson guitars. I am a Gibson fanatic and This replicas are making me sick with their quality!

   I know more about these replicas than most everyone. If you believe you have a problem contact me.

 An amazing change has happened in the quick link area. Here is what I used to have on here and there was nothing wrong with this. But, times have changed.

This/below is an example that is no longer working but good information for you.This was a paragraph that was in line on this page. As I have written, I am here to say the truth and make you beware of what is going on in the world wide web area. Hopefully I look stupid and you knew this a long time ago.


"Remember" as I said this site is for US! If you have any comments or helpful advise Put it on the Forums page. I receive hits from people whom Google for information on guitars/amps/Etc. This leads the person to comments on the forums page. When you put your advise/experience/opinion on the Forums page it really counts as legitimate information. If you have a question? No question is too stupid! Put it on here! That's how we / I learned. The Forums page has turned into a very unique information index. Companies have sent me products to review. When I review a product it takes six months and I put the product through real world playing out and practice situations. Not some guitar magazine review of the month. When you put the money out for an expensive product you want to know how it hold's up and really works with different types of music. That is what I do. I


Below still holds true for the replica Res Paul I bought and is still on the "Chinese Mind page"

 I received the guitar almost a month age The electrics are close to the real thing --  No flaws in the paint. The inlays are mother of pearl. The clear coat is so thick it looks to be an inch thick. Neck is very wide but to a shredder it would be heaven. The bigsby end piece is absolutely perfect if it isn't a copy it is really close.

 On the 1968 Les Paul copy I bought around five years ago and put on one of the pages here.I wrote that it is a dead giveaway as for the thickness of the white trim around the head stock -- No Longer true!  It used to be 3/8ths of an inch thick. Now it is right on with thickness and appearance. Tuning keys say"Grover" and they act like the real thing. Problem is with the Bigsby end piece and the tuning keys I really think those companies are sending the real thing. Has me honestly worried about other products all of us are buying.



Older News

Awesome-Guitars has sent their tone multiplier for review and have kept in touch about how important they believe their product is. The truth: I see is their product is so good it eliminates the want for twenty guitars. I see a lot of guitar manufacturers fight this.

Take a look on the "Reviews of Products & Co." page. Plus They have informed me that there is a product coming which should be a game changer in guitar world. That was my comment two years ago. I have as yet to see this guitar. I have no doubt it is a s good as they say. Just "Where is it?'

I have lost photographs on here due to will take time to heal   Is the most honest Company I have run into to this date 2015


This guitar is now my take to a gig/session if I am not sure what music we will be playing. It covers a heck of a lot of territory with the tone multiplier!!!   Feb --2015


I have a huge amount of information on replica (fake) guitars. Please pay attention --  I in no way endorse the manufacture or selling of these. The information I gathered and provide is to help you from being ripped off buying one. The replica's have come shockingly close to the real thing. I figure if you have the information it may save you the mistake of paying several thousand dollars for a three hundred dollar guitar. This has happened to several of my readers. Talk about a heart break. Recently I noticed a replica Les Paul Supreme up for sale at a local music shop. They were asking twice what one costs on line. I gather it is okay to sell  a replica if you are informed that is what is is. Talk about a double standard. Nothing like being ripped off straight in your face.

2015 July-- Please refer to a couple paragraphs above.--- Thes is nold news.

I have ordered another replica A Les Paul Custom SG. Here are the pictures.  Check out my page on the 1968 Replica Les Paul I ordered five years ago. I own seven Les Pauls. That guitar is my go to guitar. I am going to contact several pick up suppliers about helping out. No doubt the guitar it self will be built to the same specs as Gibson. But the Pots for Volume and Tone will probably be replaced and the capacitors most of all. Her is what is promised.

 I cannot show the face because of advertising. Below is past updates more to come !!!

Update --- March 16th 2014 ---- I check this site everyday. Always trying to keep things edited and fresh here and there. Always paying attention to the forums page. Your experiences are invaluable to other players. Remember how you were when you started playing. There are a lot of young readers clear up to a couple I know that are in their seventies. It never leaves you. An example would be how do you hook up guitar to pre-amps to amplifiers. Your tricks might help a young player or even an older player. Put your thoughts on the forums page. There are a few members I would like to have at a round table discussion with. They have added numerous comments on the forums page over the years.
    If you want an insight too how I think check out my blog page. I try not to interfere with my take on things on the site. Except for the reviews page and maybe a few other places. This web-site is designed not to be about me. The site has come to the point where I have had to put some money into it. I am not below taking any donations. As I have not won the lottery -- Yet! Contact me if your feeling generous. Any donation goes to advertising to get the word out or web site costs.

UPDATE -- June 2013
---- I have been adding a large amount of information on rebuilding cheap guitars and make the instrument have tone and playability of the higher end guitars. Making a pawn shop guitar sound as good as a two thousand dollar guitar. I have had members of my band ask me "How much did you pay for that guitar?" Then shake their head and say "That is truly amazing". So, check out the Reviews of Products and More". I am trying to give out information on what is easy and what can give you a head ache. One of the reasons we do this is for what we get back out of it and/or the work you have put into it. Nothing worse {IMO} than putting in  hours of work into a project guitar then to find out you accomplished very little. If my written  guitar experience works and can help you dodge a few bad plays then "Hooray!" for all of us.
         I am also working on a new page of why I use or have used certain equipment. With my reasoning for doing what I have done.  I have played in a Classic Rock and newer Country style dance band for the last ten years. Playing at local taverns, weddings, out door Motorcycle People style gigs close to every week end for ten years has put my equipment through the real test. Doesn't hurt to look at it and maybe pick up on one of my ideas.

UPDATE: Oct. 2012 -- I am about to do another attempt to make people aware of this site. I am working on new advertising. I make no money off this site. It is all heart and soul and my pocket book. The company I go through that supply's this web-site's format has gone over board on helping me. So much that so that I have been shocked. I bet someone plays the guitar in management. Has too.
   As always stayed tuned. If your not a member please join. The more people the more what this site say's matters.
MORE UPDATE This is for the new readers. I started this site five years ago and try to keep it updated. There is a large amount of information to look after. If you can become a member. It is free. I send out E-mails once in a while. Mainly to remind members to keep adding their thoughts to the forums page. Which is a great area for information and humor. I hope you enjoy this site and want to join. I have put a lot of heart and soul into this and have been rewarded with some really cool E-mails to me. Thanks to all that have taken the time to write. Good and bad.

I started this site Nov. 26, 2008. As of Christmas Day Dec. 25, 2008.
I have not regretted one-second of starting this site. In fact I wish I had done this years ago. This is in thanks to all the readers and members whom have told me to keep up the good work.

                            I will not let these people down!

BTW--Thanks again, to all of you that have E-mailed me with compliments about this web-site. Your E-mails help keep me on track and really centered. That I really have helped the guitar community. [11-30-2010]  I may never make the obituary section in any of the guitar magazines --but --  I personally feel I have helped the guitar community and have made a difference. That is why I push you readers to take action. You should get a really great feeling knowing your helping other players. If you have a point of view put it on the "Forums" page.

       December 2013 -- This is important!   I look at this site several times a day. Some articles are getting older but still relevant. If a music company sends me a product for review--this means they understand that this site is read by the everyday consumer [you].  I really suggest you let them know your appreciation for helping us on this web-site. If you don't E-mail or call them they have no idea you are paying attention. Another way is to click on any link provided on this site.  This will show up on there information page as coming from this site. If you think the product is terrible still let them know how they are helping the music/guitar community by paying attention to this site.. Taking any action is only going to help you and us. This is one cause that what you do can honestly  make a difference. For once your opinion can make a real difference. All I did was to provide a platform or a guide line to help you take action.




Since 2008  

The Picture above is the apex of my collection. It is not an ES-Les Paul. These came out around 1996. They were called the Venetian Les Paul. Cost was $6,000. The store was something called MARS. They were going out of business. I offered $1000 cash. The manager came back twenty minutes later. Honestly-He was visibly shaking. He said "Okay, but you have to buy the case for a hundred dollars more." Guess what? Well I look at this guitar as my last Les Paul to play before I really do become old. Guess I had better get with it! Might be running out of time. I still have the Marshal 2000 and  a special Vintage 30's cab. You want to talk about an amplifier that GROWLS. I used to play bars with this and an amp called The Twin. A twin with a bad attitude !!! Still have that also. Weighs a ton. But My God the tone you get from both. I read Jeff Beck used the same back in the nineties. I still do!

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