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1960s Japanese Norma in Red Sparkle

This is a late 1960s Japanese-made Norma in sparkle red. Norma was started by Norman Sackheim in 1965. Sackheim started importing Japanese guitars to Chicago from a manufacturer called Tombo. The designs of the guitars were based on the Italian guitars made by companies like Goya …

John’s BC Rich Warlock

We had John’s BC Rich Warlock with a Widow’s Peak headstock here at the studio for years. Hated to see it go, but as John so eloquently commented – it deserves to be played.  

The Fender Telecaster – Simple Perfection

The Fender Telecaster is a legend. It’s working-man’s royalty among guitars. It has been, and still is, played by some of the most influential musicians of all time. You see Teles played customized by players (hot rodded), and you see them played by the greatest guitarists …

1964 Teisco Del Rey MJ-2L

We have a brilliantly playable 1964 Teisco Del Rey MJ-2L, dated with the information provided at TeiscoTwangers.com (great site!). This guitar is super cool looking of course (as most of these 60s Japanese guitars are), but it is also as wonderfully playable as any nice guitar should …

1991 Rickenbacker 330 Fireglo

The Rickenbacker shown here in this post is a 330 Fireglo made in their home factory in Santa Ana, California in January, 1991. It’s a beautiful guitar just to look at for sure. And it has the unmistakable Ric sound. You can go either jangly Beatles …