This a 1991 G&L SC3, which puts it at the end of the “Leo” era G&L guitars (Leo passed on March 21, 1991). The body shape emulates the “S” style bodies of the past, but is smaller and has deep curves, so the guitar snuggles right up to you and wears very comfortably. It has a very thin neck and curved radius, so you can really get around on it, but folks with larger hands would probably not want to choose this guitar. It has Leo’s “MFD” pickups, which give it a very clear sound.
One interesting thing about this guitar is the feel of the neck. I know it’s a regular, thin maple neck, but it feels very stable and stiff. It also attaches to the body with 3 bolts as opposed the traditional 4, which would make you think that it would be less stable, but the joint is so tight it feels like one piece of wood. The fingerboard is a very nicely grained rosewood.
The guitar snuggles right up to you and wears very comfortably. It has Leo’s “MFD” pickups, which give it a very clear sound.
OK. The Fender Custom Shop Kingman. I’m waxing nostalgic on this one… it happens. At the beach surfing, the sand and the smell of the water, bikinis, big block V8s and tail fins… all run before my eyes when I look at this guitar. It has all solid woods, Engelmann spruce for the top, Mahogany back and sides with scalloped “X” bracing and a very cool Stratocaster neck with a comfortable “C” shape.
Top it off with Fiesta red nitro and rock and roll. Under the Rock and Roll looks is a really, really nice sounding “Hog” Dreadnaught. It has all the clear fundamentals and projection you would expect from a high end acoustic and the action is sweet. While I guess some folks may have an issue with it’s looks, I fall in the “love it” category.
It has all the clear fundamentals and projection you would expect from a high end acoustic and the action is sweet. While I guess some folks may have an issue with it’s looks, I fall in the “love it” category.
Today we look at the Augustino LoPrinzi guitar. This is an Augustino LoPrinzi AR-38. It’s spruce topped with rosewood back and sides. They are all solid woods. The guitar has a thin almost electric guitar feeling neck. It is a joy to play. This is a hand made guitar. It was built in Clearwater, Florida. It is an early Florida guitar since it has the old style headstock (non-original tuner keys) and label (signed by “Augie”).
The sound is rich with overtones. Fingerpicked, it has the mellow sound that you would expect from a rosewood guitar. Each note is rich in nuance. Flatpicking single notes delivers the same rich goodness. The guitar projects very well into a room. If there is a downside, it would be that when strumming vigorously the overtones can overpower the sound. I adjust my playing accordingly, letting each note sing it’s song. The chocolaty goodness and playability of this guitar makes it very hard to put down. This is a winner , no doubt.
The chocolaty goodness and playability of this guitar makes it very hard to put down. This is a winner , no doubt.
Hey, here’s an unusual one , the Tetomas guitar. This is basically a Japanese dreadnaught knock off. The lower bout is 15 and a half inches across. The scale length is 25.5. The neck is a very comfortable slight “V” shape. The label on this one says model W140. I have no idea when this was made. I acquired it in 1980 and it looked pretty well used by then. It looks like a spruce top and mahogany back. I can not tell if these are solid woods or not. The tone is bright and the guitar projects well. It’s not a beautiful finger picking sound, but for campfire jams, it’s more than adequate. I’ve played it at gatherings for friends and they’ve complimented the sound.
The tone is bright and the guitar projects well. It’s not a beautiful finger picking sound, but for campfire jams, it’s more than adequate.
Heritage builds some of the prettiest guitars around and this H-170 is no exception. The cherry sunburst has a nice aged center with plenty of MoJo. This guitar has a thin mahogany body, making it light and easy to wear. The double cutaways give you access to all the frets. Nice. The neck is mahogany with a shallow “C” shape. If you’ve played Gibson guitars, then the neck of this Heritage H-170 will be immediately familiar. There are two volumes and one tone control with a three way pickup selector. The unbound finger board is rosewood, again with very nice figuring. I found that the edges were somewhat sharp though. The pickups are Schallers. You can spot the Schaller humbucking pickups by their two adjusting screws. The combination of those pickups and the lightness of the body give this guitar a real cutting sound. Very bright. This is not a bad thing in a band where you are trying to be heard over the bass and drums, it just is what it is. Not really a blues guitar in my opinion. If you want to do the Rock-a-Billy thing with a 24 and ¾ inch scaled USA made guitar this would be a good choice.
If you want to do the Rock-a-Billy thing with a 24 and ¾ inch scaled USA made guitar this would be a good choice.