Peavey T-25 Electric Guitar

American Made • Acoustic Guitars

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Vacation comes both to the worthy and contemptible.  While ability to produce this week’s article exists, deeply rooted summer lethargy blooms upon my imagination.  But all is not lost.  An opportunity for a roundup of recent posts presents itself.  A perfect time to spotlight American-made acoustic instruments!

A FEW WORDS ABOUT my favorite luthiers (more later this year!)

jayne henderson • luthier

wayne henderson ◊ luthier

Reviews of instruments from Jeff Looker’s Acoustic Vibes Music:

Bourgeois Guitars ◊ Lewiston, Maine

Collings OM3 ◊ Austin, Texas

Bedell Guitars ◊ Bend, Oregon

Weber Bitterroot Mandolin

Deering Vega® SENATOR Banjo

Acoustic Vibes • Tempe AZ

Just thought I’d mention these . . . 

Mid-1990s Guild Guitars

Vintage Peavey T-25 Electric Guitar

Vintage Peavey T-25 Electric Guitar

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T25 1YOU ALWAYS HEAR ABOUT the “Deal Of The Century”.  The one that got away.  The other guy got it.  You should have been here yesterday!  One cold Sunday, we showed up late to a yard sale.  Everything had been picked through.  But in answer to our questions, SURPRISE!  The owner pulls a dusty plastic guitar case from behind a bush.  Inside was what looked like the guitars we played in the ’80s.  Except that the foam lining had degraded into sticky sludge.   A colossal mess!

Neither of us knew what it was worth.  I offered the most we could walk away from, if the electronics were fried.   What if the decomposed foam lining could not be removed from the grain of the wood?

Hours of gentle cleaning with acetone, mild soap and water, steel wool, abrasive cloth, toothpicks, and Q-tips returned the gleam to this vintage treasure.  New strings vibrated forth a tone one associates with guitars costing five times the price.

An ash body again captivating one’s eye.  A maple neck ready for the musician’s caress, its high-crowned 18% nickel-silver frets practically new!  Humbucker pickups, with their very high output, again ready to cancel out noise and deliver forth the song of the operator.  Indeed, a rescued gem.  Now passed on to a young buck, about to start a Mid-West tour . . . . American Toolbox again helps to fulfill The Dream . . .