New to the collection a rare Peavey T-25 Sustanite prototype electric guitar, made in the US circa 1979. With 21 fret maple fingerboard with dot position markers, red finish synthetic body with two pickups and hard tail bridge, original Peavey hard case. This guitar is a unique prototype guitar with a `Sustanite` plastic and wood core body design, designed by chief designer Chip Todd. This model of guitar did not make it into production as the oil crisis had caused plastic prices to rocket, and would have been economically unsustainable. Furthermore, plastic injection moulding of the guitar necks proved also far from simple. Instead the T-series including the awaken T-60 guitar and T-40 bass, was put into production based on all-wood body design. In total there were 3 prototypes, one of each allocated to Hartley a Peavey, chief designer Chip Todd and the then head of Peavey Europe Distribution. This item is the latter. Details on this model can be seen in the treatise by Ken Achard – The Peavey Revolution, page 67 and onward. June 2013 this guitar was auctioned at Gardiner and Houlgate. Via a few previous owners it’s now at the Elite Vintage Guitars collection…..
Guild Starfire (1970), Bass II, Black finish.
New to collection, a rare black Guild Starfire Bass II. This bass is in exceptional condition with some natural lacquer checking. It lives in the original hard case and was maintained by Andy Demetri (a well-known and respected Luthier). As is the case for many Guild instruments of the early 1970’s, the neck is relatively thin and very comfortable. The frets are in great shape with very little wear. It plays very well and sounds great. The tone is full, smooth, fat, and thick. The Guild Starfire Bass II was popular with a number of high-profile bass players in the 1960’s, notably Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Interestingly, this model is the bass that got Alembic into the business of building basses after customizing Casady’s and Lesh’s Guild instruments. This bass has a centre block made from mahogany with a maple layer at the back. The hardware is original, with tulip-buttoned open gear tuners and a top-mount bridge using rosewood saddles.
Here a another unusual Gibson electric guitar, one of my two Gibson L5s Customs models. The L5-s, is essentially a solid body version of the Gibson L5 semiacoustic Guitar hence the -s suffix. Doubly bound, flattish body, kinda Les Paulish, slightly arched maple top with ebony. Similar to the L6-s, apart from the double sided binding and the Ebony fretboard with real abalone. The guitar is a masterpiece in Luthiery, as even the cavity backplate is made out of the matching wood. Originally designed as jazz/fusion guitar and kitted out with low impedance pick ups, as ell as a trapezoid tail piece, laterally it came with standard hum-buckers, and the tail piece was replaced with a fine tuning stop tail. This guitar packs a punch and is cool to look at also. The dimensions are similar to the Gibson Les Paul Recording. As this is a 1978 Model, the hard case is the plastic moulded chainsaw case.