If Picasso ever could have met Les Paul or Leo Fender, the outcome could have been Wandre Guitars. Wandre started by the Italian guitar manufacturer Antonio Vandrè Pioli who made guitars famous for their original shapes, aluminium necks and unique switches.
The guitars were originally designed and manufactured from 1957 to 1968 by Pioli in Cavriago, Italy. Very small production numbers were made, which makes these guitars very limited. Although mostly named Wandre, some guitars by Pioli have appeared under other names such as Framez, Davoli, Dallas, Avalon, Noble, Lipsky. Here is one of those from my collection, made in 1959. Despite its odd appearance, the guitar plays remarkably well.
Here a Gibson Les Paul Custom, Black beauty 1970s
Here a custom 22-fret single cutwaway PRS guitar, PRS Single-cut Custom 22 in a Tigereye finish, made in 2015. Good grade guitar with fine finished cap. When playing it i like a Les Paul type and versatile guitar that handles easy and has a smooth flattish rosewood neck. The fretboard is fairly plain with abalone bird markers, and the PRS Signature is place in abalone in the head stock. The 2 Tone/ 2 Vol arrangement is complemented with a 3-way selector switch for neck, bridge and midway position, and additionally coil tapping is stock on this guitar too. An interesting details is that the guitar was originally marketed for the US market only as stated on the back of the headstock.
Here we have a another Gibson Flying V2, an 1980 model of the same experimental design V2 design. Also here the boomerang shaped Tim Shaw inspired pick ups.
Generally, the V2 model has the general shape of previous Flying V’s but the V2 sported a 5-layered sculptured walnut and maple body. Initially these guitars came in either Maple or Walnut for the top & bottom layer known at Gibson as the “Sandwich”. This model is less pronounced “Walnut” than the other V2 in the collection but nevertheless a great guitar.
Also here Vol/Tone Knobs were placed off the pick guard, and with a Pearl Gibson logo. Two solid brass 5/8 studs known as the “Sustain Sisters” and an ebony fret board with low and fast frets.
Here we have a Gibson V2, an experimental design V model, loosely based in the original 1967 V reissues. One of the Tim Shaw inspired designers after her arrived at Gibson in 1978, one of the designs along the then newly designed E2 Explorer Guitar and aptly named V2. The general shape of previous Flying V’s was retained by Gibson, but this V2 sported a new 5-layered sculptured walnut and maple body. Initially these guitars came in either Maple or Walnut for the top & bottom layer known at Gibson as the “Sandwich”. The Vol/Tone Knobs were placed off the pickguard, and a Pearl Gibson logo was put on the black headstock. Two solid brass 5/8 studs known as the “Sustain Sisters” were fitted into the body to anchor the “Tune-o-matic” Bridge along with a brass nut and brass “V” shaped tailpiece for sustain. Like this 1980/1, from 1979-1981 these models used the “boomerang” humbucker pickups that were designed to sound like single coils with lower noise whereas later in 1982, the pickups were changed to the “Dirty finger” pickups. The V2 with case retailed for US$1,199 in 1979, Gibson’s 3rd most expensive guitar. Allegedly only 157 V2’s were shipped in 1979. Besides the high price, some players complained about the non-traditional sounding humbucker pickups and the weight of the guitar. Despite all the non -popularity this guitar sounds cool and can do either grungy and smooth clean etc, the neck is quite slim with Ebony fretboard. Rock and blues are the diet for this beast in clean or overdrive over my Hughes and a Kettner.