Friday, September 13, 2013

Farm Livin' is the Life for Me

Amy from "Amy & Adams" with her full size dreadnought Alverez, as seen at the Farmer's Union booth at the MN State Fair.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ventura Highway

Late 1970's Ventura  Les Paul "lawsuit era" Gison copy. Highly sought after rendition is owned by Chris Barth of Monroe WI. Block inlay, fully bound neck & inlayed head stock are just a few reasons these come off as desirable reproductions. Upgrade the pick ups & tuners & you would really have something here. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Limited Warranty

Dale Goulett's famous 1982 Strat now available here locally at St Paul's new Groove City guitars. You might remember this one from Ed McMahon's Star Search show in the 80's. Click HERE for another cool video of the band with their song "Hit You" & relive the famed new wave era. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Another cool axe from the Minneapolis based HAIRBALL show. ESP Edwards ES 100PR Replica of Prince cloud guitar. Gold hardware looks great on this one. Kris Vox    does a convincing impersonation of the purple clad artist formerly known as Prince. Check out a show & ask Kris about all his cool guitars. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The British are Coming

Nice little Les Paul studio with an english twist from Michael Paepke of Plymouth. Note the British flag pick guard. Austin Powers eat your heart out.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Take your Meds

I did a 75 minute outdoor set at Medina Ballroom on Saturday which turned out to be a good show once the storm blew over. Jake Scherer did an smoking opening set with his hip band New Medicine. Jake played this cool bound Fender Telecaster, & it proved to be a worthy companion that sounded great with a smooth overdrive. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Snake

This weeks photo is a killer custom snake bass that I received a while back on my Facebook wall from Chris Kinoshita. I love this one. The cool factor here oozes well beyond your typical custom guitar seen in Minneapolis .

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Jack Mansk pictured here with his killer custom 2011 white Les Paul. You can catch Jack doing his 80's thing on this cool axe by going out & catching a Brat Pack Radio show. Here's their website for show dates.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Let's Go Exploring

This wonderful 1976 Gibson Explorer is a very impressive vintage to find in this town. Proud owner Cuffy Parks shared this photo from his facebook page with us. Cuffy has done a lot of work recently with fave TC duo "The Soupbones". You can ask Cuffy about his other cool guitars by CLICKING HERE to see his performance schedule & track him down.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tisket a Tasket

A snake-skin BC Rich in a casket. TC veteran performer & collector Tom Schulz from Blaine generously shared this wild guitar for our Minneapolis Guitars site. It's a 1991 Assassin (gunslinger), but it's not the only snake themed guitar he owns. A cool anaconda finish like this makes it a good candidate for any rock video, but it's a great sounding guitar to boot. Note the angled pickup configuration & the stacked single coil in the neck position. A very versatile guitar indeed.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Back in Black

80's Harmony 2 pick-up Strat in Jet Black, recently acquired by Dylan Marcus of NE Minneapolis. This vintage axe has surprising low action, light weight, & unique tone. R O C K in the U S A.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Custom Jag

Twin cities long time entertainment icon Sherwin Linton shown here with a new custom version of the classic Fender Jaguar. They are a few strange variations of the classic Jag available now. This one features block inlay, bound neck & a smaller headstock. There are some switching variations also available on these Custom Jaguars. I've seen Sherwin perfom dozens of times with a 50 year old version of this axe, but sometimes in the entertainment industry you just have to go with shiny. Click here for the impressive Cotton Kings tour schedule. If you've got a few minutes CLICK HERE for his new release: "We Need a Lot More Guitars" & check out the extended killer dueling guitar solos at the end of the cut. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Vintage vibes a-plenty with really unique cowboy guitar dating back to circa 1950. I picked this one up in Burnsville last month while enroute to a show at the new High Five club. It came with the original case too, which is a huge bonus when you'vs got a guitar that dates back over 60 years. There's hardly any info on web about the Pablo Camille Video guitar; & the word video wasn't even invented til around 1937. This one's going to be available on Craigslist this week if you're in the market.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Kahler Strat

I snapped this photo of Ben Bantam while he was doing a show with Rockfist in Burnsville last year. You've gotta love the playability of a humbucking strat with a Kahler trem. Great guitar, great player, great band - 'nuff said.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I'd Rather Fight than Switch

I was contacted by Awesome Musical Instruments this past week to see if I'd like to demo their unique switching systems for pick up selection. The variety of tonal possibilities seems almost endless one you start flipping the switches. Wiring  kits or pre-wired pick-guards assemblies are available for your standard Gibson, Fender or Ibanez guitars. I was impressed by the vastness available products listed on their  website. Nice to see something new available for the recording sessions player. Visit them at:, be sure to check out their website thoroughly. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

All that Glitters

Dedazzled & bejeweled, this mosaic madness hails from Coon Rapids Home Goods store in Riverdale. This unique mirrored designer piece submitted by talented vocalist Dawn Delaney Wilson. What a cool strat.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Forte 4

These Spectors are among the most practical basses out there from the standpoint of sound & playability. The price range is reasonable considering the quality & longevity of the instrument, & they're just beautiful & sexy to look at. The Spector Forte 4s are known for their straight necks & ultra smooth body contours, & a crisp, clear output tone that can make a worthy player into a contender. The perfect combination of art & functionality come together in this beautiful new guitar owned by Chris Morehouse, currently performing with the popular twin city touring group Common Ground. This assembly of seasoned musical veterans has got the science of performing classic rock favorites down to an art.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Skippy's '63

Saturday March 9th marked Crocodile productions 27th bi-annual Musicians trade fair, & this spring it was held at the Eagan civic center for the first time. The civic center turned out to be a perfect venue for an event of this type, & I look forward to returning to Eagan again for these events in the future. The show yielded some great finds, & one of the vintage gems that seemed to be a cut above the rest was Skippy's 1963 Gibson SG with factory trem. This classic guitar still remains in remarkable original condition after 50 years on the globe. Just getting my hands on it osmosed vibes of greatness though my body to my spirit. Truly one of the finest axes at the show this year. Thanks for the picture, Skippy.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cool Breeze

Very sad here to be reporting the passing of Dave Brown, (Senders) one of my all time favorite twin city fronts. His energy & style were a powerhouse of inspiration to entertainers everywhere. This hep cat was like Dean Martin & Chuck Berry all wrapped up in one. I'll forever cherish the memories of our many gigs together years ago at the famous Whiskey Junction in S Minneapolis. His Cherry Gibson 335 with large fret marker inlays is a fine blues axe & served him well for many performances. Dave loved the electric hollow body Gibson guitars. His memorial service is being held today at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel in Minneapolis. Click HERE to view a memorial pictorial of Cool Breeze on YouTube. Dave will be missed by many, & remembered by the millions of smiles he left behind in his long  musical career.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tribute City

Happy St Pat's Day From Minneapolis Guitars. Viking Rocker's classic rock tribute show was a great success Friday night at Pickle Park. The featured acts Poisened (Poisen), Crown Jewels (Queen), & Top Jimmy (Van Halen) were all very entertaining, & as you can see by the photo's the guitars were all fairly authentic too. One of these axes has been previously featured on this website, but is so cool I thought it worthy of a repost. All these guitarists are top players & consistently perform stylistically authentic to give you a taste of the original artists.