Jazz and Hollow Body Guitars
Sunburst. Serial No. G83. Original case. Inquire
Blonde FG 100
Serial No. F82. 70s Ibanez Jazz guitar. 16 inch lower bout. Like Gibson
ES-175. Original case included. Inquire
7-string Jazz Guitars
Charlie Hunter got a 7-string carved-top archtop thatwe made years ago.
Since then I've been creating various 7-string instruments. (From left)
The first one is a 330 thinline-style with Lawrence Blade humbuckers
$500. It even has a fancy ebony fretboard. A friend of mine
supplies us with the second one -- the double-cutaway. Fairly modern for
$450. The third, the most poppular in the stable is the big L-7
style with the floating pickup. We've made alot of these out of new/old
stock 60s parts. That one is $500. It comes with the Lawrence
A-400 pickup. The fourth one is excellent. I make it with a solid
rosewood neck and a tilted peghead. This provides incredible sustain and
tone. Its glued into a Honduras mahogany body. I use the Blade pickups.
An early historic example of when guitars went electric. This is a
thinline, hollow Gibson that went on to become an entire style of guitar
called the "330", "335", "355", etc. Its in very good condition, with one
old P-90 pickup and a primordial trapese bridge tailpiece, similar to what
you would find on the early 50s les pauls. I never liked them, but there
were some rationalizations for their design. It can be easily modified to
play more in tune. Comes with an old Gibson hard case for $1250.
Another version of our mini jazz guitars. This is one of the nicest ones
ever that was unearthed -- a mini full-scale length jazz guitar. Note the
1964 hang tag. $350
with beautiful rubyburst and floating Lawrence pickup. A typical
Fatdog guitar from the 50s. $400
Gene V with RMC electronics
Gene V with RMC electronics (full body view)
The custom request for the Gene V with RMC electronics system. It has
a Piezo bridge with individual saddle. Use it with a synthesizer
-- OR it has a really good acoustic sound. Blend it with the passive
Dunkmore Semen pickups. Its a very simple and tidy installation and has
a lot of control over the voicing and shaping of the sound. For an extra
note, we decided to go with an ebony pickguard (which I think we might start
including in all models). It gives a handsome and elegant touch. (The RMC
system is not as expensive as it would seem....)
Big Mama, Pops and Baby -- the nuclear family
Black Heritage 335 (left), used by T. J. Kirk ("the
John Schott and Charlie Hunter), playing Thelonius Monk, James Brown and
Roland Kirk on their guitars. $1000 The 3/4-size Ibanez -- Baby
335 (middle) -- passed around Berkeley for years. $550 Gibson's
big-time loser -- ES 325. This was a 70s dog, but in actuality, it
was a revival of a 60s USA Epiphone Riviera with hot Firebird mini-humbuckers
Big 17 inch (45 cm) version of the Gene V
Locking Gotoh Magnums. Roller Schaller tunamatic. $700.
Voss 60s f-hole with toiletseat and floating pickup
Silvertone archtop. Laminated sunburst top. Reset neck. $150
50s Harmony Patrician. Solid top. 16-inch jazz guitar with wooden
tailpiece. Very nice. $275.
Red Kay big hollow SG $325
50s Kay cutaway L-7 with Bigsby and two soapbars $600
Suziki blonde 60's solid top jazz guitar with cutaway. Fancy $600
Coronado copy. Fancy chrome control plate and tailpiece. Asymetrical
cutaways, Thinline hollow body. $200
FD-30: Subway's ES-330
60s NOS coral firefly body, long-scale six-in-line silvertone neck OR 3X3
rosewood heritage-style neck, 2 chrome P-90 pickups, tunamatic bridge, sealed
gears, ornate trapeze tailpiece. from $400
The FD-10. Mini-single cutaway jazz guitar, is usually dressed up
with P-90s, good gears and bridge. Its a great mini-jazz guitar, similar
to the Ibanez "George Benson" model -- or similar to the Guild
BluesBird -- but has a more 50's tone. It's actually a very high quality
instrument; this one has a five-piece neck. Simple and compact. One time
"The King"-- who's actually a real king -- Sonny Adé, was
visiting with us and spotted an FD-10, got that look in his eye and proclaimed:
"That was my first guitar when I was a boy!" I remembered seeing
in the old 60s EKO catalogues that they had a big distribution in Africa.
I have some great photos of King Sonny Adé with his FD-10; maybe
I'll put them up soon. Many players have bought these from us, and love
Purple Fawallesque gold hardware L-5 with Bigsby and whammy.
Thinline Trini Lopez Japanese replica. Elongated diamond 4 f-holes,
6-in-line peghead, two chrome soapbars and Bigsby. $350
Harmony Rocket with D'Armonds, humbucking size, six-in-line peghead
double cutaway $350
Red Harmony Rocket with Ric-style toaster pickups $350
Sunburst ES-330 replica with humbucker, high-tech gears and bridge.
Harmony Rocket with mini-humbuckers $350
Kay Kraftsman. Semi-hollow DBL. Cutaway-2, sealed gears. Tunamatic
bridge. Red. $250
Sherwood jazz guitar
Beautiful blonde 17" solid spruce top. Deco dressed Lawrence. A-400
pickup, good gears. 1951. $400 Good neck angle to drive top.
50s Silvertone. Rounded cutaway - L-7 size, 26" scale length.
Ruby sunburst, 2 P-90's, blues, jazzabilly, fast slim neck. $600
50s Airline, L-7 style hollowbody, cool original Inca silver finish.
2 P-90's. $750
Electra 60s Japanese 330 copy. Curly maple top and back, sunburst.
Kay ES-125 style. 1 humbucker. Sunburst finish, tunamatic bridge,
Tele® neck. $250
60s Espana--Vox ES-335 copy. Looks like huge Les Paul. Tunamatic,
sealed gears. Italian. Rocks! $300
60s Hagstrom Viking -- quality Swedish ES-330 copy. Six in line peghead.
Burst, 2 p-ups. $275
Po' man's Wretsch -- actually a rockin' axe. We upgrade the bridge to
tunamatic and Gotoh, Kluson or diecast gears. From $300. Many to
choose from with single or double cutaway.
60s Mini ES-125 copy. Japanese 2 single coil, sealed gears; Tunamatic
bridge. Black. $200
Silvertone, Jimmy Reed sunburst finish white p-guard and matching
60s Guild hollow Les Paul Bluebird thang. $600
60s FD-10. Favorite creation by Fatdog. Similar to George Benson
GB10. EKO. Small cutaway hollowbody with floating A-400 p-up, sealed gears,
tunamatic. Ruby burst; fancy binding. Guild Stairstep pickguard with 1 vol
60s Suziki 2 p.u. ES-125. Fatbody, sealed gears, tunamatic, red burst.
Three-way Tele® switch. Rock-a-billy. $200
60s Harmony Rocket. 3 p.u. D'Armond single cutaway, segmented f-holes.
Three-volume, three tones, 3 on/off switches. Sealed gears, tunamatic fancy
inlayed and board neck. $400
Big 17 inch (45 cm) version of Da Angel.
I want to offer Da Angel to all of you who want the forties and fifties
archtop sound without draining your Swiss bank account. For hollow bodies,
tone (to me) has always been a punchy, wide aperture single-coil in the
neck position. I'm offering vintage, new/old stock, genuine D'Armond pickups
on this art deco beauty. Its very zen with one volume knob on the stairstep
pickguard. It has a decent sound acoustically and a tremendous electric
tone that goes to the roots of electric jazz guitar voicing. Da Angel --
he's my Dude. Blonde, dressed in gold hardware, flame curley maple, back
and sides. Great for be-bop, blues, even schmoltzy jazz. $700 (Not
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Product Review: Fat Dog Da Angel
The past few years have brought us a pickle barrel full of fine quality
guitars at dirt cheap prices thanks in part to the evolution the CNC cutting
machine and the global work force.
by Ray Matuza
20th Century Guitar July 1999
What Mr. Fat Dog, proprietor of Subway Guitars in Berkeley, California,
has done is factor in the aforementioned, and with a synthesis of foreign
and domestic product, produced a line of archtop instruments based on the
L-5 body design. With this body design as the constant, different pick-up
types and configurations are the variables in the three models available.
The Da Angel features a laminated spruce top, 17 inch body with maple
back and sides. The 25-1/2" scale length runs along the maple neck
sporting authentic Grover Imperial tuners, bone nut and an "ebonized"
rosewood finger board.
To further the journey into jazzland, a N.O.S. DeArmond pick-up is suspended
from a bracket at the end of a finger board, much in the style of a Gibson
Johnny Smith. A singular volume control capped with a "Gibson-style
speed knob" sits atop the hand-fashioned art deco smoked plexiglass
Output is terminated at the tail piece end; not in an endpin jack, but in
a separate quarter inch jack above the strap pin. If you like using a thick
leather strap, I could see a potentially territorial problem between it
and your quarter-inch plug sticking out of the instrument.
To round out the 50-cent tour, the "aged" blonde acrylic lacquer
finish gives a classic look accented by the gold-plated hardware.
Predictably, Da Angel does not have the complexity and vibrancy of a solid
spruce top guitar, but I was quite surprised at its "au naturale"
volume -- loud! Tonal response was fairly consistent and even throughout
the instrument's range with good bass response due to the body size. The
neck has a Gibson feel with a slight chuckiness to it. Also, the nicely
crowned and polished frets made bumpin' through some Wes tunes a pleasurable
experience. However, I did notice the 6th fret lifting out a bit on the
Through a small garden variety of amps, the DeArmond single coil pick-up
had a nice clear tone reproducing the guitar's sound quite adequately. The
factory-equipped bronze strings gave a piano-like sound, even though the
difference in alloys created a slight imbalance between the first two strings
and the rest of the set. An instant solution came in the form of changing
to a set of nickel-plated steel round wounds.
The Da Angel offers an affordable way to dip one's toes into the jazz guitar's
waters. The ruggedly constructed instrument might also serve well where
safety or environmental conditions aren't exactly ideal. Could ya see Herb
Ellis, Mundell Lowe, and Joe Puma hangin' at the beach in their baggies
playin' these things? "Hey Herb, ya got the changes to....?"
Da Angel list: $700
Domestic hardshell case: $80
Other models available:
- Lowell (three P90s)
- Gene V (locking tuning pegs, Schaller roller bridge)
Reprinted from the July 1999 issue of 20th Century Guitar.
60s most weird EKO-like mini-mini ES-335, double-rounded cutaways,
Les Paul size red burst. 2 p-up pushbuttons. Longest whammy bar in the world.
10-incher, solid steel. NOS. $300
50s Jimmy Reed Kay blonde curley bad blues git-tar. Iceburg pickups.
Block inlays, Tunamatic, sealed gears. $400
60s 3 p.u. Kay Dormanmu flame 6-in-line peghead, sealed gears, tunamatic
thin ES-125, single cutaway. $300
60s X-tra gold-tone Harmony Patrician. Acoustic f-hole. Solid spruce
top; easy action. $225
60s Harmony Rocket, 2 p.u., single cut, sealed gears, tunamatic bridge.
70s Ventura 335 copy. No f-holes; rose wood-grained top and back.
Gibson crest copy. $275
The Gene V
I've been dreaming of his series of instruments for awhile. I love these
big fat blonde jazz guitars, but I like them dressed more for the 50s. So
we're offering three models: Gene, Lowell and 'da Angel. Here's a glimpse
of Gene: get your blue cap out and ROCK! Loaded with two P-90s, Bigsby-style
trem, Schaller tunamatic roller bridge and Gotoh locking magnum gears --
for those dudes who really want to yank their thang. The magnums have a
piston in the shaft that locks the string -- you basically get half a
around the post when the thing's in tune. So wanking and yanking won't wack
it out of tune. The other model -- Lowell -- will have 3 P-90 soapbar pickups,
a master tone in the cutaway, three volume knobs in a line, and a fancy
art deco tailpiece. This will be a great blues guitar in the tradition of
T-bone Walker and Lowell Fulsom. Now for 'da Angel. We're gonna go the for
art deco with a tailpiece and stairstep pickguard. There will be one genuine
D'Armond pickup mounted to the end of the fretboard -- floating -- and a
volume knob on the pickguard. This will be more of a zen jazz guitar. You
can play smoltz on it that will have your grandmother exclaiming:
She'll even miss her Arthur Godfrey Show to hear you strum a little concert
for her. Here's the super good news: 7 bills each. Not $7000 -- but
The final touch on all three models will be a faux pearl inlay -- FatDog
-- in the peghead. Finally, the FatDog brand will have a guitar who's styling
deserves sporting the FatDog label. They will be in a blonde and gold tone
finish. Of course we'll have custom permutations of the appointments --
bridges, pickups, tuners, etc. One guy has already put his name in for one
black P-90 by the neck.
50s Kay hollow body.Arch top, sunburst. No cutaway, 2 p-ups; sealed gears, tunamatic. $300
60s Silvertone L-7 style 26" scale length. 2 soapbar p-up's;
sunburst blues Jazzabilly thang. $600
Gretsch 1963 Anniversary w/D'Armond p-ups. Sunburst. Gretsch hardtail
thumbnail inlays. $1000
Kawai 60s small 2X cutaway, 2 single coil p-ups. $150
50s Kay Archtop. One p-up neck position; no cutaway, sealed gears,
Tunamatic bridge sunburst. $225
Subway Silvertone Longhorn Archtop sunburst. W/2 humbuckers, sealed
gears and tunamatic bridge. $300
No-Name Japanese ES-330 copy. Sunburst, sealed gears. $200
7-string Jazz Guitar
L-5 size, big Florentine cutaway, sunburst, multiple bound body. Lawrence
A-400 Johnny Smith-style floating p-up with active EQ preamp in shoulder.
Special machined trapeze tailpiece. Available with a number of custom
of electronics systems. $500
70s Kawai L-5 copy. Sunburst, 2-P-90s, sealed gears, Tunamatic bridge.
Big L-7 size Japanese jazz guitar with 2 soap bar, Like old Gibson.
60s Wretch Gent. Walnut and gold. $1400
40s Epiphone "L-7" 1 p-up, sunburst $1400
Old Kraftsman 1950s . 17" jazz guitar. Black and white,
stroboscopic binding, floating pickup, fancy hardware. $400
30s Kalamazoo Cromwell L-50 archtop. Real fancy bindings and inlays.
Old sunburst, similar to 30s Kalamazoo. $400
All-black Harmony Rocket with P-90s. $350
I've always loved these guitars; they have a carved spruce top and the real
sort of 50s jazz guitar look. To me, its similar to a Gibson L-4C, but I
like the rounded cutaway even more. The peghead has a fleur-de-lis inlay
in a Brazilian rosewood veneer. The f-holes are the segmented three-piece
f-holes, one of my favorites. The 16-inch body gives you a very well-balanced
sound with good mid-range, along with treble and bass. Of course, the D'Armond
pickup, floating on the end of the fretboard, is one of my favorite pickups.
It has a great sound; it picks up a little of the acoustic sound of the
body, also. I string the guitar with medium bronze strings so they have
a good acoustic sound; the cores of the bass strings pick up
electro-magnetically, so its not an overloaded bass with alot of feedback. Its painful to say "bye-bye" to this one.
60s Framus rounded cutaway ES-175. Scarlet-to-black sunburst. Deep
Ugly monkey-butt Gretch Rally. Wanted to be a car when it got its
racing stripes, but its just a miserable puke green 60s guitar with built-in
fuzz tone. $1000
1950s L7-style with solid spruce top and cutaway by Kay. Floating
Lawrence A-400 pickup, volume knob on pickguard. Art deco tailpiece and
Gotoh gears. Sounds good acoustically or amplified. $600
Giant satanic Barney Kessel copy. Cherry sunburst. Over-inflated
horns. Two black P-90 soapbar pickups. Deco tailpiece. Gotoh-style gears.
Made in Japan in the 70's with set neck. $450
Black. Big. L5 copy with P-90 soapbars. Fancy tailpiece, good gears.
70s Japanese. $450
Simple and Zen jazz guitar. Thinline. Italian Vox/Eko. One P-90.
Rounded cutaway like Byrdland. Wine-red finish. $300
Black 1970s Japanese L-5 copy with soapbar pickups. Sounds as good
as anything five times our price. $475
BIG, full-bodied jazz guitar
Best buy ever for an L-5! Fancy appointments, available in a metallic
red burgundy, black sunburst or blonde for $650.
Fancy Aria ES-330 copy. Gold hardware on red body. $225
Blonde 50s Harmony H-50. Like ES-125. Tortoise-engraved peghead overlay.
Block pearloid inlays, soapbar. $350
50s L7-C Silvertone Kay. Beautiful ruby-sunburst, two cream soapbars,
block inlay. Gotoh gears and tunamatic. FatDog's favorite! $600
Big L5 copy. 60's Japanese. Two black soapbars, thin neck. Sunburst,
block inlay. $400
Beautiful dark candy-apple red L5 copy by Sebring. Gold hardware,
rounded cutaway. Very expensive when new. $650
Generic ES-330 copy. Gold hardware, (Gotoh) black humbuckers. $200
Ugly Kramer Farrington. Small acoustic guitar that wants to be a
Strat®. Super birdseye neck. $300
Kay hollow body. Thin, cutaway. Three pickup sunburst. Old. $275
Newer, clean, case. $1500
Fancy red Vox. Like ES-330. 2 Strat®-style pickups. Ornate
Poor man's Gretsch. 60s Harmony Rocket. Thin, cutaway hollow body. Two
single coil pickups. Sunburst. Upgraded bridge and gears. $325
60s dark sunburst L7 copy. Cutaway, stairstep pickguard, two soapbars.
Gotoh gears and tunamatic bridge. $400
Harrison-style Gretsch Country Gent. Gold hardware, burgundy wine
finish with painted on f-holes. $1400
The Famous FD-10. Half-size hollow jazz guitar with rounded cutaway,
floating Lawrence A-400 pickup, white pearl pickguard with vol control.
Tan sunburst. 1960's Eko NOS. $350
Big fat Kay. Hollow body with pickup and chrome pickguard. Tunamatic
Fancy 60s Japanese L5 copy. Sunburst. Floating pickup (Lawrence A-400).
Vol pot on psychedelic tortoise-swirl pickguard. Thin neck. $400
1950s L7-size blonde Stewart. Solid spruce top. Fancy tortoise peghead.
Vol pot on Stairstep pickguard. Floating Lawrence A-400 pickup. $400
Ornate Vox 330 copy. Block inlays in ebony fretboard. Fancy tailpiece.
Three Strat®-style pickups. Good gears in bridge. Three-tone sunburst.
Dooky Electra 330 copy. Super flame maple. Three-piece f-holes with
two single-coil pickups. Crappy hardware. $175
50s Bluestone Kay. One pickup, maple neck. Gotoh gears, tunamatic
bridge. Clean old sunburst. Steve Cropper model. Hollow Les Paul shape.
Rhinestone Dreck-stick. Aria. ES-330 copy. Sunburst. Good gears and
bridge, fancy tailpiece. Lots of rhinestones. $175
50s Kay Blues-Tone. Two pickups. Good gears and bridge. Push-pull
pot for phaze. Old Craftsman-brand hollow Les Paul shape. This is a BAD
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sound like, how it will feel. Then there are the issues surrounding shipping
anxiety: "Will it arrive undamaged?" "When will it arrive?"
"WILL it arrive?" The concerns go on and on: "What's the
tracking number?" "Will you ship it today?" "When will
you ship it?" "Can I get it tomorrow?"
Here are five key points to put your mind at ease:
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AND in a timely manner.
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- If you don't like what you've ordered, you can return it within two
weeks of purchase.
- You have the option of a full CASH refund or a trade-in for something
else you like. All you pay is the return shipping, which amounts to about
$10 within the Continental United States.
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