Guns ‘n’ Rosewood – The Economist

A great snippet (and a great title) from this week’s Economist on US federal agents’ recent raid on the Nashville factory of guitar-maker Gibson.  They were apparently looking for ebony and rosewood which had been illegally imported into the US.  In a similar raid two years ago, agents seized both ebony and completed guitars.  Despite […]

Guns ‘n’ Rosewood – The Economist

A great snippet (and a great title) from this week’s Economist on US federal agents’ recent raid on the Nashville factory of guitar-maker Gibson.  They were apparently looking for ebony and rosewood which had been illegally imported into the US.  In a similar raid two years ago, agents seized both ebony and completed guitars.  Despite […]

Springy Sounds Abound

I’m delighted to be able to talk about this, now.  Around this time last year, I wrote the introduction for this book. Iain Black – with enormous dedication, persistence and, surely, the patience of a saint – has compiled what is probably the first book dedicated to the Tokai Guitar Company’s sought-after replicas of early […]

1982 Tokai Springy Sound ST60

  Lest the blog become too serious… I took the picture for a project which I’ve been involved in for the last year and which is close to coming to fruition (more when it’s live).  It’s my current favourite guitar. The guitars were famously controversial when they came out.  Not only were they outstanding instruments […]

Another Tokai Fan…

It is interesting to see bluesman Philip Sayce name-checking the quality of old Tokai guitars (page 2 of this exhaustive interview on MusicRadar.com or hard copy in Guitarist magazine).  When they first appeared in the late 1970s and early 1980s, these Japanese replicas attracted some big fans like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons and Jeff […]

Another Tokai Fan…

It is interesting to see bluesman Philip Sayce name-checking the quality of old Tokai guitars (page 2 of this exhaustive interview on MusicRadar.com or hard copy in Guitarist magazine).  When they first appeared in the late 1970s and early 1980s, these Japanese replicas attracted some big fans like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons and Jeff […]

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