trumpy bear with dean guitars


Since Trumpy Bear arrived he’s been on guard duty over my Dean Leslie West Signature Models. He just might build a wall around them. To that I say “BUILD THE WALL”   (ROLL OVER IMAGES TO ZOOM)    

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Gear Acquisition Syndrome GAS

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back In the Guitar Shop I have it, you have it, and a million other guitar players have it. GAS or “gear acquisition syndrome”.  It creeps into your life without warning and sinks its hooks into your flesh and makes you a slave to it. You […]

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Story of a Harmony Guitar that Became a Martin

Harmony Guitar That Became A Martin Guest Post by Calvin Jones Originally appeared on the website The very first guitar I ever owned was a Harmony Guitar.  I was only 6 years old and very small when I received it.  The guitar was old and big and made for quite a challenge to play […]

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Hamer Studio

Hamer Studio My New #1

Once again I scored on craigslist. I found a Hamer Studio that was so cheap I’m not even going to tell you how much it was except to say I paid more for the new   pickups than I did for the guitar. This isn’t a Hamer USA model , it’s  Korean made. But the first […]

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Les Paul Project Guitar

Les Paul Project Guitar Becomes Keeper

Over the years I’ve had a few Les Pauls that were fairly heavy (in the 9.5 to 10 lb range) but they never gave me any grief like I hear some dudes talking about. You know, back problems, hip problems etc. from playing a Les Paul. I couldn’t relate because lately I’ve been playing weight […]

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Lowering String Height on Ovation Celebrity

Yes I know, this series of Ovations doesn’t have a big fan club,. and I get it but I used to have a CC 247 Sunburst that was one of the best acoustics I’ve ever owned. When I found out my daughter was going to learn  to play guitar I gave it to her. I […]

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Guitar Tone Wood

Guitar tone wood. Now that can spark a debate that can get ugly with a quickness. We have a big ol’ feud going on youtube at the moment with some pretty nasty comments going back and forth. I have my own ideas about the subject. In case you are unfamiliar with the subject let me […]

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Dean Soltero Std.

New Axe! Hell Yeah! Dean Soltero! Just like most things worth gettin’ I seem to find them when I’m NOT looking. Case in point: The Dean Soltero. I’ve wanted one forever it seems like but just never found a deal on one. I’ve been watching craigslist for one to pop up for 3 or 4 […]

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Rebuild: Epiphone SG Jr

Out of the blue I decided I just had to have a p-90 equipped axe, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. So I hit the trail and located a 97′ model Epiphone SG Jr. It was a little rough but it was intact, and the price was right ($85.oo) I bought […]

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Iconic Hummingbird on a Budget

I went through everything and was largely unimpressed with 2 exceptions: as expected the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro and the Dove Pro. I don’t know how long these “pro” models have been out so they’re new to me. Having played the Epi Hummingbird for quite awhile I noticed the difference in quality right off.

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