These are cheap and somewhat gaudy looking acoustics and bear absolutely no resemblance to a Mats made instrument whatsoever.
This site also sells similar poor merchandise under bastardized versions of well known brands such as Givson and Fendar. We have seen instruments stamped with the Westone ‘bird’ logo accompanied by the word .
In an business dominated by a select few designs, industry cataylist Gary Kramer has been at the forefront of guitar manufacturing for decades.
We talk with Gary about his latest attempt to bring change to the masses.
The legend goes that Ace had auditioned for Kiss, using a late '60's or early '70's Gibson Firebird ...
although I've never come across any pictures of Ace and a Firebird, to prove that story.
He was also nice enough to give me credit for naming his site and helping him out with information initially.
We were originally going to do this project together, but decided that two sites are better than one. Soviet - this cool Russian language page for fans of Soviet era instruments is rapidly becoming an important resource.
The Blue Book - if you're serious about buying and selling used guitars, the Blue Book provides the most detailed pricing, dating and identification info. Guitar HQ - a nice all-around mainstream vintage guitar site.
That first Les Paul was a beautiful 1973 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in a Tobacco Sunburst finish, which Ace used almost exclusively (with a couple of other guitars), right up until September of 1976.
As with any Les Paul Deluxe of the period, this particular guitar would have originally had mini-Humbucker pickups and creme plastics.
All the standard Gibson and Fender type stuff, plus some other interesting odds and ends.
Project Guitar.com- where the Internet goes to work on guitars! MIMF - the Musical Instrument Makers Forum is a goldmine of information about materials, construction and repair techniques, including a gallery of unique custom built guitars that range from inept to incredible.