Hofner 457/S/E1

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2014 by gitbuddy

This guitar has come into my possession.  It needs some work done to it and I will be going to Malcolm for some restoration on it and I can’t wait to see the results.

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After extensive searching I have established that this is a Hofner 457/S/E1 archtop and part of this series http://www.hofner-vintage.com/hofner-vintage-457.html

To date it, I followed the instructions found here http://www.vintagehofner.co.uk/factfiles/bodydate/bodydate.html and using this method established that the body of the guitar was made on 13th May 1959.

This is tremendously exciting.

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…but as I said, there needs to be a ton of work done on it – I can see the following problems with it already:

neck binding crumbling/cracking and coming away from side of neck

rusted frets

veneer on headstock coming away

rusted switches and electronics (though it does make a sound when plugged in!)

missing tuner peg

cracked scratchplate has come away from bracket

broken strap pin

and more…

but amazingly, given this guitar hasn’t even been in a case for god knows how long the main body is in tremendous shape with some honest wear and no major breaks/cracks or dings.

Bass Cube

Posted in Uncategorized on November 12, 2014 by gitbuddy

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Latest stereo

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2014 by gitbuddy

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Left and Right 1W Marshalls.

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Self-made cable – two outputs into one TRS that the Flint needs for stereo input from stereo outputs of the Empress.

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The board – Empress -> Flint -> DD7.

Take my money. Take it.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2014 by gitbuddy

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Items for sale photohosting

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2014 by gitbuddy

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The Farthest Land

Posted in scores on March 2, 2014 by gitbuddy

My transcription and arrangement for solo guitar of The Farthest Land from the PS2 game Shadow Of The Colossus by Japanese composer Ko Otani.

Amazing emotive music.

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I did get a bit tired of this one at the end too as it’s quite long  – I think the chords are probably wrong in the last couple of bars and I’ll fix those eventually.

Martha’s Harbour

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2014 by gitbuddy

Fingerstyle arrangement I did of the All About Eve song. Been doing for about a month so got a bit tired of it, so the last few bars are not exactly how I play it now, but I’m sure it will chop and change a few times more.

Hardest part was transcribing the melody since couldn’t find any sheet music anywhere. It has a lot of tied semi-quavers (not sure on the notation convention to do those) and the tune doesn’t repeat itself a lot – the chorus melody is very long.  Plus, the guitar is down-tuned a whole step.

I tried to incorporate as much of the original fingerpicked accompaniment as I could but that wasn’t always possible due to the positions of the melody notes.

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