I’d love this to be mine, but I can keep dreaming. The full photo shoot of my visit to guitarguitar in Edinburgh of this gorgeous fender thinline telecaster.


ROCK ‘N’ ROLL by tincek-marincek

This was painting done for ethereal-artbook (charity book, RedKite foundation). You can also purchase the book here. While I drew this piece I was inspired by music which I listen and my guitar (I also drew it…it’s Ibanez MTM2…I mixed some designs with MTM1). I also combined many techniques…from semi-realistic, realistic, matte painting… Above you can check WIPs and details. I used photo from my guitar as a ref photo (but I’m right handed, so I had to change some things on it). More info you can check on link above. Enjoy.

You can also download HD wallpaper version here.


Guitar shopping this week - installment #2.

  1. Cool cherry Firebird and a couple of lovely ES-335s (and a BB King “Lucille” in the background).
  2. Epi Nighthawk - IMO one of the best values for money in the whole world.  For less than 450 bucks (new) you get a very versatile and beautifully finished, high quality guitar.
  3. In fact, I often wonder how they can build a guitar this nicely finished for such a low price.  I fear one day we will find out that these are built in a sweatshop somewhere in the third world* where poor children are sold into guitar slavery by their destitute parents and paid less than a dollar a day, chained the machines and whipped if they don’t keep up.  Did I mention they also work a 14 hour day 7 days a week?
  4. Hey look!  It’s my next car!
  5. Another beautifully finished high quality guitar.  It’s an ES-195 and it costs a few times more than the Nighthawk in the previous shots.  Like 6 times as much!
  6. 8 Stings, no waiting.  I can barely manage 6 strings…let alone 8!
  7. Scrumptious Select Tele. 
  8. Here’s that new Strat colour again.  It looks like my Custom Shop ‘66 Closet Classic which is i a colour called “firemist silver metallic”…but not exactly.
  9. What do you cats think of the Fender’s noiseless pickups.  I have never tried them, but some Stratocaster “purusts” that I know say they are quasi-humbuckers - sure they have no (or less anyway) noise like a regular single coil, but they don’t have that signature “chime” that Strats are famous for.
  10. On the road again…

* is it politically correct to say “third world” these days?  If not I can substitute “developing nations” or “emerging economies”. Let me know.


Ibanez Prestige 1527Z with red BKP Aftermaths.


Ibanez Prestige 1527Z with red BKP Aftermaths.


Another of the 6 guitar shops I have been to in the last 7 days!  L&M, Burlington, Ontario, Canada:

  1. Sprarkley Gretsch baritone
  2. A “Road Worn” looking deceptively Relic-esque…
  3. BLUE SPARKLE Ibanez!
  4. Interesting metallic gold/yellow sunburst on this Strat.
  5. Oh, Gibson, that is a fine looking guitar.
  6. Oh, Gibson, that is a fine looking headstock inlay!
  7. Chinese-made Fender something or other.  I was intrigued by the TWO string retainers.  As we say in French “pour quoi?!?”
  8. Another Chinese-made Fender with the more conventional “single” string retainer!


Visiting old friends,……….Darkfire


Gibson Custom / Les Paul Super Custom 5A Quilted Maple Top Translucent Pink

Saw this on ishibashi..

Apparently it’s a Japanese dealer exclusive.
I have never seen anything like this before..
Very pricey piece and i bet there will be traditionalists and haters out there judging her on looks alone.

What do you think?

Fugly or Beautiful?



Visiting old friends,……….Lucille