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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Want to see a crazy-cool guitar? It's a mystery.

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Lauren's

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Sep 30th, 2019 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

The story is this was custom made for Randy Rhoads in the early 1980s. It was bought from Dave's Guitars (Dave himself does not know the true provenance), who originally obtained it during a lot sale years ago in Los Angeles.

It's made of cast/machined brass and chrome plated. There are no markings or numbers on the guitar.

The case is French in origin, but I let the owner know it's probably an early Teuffel. I also advised them to contact Lag and Vigier--two avant-garde French guitar makers active in the early 80s and still in business. If it's of French origin, they'll know who built it.

It's gotta be a heavy beast.

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Tone is in the lingers
Sep 30th, 2019 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wonder how it sounds.

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Indy

When I get older, losing my hair...
Sep 30th, 2019 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's certainly stylish.

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Lauren's

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Sep 30th, 2019 07:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I wonder how it sounds."

Metal!

Both pickups appear to be Tele neck style.

It weighs in at 20 lbs. No wonder it's been in a case all its life.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 11:19 PM, Sep 30th, 2019)

DrKev

Paris, France

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Oct 1st, 2019 04:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

My first thought was an early James Trussart guitar but GEWA is actually a German company (despite saying "Etui" inside the case) so it could be anything at all.

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Oct 1st, 2019 04:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know if it's an artifact of the pic, but the frets look like they run a quarter inch off of the neck starting around the 17th fret.

That thing looks like it should be swinging in medevial combat.

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Lauren's

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Oct 1st, 2019 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

According to the owner, the entire thing is solid metal, including the neck with the frets as part of the casting.

I cannot imagine the maker would've used brass for the fret surfaces if the guitar was actually intended to be played.

If not (it was produced as an art piece, e.g., for Musikmesse, etc.), then anything goes. There are guitar-lookin' objects that are not actual working guitars produced for exhibitions, in the same manner as mock-up cars put together for auto shows.

But this one has all the proper parts and is all wired up, so...

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Oct 1st, 2019 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Again...could be the quality of the photo...but the frets almost look scalloped.

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Lauren's

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Oct 1st, 2019 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Uli Teuffel responded; he said he has no idea who might've made it. He suspects a guitar freak who also happened to be a machinist.

It wasn't made using CNC (early 1980s manufacture...telltale marks from manual operations on a mill), so probably a one-off by a machinist who knew about guitar geometry.

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Oct 1st, 2019 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Why does the thought of an all metal guitar make my fillings ache? Buzz Osborne of The Melvins uses all metal guitars with super skinny aluminum necks because they work for his hands, but even if they "don't weigh much more than a Les Paul" that's not saying much...

you want heavy? WE'LL GIVE YOU HEAVY

(This message was last edited by professor at 10:44 AM, Oct 1st, 2019)

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Oct 1st, 2019 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd expect aluminum, and if so, it'd be pretty light, although neck-heavy. But brass? That's Holy crap-heavy! Although you could carry it it one hand and a Twin in the other and get a balanced workout.

Being in the machining/metalworking industry, I thought the original Travis Bean guitar with aluminum neck-thru was really cool and almost bought a TBS1000, but I never actually picked one up so I don't know..

(This message was last edited by swampyankee at 02:43 PM, Oct 1st, 2019)

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Lauren's

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Oct 1st, 2019 01:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Kramer 450G. Aluminum neck with phenolic micarta fingerboard and stainless steel frets. The body is walnut. It is a *boat anchor* but it sounds fantastic.

When the original Kramer tanked, Vaccaro bought the tooling and issued several models that used the aluminum 'tuning fork' headstock.

Kramer 450G

Tony F

Long Island, NY

JUST TAKE THE FORK IN ROAD
Oct 23rd, 2019 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Holy cast aluminum Batman!

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