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Lots of Gibson Mandolins

A nice collection of (mostly) oval-hole Gibson Mandolins has made its way into the shop for your enjoyment… All but one is pre-1930.


Mid ’30s Gibson A-00/A1

– Missing pickguard; curved back w/ bracing; F-holes and sunburst;  chipboard case

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c.1920 Gibson A-2

– Missing pickguard; non-adjustable bridge; dark brown finish; Hard Case

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c.1928 Gibson A-1

-Missing pickguard, adjustable bridge, black finish; chipboard case.


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c.1911 Gibson A-1 

– PAT No. pickguard and PAF (pre-1911) bracket; natural finish; Hard Case.

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c.1918 Gibson A-4

– Missing pickguard; treble-side fretboard extension; sunburst; Hard Case.

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c.1923 Gibson A2-Z Snakehead

– All the parts are there! Hard Case

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c.1918 Gibson A-3

– White finish w/ matching pickguard (!); Hard Case;

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“We’ve got amps, they’re multiplying…”

Someone fed them after midnight and now they’re taking over!


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Click through to check them out:

1946 Gibson BR-3

1976 Fender Deluxe Reverb

1969 Fender Pro Reverb

1964 Gibson Skylark

1961 Fender Concert 4×10″

Get Paired Up for the Holidays



Whether you want to take cues from the greats or forge your own path, we’ve put together a list of some classic and not-so-classic match ups to ensure you’re not alone under the mistletoe this Holiday.


  • This one’s pretty recognizable, an AC30 with the Burns Red Special and you can, you can rock us.

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  • A tried and true matchup for the twang or keeping it swampy, but done in a little more modern way. ’59 Bassman Clone w/ Spring Reverb and USA G&L ASAT.

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  • Here’s one for the bassists: A Blackline SVT on a half-fridge with the buttery short-scale Musicmaster. It’s like you always wanted a Fridge and P-Bass but enjoy having a lower back.

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  • Keeping it jazzy is this 1951 National and ’57 Gretsch Corvette, but don’t think it’s all Merlot and finger-snaps. You’ll get a surprising amount of Cartwright-esque crunch from these guys all while looking oh so good.

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  • Venturing back to the classics, how about a Drip-edge Reissue Twin with a “Western” Partscaster. Clean, loud, and punchy.

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  • Don’t think we forgot you ’80s shredders/lefties! Here’s a wild ADA Quad Tube 2×12″ and Lefty Ibanez S Series. All the gain/modulation/modeling you’d need, until Line 6 came along.

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  • Okay these are just meant for each other – don’t even try to fight it! 12-String Semi-hollow Bass and Kustom PA200. All the octaves!

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  • Do you like to play chords? Do you like to play extended chords? Do you like to hear them? Here you go: a 1968 Super Reverb and an 80s L5-S, practically made for each other, a decade apart.

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  • For those slightly off the beaten path, get into this ’50s Bell Sound Tube PA Head. With a pair of 6V6s and this Stingray II you can go from shimmery cleans to great indie-rocking crunch.

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If you’re interested in beefing up your signal chain or you’re in search of that special tone, these pedal combos will definitely get you somewhere.


  • Somewhat of an homage to Mr. Page with the Germanium Treble Boost a la Rangemaster (Pork ‘n’ Beans) and Uni-vibe, add a locally built Analog Delay (Moon Child) to the mix and you’ve got a great riffing/lead tone.

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  • Inspired by Gilmour, the Fish Press (LA-2A-ish) plus Special Twosome (Modern Fuzz or Classic Muff-styles) and the El Capistan will have you slow-bending and space-vibing in no time.

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  • This one’s great for bass players and guitar players alike, whether you’re getting psych’ed out or aiming for a J. White/D. Auerbach thing. Russian Big Muff + Octave Up? Yes, please.

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  • When you want results, stick with what’s worked for 30+ years. The first overdrive offering, pre-Tubescreamer, with some mellow phase and added sustain from the Forest Green, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Do you hate cleans? Are you never satisfied with how mangled your tone is? If you can’t wreck something with this combo you should probably just quit.

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 See something you like? Give us a call (828.254.0402) or send an email over to We’ve got layaway options so get in touch!









You’re Super Not Gonna Believe This…..

If you’ve lost faith that all the good deals are gone…that you’ll never find that old lady with a ’59 Burst in her attic…that you’ll never find a MINIMOOG at a yard sale for $20 (we actually witnessed this)….that you’ll never find a 1961 Fender Super amp at Goodwill for $20…oh wait. That just happened.

A very lucky gentleman was looked upon favorably by the Gear Gods and picked up this Fender Super Amp for $20. $20!!?! All original everything; tubes, speakers, all components. To top it off, it’s production #17 – one of the earlier Supers to be built that year.

We gave him two options: Don’t touch it and sell it right away for all the dollars, or, have us update the high voltage components and rock forever. He chose the second option. We replaced some components, added a 3-prong, A/B’d tubes (settled on the OG power tubes – there’s a touch more top end and punch with new JJ’s vs. the old RCA’s, but that’s a swap for another day). The same can be said for the speakers; a new pair could potentially have more bottom and punch but there’s just something special about those old Jensens….

It’s a little beat up cosmetically, but that doesn’t spoil it one bit. The moral of the story is: keep searching because the deals are out there and you can find them!!


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This is right before we started replacing the failing high-voltage poly caps, (“Oh no, not the yellow Astrons“) – if they’re leaking voltage they’re not doing their job and need to go. IMG 7988 zpsafb2dd43 Youre Super Not Gonna Believe This.....

You’re Not Seeing Double….

But if you’re seeing four, you should maybe get that checked out.

We’ve ended up with a sweet selection of pairs – some identical, others are cousins – so we thought we should share before they’re adopted and split up.


We’ll get started with the more rare pairs:


  • 1954 National Deluxe + Mid 50s National “Chicago 51″ nationals zps1d0c9ce6 Youre Not Seeing Double....
  • 1959 + 1960 Maestro GA-45Tmaestro zps6bba5089 Youre Not Seeing Double....

Probably the least known of all these:

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Can’t forget the classics:

  • 1964 Fender Deluxe Amp + 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverbdeluxes zps4a1c2ccd Youre Not Seeing Double....
  • 1978 Vox AC-30 + 90s Vox AC-30/6 TBvoxs zps3bb47410 Youre Not Seeing Double....

A pair not often seen together:

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Okay so these are more like cousins, but, Pre-CBS:

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If you have the heart to split these guys up, or want to take the pair home together, please call us at 828.254.0402 or email









Souping up a Fender Super 60

*Editor’s Note* We’re going to go ahead and apologize for some of these pictures being a little blurry, they were taken under the influence of large amounts of coffee.

We were recently commissioned for a fun, special project and wanted to share.


A gentleman came in with his Fender Super 60 (it looked like this….)

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and a funky, fuzzy, brown-70s-couch covered cabinet. He had a problem. He’s carrying the two around because it makes him feel all warm and fuzzy inside (much like the cabinet), but, he was tired of carrying the two around separately – multiple trips from the van and slowing set-up/breakdown were getting old. After some discussions with Brian, the two decided the best course of action would be to chop up the Super 60 and put it into a larger cab with the speaker from the original. And so it began….

If you’ve never picked up a Super 60 it’s not the lightest thing – the transformers don’t help but there’s a lot of excess metal plating that really adds up.

Here’s a shot pulling out the PCB from the body:

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And it’s out! Look at all that extra space – it’ll come in handy later.

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Always use the right tool for the job. Or what you have.

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So after some time, it starts to shape up….

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See? Look at all that extra room







And now it’s starting to come together

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*There’s a few steps that got skipped here towards the end, but you can just use your imagination.*


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You’re missing the baffle construction, grill cloth-ing, and installation. And some filing, and some drilling, and more filing, and more drilling. And then troubleshooting because “…it totally worked a second ago before I put this in here, so what just broke…”

Then Brian waved his hands over the amp, blessing it with his magic, and determined it to be finished. And so it was.

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And it looks so, so fresh.

Gear for Ears @ BIG EARS FESTIVAL – March 28-29, Knoxville, TN.

We’re going to be hanging out in Knoxville next weekend at GEAR for EARS during the BIG EARS FESTIVAL. It’s a FREE guitar show INSIDE the Pilot Light Club!! There’s gonna be all kinds of cool stuff and it’s just a FIVE MINUTE walk from downtown! If you’d like to arrange to display gear, call 865-789-8679. Visit for more club info.

*** Come check out some of the coolest musical gear in Knoxville during the Big Ears festival. FREE ADMISSION! Buy, sell, trade and demo guitars, amps, boutique effects pedals, synths, and more. Also, check in with one of the premier electronic techs (Moog authorized) in the Southeast. Presented by Knoxville’s The Pilot Light, Music Room Guitars, and Hot Horse. Also featuring area collectors, dealers, and musicians, and the public is welcome to bring their musical gear for sale or trade. For more info or to arrange to display gear, call 865-789-8679.
*** BIG EARS FESTIVAL musicians and attendees are welcome to take a 5 minute walk from downtown venues and hotels, to Knoxville’s Old City shops, clubs and restaurants for GEAR for EARS.
The event will be held at the Pilot Light Club, 106 E. Jackson, Knoxville, TN 37915 on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29 from 11-4:30 each day. Performances and film showing afterwards each evening. Visit for more club info.