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Peerless Tonemaster JH special: some cool guitar and playing:)

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by MBERTHOLD, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC


    Korean built Samick JZ's are gorgeous and can be had for $300 or less if you search.

    I almost bought one a while back for $250 with a case, but just didn't pull the trigger... I dont know if I could have tamed the feedback at the gain levels I play at, so I opted out.

    I am still so drawn to big blonde jazz boxes!
     
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  2. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    You gotta love a curvy blonde.
     
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  3. MBERTHOLD

    MBERTHOLD Country Gent

    Thats a real Fatttty;)
     
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  4. Scott Fraser

    Scott Fraser Country Gent

    Jan 14, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I believe that's actually the Chet Leg.
     
  5. Staffs Blue

    Staffs Blue Electromatic

    59
    Jun 27, 2016
    Stafford, England
    I have the Zephyr Blues Deluxe which is really lovely - I have a thing for P-90's! I've sold my soul for 1957 ES-5 Switchmaster, but won't pick that up for a while yet, until I've managed to pay it off! :)

    Funny thing is - over the last couple of days I've had a hankering for a Wizard Custom with that lovely violin finish - there were three on eBay UK, so I put in a bid and won it earlier. I'm looking forward to hearing the triple P-90's on a thinner body.

    My ZBD is Peerless built as were my Regents and Broadway, and I also had a Monarch, and am impressed with the overall quality of Peerless guiars.
     
  6. dbirchett

    dbirchett Gretschie

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    Peerless does make nice beautiful guitars. So does Samick for that matter but Samick has never made guitars for Gretsch. The company they went to is SPG. They are to Samick what Heritage is to Gibson. Former Samick workers banded together and formed SPG and they are considered to be the top or near the top of the consumer Korean brands. In addition to the Electromatic hollow bodies and semi-hollows, they make some of the Newark Street Guilds (again I think it is the hollow and semi-hollows) as well as D'Angelico. At one time they made some upscale guitars for Samick but they are not part of the company.
     
  7. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
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    Samick makes lots of Gretsch guitars, my 5120 is one, most 5420 i've seen are also from there.
     
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  8. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    Really? Samick does do some Gretschs? I didn't think they did. Thanks for the heads up on Samick/SPG, I'll look into that. I have a Samick 335 that is as good as any epi that I got for $250AUD....which when converted to the guitar market in the rest of the world is about $2USD lol.

    Here you go: http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/SPG_Musical_Instruments_Co.
     
  9. Ando

    Ando Synchromatic

    757
    Aug 7, 2013
    Seoul
    Old thread but still relative :)

    Peerless are remarkably unappreciated even here in the country of origin, where the used market is loaded with some amazing deals. I've seen Manhattans and Monarchs go for under $500, Jazz city and New York models for a hair over $300, Leelas and Cremonas for as low as $900(!), and just last month someone moved a 3-pickup Wizard like the one posted earlier for just $400.

    It's all great news for young kids studying hard to enter jazz schools here with a decent guitar in their hands, and am glad they're around and quite abundant.
     
  10. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    That's cool - They cost a mint here IF you can find one!
     
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  11. Staffs Blue

    Staffs Blue Electromatic

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    Jun 27, 2016
    Stafford, England
    Well, I got mine last week and here it is. I have way too many guitars (something like 12 Gibsons, new and vintage, 8 Fenders, 3 Gretsches and a few others) but this is right up there with them, and may even be the best one that I've got for my jazz/blues/T-Bone tastes. I play fingerstyle, because I sound hopeless with a pick, and this helps, given the position of the middle P-90. I can see how it could get in the way if you're using a pick, and the same goes for my Epi Zephyr Blues. I would say, if you like the above style of music (although it sounds great as a 'normal' guitar as well, give one a try. I'm astounded by how good it is! :)

    One word of caution though - although I'm fairly short, I don't mind the bigger guitars, but some might, and although thinline, it's wider than a 335, probably by about an inch. PEERLESS 1.jpg
     
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  12. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    We need to discuss your poor attitude.......:p
     
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  13. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Synchromatic

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    Aug 5, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Have long been intrigued by the Peerless thinline semi-hollow series (I'm not a fan of f-holes), but they only come in colors that I find, um, less than desirable.

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  14. Staffs Blue

    Staffs Blue Electromatic

    59
    Jun 27, 2016
    Stafford, England
    Sorry, just quoting my wife, there. :)
     
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  15. Staffs Blue

    Staffs Blue Electromatic

    59
    Jun 27, 2016
    Stafford, England
    Yes, the colours thing is obviously a personal choice, but I have to say that this Peerless looks sensational in the er, flesh, IMO at any rate, with a beautiful flame and walnut-type gloss finish. Mind you, I'm a fan of blue as well in certain guitars, with an ES-330 in Beale Street Blue,an Offset Tele in Lake Placid Blue, a Custom Shop Strat in Daphne Blue and a 6120 Chet Atkins in blue burst. Makes a change from sunburst, I guess! :)
     
  16. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I see that it needs a nice B6;)
     
  17. Staffs Blue

    Staffs Blue Electromatic

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    Jun 27, 2016
    Stafford, England
    Yes, that would be an idea!
     
  18. dbirchett

    dbirchett Gretschie

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    Sorry, but the S is for SPG not Samick. Easy to see the confusion. SPG was founded by former Samick employees and they did build some guitars for Samick. But Samick is not building guitars in Korea and hasn't for some time.
     
  19. Junior94

    Junior94 Gretschie

    104
    Jul 29, 2017
    Texas
    I like these peerless guitars especially the Es-5 model. But it's hard to find them over here in the colonies