ALL THINGS GUITAR

OVER THE YEARS I HAVE CREATED A FEW GUITAR GEAR RELATED SITES. RATHER THAN CONTINUE TO HOST THEM ON THEIR OWN AND PAY FOR EXPENSIVE HOSTING (WITH VERY LITTLE TRAFFIC), I HAVE ARCHIVED ALL OF THAT INFORMATION HERE. PLUS, LINKS TO OTHER GUITAR RELATED VENTURES OF MINE AND WEBSITES I DESIGNED FOR OTHER THINGS GUITAR RELATED. HOPE YOU FIND SOME OF IT USEFUL. LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.


THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY

THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY IS A VERY POPULAR GUITAR BLOG THAT MOSTLY CHRONICLES THE GUITARS AND OTHER GUITAR GEAR THAT JAIMIE HAS OWNED AND SOLD OR LOST OR GOT STOLEN OR HOWEVER THEY GOT AWAY. THE SITE HAS BEEN FEATURED IN PREMIER GUITAR, GUITAR PLAYER AND GUITAR EDGE MAGAZINES OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO READ ABOUT ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT GUITARS, AMPS, PEDALS AND RELATED GEAR WITH FUNNY AND INTERESTING STORIES.


THE GUITARS THAT GOT AWAY (PODCAST)

THE GUITARS THAT GOT AWAY IS A BRAND NEW PODCAST SERIES CREATED IN CONJUNCTION WITH FRETBOARD JOURNAL MAGAZINE. IT IS BASED ON THE POPULAR BLOG THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY, TELLING THE STORIES OF THAT GUITAR OR INSTRUMENTS THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD BACK. THE PODCAST FEATURES WELL KNOWN MUSICIANS AND GUITAR WORLD PERSONALITIES TELLING THEIR STORIES TO HOST JAIMIE MUEHLHAUSEN. THE NEW PODCAST LAUNCHES VERY SOON.


M.J. FRANKS GUITARS

ALTHOUGH THIS ONE IS NOT MY OWN SITE, I HAVE BEEN THE LONG TIME WEBMASTER AND MARKETING MANAGER FOR M.J. FRANKS GUITARS. MY GOOD FRIEND MIKE FRANKS HAND CRAFTS SOME OF THE FINEST GUITARS AND UKULELES ON THE PLANET AND I'M PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH SUCH A FINE BRAND AND FINE PERSON. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GUITAR THAT YOU WILL PLAY AND CHERISH FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN M.J. FRANKS.


LOCOBOX EFFECTS PEDALS

I AM CURRENTLY ARCHIVING THE OLD SITE AND WILL MIGRATE IT HERE AS SOON AS I HAVE TIME. HERE IS SOME INFORMATION FOR YOU UNTIL THEN...

The History of Locobox

Information about the origin of the Locobox effects pedals is few and far between. In the beginning in the late '70s, all the pedals were handmade in a small factory in the city of Urawa, in Saitama, Japan. There were virtually only three men (the president, the designer and his boss) as well as six or seven women part-time jobbers. They did all the R&D, construction, testing, and even the silkscreening themselves. They started out selling their pedals to Arai Boueki (Aria), and these had the brand name "Locobox." The main brand name was Locobox, but they did make a few small runs of other brands that are exactly the same pedal. These included the Electra pedals of that era (the 500 series), and a few very small runs that were branded with other names like Volz and Nadines. So, if you are looking for a coveted Choker pedal, you can also keep an eye out for an Electra 502C Compressor and you'll have the same thing for less.
          When the pedals switched to a more generic ABS resin casing in the early '80s to save money, they also changed the circuitry. So, the '80s compressors are not the same as the original Chokers...for instance. They made the same exact pedals with the Locobox brand and other brands such as Cutec, Pearl, Gig, Powervoice, Studio Series and even some Yamaha pedals. They simply changed out the brand name sticker on the pedal. Later on they were acquired by Aria (from what I can tell) and made pedals, rack gear and guitar and bass amps with both the Locobox and Aria brand names.


EVENTUALLY I WILL REBUILD SOME OF THE ORIGINAL LOCOBOX.COM SECTIONS. FOR NOW I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THESE PHOTO GALLERIES OF SOME OF THE PEDAL PHOTOS THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL IN SOME WAY.

LOCOBOX '70S PEDALS (THE ORIGINALS)


LOCOBOX '80S PEDALS


OTHER ELECTRA 500 SERIES AND RARE BRANDS EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE EARLY LOCOBOX PEALS


LOCOBOX RACK GEAR, MIXER AND PEDAL BOARD AND ELECTRA BOX EFFECTS


LOCOBOX GUITAR AND BASS AMPS



SHO-BUD ACOUSTIC GUITARS

MANY YEARS AGO I CAME ACROSS A SHO-BUD ACOUSTIC GUITAR. REALLY WELL MADE IN THE 70'S IN THE GREAT JAPANESE GUITAR FACTORIES. SOUNDED EXCELLENT. BUT...WHAT THE HECK IS THIS? I KNEW SHO-BUD WAS A PEDAL STEEL GUITAR MAKER, BUT I HAD NEVER SEEN AN ACOUSTIC WITH THEIR BRAND NAME ON IT. SO I WENT TO THE INTERNET AND FOUND VERY LITTLE INFORMATION. I FIGURED MAYBE IF I MADE A WEBSITE, PEOPLE WOULD EVENTUALLY SEND ME INFORMATION ABOUT THESEGUITARS AND I COULD SHARE IT WITH ANYONE LOOKING TO FIND OUT ABOUT THEIR GUITAR. THERE REALLY ISN'T VERY MUCH INFORMATION AT ALL, BUT SEVERAL PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS HAVE BEEN VERY GENEROUS WITH WHAT THEY KNOW AND ALLOWED ME TO SHARE IT ON MY SITE.

WHAT YOU SEE HERE ARE SCREEN GRABS OF THE ORIGINAL WEBSITE I BUILT MANY YEARS AGO, INCLUDING INFORMATION ABOUT THE CLUB, DIAMOND, SPADE, HEART AND GRAND SLAM MODELS AS WELL AS THE RESONATORS. IT'S NOT MUCH, BUT HOPEFULLY IT'S SOMETHING THAT WILL ASSIST YOU IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT THESE COOL GUITARS THAT SOUND FANTASTIC. IF YOU HAVE PHOTOS OR OTHER INFORMATION THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE, SEND THEM MY WAY. I'LL ADD A PHOTO GALLERY TO THE END OF THIS SECTION SOON.

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OVER THE YEARS I HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL OTHER INTERESTING SHO-BUD GUITAR AND BANJO PHOTOS. I WILL PUT TOGETHER A PHOTO GALLERY AS SOON AS I DIG OUT THE ADDITIONAL PHOTOS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AND I'LL DO MY BEST TO ANSWER.