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I wanted to put together a guitar that had the Mosrite look but was built for repeated abuse as a stage guitar.It started with as Silvertone shell, just the body and neck. Next I selected some wild vintage EKO screamer pickups that were extracted from a deceased EKO 700 4V.This saga only surfaced a decade later in the mid 80's when Fender and Gibson felt that their empire was threatened.To avoid the copyright war, Fernandes began to make changes to certain parts of their design like truss rod cover, shape etc.Then I had a custom pickguard made at WD Products in Florida. SOME FORGOTTEN GEMS An early 1970’s Conrad Strat and a Lotus Les Paul.New pots, switches, bridge, etc and a few days locked in a room. The Conrad and the Aria are extremely well build guitars while the Lotus is most certainly not.These modification taken on by Fernandes extended to both the Strat and Tele copies.
The lawyers at Gibson started to get restless, and young guitar players like myself were also getting restless…
I also have some additional Mosrite copies farther down this page, some listed under the 1960’s guitars and the best one on the 1980’s. On the left is a very nice Hondo Deluxe 748 Mark II. all that you would expect from the real thing at 1/8 the price.
If you like those guitars but can’t find a vintage one, Eastwood Guitars is currently reissuing several of these designs: check these Eastwood Mosrite reissues. Next to that a blonde Sekova, a sunburst Hyundai, a Tobacco Sunburst from Univox.
To avoid the same problem happening again, Gibson bought Epiphone and started building some very nice Imported Copy Guitars!
Fender opened facilities outside North America under different brand names like Squier.