Need Help Identifying A Guitar

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  1. Narsh

    Narsh Well-Known Member

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    my friend found this in a 91 year old's closet.
    At first I thought it was some strat knockoff but the headstock is very peculiar.

    Plus I have no idea who Steve Toher is..

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    fullonshred Well-Known Member

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    My guess is a home builder frankenstrat. Headstock puts me in mind of an Ovation,
     
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    iyv custom shop for steve other.
     
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    Dennis Well-Known Member

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    Kind looking a little Ibanish, bridge looks like a Gibraltar but inlays look to be hand cut. I will say a very good home build or a local custom build.

    It's got all the makings to be a fun guitar. I she were mine I would...

    replace the neck (hopefully its a bolt on) and all hardware and electronics. Looks like the hardware is really pitted, if that is a Gibraltar Bridge I would defiantly try to replace just the top part of the bridge, block should be fine. You'll really like the amount of sustain you'll get with that bridge.
     
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    Left The Beatles' home for some Krispy Kremes...
    Add me to this list. Not only does it not look familiar at all, but having a trc that's an almost exact copy of the headstock shape suggests a personal quirk to me (y)
     
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    Stig Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Headstock is definitely Ovation. The bridge looks like a 70's Gibson. The brass pickguard may be 70's Schecter. They started as an aftermarket Strat parts maker. The blade in the middle is probably Bill Lawrence. Pickups could be DiMarzio, but anybody's guess. I'm guessing Steve was the owner/builder of this thing.
     
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    Don't know what it is but ME WANT!
     
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    That middle pickup does look like a vintage Bill Lawarence L250.
     
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    My bet would be on a home built instrument, doesn't really matter what it is, I would like to have it. That's a lot of knobs.
     
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    There’s a lot going on with that guitar. Looks very interesting!
     
  11. Narsh

    Narsh Well-Known Member

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    Yeah not sure what she is going to do with it.
     
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    That guitar looks heavily custom and a bit hand made to me. A google search for Steve Toher brought me to a taxidermist that also loves wood carving... primarily birds and fish. Making a guitar might not be out of his wheel house, but I'd think that his bio would also say something about guitars. We're probably a bit biased, but if you can make a guitar, it's probably a major hobby/interest of yours.

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    Neck looks to be from an 70's Ovation 1245, possible bridge as well:

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    Weird that the fret board is open booked at the bottom, like big G headstock. I agree the head looks Ovation.
    That’s a lot of knobbery going on there.
     
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    I’m calling it the “Strat-O-vation knobcaster 5000”!
     
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    Dang guys, great detective work. I'll contact the owner tonight and see if the old man was a taxidermist. But agreed, it's a Frankenstein.
     
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    Also, I know it was the Seventies but that is some turrrble inlay work
     
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    Ya that’s an ovation neck all the way to the inlays and weird mustache at the 24th. I agree that the middle appears to me bill Lawrence.
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    FWIW ovation does have some odd looking electric guitars. I didn’t find evidence of this one but the humbucker pickups look to be similar to those used on the Ultra GP model. Maybe it was a one off instrument? But for the moment I do lean towards Frankenstein strat. I wonder what’s under that pick guard
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