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    Posted: Jun 02 2007 at 1:07pm
Well, Here we go again !!!

THIS THREAD IS FOR ANY AND ALL INFORMATION ABOUT GUITARS.

Toad...

You know I wasn't familiar with your work until just last year.

Since then, my respect for you as a superb craftsman, and as a wonderful human being, has been increasing substantially.    

For those of you who don't know about the Toadmaster and his custom guitars, let me explain how it all started for me:

I met Toad through talking with Gene Leone about the guitar work on Phil Hurtt's "A Soulful Tale of Two Cities" Project.

We were all posting on Soulful Detroit at the time, and I was so impressed with the sound of Toad's instruments, that I posted a guitar thread, which became very a very popular site to gain good information on guitars of all sorts.

I was ultimately banned from that forum, as were a number of other good people.

I was then happy to put the guitar thread on Sixties Detroit.

When a couple of my posts were whacked from there, although I must say that there's no comparison in the department of zip, ban and delete, between the 2 forums, I had had enough.

I'm sure that many of you who remember this thread, are glad to see it here !!

Gene has recorded probably every type of guitar there is; so when he spoke, I listened.

From Gene Leone:

"By the way, TOAD... WOW!!! CAN YOU BUILD GUITARS!!!

I've now had the pleasure of plugging in and cutting Bobby's ... "The Toadmaster_05 -a.k.a. 'Honey'" - a masterpiece of a guitar that you hand made for Bobby Eli. I think we've cut it (4 or 5) times now, as of this writing... and every time, it's a dream to record... bright, clean and present with great body to the rich sound, and as pretty as it is, it has no problem getting down and dirty in the steamy, swampy funk, that's for sure! It's right there quick, fast and easy, right there sound-wise where it needs to be.

It sounds great recording it with Bobby playing it, and/or Bunny playing it too. Amazing axe!!! I'd highly recommend your incredible craftsmanship skills to anybody... then again, no doubt, ...so would Bobby, Bunny, Bob Babbitt, Ray Monet, Eddie Willis... etc. etc... add me in to the list!"


I asked. . .

"If you wouldn't mind, could you give me a little background? I can see that they're beautiful... but... hey... the sound is the thing, you know. I'm interested to know more.

Thanks,
Mixey"


As most of you know....

Toad Built a custom bass and guitar for our studio out here in California.

I am in the process of getting professional photos. I just got the signature plates. Finally our humble guitar builder agreed to sign his work !!!!!

We can't thank you enough !!

To reach Ed "Toad" Goetz for more information on his custom guitars, go to Guitars by Ed "Toad" Goetz, or hunt him down here in our Music Village.

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Mixey, My face is as red as this ax ! Wink
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The above ax is kinda what started my "Ax building" thing.
I purchased it when I was 16 years old at Capital Music in Detroit.
A 1961 Fender Jazz Bass. After doing many gigs and such, I refinished it...From the factory sunburst, to yellow..then white..
then black & now red. I took it in for some set-up work after I
swapped out the pickups and bridge..re-fretted the neck & installed
new tuners. The luthiers at the set-up place told me that if I would
have left it alone..and not refinished it or re-worked it..It would
be worth about 25 to 30 thousand dollors. They offered me
2500.00 for it.  What can I say?.... I like to try and re-invent sh*t.
Make it better...... I could use 30 grand right now, but I would never
sell this bass. It is the only thing I own from my youth, and holds
many memories for me...Besides, working on it gave me skills to build the custom instruments that I build today.  Who knew?
LOL,
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The very first custom Instrument that I assembled was for my
Friend Ray Monette. We go back a long way.We worked together
in a band when we were young teenagers.
         Ray had been playing with Rare Earth for well over thirty
years when we were re-united with another of our old bandmates
Bob Yockey. Sparks flew again, and we started another small group.
         Ray likes to get a lot of milage out of a guitar. His first electric
was a Gibson SG [1961] that was bought new. He played it untill
he wore it out. [you can shake hands with the neck!] He then bought
a beautiful  black les paul which was stolen in New York. He then bought a 1971 Fender Strat* which he used up untill we got back together in approx. 2002. After 30 years of giging with Rare Earth,
the Ax had seen better days. The worse thing about the guitar was
the NOISE factor. If Ray walked near a source of electrical current
with this guitar, it started buzzing like a freekin chainsaw !!!
[And REAL LOUD TOO!] My pal Bob and I convinced him to buy
a new guitar. He Bought a new Strat*, but was not happy with the
neck profile. I told him at that time that I would build him a guitar
that would make him very happy. We sat down and planned out
all the individual pieces, and all the electronics...and I went to work.
The following photos will show the end result. This guitar is Ray's
first custom guitar after playing on more hit records than you can count. He calls this ax.. Honey  It is the first of axes that I have built
for some very talanted people.  enjoy!
toad
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   "Honey" #1 for  Ray Monette
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 Ray Monette with his ax "Honey"
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 Face on: "Honey" #1 for Ray Monette
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Toad--- The guitar and bass that you built for Mixey will be heard on our new album. I don't know if you knew that already. As soon as the studio is built, we will be in there "testing them out". Right now we can't pry them out of Mixey's iron grip!
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Cool Cool !!!
You guys got it made !! New Studio, New Axes, Mixey doing your
engineering..... Life is good for Various Decree !
I think that you will be delighted with the instruments.
The guitar has some very special tone things happening with those
three humbuckers and five way switch, and it "Feels" real good.
The bass is another animal..
It is a very close brother to the bass that I made for Bob Babbitt of
the Funk Brothers. If you roll off the tone knob a quarter turn, the bass
will produce a very special "Bell like" tone.
When Mixey finally lets you "Test" them, I believe you will understand
what I  have just described to you.
I can't wait to hear your new album !!!
Have fun with your project and may the Grammy Gods shine down on you.
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I'm not touching the board around those sessions Toad... That's Geno's job. Various Decree is a handful!! LOL
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Soon after that I finished Ray's Honey #1 He took it to a funks gig
and Eddie and Babbitt got to hear and see it. I was delighted to hear from Ray that they were both interested in having me build them custom instruments. After talking to both of them I was able to
get an idea of what they were looking for in a custom ax.
Bob wanted a P-bass/ with a P-J pickup arrangement, and wanted me to figure out how to make a on-off mute system for it.
Eddie wanted a Tele with a real clean sound. We decided on a hollow
Tele with dual humbuckers.
I will show some construction pictures of these axes, and then some photos of the finished instuments. It did my heart good to know these guys trusted me to build these instruments for them.
There is some exotic woods in these axes Smile
 
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Very cool shots Toad. . .

but dude. . .what's with the heels an' the liddle twuck?

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