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  • Anyone have an Epiphone Al Caiola?

    Like the one in this video?










    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNh-IAXaB7I





    or this one on ebay?







    Or a copy like this Astoria?



    One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it.
    Three chords and you're into jazz
    - Lou Reed

  • #2
    I've never known anybody that has had one, but they are slick looking.
    "No one ever goes to heaven deservingly
    and no one ever goes to hell unwillingly."
    -CS Lewis

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    • #3
      Is this your current white whale? What you're selling the paisley Tokai for?
      NEWB since '09.

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      • #4
        I've only seen one person that has owned one and that was in the late 60. They only have 20 fret necks .

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        • #5
          Your from Mpls. right well the original Lead Guitarist in the Stillroven had a Walnut Custom like the 2nd & 3rd pics.

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          • #6






            Quote Originally Posted by jtr654
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            Your from Mpls. right well the original Lead Guitarist in the Stillroven had a Walnut Custom like the 2nd & 3rd pics.




            Wow,Stillroven from Robbinsdale?







            They recorded an awesome version of "Hey Joe".






            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-0zMnkCYOE
            One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it.
            Three chords and you're into jazz
            - Lou Reed

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            • #7
              I am less surprised that Epiphone made it than I am that somebody copied it....sort of a part-guitar/part-Betamax vibe?



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              • #8
                looks cool...gonna miss the toaki thread...

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                • #9
                  Here is one with P-90s!



                  One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it.
                  Three chords and you're into jazz
                  - Lou Reed

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                  • #10
                    what do the switches do.






                    Quote Originally Posted by fuzztone
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                    Here is one with P-90s!







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                    • #11
                      I know of a man whom owns what you seek. I've seen it and touched.......
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                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by realtree71
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                        I know of a man whom owns what you seek. I've seen it and touched.......




                        Awesome! I have never seen on in person,they are pretty rare beasties.









                        Quote Originally Posted by Davo17
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                        looks cool...gonna miss the toaki thread...




                        Don't worry,I'm keep'n the toaki!













                        Quote Originally Posted by Davo17
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                        what do the switches do.




                        Les Paul Forum Member Robal wrote this:



                        "I have a Caiola Custom with the Tone Expressor switch system. This is a Varitone type circuit, using a large choke and a series of different sized capacitors, that is switchable with slide switches. It is more versatile that a typical Varitone that uses a rotary switch since you can have different combinations of slide switches to filter different frequencies. But it has disadvantages too: 1. You can't play both the neck and bridge pickups at the same time, you have to switch between one or the other; 2. the Tone Expressor system loads the pickups; 3. I can find only a couple of truly useful settings with the Tone Expressor circuit despite all the possible combinations. My solution was to have a replacement plastic cover made that uses the conventional system that you would find on a Gibson 335: two volume pots, two tone pots, 3-way toggle switch to select pickups. I replaced the entire Tone Expressor cover and electronics with this and it made the guitar more useful. If I want to return it to stock, I just have to reconnect a few wires to the Tone Expressor. I am happy with the results."



                        MR. 355,another member of the Les Paul Forum,said this about his Al Caiola Standard(P-90s):



                        "features of the "AL Caiola Standard" beside the P90's are: A fully hollow body with NO f holes affording it great feedback resistance, a DOT marker brazillian board and a great neck profile with the wide nut that we pay the big bucks for, Kluson tuners and another important deviation from the "Custom"; an ABR 1 that is sitting on posts mounted directly into the body vs. the movable base mount on the Custom. As aforementioned by Litcrit, it is the only ES double-cut style guitar with a 25.5" scale length and I love it.

                        Making a new plate and mounting any type of harness you like would be a breeze compared to re-wiring an ES. Mine is so clean as to look like a brand new guitar (I don't have a digital camera so I'm sorry that I can't post any pics) so I'm never going to mess with it. Like a 345-55 it sounds great as it is but would open up with modification. A personal observtion of mine as I own several early ES models and their Epi counterparts is that the workmanship on my Epi's, particularly the neck-fingerboard joint is much better? These are rare birds indeed as I have only seen one other either in person or on the net, and I've been looking for years."
                        One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it.
                        Three chords and you're into jazz
                        - Lou Reed

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                        • #13
                          I used to collect Al Caiola and Tony Mottola records, and all the various titles they recorded under, like Living Guitars and the Command All Stars and all those Enoch Light albums. Some great, great records. I must have had close to 100 at one time.

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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by fuzztone
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                            Awesome! I have never seen on in person,they are pretty rare beasties.







                            Don't worry,I'm keep'n the toaki!











                            Les Paul Forum Member Robal wrote this:



                            "I have a Caiola Custom with the Tone Expressor switch system. This is a Varitone type circuit, using a large choke and a series of different sized capacitors, that is switchable with slide switches. It is more versatile that a typical Varitone that uses a rotary switch since you can have different combinations of slide switches to filter different frequencies. But it has disadvantages too: 1. You can't play both the neck and bridge pickups at the same time, you have to switch between one or the other; 2. the Tone Expressor system loads the pickups; 3. I can find only a couple of truly useful settings with the Tone Expressor circuit despite all the possible combinations. My solution was to have a replacement plastic cover made that uses the conventional system that you would find on a Gibson 335: two volume pots, two tone pots, 3-way toggle switch to select pickups. I replaced the entire Tone Expressor cover and electronics with this and it made the guitar more useful. If I want to return it to stock, I just have to reconnect a few wires to the Tone Expressor. I am happy with the results."



                            MR. 355,another member of the Les Paul Forum,said this about his Al Caiola Standard(P-90s):



                            "features of the "AL Caiola Standard" beside the P90's are: A fully hollow body with NO f holes affording it great feedback resistance, a DOT marker brazillian board and a great neck profile with the wide nut that we pay the big bucks for, Kluson tuners and another important deviation from the "Custom"; an ABR 1 that is sitting on posts mounted directly into the body vs. the movable base mount on the Custom. As aforementioned by Litcrit, it is the only ES double-cut style guitar with a 25.5" scale length and I love it.

                            Making a new plate and mounting any type of harness you like would be a breeze compared to re-wiring an ES. Mine is so clean as to look like a brand new guitar (I don't have a digital camera so I'm sorry that I can't post any pics) so I'm never going to mess with it. Like a 345-55 it sounds great as it is but would open up with modification. A personal observtion of mine as I own several early ES models and their Epi counterparts is that the workmanship on my Epi's, particularly the neck-fingerboard joint is much better? These are rare birds indeed as I have only seen one other either in person or on the net, and I've been looking for years."










                            It is one of the fancier guitars I've seen. He was thinking of selling it but it was pretty expensive
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                            2007 Carvin V220 Green Machine
                            1983 Gibson Custom Shop Edition Schenker reject
                            1989 Fender Telecaster Custom Deluxe Ultra
                            1968 Fender Telecaster
                            2007 Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass
                            1997 Fender Pink Paisley

                            59 Fender Bassman
                            Marshall JCM 800
                            Marshall Studio 15
                            Marshall 1976
                            Marshall Silver Jubilee
                            Orange Tiny Terror
                            Orange Rocker 30
                            Carvin Vintage 16

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                            • #15
                              This Ibanez popped up today...



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