Guitar Builder

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by ktm450, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. ktm450

    ktm450 Member

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    I picked up a guitar at pawn shop, the logo on the head stock is Surles. written on the base of the neck is a little note signed "Jim Surles".

    Anyone know who this is?

    Thanks ktm450
     
  2. decay-o-caster

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    A killer guitar maker, I believe from the Bay Area, though I might be wrong on that. If you got it in a pawn shop, you might've done really well for yourself.

    Get in touch with Mike Roberto - ToneGurus here on the board. He is very knowledgeable about Jim Surles' guitars, I believe. http://www.tonegurus.com/
     
  3. ktm450

    ktm450 Member

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    Thanks for the information. I will check the site you provided.
     
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    ManliusGuitar Member

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    If it is what it is, then that is a pretty nice find....
     
  5. ktm450

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    Thanks for the reply.
    The guitar specs are

    Single cutaway Tele
    Wilkerson tremolo
    3 sss Seymor Duncan (?) pick-ups
    coil split
    Birds Eye maple neck (?) with ebony fret board
    sperzel locking tuners

    I paid one hundred dollars for it. do you know of the luthier?

    KTM$%)
     
  6. james russell

    james russell Silver Supporting Member

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    Jim Surles is a personal friend of mine. Excellent guitar maker. He built guitars for many years out of his shop at Zone Music in Cotati, Calif. The last time I saw him was at the most recent Healdsburg guitar festival in 2007. He was still building at that time, and had some nice new instruments at the time. Hunt down the phone number for Zone Music and they may be able to tell you more.

    His work is top caliber. You got a smokin' deal on a very nice axe. Good luck!

    James
     
  7. nsps

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    If you paid $100 for it I doubt you could have gone too wrong. How does it play?
     
  8. edwarddavis

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    :worthless:worthless

    Sounds like a great find but
     
  9. ktm450

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    Wow, I'm new to TGP and blown away by the information exchange. this is my first time using a message board / thread.

    nsps;
    I have not played it yet. I like to pull the strings and hang the guitar for a week before I start the cleaning adjusting and and stringing.

    edwarddavis;
    I hear you, this evening I will read up on posting pictures and attempt to cut the suspense.

    KTM450
     

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