The Twelfth Fret is very pleased to carry a wide range of quality instruments from Alhambra in Spain, ranging from beginner to professional concert grade.
Their entry to the world of Flamenco is the model 2F.
This Laskin 12-string is a wonderful guitar, with an interesting history and a well established provenance demonstrating its participation in folk music performance.
This afternoon our guest is a lovely Clark Beaufort Reverb 1×12 Combo Amplifier Blackface dating to around 2013, based on the tube-chart serial number.
This model is based on the AB-763 circuit used in the early Blackface Deluxe models.
His father, Bernardo Mason Rico, was a guitar-maker, with a shop where he built guitars, vihuelos, requintos, bajo sextos and other instruments for the Mexican-oriented musicians in L. playing in local Latin conjuntos and mariachi orchestras. The Rico shop was originally known as the Valencian Guitar Shop in around 1947, and later as Casa Rico. Fly Like An Eagle The Seagull did well, however, players began complaining about the upper point jabbing them in the chest. Rich over the use of the Rico brand name, and the first shipment of B. Rico guitars was impounded by customs awaiting a decision.
Rico with a smile, “when Sabicas said to me, ‘I’m tired of playing, you play! I was very nervous but it is a great memory.” Acoustic apprenticeship Bernie Rico had begun working in his father’s shop as early as 1953 or ’54, building ukuleles out of koa. ” If you’ve ever played uke, you’ll know that phrase. Heater connection, Gibson found out and was not happy. “We were sitting in Denny’s restaurant at 11 PM drinking coffee and designing guitars on napkins. The Bich has been acused of being a copy of a design of guitarmaker Dave Bunker. These guitars eventually became the basis for Rico’s Mason Bernards, and have been resuscitated for the new B. Rico likes to point out, though, that “The Gunslinger was the best guitar I could put out for 9. Another interesting Strat-style guitar from this period was the Outlaw, basically an ST-III with a series of holes drilled through the upper horn, like handles. Innovation In 1987, the Innovator bass also appeared, another guitar which is in the newly revived B. The NJ Series in that catalog included the Warlock, the ST superstrat and the Outlaw, which has become basically a Gunslinger with a reverse headstock.
Reversing the process, Bernie Rico changed his guitar name to B. Since he was riding a lot of motorcycles with fancy paint jobs at the time, this made sense. Rico had gotten on the electric freeway and there was no looking back! Gibson “copies” and the Seagull In 1969 Rico began his first attempts at guitar production with ten Gibson EB-3 bass copies, with arched tops and fancy inlays and ten matching Les Paul guitars. Rich guitars designed by Rico was the Seagull guitar and bass, which debuted in 1972. The rounded upper bout featured a little point about mid-way on the bass side (reminiscent of the early Carvin designs from the late ’50s and early ’60s), while the cutaway horn had a typically dramatic downward turn to it. Neck-through construction was used on most Seagulls and other models throughout the ’70s and early ’80s, although not exclusively: some bolt-necks were also built, but these were in the minority. In some ways, this is an extension of the idea of a lute, which typically had paired courses except for the first string or “chantarelle,” which was used to carry single-string melodies. As Rico puts it, “All the guys working for me had ideas; we just kind of laid them out and made them. At least some of these had necks and bodies which were made by Wayne Charvel, who was in the parts business at the time. The necks would then undergo a final shaping to Rico’s design, and then be fitted to the bodies. Soon other models began to appear with the new design, including the late 1982 Eagle shown here. Rather than replace him, the decision was made to cease acoustic production. Production Series announced in the 1984 catalog included the Mockingbird Tremelo, Stealth Tremelo, Warlock Tremelo and Ironbird Tremelo. “These were the first guitars I had ever made where I sat down and calculated everything to the max,” says Rico, “these guitars were designed as if price was no object. Di Marzio came up with a proprietary pickup design for me, including a very neat vintage single coil.” About 225 of these Mason Bernard guitars were made between 1990 and the middle of 1991. The Eagle line was represented by the Eagle Arch Top, Arch Top Tremolo and Eagle bass. Rich neck-through guitars is relatively easy, although slightly imprecise by the ’80s. These consecutive numbers probably ran up to around 340 or 360, as Rico recalls. Throughout the ’70s, production numbers were low enough that the serial numbers pretty much reflect the year of manufacture.