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PureSalem Tom Cat Guitar!

jwguitar

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Hi folks here is a new guitar that I just acquired. It is a PureSalem Tom Cat. The body is similar to a Guild Thunderbird guitar. The PureSalem is a bolt on neck with an ebony fingerboard and a two p-90 pickups. Despite the strange body shape it is quite ergonomic!

 
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Interesting that they would produce it as a bolt-on when the original is a setneck.

I own a DeArmond Jet Star, which is also based on the Guild Thunderbird, but has humbuckers and is a setneck.

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Interesting that they would produce it as a bolt-on when the original is a setneck.

I own a DeArmond Jet Star, which is also based on the Guild Thunderbird, but has humbuckers and is a setneck.

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Wow! That is a great looking guitar! I always liked the Darmond guitars from the late 90’s. You hardly see them on the used market which is saying quite a lot. I’m not sure why PureSalem did a bolt-on version of this guitar. However, I do know that one of the first generations of the Tom Cat model did have a set neck. One thing I really like about the PureSalem TomCat guitar is that it has an Ebony fingerboard. It makes it very easy to play.
 
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Wow! That is a great looking guitar! I always liked the Darmond guitars from the late 90’s. You hardly see them on the used market which is saying quite a lot. I’m not sure why PureSalem did a bolt-on version of this guitar. However, I do know that one of the first generations of the Tom Cat model did have a set neck. One thing I really like about the PureSalem TomCat guitar is that it has an Ebony fingerboard. It makes it very easy to play.

I love ebony boards too, for the same reason. My LP Special DC has an ebony board.

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I never knew that LP specials had ebony boards. I always thought they used rosewood or roasted maple. Very interesting and beautiful guitar!

Thanks, they almost always are either rosewood, or more recently baked maple, as you say. I didn't realise that this one was ebony, until it arrived (I bought it from an internet friend on the opposite coast to me). This pic shows the darkness of the ebony a bit better.

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Phil 52

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Interesting that they would produce it as a bolt-on when the original is a setneck.

I own a DeArmond Jet Star, which is also based on the Guild Thunderbird, but has humbuckers and is a setneck.

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Some decades ago I had the opportunity to purchase the same DeArmond model at my local guitarshop.
Alas, I let it pass. Could kick my ass every time I get reminded on this
 

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Thanks, they almost always are either rosewood, or more recently baked maple, as you say. I didn't realise that this one was ebony, until it arrived (I bought it from an internet friend on the opposite coast to me). This pic shows the darkness of the ebony a bit better.

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BK. I wonder if yours is perhaps a obeche fingerboard. I had a 2011 LP Junior with a obechec fretboard that also looked and felt like ebony. ff.JPG
 
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Some decades ago I had the opportunity to purchase the same DeArmond model at my local guitarshop.
Alas, I let it pass. Could kick my ass every time I get reminded on this
Over the years, I owned a total of 5 DeArmonds. Started out with a cheapie boltneck Jet Star Special. It was not special. BUT the senteck MIKs with USA DeArmond pickups were/are fantastic guitars.

I owned two Jets Stars, but the second (in "Moon Blue") was bought specifically to flip, and because the money went to charity (some "music in schools" program). In fact, I ended up trading that second Jet Star for one of the M-series Aristocrat based LP-type guitars, a black M-75 that I found locally. I didn't fancy the harp tailpiece on it, and replaced it with a similar, but much prettier, M-72 in "antique burst," that had a tune-a-matic bridge assembly instead. I held onto that one for a good long while. In a perfect world where I had unlimited storage space, I would've held onto it, but once I got a batch of Gibson Les Pauls, it felt a little redundant. Here's that M-72:

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So I'm down to the one Jet Star, in crimson transparent. That'un will stay!

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jwguitar

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Over the years, I owned a total of 5 DeArmonds. Started out with a cheapie boltneck Jet Star Special. It was not special. BUT the senteck MIKs with USA DeArmond pickups were/are fantastic guitars.

I owned two Jets Stars, but the second (in "Moon Blue") was bought specifically to flip, and because the money went to charity (some "music in schools" program). In fact, I ended up trading that second Jet Star for one of the M-series Aristocrat based LP-type guitars, a black M-75 that I found locally. I didn't fancy the harp tailpiece on it, and replaced it with a similar, but much prettier, M-72 in "antique burst," that had a tune-a-matic bridge assembly instead. I held onto that one for a good long while. In a perfect world where I had unlimited storage space, I would've held onto it, but once I got a batch of Gibson Les Pauls, it felt a little redundant. Here's that M-72:

64238476_14f19c75b3_b.jpg


So I'm down to the one Jet Star, in crimson transparent. That'un will stay!

50016822597_1503ccbb6d_b.jpg
Those guitars are much better quality than the new Made in China Guild guitar line which is now owned by cordoba.
 
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