Magazine article Guitar Player

Avalon: AV-T2

Magazine article Guitar Player

Avalon: AV-T2

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SO MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THE guitars played by our heroes. Whether we're talking about vintage Les Pauls, Stratocasters, Rickenbackers, or Gretsches, you can literally find entire books devoted to their history. Not much has been written, however, about the mighty 1968 Avalon AV-T2, made famous by the Shaggs.

This "band," made up of the Wiggins sisters from New Hampshire, recorded an album back in the summer of '69. That record, Philosophy of the World would have (should have?) stayed totally under the radar if not for the fact that Frank Zappa once declared in a Playboy interview, "The Shaggs are better than the Beatles." Hmmm. One thing is for sure: The incredibly strange, atonal, arrhythmic tunes on Philosophy are completely devoid of cliche. If your interest is piqued (and how could it not be?), have fun researching this bizarre group that appears on the favorite albums lists of guitarists as diverse as Kurt Cobain and Ronnie Montrose.

Okay, on to the guitar. At first glance, it's a cheapie, made-in-Japan, '60's solid-body, probably produced by Kawai, Teisco, or maybe Tele-Star. It has two single-coil pickups, a 3-way selector switch (conveniently located in the strum path on the pickguard), two volume and two tone knobs, and a surface-mount whammy. Even though it didn't catch on--which is probably why there is so little information available about this guitar company--this model was built to be more than an entry-level student guitar. …

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