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ECG: Costello Century Demo

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Folks,

This is a fantastic demo of a used Costello Century:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cNMVkkqGv88

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd owned one of these which has now been put into his 120 guitar auction.

 

 

As the owner of one of these ... I can honestly say they are  maple beasts well worth the price.

 

 

 

Enjoy

 

 

JC

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Completely different tonally compared to a mahogany L-OO. Of course, we don't know what strings are on it, or what pick he is using, but it is tonally striking. Sounds very "old" and trebly.

I like it.

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Sounds like something of a one-trick pony, but WHAT a trick. I really dig that thin '20s style tone.

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1 hour ago, FZ Fan said:

What is the fret board made of? Looks like the entire neck in inlaid. And if it is that will totally debunk the my fret board needs to be ebony or rosewood/

Mother of toilet seat!

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19 minutes ago, FZ Fan said:

Is that a real thing?

That is what it's called.

Tongue in cheek, because it is somewhat similar in appearance to mother of pearl, but is actually a "pearloid" plastic material used  from the 1930's to the 1950's (or so) for speaker boxes, toilet seat covers, hair brushes, and other decorative items. As well, of course, for over-the-top inlays on instruments, including guitars, banjos, and accordions. I had a student accordion with MOTS inlays when I was a kid. I would play anything with a keyboard, much to the dismay of my mother, who wanted me to stick to piano.

Google it. There are lots of good pictures online.

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17 minutes ago, FZ Fan said:

Is that a real thing?

I’m far from the originator of that term. It’s been called that, for years!

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In the 1920s and 1930s you found MOTS on many of the cheaper guitars and mandolins.  I suspect in these cases it was used not as much as decoration but  in place of a fingerboard or to cover a wafer thin one.   I still own a Sears Harmony-made mandolin with an MOTS board and used to own a Schmidt Stella which had a really striking rose colored MOTS board.   On the other hand I also own an early-1930s Kay Kraft-made Oahu "Nick Lucas" which has an MOTS headstock.  Certainly not a cheap guitar as it sold for just under $100 in its day. 

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