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Graduated with a BA in Advertising from Glasgow University. Played guitar strangely with several unknown Gothic Rock bands. Postgraduate study PgDip, in Industrial Design from Hull University. Now writing, designing and blogging on guitardesignreviews.com and taiwanduck.com.


  1. BillMon
    March 16, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    I would love to see an LP/ST with the Red&White Canadian flag on the LP top, and the Red/White&Blue of The United States of America on the ST side. The North American.

    • MarkGDR
      March 16, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

      Hi Bill, I think the top would have to be the USA flag so you can see the stars as well as the stripes?

      • BillMon
        March 17, 2012 @ 2:48 am

        The top of the leaf would be cut off, but not the stars or stripes.

        • MarkGDR
          March 17, 2012 @ 11:13 am

          Yes, that would work, if you had the stars/stripes at the top!

  2. Larry Smiley
    March 17, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    There have been many attempts to cross pollinate the two guitars. The most notable being a Paul Reed Smith..They now have single cuts and non trem bridges, so they are moving to Gibson territory.
    I have a Samick guitar that I refer to as a Les G. It is a Torino. It has a symetrical double cutaway, but is arch topped and has binding and matching pickup rings. It encompases both the SG and Les Paul in it’s design elements. Even Fender has been been entering Gibson territory with some of the Pawn shop guitars they issued.

    • MarkGDR
      March 17, 2012 @ 11:10 am

      Hi Larry, Even more Gibson style than the Fender Pawnshop series, I think, are the Blacktop and Big Block Fenders. They take some of the Gibson styling cues and merge them into the Fender guitar range. The Lesocaster and Stratpaul above are kind of mathematically derived from the two classic shapes. When I finished the outlines and looked at the shapes I thought they were pretty good hybrids and was surprised I hadn’t seen these shapes or similar used by a third minor manufacturer, like Peavey or your own Samick, for example. I think a company could make a guitar with the above shapes without annoying Gibson or Fender as long as there’s no mention that it is half of each?!

  3. gary
    March 17, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    It was already done. EVH Wolfgang

  4. Sherm
    March 20, 2012 @ 12:11 am

    I get it .Take two things that are good and put them togather to make one really awesome creation,the the “Tuna salad chocolate sunday”comin to a choke and puke near you!!!

    • MarkGDR
      March 20, 2012 @ 12:33 am

      Ha ha, luckily both these ingredients are guitar flavoured. Your comment also reminds me of the saying “A camel is a horse designed by committee”.

  5. Nik
    March 20, 2012 @ 1:41 am

    The thing about these designs is that… well… they remind me of some guitars that are actively manufactured by Reverend. Not that the idea is bad!

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