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Some call it ugly - what do you think: Wandre Rock Oval

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For some reason, I'm drawn to this. If I were to build something like this, I would never execute it the way it was originally/mechanically designed, but there are aspects of it that I find very appealing.

I would never do the pick guard that way, and the headstocks on these guitars are far from elegant. Definitely not a guitar to sit with and play...

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BC Rich has made far uglier guitars.

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I like "different" but this one is not doing it for me.

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i guess most Wandre' stuff is 'ugly' by traditional standards but there are some pretty coll things going on. Iquite like the square-ish headstocks and the aluminium and wood mix is pretty cool.

Id have to pick the Polyphon i think for its shape. But i'd prefer a minamilist control plate/pickup combo

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I think rumble seat music has a bunch of Wandre stuff right now

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I think Wandre's are pretty cool. Buddy Miller is a big fan of them, and has been for quite some time. He's used his for both recording and gigging.

F.Y.I. - Eastwood makes a copy of the Wandre Tr-Lam.

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I think Wandre's are pretty cool. Buddy Miller is a big fan of them, and has been for quite some time. He's used his for both recording and gigging.

F.Y.I. - Eastwood makes a copy of the Wandre Tr-Lam.

– EllenGtrGrl

Right. Buddy played Wandres with Spyboy and sounded incredible. I think the Eastwood version has a wooden neck (maybe maple?) unlike the old Tr-Lam, which has an aluminum neck. That's a big part of that sound.

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I wouldn't even hold a guitar as puke-inducing for me as these guitars are. They may have great action and playability and sound wonderful, but I have to like the looks of a guitar before I consider owning it, let alone in this case, even picking it up. Hey.....you asked.

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I love the Wandre upright bass design. You have to keep in mind that this was an Italian company from the late 50s. Some very artistic designs in my view and a lot of this stuff is hotly collected.

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The Wandre Rock Oval and the BB are possibly the 2 most beautiful guitars ever made in my opinion. I have been on the search for one of those 2 models that I could afford for over 20 years. The first time I saw one was the last scene of the chet baker movie "let's get lost" Classic Italian design from the 60s !! I've had the pleasure to play a few and although they may look like a novelty guitar the sound of these instruments are fantastic and superior to many other instruments. If anyone finds one, please send it my way!!!!

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Hey JayceMumford, thanks for posting those pics. I'd never seen the six-on-side version of the Wandre headstock. That is actually kinda cool. I have to admit that I find the headstock on the Rock Oval to be pretty ugly and "after-thought-ish" in design appearance.

Paul, weren't you in the process of getting a Wandre restored? Which model?

Having never played one before, I can imagine an aluminum neck giving a similar feel and tonal quality to the Travis Bean and Kramer models that are similarly constructed. I played both the Bean and Kramer aluminum necked models in a store as a teen and desperately wanted either, but I could never manage to come up with the cash. Now, they seem to be quite collectable and even more expensive.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I do find this guy's lack of appreciation for the Rock Oval a bit insulting - and a bit embarrassing as a gift recipient.

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I love the Wandre upright bass design. You have to keep in mind that this was an Italian company from the late 50s. Some very artistic designs in my view and a lot of this stuff is hotly collected.

– knavel

Now this is novel and highly artistic. I certainly like model and can see where it would command a premium price.

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It's all "eye of the beholder". I'm fairly open minded on this stuff. With Wandre's, I can live without the Rock Oval, but I think the BB is beautiful in an odd way, but still beautiful. Of course, the BB was named for Bridgette Bardot....

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I love that Bass!!

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I like the model played by Buddy Miller but not the Rock Oval -- a silly shape for the sake of a silly shape made for players saying "look at me and my cool guitar".

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Just my personal opinion (re: the original post) --- ugly.

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Wandres always looked like the guitars played by the Saturday Morning Cartoon bands in the 60's. You know, The Archies, The Hardy Boys, the Chatanoga Cats, etc? I love 'em ... And if you don't build your own, Eastwood is bound to build one eventually!

Jim

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I love them, the Picasso of guitars!

– GreTschocaster

Some would say the Salvador Dali of guitars

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Some would say the Salvador Dali of guitars

– DCBirdMan

That's more like it!

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reminds me of the guitar that Lindsey Buckingham plays,, shape wise.


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