9.7 of 10 Condition (a few tiny superficial scratches, some glue residue from a label on back plate)
The Valley Arts company was founded in the mid-1970s in North Hollywood, California, a district of Los Angeles, California in the San Fernando Valley; the name "Valley Arts" is a reference to the firm's original location. Partners Mike McGuire and Al Carness owned a music store and repair shop, their repairs and customizations gained the attention of Los Angeles studio musicians and jazz guitarists such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Tommy Tedesco and Larry Carlton. They began building custom guitars from scratch in 1977, and by 1983 demand for these guitars had increased to the point of requiring a separate manufacturing facility. Most of their guitars had a radical styling similar to that of a superstrat; others were modified versions of Fender's popular designs, the Stratocaster and the Telecaster. "Signature" Valley Arts features often included highly-figured wood grain on the front, translucent colored finishes, gold hardware, Floyd Rose locking tremolos, EMG and Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups.
In 1992 half of Valley Arts was sold to the Korean guitar manufacturer Samick. McGuire and Carness quickly became dissatisfied with their positions in the company and the quality of the guitars manufactured by Samick.
This one is from the McGuire/Carness era and was made in "The Valley" in the good ole USA and is every bit the guitar that Carlton and friends fell in love with. It's got all the features Valley Arts was know for - highly figured top, lusterous trans finish, gold hardware and EMG pickups. Rock on!
Highly figured Maple body with carved top
1-piece Maple neck
2 EMG humbucking pickups
3-way, volume, tone
Tune-o-matic style bridge
Pearl "dot" position markers
Herringbone purfling on top and headstock
Single-ply binding top, back and headstock
Gold plated hardware
24 3/4" scale
1 5/8" nut width
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