I had the urge to invite a multi necked chordophone to Ukulele Corner incorporating the Pony Guitar Sanctuary. I don't know what they are like to play but they look like they are good to pose with, (and not having played one before I am curious about them). There aren't that many about though, and most of the ones I see for sale are Guitar based, (either a 6 string electric Guitar with another chordophone, Bass, Mandolin even Ukulele, or the 6 string plus another Guitar option, Baritone, 12 string, 7 string, even electric / acoustic). When I went looking though I couldn't find any real 2nd hand bargains; I did see a nice electric-acoustic but it was a bit expensive. So the only other option was to look at new and there are a few Chinese made and branded ones out there that are not that expensive, (so they are probably ponies; but it is the Pony Guitar Sanctuary) .The one I liked best was the Harlem V 6 /12 doubleneck, not quite a Gibson V copy, but still more distinctive than most (though for some reason only available in Black) The only problem, as far as I was concerned was that it was branded by Gear4Music with their naff name and even naffer logo - but I could always paint over it or try and remove it, (I have read you can do this with Brasso?) still it did put me off buying one straight away. I thought "Gear4Music are a big chain so there is no rush to get one. I could wait until I had a lottery win, or possibly see something better?" so I waited.
What I did find in the waiting period though, (and maybe this was a good thing?) was that I would see other Guitars and be a bit tempted, but would then think " do I like this more that the Harlem?" and decide not to buy. None of them were good 1 time offers though, (so I still might get a Squire Baritone Jaguar at some point in the future); none of them until I saw the Rally Hurricane IIAR with its distinctive body shape and the aluminium full body scratch plate. Now I know Rally Banjos are good but I'd never really looked at their Guitars; apart from anything else you do really get Rally Guitars in the UK. I'd never seen one before and new that I would be unlikely to see one again, and that with the buy it now or best offer pricing it wouldn't be long before someone else saw it and bought it. As there was a Best Offer option I thought it was at least worth a cheeky bid. My first 2 offers were rejected but the seller then countered with a price that was slightly lower than what I was going to go to next, and a bit cheaper than the full asking price. I thought I had better buy it at this price but still had the "do I like it better than the Harlem?" quandry I solved this quandary by deciding to buy it as well . After all I did win the lottery last week, (even though its win a free ticket, its still a win) and when these two turn up it will feel like I have won the lottery again.
And the double neck is a bit of a beast! Well it's a lot of a beast actually and the Rally is a beast too. They are both quite heavy, clearly very solid and the shape is a little awkward. The Rally doesn't stand up very well and you have to be careful of the sharp corners of the metal. The Double Neck is not easy to play sitting down, particularly the 12 string neck and I am having trouble with the bridge pickup on the 12 string. I'm not entirely sure how you are suppose to switch between necks, it says on the publicity specifications the is a switch for this but I cant find one? I can get some switching between necks though, (though clearly only one at a time will play), if I tun down the volume on the 6 string neck the 12 string bridge pickup works and if I turn down the volume on the 12 string neck or switch to the neck pickup(?) the 6 string pickups work. If I leave both necks turned up, the one that was working last will work?? I have contacted the distributors about this and am waiting to see what they say, I had better not try and get rid of the Gear4Music logos yet though in case I have to send it back.
And in case I didn't make it clear the Rally works perfectly on all of the electrics - no worries there
Coming Soon!!! >