It’s crazy how busy life can get especially around the time of the holidays.  As most of you know, I don’t bother wasting my time with anything on Jackaboutguitars unless I consider it fun, at least somewhat worthwhile, feel it’s way cool, or even all three.  After all, the tagline for the site is “just a fun little guitar site”.  I guess that’s my disclaimer too – (fun for me.)


I’m now going to make mention of a pretty cool evening I spent several weeks back at the local guitar shop that had all three of the above mentioned qualifications.

I walked in one Saturday afternoon and was greeted warmly (as is the usual scenario) when I walked into the way cool guitar shop, Five Star Guitars.

My agenda that day was to inquire about placing some 4×6 cards up on their bulletin board concerning The Wrecking Crew Film Article and Interview with Filmmaker Denny Tedesco which at the time was the latest Feature Post on Jackaboutguitars.com.

Filmmaker Denny Tedesco, (son of the late, great, guitarist, Tommy Tedesco – who was one of the members of The Wrecking Crew), had just got the Kickstarter going to raise the final $250,000 needed to get The Wrecking Crew Film up onto the big screen…and it was a HUGE success when the Kickstarter ended at $313,157 with 4,245 backers!

Jeep Simonet, one of the three owners of Five Star Guitars, said sure (that it was okay to post the cards) and asked me if I knew about the event happening at the store that evening, to which I replied a simple no.  After Jeep told me, I did remember a short simple post that I had done some months before concerning the Special Guest of the Evening (See:http://www.jackaboutguitars.com/namm-danelectro)


Let me tell you about Five Star Guitars…Five Star Guitars is a really way cool guitar store that has been in business since 1998.



It’s located at 2303 N.W. 185th Ave. in Tanasbourne (officially Hillsboro, Oregon 97124 – 503.439.9500).  If you aren’t familiar with where Tanabourne is, it’s right at the point where far, far, north, and even farther west than north, N.W. Portland meets N.E. Hillsboro meets N.W. Beaverton where N.E. Aloha creeps in.  Talk about being centrally located to all of these different areas!

Five Star Guitars has everything in their store that a guitar player could want in a local guitar shop.  Even if you have seen an item elsewhere at a price that’s even lower than the great and competitive prices that they already offer, Five Star will match that price!  They will even match internet pricing too.  You can even check out Five Star Guitars Inventory online.

5 Star GretschsUmmm…..Gretschs!


THAT says PLENTY.  Geoff Metts, Jeremie Murfin, and Jeep Simonet are the store’s owners.  These guys really have it together.  Cool guys….Cool store….Cool stuff.  Free estimates.  Warranties.  Music lessons and repairs available 7 days per week.

With regard to music lessons: “Private instruction is offered on several instruments and taught on-site by professional musicians that are active in the local music scenes.”

Geoff Metts stated that “Currently there are 18 active employees and instructors, many of whom have been here 10 years or more. We’re a locally owned and independent music store that has garnered national attention because of our commitment to our customers, employees and our community.”

And the cool stuff?  Not only six string electrics.  They provide it all – for the beginner to the professional musician!

There’s also an acoustic guitar section, basses, amps, banjos, mandolins, drums, percussion, cymbals, cases, huge brand name gear as well as stuff from local vendors, effects pedals, cables, harmonicas, straps, strings, ukuleles, pickups, slides, picks, keyboards, synths, and midi, speakers, recording software, pro audio, speaker cabinets, mics, wireless, p.a. and sound systems, parts, tuners, tubes, books, DVD’s, lessons, modifications, repairs, and set ups, and one of my favorites – VINTAGE and used instruments!

Yes, VINTAGE and used instruments, tee-shirts (I’ve bought my last 3 cool tee-shirts here in the past couple months), and even so much more that there isn’t the time and the space to mention everything they carry.  So check out their site, or better yet, get yourself into the shop.  You won’t be disappointed.

If they don’t have something in stock, they will certainly order it for you too.   They have all the stuff the big stores have in 3100 square feet of space.  Need I say anymore?

Here’s a little something borrowed from Angie’s List:

“Five Star Guitars was featured as one of America’s top independent guitar stores in the July 2012 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.  The four page article, “America’s Top Indie Guitar Shops” by Bridget Oates, describes 38 of the top shops by region.  Five Star Guitars was one of only three Oregon stores included and the only one from the Portland Metro Area.”

“This is a real honor for us, we’re very excited,” stated co-owner Geoff Metts.  “We’ve gotten calls and e-mails from customers and product reps from all over the country to congratulate us,” explained Metts.  “We would sincerely like to thank our staff and our customers for all their support; without them none of this would be possible.”

FiveStarGuitars-3 for press releaseFive Star Guitars’s Owners Jeep Simonet, Geoff Metts, & Jeremie Murfin


Don’t forget to get over to Facebook and give them a like.  Every week they have a contest on their Facebook Page where they give away all kinds of great stuff!  So if you live anywhere in or near the Portland Metro Area and like guitars, you really have to get in to Five Star Guitars and check it out…and if you’re not in the market to purchase something, get in there anyway, even if only for a great time!



Now back to the rest of the story.  The event that was taking place that evening at Five Star Guitars was “AN EVENING WITH DEKE DICKERSON”.


If you’ve never heard of Deke Dickerson, Deke is a “GUITAR GEEK of ROYAL APPOINTMENT” (kind of like The Three Musketeers, except that Deke doesn’t need the other two Musketeers).

DekeDickersonPhoto by Joel Paterson

The term GUITARCHEOLOGY, it’s a term that describes who Deke is and what Deke does best (well, besides his cool guitar playing and singing).  Think of  BLOODHOUNDS on the HUNT for the FOX, COPS on a MANHUNT for a DANGEROUS AND ARMED WANTED FELON, or even the MONSTROUS DRAGON of SIZABLE PROPORTIONS ready to SWOOP UP the FAIR PRINCESS.

If there’s a rare guitar to be sought out and found, Deke has the prowess to sniff it out, lay his hands on it, and somehow manage to acquire it, no matter what the consequencesA true GUITARCHEOLOGIST of  a most noble order (like  a Steve Soest, who is The King of GUITARCHEOLOGISTS).

You see, Deke was born a Coal Miner’s Daught…wait a minute, that’s another story.  Strike that.  What I meant to say before the confusion began to set in is that this Gentleman, Deke Dickerson, is a Guitar Man’s GUITAR MAN.  (My apologies for the confusion, Deke.  It’s late and I’m plenty tired.)

Here’s something better – a tiny slice taken from Deke’s Bio:

“It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it,” claims journeyman musician/singer/entertainer Deke Dickerson. As usual, Dickerson interjects dry wit into a serious proclamation of his career intent: keeping America’s roots music alive while interjecting new creativity—a blood transfusion, if you will—into genres of music that flourished decades previous.”

For more on Deke see:  Deke Dickerson’s Bio 2013

This particular evening that Deke was appearing at Five Star Guitars, (a stone’s throw across the street from about as far North and West NW Portland where I currently reside), and he was there to talk about his latest book, “The Strat In The Attic” and also to put on a guitar clinic.

If the title alone of his book isn’t enough to whet your appetite, you’re either “guitar dead”, have never been bitten by a “guitar vampire”, “guitar snake”, or any “guitar bug” out there, or not as “into guitars” as you might have thought StratInTheAtticyou were.  (By the way, if you’d like to purchase this cool book and have it signed by Deke, follow the instructions after clicking on “The Strat In The Attic” link.)


What a GREAT book!  After purchasing my signed copy from Deke, I took it home and couldn’t pry it out of my wife’s hands.  She’s not even a guitar person, let alone a Guitar Geek!  In fact, guitars are actually her competition. Lynn:Sunburst                             Wife                          versus                    1959 Les Paul Sunburst

As I read these amazing stories of Guitarcheology I was probably having different experiences than most who read these tales. For me, I could almost smell the sweet vintage guitar fumes coming off of the pages.  At least with me there were several times that I was sure that I did.

I’m not talking about those old musty kinds of smells either, but those wonderful, fine guitar and amplifier smells that I can remember smelling at the ripe young age of nine, ten, eleven…

Growing up in Orange County, California, I still remember the fine fragrances  of new guitars and amplifiers when walking into Garlock’s Music Store in Midway City or Beach Music & Manolio’s Music in Huntington Beach in the 1960’s.  Even Wallich’s Music City in Buena Park was that way.  It was a different time.  Going into Sears, Roebuck & Co., one could smell the same wonderful smells in the music department where they had those Danelectro Silvertone guitars and amps.

Maybe it’s a romantic idea to even think of these instruments from decades ago still having those same wonderful smells almost fifty years later.  Just the thought of them though and the wonderful smells I know that I was experiencing had this magic spell over me while perusing these fascinating stories.

The stories in The Strat In The Attic certainly took me back to those places of wafting sweet guitar scents from a time when I knew that I was pretty much captured and held prisoner (beyond any mental or physical strength I may have thought that I possessed) by these beautiful stringed instruments, or do I say sirens as no Ulysses could have denied himself submission to them either. That’s only one of the things this book did for me.

It also took me back to the days when I was lucky enough to accompany Steve Soest in his yellow Dodge van on the hunt many times when these “vintage” instruments were just used guitars and amps that he was checking out at pawn shops, yard and garage sales, and Penny Saver ads!

There was the time I got a call from Steve to go check out a “used” Fiesta Red Strat around the corner from where I lived for him.  I had never owned a Strat and had even barely played more than one at that point in time.  I didn’t know if it was a real one or not.  It could have easily been a good fake and I didn’t have enough knowledge at the time to even know that.  Boy did I feel like a dummy.

Memories of  taking a drive out to the San Fernando Valley for Steve with THREE BLONDE ES 335 DOT NECKS to take to Norman Harris of Norm’s Rare Guitars and driving back to Steve’s Guitar Shop with only one of the blonde dot neck 335’s and more CA$H than I had ever seen in my life!  I was scared $#!+less driving back.  I vaguely remember Steve saying there were only 220 something? of these original issue blonde dot necks ever made and he had managed to score THREE of them.

I knew the Bigsby guitars existed and that one recently sold for some $266,000.  To read about Deke’s Dragnet undertakings and finding out that some of these guitars were still out there, tracking them down and all of the stories that go along with the hunt, are really something to be appreciated.

There are so many great stories from “Guitar Ground Zero” (Southern California) concerning people that I’ve known along the way such as Steve Soest, Jim Washburn, & Richard Smith, all very knowledgeable Guitarcheologists in their own right.  Many of Steve Soest’s treasures can be viewed in photos in a story we ran some time back called SOEST GUITAR CELEBRATING 40 YEARS AT THE TOP OF THE GUITAR INDUSTRY.

There are different accounts of the Gibson Moderne, stories of The Grand Letar, the Howard Doubleneck, the only double cutaway 1959 Les Paul Sunburst IN EXISTENCE – and WHAT A STORY that one is if you have never heard it – (it just might make you ill), Link Wray’s Danelectro Guitarlin and it’s final resting place, Fender Broadcaster #0213, stories of Doc Kaufman & Leo Fender and the Vibro brand.

So many great stories like the Weissenborn of the Caribbean, the Hallmark Swept Wing, Bob Dylan’s Strat, the Tele under the bed, the church lady with the 1956 Strat, the 1964 12 string Gibson SG Custom, and of course, the Strat in the attic.  Even the story of when Deke purchased Scotty Moore’s EchoSonic Amplifier #2, which Deke thought to himself, “This is the greatest day in the history of the world.”

Deke and Scotty Moore“This is the greatest day in the history of the world.”         Photo by Rick Malkin

Deke talked about vintage guitars and collecting them.  He told several tales like those listed here that would curl your hair (or straighten it out if it is already curly).  Talk about stories that would make one’s heart race too.  You really do have to check out this book.  It’s full of great stories and will add to your guitar education too.

So if you haven’t read the book, click on the link (The Strat In The Attic) and follow the instructions so that you can have Deke autograph your own copy for you.  You’ll be glad you did!

Deke also held a guitar clinic that particular evening which was pretty cool.  He’s quite the Rockabilly Player and shared a lot of cool things about his gear and style of playing.  He talked about different ways that he plays his guitars and gave some great examples of what he was describing as the actual playing explained much better what words would have been unable to accomplish.

He also played and sang some songs which was a real treat for everyone who was in attendance.

Here are some videos of Deke in action:

Rock Tonight

  Mystery Train

  Deke Rockabilly Rave 16 Muleskinner Blues w/Crazy Joe

Deke with Reverend Horton Heat – Doubleneck Boogie

Here are some of Deke’s CD’s.  Just click on the photo to order or to see others that are available..

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Check out all the cool merchandise Deke has to offer on his site which includes T-shirts, Books, CD’s, LP’s, 7″ discs, MP3’s, DVD’s, Blu-Rays, Videos and even the Deke Dickerson Hallmark Guitar with a sunburst finish and chrome hardware!

DekeHallmark2Photo by Michael G. Stewart

 For some cool reading and photos go to a page created by Deke called: The Bigsby Files.  You can also sign up for Deke’s cool Newsletter.  Deke even has samples of a bunch of his writing.  Cool stuff!

Be sure to check out Deke’s Facebook Page and Deke’s Facebook Fan Page and give him a like!  While you’re at it give us a like on Facebook too!        –     Jack


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