Even-StevenSteve Soest and Stevie Ray Vaughan… Double(neck) Trouble? (Hah)


It’s been a while since we’ve had a post like this..or any new post at all for that matter. Time gets away from all of us, especially me lately…

So it’s beyond time and way over due for a Steve Soest Post. Time For More “Keepin’ It Real” has been waiting in the wings.

Yes, it’s time for some sound advice from Steve Soest on how to keep that guitar in tip top shape and playin’ like it should. So be sure to write in to Steve here at: [email protected] for some great free advice – (or we’ll have to raise the price…and who wants to pay double free?)

EXPERT GUITAR MAN STEVE SOEST does this out of the goodness of his heart. There aren’t too many guys out there with this much guitar knowledge who share their love of guitars like this…for free…making the world a better place, one guitar at a time. For goodness sakes, Stevie Ray Vaughan used to come to Steve…Steve has always been THEE GUITAR GUY!

How many guitar doctors will give you this kind of guitar advice for free? All you have to do is write in with your questions and Steve will advise. You don’t even have to pay an insurance premium here, a deductible, nor even pay for an office visit. Steve prescribes just the right amount of medicine for your individual guitar situation!!!

Steve-MustangI mean really??? How many guys do you know that can drive around town with this many black guard Teles at once?  Only one I know of.


Steve, I have a mid nineties Strat from Japan and want to put some cool looking old style Fender tuners on it with the roundish oval style part you turn. The tuners that are original on it now say Fender on the round part of the tuner on the backside and are flat on the sides of the part you turn to tune it with (locking tuners maybe?).

Do you know if the Fender vintage style replacement tuners will fit this guitar? I don’t see any screws on the back holding the tuners on it so I guess I have to drill new holes into the headstock for the vintage style tuners. I want to find out if they would fit first because I don’t wanna drill holes in it and screw it all up with extra holes there if they won’t fit this. Its 1995 or 96 Fender Japanese Strat guitar cuz the guitar is pretty nice.

Thanx, Pete Waterton

Hello Pete,

And thanks for your question! The Old Kluson-style tuners do lend a nice vintage vibe to a Fender guitar. Gotoh (Japan) makes a very nice replica as well as other Asian manufacturers. It sounds like your Strat came with a diecast-type tuner that has a hex nut and washer on the face of the headstock and a couple of locating pins on the backside that fit into some tiny holes on the back of the headstock.

Those tuners  generally require a larger mounting hole in the headstock, and you’ll need to get some reduction bushings/ferrules to fit the outside diameter of the larger hole, and also the diameter of the smaller tuner post of the new Kluson-style tuners. Allparts (Texas),  WD (Florida), and Stewart-MacDonald (Ohio) all sell the tuners and the reduction bushings online via mail order. Good luck with your project!    –  Steve Soest


Steve, Why do they call the finish on the old Fender, Magnatone, etc. lapsteels “Mother of Toilet Seat”?  Lon Moore – Idaho Falls

Hey Lon, – Thanks for asking! Back in the Post World War II era, thin sheets of pearloid patterned celluloid plastic were used on many bathroom accessories (toilet seats, laundry hampers, tissue boxes, etc.) The material was shrunk around a solid wood shape using heat and sometimes acetone fumes. It was easier and cheaper than prepping and applying a lacquer finish and provided an attractive ready-to-go surface that didn’t have to be sanded and polished.Fender actually had a large drum of acetone outside of  their old building on Santa Fe Street in Fullerton and the workers would apply and shrink the material there!

When the generation of Baby Boomers came of age and started to unearth these little musical gems in the early 1970’s,  the covering reminded them of the bathrooms in their childhood homes…”Mother-of-Pearl” already was in use for organic shell material, so the term “Mother-of-Toilet Seat” was lovingly coined.  –  Steve Soest


Steve, Is there a pedal made today for the Vincent Bell’s underwater effect?
Gail McGuckin

Hi Gail,

Great question. Thanks! The only thing I’ve seen that came close to that is the old Fender Dimension IV unit. It was a free standing box as well as part of the Fender Super Showman solid state amp.

With the thousands of pedals out there these days , someone MUST make one. Let’s put this one out to the pedal geeks out there!  – Steve Soest

Keep the questions coming! Send them to: [email protected]

A huge THANK YOU to Steve Soest for taking time out of his busy schedule for us!



Steve Soest, Guitar Guy Extrarordinaire, Fielder of Dream Guitar Questions for the “Keepin’ It Real” Column here on the site, really has some interesting guests who pop by and spend time at his way ultra cool shop out in Orange, California… a place where the weather is always perfect!

We’ve got a few photos here taken just outside the barn by his wife Paula that show some of the folks that frequent Steve’s Shop and trust one of the BEST guys in the business out there to work on their valued instruments.

After you check out the photos, do take a look at the list of clients that Steve has served well over the years which I have borrowed from his web site and listed just beyond the photos.  I’ve even included a link here to a story and interview that we did with Steve a few years back… just in case you missed it the first time around…pretty darn interesting stuff. Click right here –>: Steve Soest

Don’t forget to send in your guitar questions here to the site as Steve will answer them for you as he has had plenty of years of experience repairing instruments the right way for a lot of the right people and he won’t steer you wrong.





THAT’S RIGHT! Some WAY COOL GUITARS are now available from STEVE SOEST(Soest Guitar)! Get ’em while they’re hot before somebody else does… because STUFF THIS COOL WON’T LAST LONG…

Steve-MustangSteve Soest with more than a carload of COOL and DROOL!

I may have to sell my SPECIAL PEDIGREE ALBINO MILKING CHICKENS and “MUSEUM QUALITY” CHIA PET COLLECTION to get in on this action and getting one of these babies for myself!

FOR SALE: 6.5 milking chickens-WELL TRAINED -THAT’S RIGHT – 1/2 a milking chicken too! (NON SHEDDING VARIETY!!!)

FOR SALE: 13 CHIA PETS -they don’t eat much and come from a VERY CLEAN CHIA FAMILY!!!

My apologies.  These guitars are just SO WAY COOL I got a little caught up and carried away about how I was going to bag something here for myself.  Back to the guitars…

Check out this list of WAY COOLNESS:

1. 1920 Gibson Style “O” Artist $3850

2. 1959 Martin OO-18G (he said he has this one sold, so it might be going back to him)

3. T. Haruo Fancy Martin Style Model 80 $450

4. 1942 Epiphone Century Electric $1100

5. 1930’s Washburn (Tonk Bros.) Model 5200 $1200

6. 1960’s Ampeg by Burns of London “Wild Dog” $1200

7. Hamer Parallelogram Solid Body? MILLER BEER Promo  (Graphics covered with sparkle sticky paper) $350

8. 1960’s Yamaha SG-2 Red Solid Body, Tremolo, Weird Cool Link Wray Model $1400

9. 1960’s Crucianelli (Italy) “Panoramic” Solid Body $485

10. 1968 (?) Fender Mustang Bass C.A. Red/Racing Stripe $1400

11. 1930’s S.S. Stewart Carved Top Archtop Model 7008 $850

12. 1972 Fender Strat Sunburst, Maple Neck Staggered Pole Pickups $2600

13. 1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom Artisan 3 Pickups, Walnut, Fancy $2600 SOLD

14. 1968 Fender Telecaster Bass, Blonde (Keeper)

15. 1960’s Mosrite Sunburst Ventures Style $2600

16. Silvertone/Danelectro Model 1457 2 Pickup Guitar Red Burst with Amp-In-Case. VERY NICE $785

17. VERY RARE Hallmark Mark IV Solid Body, Gold Sparkle With Matching Headstock, 2 Pickup, Tremolo Mosrite Influence , Made in Bakersfield by Former