Texas Joe Valles holding his 12 string MoonRay Guitar custom built by Earnie Bailey of Wire Instruments....Seatlle Washington..photo taken Sept 2011 in Milwaukee Wisconsin at a Street Festival during Valles Flying Machine short tour.

Texas Joe Valles holding his 12 string MoonRay Guitar custom built by Earnie Bailey of Wire Instruments....Seatlle Washington..photo taken Sept 2011 in Milwaukee Wisconsin at a Street Festival during Valles Flying Machine short tour.

A History of Texas Joe's Guitars Nov 17th 2016 

Hello back talking about Guitars. How I got them and what's still with me, what's gone...and how they impact my life..in songs and stage.
In no particular order other than the pictures I scrape up....






Above is a Yamaha FG 312 ....MODEL 12 STRING Guitar that really got me in to songwriting....in a huge way....back in 2011...I found this guitar all dirty and grimy in a local pawn shop here in Brownsville Texas for 80 bux ...this guitar has served me very well....indeed....I have not played it in some months....but I'm sure to pull it out soon....for some songwriting. This guitar helped me really focus on 12 string and I feel my songwriting took a huge leap foreword after I acquired this guitar.
just look at our Acoustic sessions album on Bandcamp.com for proof.  This guitar has beautiful tones !! 


Above was a recent gig in Harlingen Texas Fall of 2016....I purchased this guitar..at Hermes Music in Brownsville Texas  in September of 2015 after playing it in the Brownsville  store...what a beautiful sound and feel this Takamine 12 string  Guitar has....just wonderful ! 

I found this Fender Villager 12 string  in  A Pawn shop in Harlingen Texas this past February 2016..on a rainy day....its a good guitar I like the strange hockey stick...headstock... but I really need to work on the height of the strings I'm still battling with that a bit 


 

New Find !! Peavey Razer from early 1980's !  

Above..... Thursday May 12 th, 2016 this  guitar arrived very early at the ranch by U.S. Mail. Finally 
, One of the most rare and desiarable wierd and wild guitars Texas Joe has been wanting since he was 18 years old ! This Peavey Razer built between 1983 to early 1984...(sorry have not zeroed in the exact date with serial number) in Meridian, Mississippi is an excellent well built high quality American Guitar. Razers are very rare and sought after guitars by guitarists who like wild shapes. Texas Joe lucked out on this one. It is in very clean, almost showroom condition. Not bad for a 33 year old guitar ! The guitar was found by a very good buddy of his in Austin Texas at a pawn shop on the East side of the city, for a super great deal we might ad, since these guitars go upwards of 500 to 750 dollars on Ebay,Craigslist and Reverb.com. It is a sleeper of a guitar you either know about it or you dont not much info is available on these guitars. There is a rumour that Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad helped design this guitar for Peavey. This is a great story, hope its true . The guitar sounds amazing it has a huge powerful sound. The neck has a slick Fender feel and is alot of fun to play. The tones are all over the place as the pickups can vary from humbucking to single coil...with the wind of the tone knobs, a very kool feature of early Peavey Guitars, very nice. Texas Joe had only seen one of these guitar before in his life . In 1985 visiting some cousins in Bay City, Texas Joe came across a White Peavey Razer in a Music store there, it was super cool looking and it played great. At the time Joe could not afford one and in the past 33 years has never seen one at a music shop or guitar show always wanting one but never finding one, ever until..his good Austin Guitar Hunting friend found this model back in February 2016 in a pawn shop in Austin. This is a treasure for life. This guitar will appear on the next Valles Flying Machine Concert, but for now VFM is working on its live album.  It is a great looking and sounding guitar. 

ABOVE ....is a photo taken about 2007 with Texas Joe holding a Yamaha SBG 500 Model Guitar....sadly Texas Joe had to sell this guitar in about 2011 and regrets it big time ! Texas Joe found this guitar in a Harlingen, Texas pawn shop all dirty and crusty missing one tone knob and some strings. The guitar got cleaned up polished...and it was a very toneful instrument...beautiful singing sustain....just outta sight ! hard times hit and thinking he would not miss this beautiful tone machine sold it to pay some bills.  He has never found another guitar to replace this one. This guitar hurt  after a while and Texas Joe misses it alot. Hopefully somewhere down the road he will find another one like it..Yamaha has an excellent quality build and the guitars for some reason are very musical. Yamaha Magic we guess. 


Above ....are some pictures of guitars that are also Hits and Misses with Texas Joe. The Yamaha 12 string was bought for 80 bux by Eloy Valles in a Brownsville, Texas pawn shop in summer of 2011 and it has helped Texas Joe write alot of songs for the Valles Flying Machine. It has brought out a whole new beautiful world of acoustic/folk style music for the band and this 12 string Yamaha helped Texas Joe take th band to a whole new level...the guitar was found all dirty and missing strings..but was cleaned up...and when the 1 st set of fresh strings Joe put on it, he could not believe how beautiful the guitar sounded ! it is a total joy to play and is super inspiring to play. alot of if not the whole of the acoustic sessions were done with this guitar. This Yamaha is from the late 1980's or early 1990's it is very well built and has a beautiful tone when strummed...a total keeper guitar. 

The next picture is from summer of 2013 taken in Austin, Texas when Joe was living there...Texas Joe is holding a early 2003 Metalflake Blue Dan Electro 12 string electric guitar. This guitar has also been very influential in the VFM song book as it appears on many You Tube videos the band has made. This guitar was found on Craigslist in San Marcos, Texas. The Dano 12 STRING  was bought from a college student selling it for a buddy of his...who needed cash for school. Texas Joe drove all the way down in heavy traffic from Austin to san marcos to get the guitar and has never regretted the purchase since. The guitars have some trouble with tuning. It has to be very well adjusted but the sound is so magical from the Dano Lipstick Tube pickups..it is super inspiring to play.  a Total Keeper of a guitar. 

The next guitar is a PRS ...EG  import model that Texas Joe purchsed back in winter of 2010.right before Christmas....in a Pawn Shop in Harlingen, Texas it was a very clean guitar and had a great tone and sound..but Texas Joe did not bond with the guitar and sold it to his buddy Jon Douglas  not much later....so for some reason or another the guitar was a Miss.  nothing wrong with the guitar but the magic was not there. 

Texas Joe & Guitars recent and past Enjoy !!!!  








Above is a recent April of 2016  Find in a South Texas Pawn shop, a Peavey Mystic dating from the early 1980's. This Guitar is not common at all maybe less than 300 made from what I can gather. What really freaked me out is supposedly Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad had something to do with this guitars design. This I thought was cool....Ill come back and blog more about this nice guitar. This guitar has a wonderful bright red paint job ,very powerful humbuckers, great feeling neck,a tremolo system. Nice sound .  Notice the cowboy boots in the background...you cant get away from Texas ha ha !!!!  




Above.....Another recent find May 6th 2016 in a pawn shop in Harlingen ,Texas...is this Jackson Randy Rhoads RRTMG Model Guitar..I had seen this guitar hanging in this particular pawn shop for several months and nobody had jumped on it...totally clean guitar...very well made. I believe its a Japanese Made model, these go for anywhere between 450.00 and 999.00 bux online..used to new. I scored this baby for super dang cheap !  Way less than 450.00  bux for sure! its total shred machine compound radius,emg pickups,coil split,ebony neck,jumbo frets,maple sandwich neck,tone pros hard ware and super light...fine fine guitar..!  its a gample when you buy guitars sometime they have total screw ups inside that you can see. It is a gamble buying used guitars, sometimes you get burned sometimes they are amazing...this one is killer. When I 1st saw it several months back it was priced at 699.00 and was dead clean mint but hanging around in the pawn shop it got its sharp points total scrapped up and the paint chipped off in place. This, I can fix. More than likely Im going to paint it another color..Tourquoise Metal Flake or Light Green Metal Flake. In all my years of playing i have always wanted a Jackson Randy Rhoads and I finnally have one...lol..crazy and lucky !  

Above...I found this guitar new Fender Villager 12 string with Fishman Preamp in another pawn shop in Harlingen, Texas back in February of 2016. I waited until March of 2016 and it dropped in price  and I jumped on it. I am always flabbergasted at how many deals I find and of course I loose some ha ha ....but its always crazy when you see amazing guitars like these in pawn shops ,with thousands of guitar players all over South Texas and nobody jumps on these babies...it boogles my mind. Well i went back the price was very low (hell I aint rich! )  and i jumped on it. This Villager has a great electric tone...the bridge needs to be dropped a bit ut the neck feels great like a regular Fender electric guitar ...super comfortable to play for long stretches of time...alot of fun. 

 Above .....Got this  baby in like June or July 2015 This Fender 12 string is from like very late 1970's ..78 or 79....it has a deep boomy sound....I got it under 200 bux...its made in Japan....has a nice sound but needs the strings lowered.....I found this baby in a pawn shop in Brownsville, Texas.   I bought this as a backup to my Yamaha 12 string. 


Above.....This is a guitar called a  Dean Dimebag 333, I found in a Brownsville Pawn Shop called Amigo Pawn..back in May of 2015.I purchased it from a buddy named Benny who used to work there...he gave me a great deal on the guitar....but I didn't bond with this guitar..to damn much weight....was about 10 or 11 pounds....it had a great sound...very powerful  but I just didn't bond with it ..sold it....Fall of 2015.



 Above....Blast from the Past found this Danelectro U56 Lefty reissue in a Pawn shop in Harlingen Texas back in 2011 . I think I payed under 200 bux for it...I loved this thing..I made a video of it on You Tube ..take a look....but tuff times forced me to sell it...I have since, now in 2016 replaced it with another Dano U 56....but seeing this picture...it hurts to have had to sell it..Guitar PlAYERS KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT HA HA !  

ABOVE....THIS ONE IS PAINFUL...a blast from the past...My Brother Eloy....bought this guitar for me....it was a Historic reissue 59 Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop..cherry sweet sunburst !!!!  ...we found it in a pawn shop in Harlingen Texas back in 2011....for only 500 bux !!!  it was worth wayyyyy...more....but somebody had broken the neck...and repaired it...to me it was not a problem it sounded amazing...I made a you Tube Video ..holding it talking about British Hobgoblin Beer...ha ha ....it was fun...but Yes tuff times in 2012....and stupid decisions on my part got me in a jam...and I had to sell it...to a good friend named Gus...unfortunately Gus sold it to a guy in California and Ill never get it back...bummer...I still owe Eloy on this one...!!!   he always reminds me of this haha !!!   


Above...A recent edition to The Valles Flying Machine arsenal...is this 2009 Rickenbacker 381 V 12 string guitar in Fireglow..with the 12 string micro adjust bridge.....I found this guitar on Craigslist in late November of 2015....and ...followed it and followed it for several weeks ....keeping my eye on this guitar to see if it had sold...it was located in Austin, Texas. I offered the seller a set amount...at 1st he was not sure....so I called him one week later and he agreed...after I had told him who I was....and what my intentions were...he gladly sold it to me. turns out it was one of Jimmy Vaughens most trusted guitar techs !!!  The story goes it was for sale from the estate of a huge guitar collector who had passed away and his widow was unloading all his guitars...I was sad for the man....I told Mark the Tech I would play it gladly in his honour and mention this in concert one day ...in memory of the Man who originally owned it. I have had nothing but good vibes from this guitar and i have already recorded several songs with it...on Valles Flying Machine's new album ..Mermaid Blues. This guitar sounds super duper duper beautiful...and is totally inspiring to play....I got a mother of a deal on this thing....did I mention they retail at 5,409.00 new..?????   wow...!  

ABOVE...BLAST FROM THE PAST....THIS ONE HURTS ALOT...AND I mean alot !!!!   I originally traded a bunch of guitars in 2005 to Jason at Spacetone Music in San Antonio, Texas for this guitar.  this being a reissue Hallmark Swept Wing by Bob Shade.   I loved this guitar alot....alot..alot...but had to sell it.I got in a super disgusting money bind and i had to sell it on Ebay....back in 2012. I was mad at myself for a long time on this one.  I wrote Circle of Sacred Stones on this baby...it had an amazing full spectrum of tones due to the p90 style pickups...and the sparkle green was just eye candy !!!   I love this guitar and I miss it badly....I hope to find another one someday. By the way Jason is a grat guy his store is amazing !