Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bill Schnare's Samick SAT450 Artist

This Samick Artist Series SAT 450 made in 1997 was Bill Schnare's. These guitars are one of the best copies of the Gibson ES335 and are hard to find now. Bill was the lead guitarist for the Great Scots, a Nova Scotia band that made it in the early 1960's. They were just kids from Nova Scotia when they first heard their record on a car radio in Los Angeles.   Bill was my first guitar teacher and an amazing player, personality, and teacher.  

Bill Schare's bio for his guitar teaching software program "Guitar Mentor":
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At age 15, was arranging music for professional bands in Halifax. At 17, was teaching music and playing sax with Halifax band, “The Shadows.” My first music students were members of the band known as “April Wine.” (I still maintain contact with original member, David Henman.) Also at 17, arrived in New York with Nova Scotia band “The Great Scots.” Recorded several songs in New York with Columbia records. Then recorded in Hollywood, California for Triumph records. Dick Delvy, the “Wipe Out” drummer, produced a dozen records for “The Great Scots.” In Hollywood, studied, taught composed and arranged when not performing. “The Great Scots” performed for more than 100,000 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Also, performed with “Dave Clark 5" at Carousel Theater, and with “Loving Spoonful.” Appeared on US TV shows, Shindig - Where The Action Is - Hallibaloo - 9th Street West - Shiveree - Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. The Great Scots” became the 2nd band in Canada to receive the "Q Rock Award" for outstanding achievements in the pioneering of Rock and Roll music in Canada. Author of book, “What The Guitar Gods Don’t Want You To Know.” The information within the “Guitar Mentor” teaching software program is the resut of my life-study of music, as related to the Guitar.


  1. Never heard of the Great Scots, but they sound great. Like Paul Revere and the Raiders or The Sir Douglas Quintet, but more genuine.

  2. They were indeed the Paul Revere and the Raiders of Canada.