The Story of the GLM Telecaster and its replication
The GLM Telecaster has quite a history. It was originally owned by Richie Furay and purchased by Mike Stand just prior to the recording of “When You’re a Rebel” in 1985. The body is a 1953, but somewhere before Mike owned it, the neck was swapped out for a 1972, and the bridge was swapped out for an early 60s unit. The back of the body was also contoured by the previous owner (similar to the back of a strat). In early 1986, Mike “commissioned” a new friend of the band, John Stoddard, to formulate a logo on the guitar to be used with a new record they were about to start called “Gut Level Music.” John quickly put together a paper logo and adhered it to the front of the guitar for the album photo shoot. Later John painted the logo on the guitar. In 2018 Ronnie Lara (art director for the No Substitute Record) recreated the “Gut Level Music” logo and put it on a newer telecaster guitar that was given to Jeff Wheeler. Jeff’s generous contribution to the Altar Boys’ kickstarter granted him the rights to this guitar (He is pictured at the House of Blues receiving the GLM replication Telecaster on Sept 16, 2018). The pamphlet below honors John Stoddard (AKA “Stoddy” or “The Joker”), and details Ronnie’s wonderful work at recreating the GLM logo on a 50s telecaster classic vibe.
The “No Substitute” album is available to order on