Gear of the Month 2012
September: Guilford Guitars U.S. Air Force Redeemer
“I’ve always had a great appreciation for our military at all levels—from the guys at the desks to the guys in the field—for what they’ve done for this country,” says Lillian Axe lead guitarist Steve Blaze. “When my friend Major Henry C. Cecil asked me if I thought it’d be a good idea to get luthier John Guilford to build a guitar to benefit the U.S. Air Force … [laughs] before he could even finish his sentence, I said, ‘Yes!’” The USAF Redeemer guitar features a bound, poplar body covered with United States Air Force camouflage, and it’s finished in gloss nitrocellulose. The 25 1/2"- scale instrument has a 22-fret, quartersawn rock-maple neck and an ebony fretboard that has the words “U.S. Air Force” inlaid in mother-of-pearl. It also features the Buzz Feiten tuning system, an original Floyd Rose tremolo, Gotoh Mini 510 tuners, and Seymour Duncan Blackouts—a Metal model in the bridge and a Standard model in the neck position.