Gear of the Month

1968 Gibson Les Paul Custom Reissue Black Beauty Fretless Wonder

February 10, 2012
After cleaning it up a bit and doing a little homework on the instrument, I soon realized it was much more than an ordinary vintage Les Paul.
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1969 G&L Leo Fender Tri-Sonic Prototype

December 20, 2011
In the case of Leo Fender and G&L, a 1969 Tri-Sonic R&D prototype covered in 20 years of dust, dirt, and grime.
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1969 Silvertone 1490 Bass

November 15, 2011
The ’69 Silvertone 1490 bass showcased here has a 30" scale, three-tone sunburst, double-cutaway 14"-wide body.
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1979 Gibson RD Artist

October 18, 2011
Introducing the RD series (short for Research and Development), this line of guitars and basses were equipped with electronic circuitry for the first time in Gibson’s history.
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1966 Mosrite Mark XII

September 20, 2011
The revitalized Mosrite Mark XII model featured here has a two-tone sunburst finish on an alder body, boasting the “German carve” perfected by Mosrite founder Semie Moseley.
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Late-’70s “Blade II” Les Paul Copy

August 16, 2011
W.A.S.P. guitarist Douglas Blair’s late ’70s Japanese Les Paul copy puts the danger back into dangerous when it comes to playing heavy music.
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1958 Fender Precision Bass

July 19, 2011
You could make the case that popular music fans over the last 60 years are as much indebted to Leo for the Precision Bass.
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2011 Dustin Wallace Signature Guitar

June 14, 2011
Engraved with the names of 100 donors who made the guitar possible
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1969 Guild Duane Eddy 400

May 17, 2011
Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duane Eddy first lassoed radio waves with his influential spaghetti-western style, single-note melodies, and eerie, low-string bends using a Gretsch Chet Atkins
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Circa-1830 French-style Gut-string

April 19, 2011
At nearly 200 years old, this small-bodied gut-string is still touring.
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Guitar of the Month: 1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 Hollowbody

March 15, 2011
“Chet signed the guitar 1 in ’91 and added ‘CGP’ after his signature,” says Fred Stucky, owner of April 2011’s Guitar of the Month. “I always thought it meant
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Guitar of the Month: 1.5 Millionth Martin

February 15, 2011
For the recent 1.5 millionth Martin, the company went with a Leonardo da Vinci theme—complete with a Last Supper pickguard inlay, da Vinci artwork-inspired inlays, a Mona Lisa headstock, and a Vitruvian Man design on the back.
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1977 Travis Bean TB1000A

January 17, 2011
In 1977, Travis Bean reworked its body-chambering technique to remove some aluminum from the top instead of the side.
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The Fender Cumberland River Floodwater Lucite Esquire

December 21, 2010
A lucite Esquire filled with floodwater from the Cumberland river built by Fender''s R&D team for a charity auction
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1976 Music Man StingRay Prototype "Old Smoothie"

November 16, 2010
One of the first Music Man instruments ever built after the CBS no-compete restriction expired
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1968 Gibson Reverse Series Firebird I and GA-15RVT Explorer Amp

October 20, 2010
The story of a rare Gibson Firebird and the lucky kid who got it
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1976 Ibanez Custom Agent Artist 2405

September 21, 2010
An example from the Ibanez "lawsuit era"
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1938 Gibson L-5

August 17, 2010
A vintage L-5 used on Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, and Patsy Cline albums.
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1963 Gretsch Double Anniversary 6117

July 20, 2010
A vintage Gretsch the owner purchased for $40
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1890s Martin 0-28

June 16, 2010
An early Martin small-bodied acoustic
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