December 2016

Gear of the Month

Each month, we spotlight a piece of gear with a particularly interesting story to tell. If you think you've got something that fits the bill, send the story, with high-resolution pictures, to gotm@premierguitar.com.

ARTICLES

Guitar of the Month: Josh Homme's Echopark Custom Crow

August 22, 2013
The inside story of how Homme worked with Echopark's Gabriel Currie to build and design a his Custom Crow.
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Gear of the Month: Josh Homme's Echopark Custom Crow

August 18, 2013
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme's custom Crow model built by Echopark Guitars is constructed with reclaimed 200-year-old mahogany that came out of the Los Angeles library.
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Gear of the Month: 1964 Fender Vibroverb

August 1, 2013
Zach Smith from the Minor Chord guitar shop in Littleton, Massachusetts, shares a rare mint specimen of the same vintage model that was the bedrock of SRV's “Texas Flood” tone.
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1967 Martin GT-70

July 1, 2013
Billie Joe Armstrong’s Martin GT-70 features a semi-hollow plywood body with f-holes, DeArmond pickups, and Bigsby-style tailpiece.
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1969 Ampeg SVT Head and 8x10 Cabinet

May 11, 2013
The backline choice not just for bassist Bill Wyman, but also for Mick and Keith Richards during the band’s 1969 U.S. winter tour.
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1971 Fender “Bullet” Stratocaster

April 15, 2013
R&B session and touring guitarist Josh Sklair jammed on the ’71 Strat pictured here with legendary musicians like Etta James, Roy Orbison, and Bo Diddley.
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1969 Univox U-250 Uni-Fuzz

March 11, 2013
Its sound is very intense and fat, but still is responsive to how your guitar volume is set—lots of shades of fuzz and destruction to be had.
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1968 Marshall 50-Watt JMP and 4x12

February 4, 2013
It all started when a drum shop owner couldn’t get rid of three pesky guitarists. If it weren’t for those meddling kids and their gosh-darned guitars, Jim Marshall might
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Late-1940s DeArmond 601 Tremolo

January 9, 2013
The uneven fuzzy warble of the DeArmond 601 trem pedal trailing Diddley’s provocative clave rhythm cemented the signature Bo Diddley beat.
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GALLERY: Gear of the Month 2012

December 23, 2012
See all 12 unique instruments featured as Gear of the Month in 2012.
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1972 Dan Armstrong London

December 10, 2012
The 1972 London shown here features a Honduran mahogany body similar to the Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexi model, which is reminiscent of a ’50s Les Paul Jr.—Dan’s favorite guitar.
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Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott's Washburn Dime 3 Crown Royal

November 5, 2012
After Dimebag Darrell gave Hard Rock the guitar, he handwrote a letter of authenticity. It reads: “THE DIMEBAG CROWN ROYAL! This is a tough one to give up. It’s
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The Kinks' Dave Davies' 1977 Gibson Les Paul Artisan

October 8, 2012
Dave Davies invented distortion. With frustration pushing him to wits end, the Kinks’ guitarist lashed out with a razor blade on the speaker cone of his Elpico amplifier because
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Gear of the Month: 1985 Fender Performer

September 6, 2012
John Page’s Performer was commissioned to combat lost sales to the “super strats” that were flooding the market in the mid-’80s.
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Guilford Guitars U.S. Air Force Redeemer

August 10, 2012
The USAF Redeemer guitar that Guilford built in their honor features a bound, poplar body covered with United States Air Force camouflage, and it’s finished in gloss nitrocellulose.
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Gear of the Month: 1966 Gibson Firebird V-12

July 5, 2012
In the early 1960s, Gibson was steadily losing ground to archrival Fender. The SoCal company offered radical colors, various pickup configurations, and several of their models—especially the Stratocaster and
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Les Paul's Log Solidbody Guitar

June 8, 2012
If there were a Mount Rushmore for electric guitar, few would argue that Les Paul and his “Log” guitar didn’t belong on it.
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Gear of the Month: 1959 Danelectro Doubleneck #3923

May 11, 2012
The 1959 Danelectro Doubleneck 3923 has the standard Shorthorn double-cutaway body with Danelectro’s classic Masonite construction with vinyl binding and a copper-burst finish.
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1966 Fender Mustang, 1961 Fender Princeton, and Vintage Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone FZ-1A

April 6, 2012
That first real rig often holds a special spot in a player’s heart, and in the case of guitarist Brook Hoover, it was because his seminal setup sounded so good.
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Elvis Presley's 1975 Martin D-28

March 9, 2012
“Before Elvis, there was nothing,” declared John Lennon. “If there hadn’t been Elvis, there wouldn’t have been the Beatles.” While few would dispute Presley’s place in pop-music history, Elvis
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