See all 12 unique instruments featured as Gear of the Month in 2012.

"рAs a teen, I worked on my grandparentsу farm walking beans and earned enough to buy my first electric guitar in у75 or у76,с remembers Brook Hoover, who plays guitar in a surf rock/rockabilly band called the Surf Zombies, operates a home studio, and teaches guitar lessons. рThe first one that showed up in the want ads was a red Fender Mustang much like this oneяI was attracted to the white pearloid pickguard, whammy bar and shiny chrome.с Shortly after acquiring his first mid-у60s Mustang, Hoover got his first real tube amp: a у61 Fender Princeton. Lucky for Hoover, the price tag for the Princeton included a Maestro Fuzz-Toneяa favorite of Keith Richards and Pete Townshendяthat was found lying in the cab. The brownface Princeton has a single 7025 dual triode in the preamp, a 12AX7 dual triodeяone half operates the tremolo and the other half serves as a split-load phase inverterяand two 6V6GT power tubes. "

Linda Manzer and Pat Metheny’s collaboration on the Pikasso guitar proves that a good creative chemistry between luthier and client can lead to extreme innovation!

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