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GALLERY: Gear of the Month 2012

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

September: Guilford Guitars U.S. Air Force Redeemer
"рIуve always had a great appreciation for our military at all levelsяfrom the guys at the desks to the guys in the fieldяfor what theyуve done for this country,с says Lillian Axe lead guitarist Steve Blaze. рWhen my friend Major Henry C. Cecil asked me if I thought itуd be a good idea to get luthier John Guilford to build a guitar to benefit the U.S. Air Force и [laughs] before he could even finish his sentence, I said, тYes!ус The USAF Redeemer guitar features a bound, poplar body covered with United States Air Force camouflage, and itуs 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 рU.S. Air Forceс 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 Blackoutsяa Metal model in the bridge and a Standard model in the neck position."