A selection of guitars and amps from Richard Gere''s personal collection. All photos: CHRISTIE''S IMAGES LTD. 2011

1960 Gibson ES-335 TDN
"Norman Harris of Norman's Rare Guitars said, ""I sold the guitar to Richard Gere about twenty years ago. He was referred to me by Alfons Ketner of Voltage Guitars because Gere was looking for a blonde vintage three thirty-five and they didn't have one. He came out to my house to try the guitar, which really blew my neighbors away, seeing Richard Gere walk into my house. I didn't know he was a guitarist and was surprised because he is a really good player. What was funny was he gave me a deposit for the guitar then left without his glasses and I got worried he couldn't see. I had to meet him and return the glasses and deliver the guitar. I love 335s, especially the blonde ones. If I had not sold it to him it would have been in my book."""
Pop Evil’s Nick Fuelling on Why James Hetfield Is “the Man”

Meanwhile, coguitarist Dave Grahs—the band’s resident punk rocker—reveals a surprisingly roots-y side.

See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

Submit your own artist pick collections to rebecca@premierguitar.com for inclusion in a future gallery.

Luthier Dave Helmer shows you how to cure buzzy strings, bad intonation, gnarly frets, high action, and other common troubles with off-the-shelf axes.

Guitars are the best. We love them. It’s fun to fall in love with a guitar at a store, buy it, and proudly bring it home. But we’ve all been there … where after a month that new guitar is just not playing as good as it was before. As guitar players, we know what feels good and what feels bad when it comes to playability. Maybe you have setup preferences that you like on all your guitars, or maybe you want to experiment with changes to your setup?

Read MoreShow less
x