A selection of electric guitars entering their seventh decade.

1959 Gibson Flying V
The Flying Vs and Explorers of the late fifties were made of a light colored African mahogany called Korina. McCarty chose this wood due to the popularity of blonde hued furniture at the time, and because no additional bleaching or tinting was required. Dave Rogers says of this guitar: "I purchased this guitar from the late Pete Alenov (Pete's Guitars) and as I recall, this one had been previously owned by Michael Schenker of the Scorpions. Pete was a good friend and mentor, and taught me much about the business. He also introduced me to many touring acts and opened quite a few doors for our business. I have fond memories of the man and I think of him every time I see this guitar." Credit: Tim Mullally & Dave Rogers, Dave's Guitar Shop, La Crosse, WI.

Kemper Profiler Stage, Nueral DSP Quad Cortex & Line 6 HX Stomp (clockwise from top)

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