See the guitars the legendary picker used throughout his career. Photos by Chris Kies

Gibson Chet Atkins CEC Prototype

Gibson Chet Atkins GEC Prototype
Part of Atkins' collaboration with Gibson revolved around his designs for a solidbody electric classical guitar. This 1981 nylon-string prototype would become the Gibson Chet Atkins CEC classical electric solidbody.

Fitted and non-fitted risers and frames designed to work with popular effects pedals and pedalboards.

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Week #4 is here! You could WIN pedals from one of SIX great brands... including a whole new pedal lineup from Pigtronix!

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Though not the first, the Charlie Christian pickup was at the vanguard of the shift to electric guitars.

It’s easy to gripe about change, but us guitarists have always had to embrace new technology.

California has always been the place of dreams for young Americans: Hollywood, surf music, pop music, psychedelia, hot rods, biker culture, and glam metal. The Golden State’s only real pop-culture competition has traditionally been New York City, and we know that the beaches and forests are better on the Pacific side. Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring that, starting in 2035, all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the state must be zero-emissions vehicles. Once again, Cali leads by example, and what once was unthinkable becomes reality. Strangely, this EV revolution reminds me of the emergence of the electric guitar.

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