A fresh look at the instruments for sale on Gear Search featured in PG''s Gear Search Gallery in 2010.

June - 1966 Mosrite Ventures Model
"The guitar you see here is a 1966 Mosrite Ventures MK I similar to the MK II that Johnny Ramone used. In fact, Johnnyуs guitar was so tied to his identity that a representation of it was carved into his memorial. While, as Wallace Marx Jr. pointed out in the рMaximum Energyс feature on p. 136, Johnny was out for the cheapest guitar he could find, the same doesnуt hold true today. Mark I Ventures like this one retailed for $400п$450 brand new. Mosrite distribution ceased in 1969 after a failed deal with Vox. Although rights to the Mosrite name have been purchased and US-made reissues of the Ventures guitar are now available, original versions like this one now command nearly 10 times the original price. Not a bad return on investment! The Ventures MK I featured a bolt-on maple neck, rosewood fretboard, two high-output single-coil pickupsяwith the neck position being slantedяa Vibramute tremolo, and a Roller Matic bridge. The headstock features both the company logo and that of the famous instrumental band that endorsed the guitar. Thanks to Stan Werbin of Elderly Instruments for listing this guitar on Gear Search."

A new tool for working on Floyd Rose and tremolo-equipped guitars.

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A supreme shredder’s signature 6-string dazzles with versatility.

This immaculately built guitar sounds great and can do it all.

The more affordable price is still out of reach for many guitarists

$2,799

Charvel MJ San Dimas SD24 CM
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Charvel’s first Guthrie Govan signature model was released in 2014, after an arduous two-year effort to get the design just right. Since then, the guitar—now in its second edition—has become one of Charvel’s most coveted models. Unfortunately, its $3,699 price keeps the U.S.-made axe out of reach for many.

This year, though, the company released the Made-in-Japan signature MJ San Dimas SD24 CM, which sells for a slightly more manageable $2,799. Needless to say, that’s not cheap. But depending on your priorities, it’s a fair price for a very high quality, pro-level instrument.

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema

There’s way more to it than simply mastering chords and scales.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Understand the importance of structure and space within guitar leads.
  • Learn the power and importance of articulation and motivic development.
  • Construct leads that take the listener on a journey.
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Take a moment and think of your favorite guitar solo. Can you hear it in your head, note-for-note perfect as if you were listening to the track itself? I’m willing to bet the answer is yes. Indelible guitar solos tend to get lodged in your brain that way. Every practicing guitarist not only strives to play these solos as well as the guitar heroes who composed them, but we all long to craft such a brilliant lead ourselves. The million-dollar question is: Where do you begin when attempting to play the next great, iconic solo? The next “Stairway to Heaven” or “Kid Charlemagne” or “Hotel California”?
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