Axes owned by Paul Kossof, Eric Clapton, Andy Summers, Marc Bolan and more.

"Though never a household name, for five decades Albert Lee has established himself as one of the most talented and influential guitarists of all time. An absolutely phenomenal country picker, Albert came out of the fertile English guitar scene in the у60s and managed to put an indelible stamp on the most American of art formsяcountry music. Albert has worked with the Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, and a host of others, but it was his mid-у70s tenure with Emmylou Harrisу band that really put him on the map. This incredible у58 Gibson Super 400 was Albertуs in the late у60s when he was a member of Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds. Itуs one of the most beautiful examples of this stunning model weуve ever seen. "

Plus, the Fontaines D.C. axeman explains why he’s reticent to fix the microphonic pickup in his ’66 Fender Coronado.

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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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