The biennial Montreal Guitar Show is home to some of the world''s most stunning handcrafted electrics, archtops, and acoustics.

"Meredith Coloma's Ray steel-string features a striking back representing the Japanese naval flag and her native Vancouver mountains. The back is made from satinwood, bloodwood, rosewood, and ironwood. The guitar also has a 3-piece top made from cedar, spruce, and fir, and features an internal soundbox she developed with the master luthier Michael Dunn."

This rare English Tonemaster was made circa 1957.

The Valco-produced English Tonemaster is a rare, lap-steel-inspired gem from the 1950s—when genres and guitar design were fluid.

The 1950s were a peculiar time for the electric guitar. Innovators, designers, and tinkerers were pushing the boundaries of the instrument, while musicians were experimenting with various playing techniques and sounds. There was an evolution of sorts (or de-evolution, depending on your slant) from solidbody “sit-down” guitars, like pedal and lap steels, to “stand-up” or “upright” solidbody electrics. If you look at an early Fender catalog—let’s say from 1953—you’ll see the Telecaster (and Esquire), the Precision Bass, and then a whole bunch of steel guitars. There was a shift underway, and many manufacturers began to blur the lines of what a guitar should look, sound, and play like.

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PRS Guitars and John Mayer officially announce the PRS SE Silver Sky, an affordable version of the original with PRS trademark bird inlays and three single-coil pickups.

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