Situated in the heart of downtown Atlanta, this three-day festival included acts like the Kills, My Morning Jacket, Eagles of Death Metal, Deftones, At the Drive-In, Explosions in the Sky, and more.

Silversun Pickups’ Brian Aubert

The band’s frontman/guitarist brings it during “Well Thought Out Twinkles” with a 1994 Epiphone Sheraton—his go-to guitar that splits time with a ’65 Firebird. Recently featured in PG’s “Opening Notes,” we found out that the Sheraton was originally bandmate Christopher Guanlao’s guitar, and since taking over ownership Aubert has since replaced the pickups with a set of Seymour Duncan Antiquity humbuckers. Aubert on the pickup swap: “I love playing hollowbodies in an untraditional way,” says Aubert. “The feedback is part of our sound.”

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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