In our inaugural Show Us Your Gear Gallery, we feature the go-to instruments of our readers.

Vox Custom SDC-55
"My #1 guitar is from the Vox Custom Shop in Marin County, CA. It was built by Bob McDonald, ex-head engineer for Modulus Graphite. It was on display at the Vox booth at the 2010 Winter NAMM show. This guitar is a custom one-off variation on Vox's current production model SDC-55. The body and neck are Spanish cedar, with an ebony fingerboard. The headstock is overlaid with a custom cut piece of ebony, shaped to resemble the treadle of a Vox wha pedal. The pickups are Vox's new proprietary noiseless design called CoAxe. There is a master switch to select single or dual coil modes, and a 5 way strat-style blade switch to select amongst the 3 pickups. This gives the guitar 10 distinct pickup combinations, all noise and hum free. This is the only Vox guitar in existence with 3 CoAxe pickups. The guitar's finish is silver sparkle with white binding. The guitar was shipped in a custom semi-hard case, finished with leather that looks like crocodile skin. I own several fine guitars, but this one is my #1 because it has unsurpassed playability, and I can get any tone I want via the simple and elegant switching system. It is a unique and beautiful guitar. have named a few of my most special guitars; this one I named Sylvia. - Rick Greenly "
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