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Reader Guitar of the Month

Don's first prototype


Reader: Don Baker

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Guitars: First, Second, and Third Prototypes

This reader has two patents for his innovative pickup circuitry designs, which he’s implemented in two out of three of the prototypes he shares in this story.

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Calling all pedal lovers! You could win one of SIXTEEN (and counting!) pedals in this year's I Love Pedals giveaway. Come back daily for more entries, giving you dozens of chances to win! Giveaway ends March 1, 2024.

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Name: Jobe Jude
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Guitar: Julie (and many more)

Battling a scary health diagnosis during the pandemic, a guitarist set out to conquer some bucket-list items and learned how to build his own pickups. He’s built 13 guitars and counting.

I’m an avid reader of Premier Guitar and have been modding Fenders since I can remember—way before the name “partscaster” was ever used. I’ve been battling bladder cancer the past few years. Little did I know just how important my love for single-coil Strats was going to change my life. Due to the Covid-19 shutdown, I couldn’t have surgery for five months until hospitals opened surgical wards again. I was going through chemo treatments and cancer was consuming my life. I had to find a way to keep myself and my mind busy. I couldn’t be around anyone, so what was I supposed to do? It seemed like every waking moment was being consumed by thoughts of cancer, cancer, cancer.

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Name: Dana Welts

Hometown: The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Guitar: Custom Teardrop

A guitarist enlists his friend to build a teardrop guitar like the one he saw Brian Jones playing with the Rolling Stones in the early 1960s.

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Name: Rod Vardeman

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Guitar: The CooderMapster

An affection for Ry Cooder and Arlen Roth inspired this glorious guitar amalgamation.


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