Reader Guitar of the Month

Name: Darren Morley Smith
Hometown: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Guitar: Marigold Yellow Flying V

Intending to buy an Explorer, a PG reader came upon a Flying V that fit him like a glove. So, he modified it into a perfect-for-him instrument.

I never wanted to be “that guy playing the Flying V.”

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Name: Mark Robinson

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Guitar: Daphne Blue “1968” Stratocaster

Regretting that his 1968 “Hendrix” Strat got away, a guitarist decides to recreate it 50 years later.

It’s 1968 and I’m a 13-year-old Hendrix wannabe, like a thousand other teenage guitar players. In a pawnshop on Elm Street in Greensboro, North Carolina, hangs a brand new olympic white Stratocaster with a rosewood fretboard, oozing Hendrix vibe (many pawnshops were official Fender dealers back then). It hung there for a year, gaining a stain from the neck hanger which looked like the infamous burnt cigarette mark you see on some Strats. I worked an entire summer painting fences to earn the $300 it took to take that guitar home. (I worked the next summer to earn enough to buy a ’69 drip-edge Pro Reverb).

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Inspired by the The Great Guitar Build Off, an experienced builder challenged himself to turn a live-edge piece of cherry wood into a masterfully unique, grizzled beauty.

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A father-and-son team work together to create an original, futuristic gold guitar, and the result is extremely satisfying.

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