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Inspired by a 1974 B.C. Rich Seagull, Tom Hamilton's custom Becker guitar features B.C. Rich electronics designed

by Neal Moser.

Photo by Andrew Blackstein

The Philly-based guitarist approached his band’s fourth album as a workshop for improvisational songwriting and unconventional sounds.

In 1996, when he was 17, Tom Hamilton scraped together $800 from working part-time at a bowling alley to buy a guitar he'd been coveting—a 1974 B.C. Rich Seagull, with its strange, curvy design. “I worked really hard to get that guitar, and it was the best thing I had ever played," Hamilton says. “But when I was 18 or 19, somebody stole it, and I was heartbroken."

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