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Rig Rundown: Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett

A Fender Tele Deluxe “Cleaver,” a not-so-golden ’57 Les Paul, a few gifts from Grohl, and a pedal playground help “Shifty” find some sonic space.

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Nick Perri on Nirvana's "Come As You Are" - Hooked

The good-vibes retro rocker remembers how a cool aunt snuck him quintessential cassettes that put him on the path to discovering Cobain & co.'s watershed album—and forever changing his life.

This Maserati 250 F, shown at the 1957 Paris Motor Show, is a contemporary of Gibson's Flying V.

Photo by Alexander Migi/Courtesy of Wiki Commons

Now-classic designs such as Gibson's Flying V and Explorer originally bombed with the public—and chances are you would've turned up your nose at their debut, too.

Over the years, I've vacillated between my love of classic instruments and looking to the future. The same goes for automobiles. I was an F1 fan who always looked to the future. I drooled over carbon fiber wings and thought manual shifters were as antiquated as the crank starter and roll-up windows. Then I was stopped dead in my tracks in the paddock at a vintage sports car race by the sight of a beautifully crafted 1950s Maserati Grand Prix car. As Seinfeld might have said, worlds collided. As I stood before this piece of rolling artwork, it cast a spell on me that I haven't been able to shake.

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