Gear

The Edge’s 1972 Explorer. A failed guitar that made U2 huge.

The Edge’s 1972 Explorer. A failed guitar that made U2 huge.

The Edge’s stage-played, 1972 Explorer is up for grabs at Julien’s Auction If you’ve seen U2, you seen the Edge’s Explorer. To be specific his 1976 Limited Edition Gibson Explorer. The year is important, because this is when Gibson re-introduced the model to the public […]

Keith’s Flying V and a bunch of other reasons talk of Gibson’s demise makes me sad.

Keith’s Flying V and a bunch of other reasons talk of Gibson’s demise makes me sad.

Keith only had this late 50s Gibson Flying V for a short time. The guitar was stolen soon after this 1969 Hyde Park performance and never made it onto a Stones recording. Keith must have loved the guitar at the time. Those of you who […]

Low Cut Connie’s Shondra has earned your ears.

Low Cut Connie’s Shondra has earned your ears.

Pictured is Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner getting a leg up on Shondra. I was lucky enough to catch the man, the band and the piano at SXSW last March. A highlight was Weiner pulling out a fist full of chest hair to underline a point. […]

TransFender

TransFender

Ltd Edition American Standard Offset Telecaster This Telecaster is a six-string crossbred. Now before the purest in you demands a wall of sound be built to keep the half-breds out, know this. Some of rocks most famous instruments have been mutts. There’s Springsteen’s Telecaster/Esquire, Eddie […]

Prince’s sunny six string

Prince’s sunny six string

Prince cloud The last time I saw his purple badass was on the Piano & A Microphone Tour. It was amazing. Prince interpreting classics and rarities with just a piano and no backing band. Sadly, it was made all the more special with his passing. But still, […]

Limited edition bootie shaker

Limited edition bootie shaker

Technics SL-1200GAE It’s not an overstatement to say the Technics SL-1200 turntable has shaken more bootie than any other instrument out there. If you DJed, knew a DJ or shook your thang in a club anywhere from 1972 to 2010-ish, you are familiar with the Technics […]

The OG SG AKA Les Paul

The OG SG AKA Les Paul

The above beast is a 2015 recreation of Gibson’s first SG. You’ll find sweet pics of the original in Tony Bacon’s SG Guitar Book: 50 Years of Gibson’s Stylish Solid Body Guitar. While not as famous as the Stratocaster, Telecaster or brand mate Les Paul, […]

Surf Rock’s 1st wave

Surf Rock’s 1st wave

The Dick Dale Signature Stratocaster is part of a long standing relationship between the man and the brand. As a young virtuoso, The King of The Surf Guitar was identified by  Leo Fender as someone he wanted seen holding his guitars. Even if Dale played […]

B-day Tribute

B-day Tribute

Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus Today would’ve been Les Paul’s 100th birthday so let’s talk the famous solid-body six string. Now the most sought after, and expensive, Les Paul’s come from Gibson, while more affordable models can be found under the Epiphone banner. Epiphone is […]

Fender gets naked.

Fender gets naked.

Limited Edition American Standard Stratocaster Oiled Ash Over the years, more than a few rock and roll musicians have taken to performing in the nude. Some with more success than others. 46 years ago, the Door’s Jim Morrison had 6 arrest warrants and one felony […]

A drummer’s drum from a drummer’s drummer.

A drummer’s drum from a drummer’s drummer.

Gretsch Taylor Hawkins Signature Snare To take the gig as the drummer in a band led by Dave Grohl, one of rock most respected and recognized drummers, takes balls the size of floor toms. Proof of Grohl’s drumming talents can be heard in an instance […]

Who Charity Axe

Who Charity Axe

Signed Custom SG Special Who Hits 50 For years, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have championed the Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK. The idea is to give teenagers special wards where they can hang with people their age as they go through treatment and […]

Punk Rock Pounder

Punk Rock Pounder

Dee Dee Ramone Precision Bass We wrote about Dee Dee Ramone and the launch of his signature Precision Bass before this axe was released. Now that it has drop, it deserves more digital ink. The Ramones were not a band lead by one creative individual […]

The tale of Lucille

The tale of Lucille

Gibson Memphis B.B. King Lucille 2015 The great, now sadly late, B.B. King recounted the tale of how his guitars came to be named Lucille. Back in 1949, King was playing a hall that was being heated by a half barrel full of kerosene, common […]

Gibson’s solid-body Wood

Gibson’s solid-body Wood

Ron Wood L-5S The Ron Wood L-5S is based on Gibson’s lesser known L-5S guitar, which is fitting since Wood is a bit of an unsung guitar hero. Ron’s contribution of riffs to the world of rock is impressive to say the least. His entrance into […]