One-owner 1960 Les Paul Going to Auction

This is something you don't see very often: a one-owner vintage 1960 Les Paul is being auctioned this weekend: The electric guitar — a 1960 model, serial number 0-0234, its color shading from honey to dark red and with Bigsby vibrato — set Harry back $320. Its estimate in Saturday’s sale: $20,000 to $30,000. It could fetch quite a bit more. $20,000 to $30,000 seems awfully … [Read more...]

Fender Planning Direct Sales

Dan Ferrisi, writing for the Music & Sound Retailer: The Music & Sound Retailer has been made aware of major news from Fender Musical Instruments Corp., the iconic brand located in Scottsdale AZ. The Retailer has learned that, although no specific timetable has been established, the company is preparing plans to sell its “Fender” brand products direct. This … [Read more...]

Gibson Memphis ES-390 with P90s


Photo credit: Wildwood Guitars Last year Gibson introduced the ES-390 model, which a smaller-bodied version of its fully hollow ES-330 guitar. The ES-390 shares the same body size as the ES-339, which is a smaller-bodied version of the ES-335 model. I own a ES-339 and find it much more comfortable than the larger body size of the ES-335 and the ES-330. At roughly the same … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why I Love the Stratocaster

I got my first Stratocaster almost 20 years ago, and it has been my favorite guitar ever since. Here are 5 reasons why I love the Stratocaster: 1) The second time's a charm - Many people claim Leo got it right the first time with the Telecaster, but I think the Strat is his most significant achievement. He tweaked his Telecaster design after receiving feedback from players … [Read more...]

Gibson Custom Shop Joe Bonamassa Skinnerburst 1959 Les Paul


If you've been following Joe Bonamassa's career for the past few years, you probably know that he has amassed a number of original Les Paul bursts in his collection. One of those is a 1959 Les Paul called Skinnerburst (#9-1951). Gibson and Bonamassa have teamed up to create a Custom Shop model based on the Skinnerburst: Of all of today’s Les Paul-wielding artists Joe … [Read more...]