April 2011



The 25 Most Valuable Guitars
There are few collectibles in modern pop culture that are as cool as guitars. They’re functional, tactile art that inspires players and music fans alike. But beyond fond memories, for some, guitars serve as investments. Here’s a look at 25 guitars that, thanks to certain players, songs, and the laws of supply and demand, have become exceedingly valuable.

Pretty in Pink
Jay Jay French Aligns Industry Giants for a Cause
In 1999, guitarist Jay Jay French was forced to examine his priorities when his six-year-old daughter, Samantha, was diagnosed with uveitis. And he came up with a very cool way to raise awareness of the condition. By Ward Meeker

Lee Dickson
Three Decades with Clapton
For more than 30 years, he served as guitar tech and assistant to Eric Clapton. Directly responsible for the care and feeding of some of the most iconic guitars in rock music, his wards bore names like Blackie and Brownie, the Crashocaster, and others! By Will Kelly

Three Larsons
At first glance, these guitars appear to be a different sizes of the same model. However, when it comes to guitars built by the Larson Brothers, nothing is that simple. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

The Veillette-Citron Shark
It’s not often a guitar is said to have been inspired by a TV show, but that is the case with this one… in a pretty roundabout way! By Michael Wright

One Fudged 335
Vinnie Martell’s ‘63 Gibson
When it entered the market in the spring of ’58, Gibson’s ES-335TD was designed to get “bite” while having a lighter weight. This one is special because Vinnie Martell used it to record Vanilla Fudge’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and other tracks. By Willie G. Moseley

The Orange GRO100
Orange Amplifiers were born soon after Marshall and made a name for themselves with a hip image that was impossible to miss. The Graphic Overdrive, or GRO100, is one of the company’s classics. By Dave Hunter


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