Gretsch Re-Releases The G6130 Roundup… YeeHaw!

Down-Home American Goodness... With Leather Trim! Amazing... it's with a huge smile on my face that I announce that Gretsch has finally, finally, re-released their full-on Country Western classic, the G6130 Roundup – with decorative leather trim and all! (see inset) Ok, if you're a shredder you probably think this guitar looks beyond absurd, bu…

Rare Find: The Guitar That Jimi Burnt

My good friends over at CybersMusic have unearthed this rare gem – the Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix set ablaze at the Miami Pop Festival. The guitar was apparently given to the late, great Frank Zappa by one of Hendrix's roadies, and is now being cared for by son Dweezil. Frank waxes poetic about his famous guitar– I had it …

25 Guitars In One: The Line 6 Variax 600

Brave New World Of Guitar Modeling The Variax 600 is Line 6's cool new retro-styled digital modeling guitar - an instrument that claims to faithfully reproduce the sounds of twenty-five different classic guitars via Line 6's proprietary modeling technology. Now, I've never played one of these, but I'd love to hear from anyone who has because I fi…

REVIEW: The Rickenbacker 620

High Sustain, Unique Tone & Style Unless you hang out in the right circles you really don't hear much about Rickenbacker these days, which is really a shame when you consider that they continue to produce high-quality guitars, with truly one-of-a-kind styling and craftsmanship. In fact, in a world where badly-conceived Stratocaster and Les Pau…

Rare Find: The Custom Work Of Luthier James Larsen

Friday Fun With “Girl” Brand Guitars Guitar maker James Larsen appears to be living the dream. I have no idea if he manages to make much money off his creations, but I do know that he spends his days doing something that I've only dreamt of – building high-quality, one of a kind electric guitars that are both playable and beautiful. His Gi…

Top 10 Guitars For Girls

From Saccharin-Sweet To Seriously Bad-Ass... At least a few times a month I get asked to recommend an electric guitar built specifically for girls (smaller size, lighter weight, slimmer neck profile,) so I thought it would be fun, and perhaps even *gasp!* informative to list my top-ten electric guitar picks for female guitarists. Unfortunately, th…

REVIEW: Gibson's Classic ES-335 Hollowbody

Truly 'Singing' Tone & Sustain Gibson's incredible ES-335 was first introduced to the world in 1958 as a guitar to bridge the gap between the popular hollowbody instruments of the day, and the newer, more streamlined solidbody models. It was apparently a stroke of genius on Gibson's part, because the ES-335 has gone on to become one of the mos…