One Year Later: Epiphone Introduces Music Rising Les Paul

Just in time for the first Anniversary of the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, Epiphone & Music Rising last week announced the release of the new limited edition Music Rising Epiphone Les Paul. The guitar, which sports all the standard Les Paul features, including a mahogany body & neck, carved top, rosewood fretboard, bod…

Read 'Em & Weep… I'm Off To See The Chili Peppers!

Well, I'm about to skip town for the evening to head over to Oakland, CA to catch the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the West Coast leg of their Stadium Arcadium Tour. While I've pretty much loved all of the Chili Peppers' albums, it's worth noting that Stadium Arcadium is their most guitar-centric album in ages, and madman John Frusciante seems to be …

Comfy As An Old T-Shirt: Fender Announces Jeff Beck Esquire Relic

OK, it may not be what we would strictly consider a Signature Guitar, but Fender's Jeff Beck Tribute Esquire Relic is just too cool to leave out of the discussion. Beck of course (no, not that Beck you little whippersnapper,) is one of the most prolific guitar players in history, and is virtually synonymous with the term “Guitar God.”…

REVIEW: Campbell American's Precix

I suppose this will come as no great surprise to most of my readers, but one of the nicest benefits of writing at EGR is that I get to play a whole lot of great instruments that I'd probably never have access to otherwise. Call me crazy, but this is the greatest job in the world... even if it is just a hobby. Most recently, thanks to Dean Campbell…

Must-Have: Fender's New 2007 Custom Shop Guitar Calendars

Nice! I was hitting my usual online guitar haunts this morning when I came across an announcement over at Fender's website that they've got new 16-month Custom Shop 2007 Guitar Calendars available from their online shop. Unfortunately, they don't have a gallery of the other photos that are included (what are they thinking?,) but if the cover imag…

Rockabilly Bad Boy: Gretsch Releases Brian Setzer Hot Rod

Brian Setzer is a long-time favorite guitarist of mine (since way back when I was a teenager, and Setzer was still in the Stray Cats,) and if you know anything about the man you know he's a Gretsch fanatic. In fact, the last time I checked he had something like five different Brian Setzer Signature model guitars – all from Gretsch! I thin…

Gibson Releases Pete Townshend Signature Les Paul Deluxe #9

I'm gonna' lay this on the line right from the get-go – Gibson's Pete Townshend Deluxe Les Paul #9 looks like one seriously sweet guitar. On top of an incredible set of features, and of course its singular style, this one's pretty much bound to be a collector's item if for no other reason than the fact that Gibson's Custom Shop is only produ…

Epiphone Giving Away A DOT Studio!

If you're one of the many folks who found themselves getting a bit excited over the introduction of Epiphone's new DOT Studio, you might be interested to know they are now giving one of these lovely guitars away as a promo. You pretty much just have to sign-up to be entered in the contest, which ends August 31st... check it out! …

Monster Of Metal: ESP Unveils James Hetfield Signature Truckster

A couple of months back we covered ESP's surprisingly affordable James Hetfield Signature guitar, the LTD Truckster, but I thought today we'd take a look at that instrument's more refined (and hence more expensive) sibling – the ESP James Hetfield Signature Truckster. I'm guessing just about any serious Metallica fan (and plenty of non-fa…

Zemaitis By Greco: The Gorgeous GZ-3300WF

Last year I was introduced to the unique beauty and hand-made quality of Zemaitis guitars when I accidentally stumbled across the gorgeous Zemaitis Metal Front – a hand engraved, metal topped monster that looks roughly like a Les Paul, but with a whole lot more personality. While Zemaitis is known for their incredible hand-crafted masterpie…