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Bon Iver, Whiskey, and Charity? Yes Please

“The 1608,” Bon Iver’s custom whiskey barrel guitar

Love guitars, Bon Iver, whiskey and charity? So do we. This beautiful guitar pictured above, known simply as “The 1608″ was designed by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame.

 

Perhaps even better, the guitar was crafted almost entirely with white oak wood from authentic Bushmills Whiskey Barrels. But what really ties this beautiful instrument together are the bottle cap control knobs.

 

The guitar was just auctioned off on Ebay for $9,400 with proceeds from the sale of… Read More

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Collector’s Corner: Rickenbacker “Lightshow” Model 331LS

GSTV visits Guitar Center in L.A. to get our hands on the Rickenbacker Model 331LS

GSTV meets with The Guitar Center in Los Angeles to check out the Rickenbacker Model 331LS “Lightshow.” It was introduced in 1970 and remained in production until 1975. This may have been unfortunate timing for Rickenbacker since the Psychedelic era had come to an end during that poeriod. If the instrument was introduced in the height of Psychedelia, say, 1966, it likely would have sold many more units.

The Lightshow model was available in… Read More

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The $10,000 Acoustic Guitar: Gibson Custom Shop

 

 

Check this cool video “The Making of Gibson’s Master Museum Acoustic Guitars” for insights into the construction of hand-crafted custom original Gibson acoustics–these instruments are among the best of the best.

 

The acoustic guitar market is in a very interesting position when compared to the electric guitar.  While a vintage market exists, it has not become nearly as inflated from a price perspective as the electric vintage guitar market.

 

This is interesting because the woods used in very desirable acoustic guitars of the past include… Read More

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Shop Spotlight: Gear Trader – Huntington Beach, CA

Some amazing vintage Fender solid-bodies from a California dealer.

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Collector’s Corner: The Guild Starfire – Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Mick Taylor

There is something about the Guild Starfire and its arsenal of models that draws you in for a potential GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) attack. The various models of the Starfire have made their way in the hands of some true legends. Whether it be Buddy Guy and Bob Weir sporting a Starfire IV, or Jerry Garcia and his early Ginsberg-Era 60’s Starfire 3. This lineup has made its mark. Tonal range is a big part of the Starfire. When you go from predominantly rhythm player (Bob Weir) to… Read More

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Gear Profile: The Steinberger L Series Bass

The Steinberger L series bass was formally introduced in 1980, and in 1983 the Steinberger GL guitar was rolled out. At the same time a slightly revised version of the bass was also introduced and given the name XL to distinguish it from the guitar and the original L bass. Check the above photo of GSTV friend Derek J with his 1986 XL bass: very cool!

The instruments were described as being made from layers of composite materials (carbon fiber and… Read More

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