Vintage Bench Test: 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom

In 1953, Les Paul asked for a guitar that “looked like a tuxedo”, but by the late 60s the Custom had built its own legend. Huw Price checks out a strummer from ’69… The luxurious Les Paul Custom evolved throughout the second half of the 1950s and continued to do so following its reintroduction in 1968. Until 1963, all single- and double-cutaway More...

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By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Andy Scott’s ES-335 – Block Buster

Andy Scott’s red ES-335 starred on the Sweet’s remarkable string of glam hits in the early 1970s. Steve Clarke gets up-close with this storied Gibson and busts a few myths about it along the way… Before More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Thursday, April 5th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard

There are times when an instrument is so wonderful and iconic that staying appropriately impartial and dispassionate can be a challenge. With that in mind, this gorgeous 1960 Les Paul Standard is going to be a test More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
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Vintage Time Machines: Gibson Trini Lopez

With its diamond soundholes, the Trini Lopez is one of Gibson’s most recognisable semi-hollow designs. This original 60s example is in excellent condition for its age… While never one of the more mainstream More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, February 12th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1969 Gibson Flying V

Ted McCarty’s modernist models were ahead of their time but second time around, they proved perfect for psychedelia, glam, metal and more. Huw Price test pilots a 1969 Flying V… These days, the Flying V More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, February 12th, 2018
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The Money Shot: 1965 Guild Duane Eddy 400

This hollow-bodied twangtastic beast was one of the highlights of the December 2017 Gardiner Houlgate Guitar Auction (www.guitar-auctions.co.uk) down the road in Corsham, Wiltshire. The vintage Duane Eddy signature More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, January 15th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1948 Gibson L-4

It may appear old and tired but this Gibson is fighting fit and ready for action. Huw Price gets to grips with a late-1940s workhorse that’s still punching its weight nearly 70 years after it came out of Kalamazoo… In More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, December 18th, 2017
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Classic Combinations: Gibson 1952 Les Paul & 1954 GA-40

This 1952 Gibson Les Paul is in such wonderful condition that, at a glance, you’d be forgiven for assuming it was a modern Custom Shop VOS reissue model. Not so. Sourced by Old Hat Guitars proprietor Norman More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Friday, December 15th, 2017
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Vintage Time Machines: 1963 Gibson ES-330TD

From Keef to BB, the 330 has charmed guitarists of all kinds – we take a look at a well-loved 60s original… The Gibson ES-330 – or ES-330TD as it’s officially known – has always been something of a More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, December 4th, 2017
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Private Collection: Duncan Findlay – Master Of All

Duncan Findlay’s guitars reflect a varied musical career that has incorporated musicals, orchestras, and advertising jingles. We find out how a jack of all trades has amassed a guitar collection that has helped More...