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Sunday, April 4, 2010

It's Easter Sunday... I thought I'd list what five guitars I would collect (that is if I actually collected guitars).

No, this doesn't make any sense but that's okay; sometimes it's just time for something completely different.

1. Rickenbacker 370\12 String
This is the guitar that Roger McGuinn of the Byrds used to play such songs as "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Mr Tambourine Man". This guitar has two great things going for it that make it a great collector's item: First, it simply looks great...very substantial size and almost sexy lines; second it has an incredibly unique sound. I suspect that this is not an instrument for the lay-player.

2. Hofner Violin Bass
This is the bass guitar that Paul McCartney used on the early Beatles albums. I've never held an actual Hofner, but I did get a chance to pluck a replica years ago, pounding out the first couple lines of Neil Young's "Hey, Hey, My, My". The neck of the bass seems to weigh more than the body. It almost feels strange when you hold it.

3. Gibson EDS -1275 Double Neck
As played by Jimmy Page. Another guitar that simply looks super cool. I love the dark cherry color. The instrument screams "I am a guitar genius" when you look at it. Like all the guitars on this list, the visual is probably as important (if not more so) than the sound.

4. Double-Cutaway Gretsch 6120
As played by Eric Clapton (I think he plays it in the Rolling Stones "Rock-n-Roll Circus" video). Pete Townsend, John Lennon and George Harrison also played similar guitars. I see a pattern here when you compare this to the Rickenbacker.

5. "Lenny" 1963 Fender Stratocaster
As played by Stevie Ray Vaughn. The more beaten looking, the better, with the SRV carved into it.


Turner M-1
As played by Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac. I love the look simply because it is unique.

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