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Paul Reed Smith guitar’s new permanent home at the Met, thanks to Warren and Kateryna Esanu, is celebrated by the public and dignitaries with a performance demonstration by John McLaughlin in the Met’s Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing. On October 7, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City accepted a PRS guitar into its permanent collection.
Rock stars like Eric Clapton, Slash and Billy Gibbons inspire many custom guitar builders to make instruments, but William Gelvin’s Dice OPS guitar was influenced by an entirely different kind of celebrity: comedian Andrew Dice Clay. “I made a comment to Dice about him being a rock and roll comedian,” Gelvin says.
Below, check out a just-published (September 30) demo video of Epiphone's Ultra-339 guitar. In the clip, Will Jones (aka Dr. Epiphone) and Aljon Go visit Sweetwater to demonstrate the semi-hollowbody model.
It’s not unusual to find a guitar with a “hockey stick” headstock, but a guitar made out of actual hockey sticks is an entirely different matter. For luthier and lifelong hockey fan John Burgess of London, Ontario, it made perfect sense to build a guitar body out of the implements, although doing it proved more difficult than scoring a goal against Henrik Lundqvist.
PRS Guitars has announced its new S2 Series of instruments. The new models — the S2 Mira, S2 Starla and S2 Custom 24 — offer the fit, feel, and attention to detail of PRS craftsmanship in a fresh, straightforward design.
Epiphone has been an eye-catching brand pretty much from the company’s inception 140 years ago. In the early part of the 20th century, Epiphone’s ornate, stylish New York City guitars provided stiff competition for the more staid models coming out of Gibson’s Kalamazoo, Michigan, plant. So it is ironic that Gibson ended up owning the Epiphone brand, which it purchased in 1957.