“I can’t build a guitar, I can’t wire an amp. Woodworking? That’s not my role here. My role is to push guitar culture forward”: Gibson’s Mark Agnesi is on a mission to create more guitar players

Mark Agnesi - Director of Brand Experience at Gibson
(Image credit: Gibson)

In 2018, roughly a decade into his role managing LA’s vintage mecca Norm’s Rare Guitars, Mark Agnesi made a video documenting his personal guitar collection.

Shot in his spare room on a shaky camera by his wife, Jackie, it featured  a line-up laced with Gibson Custom Shop builds and stories to match. His personal favorite – “the guitar against which all others are judged” – was a 2007 Gibson Custom Shop ’57 Les Paul VOS, gifted to him by Jackie.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.