JD Simo on the best (and worst) guitars he's bought over the years

Guitarist JD Simo
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What was the last guitar you bought and why? 

“The last guitar I bought – I don’t know the year of it – was a Silvertone 1446. It’s a hollowbody that Silvertone made in the 60s and sold through Sears & Roebuck, a mail-order store in America back then, and it’s got a Bigsby on it and two mini-humbuckers.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.