Steve Howe on his greatest guitar gear hits and misses

Steve Howe
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In this edition of Bought & Sold, the prog icon Steve Howe revisits the most important gear purchases in his life.

He explains why he likes to keep a diverse collection of acoustic and electric guitars, steering clear of owning many of the same model. Well, he did allow himself to double up on some ES-175Ds. And a few Martin acoustic guitars but then, you have to make some exceptions for your favourites…

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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.