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“Welcome to the guitar collection. On the second floor of our store we have on display over 300 guitars and more than 50 amps that I’ve accumulated over the years. The friends and customers that have visited us seem to really appreciate being able to view this, so we thought we would share it with our online friends and fellow guitar enthusiasts as well. Enjoy!”
- Dave Rogers
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Pelham Blue, Serial # 183117.
Cherry, Serial # 191345.
Any of these in custom colors are hard to find! I'm really fond of this one.
Sunburst, Serial # 171666.
I purchased this one from the original owner. It took me 15 years to convince him to sell it to me! This one is on the cover of the October 2005 Vintage Guitar magazine.
Ebony, Serial # F 014.
Competition with other companies has always pressed Gibson into coming up with its most innovative designs. The rivalry with Epiphone in the 1920s and 1930s encouraged both companies to produce the finest acoustic archtop guitars of all time.
By the 1950s when amplified guitars had gained prominence, a new company entered the competition: Fender. Its founder Leo Fender had developed the first mass produced solid body electric guitar. Gibson president Ted McCarty took notice when the Fender Telecaster’s sales became significant, and developed a fancier solid body for Gibson with the help of guitar wizard, Les Paul. The classy looking Les Paul Model in turn, inspired Leo to come up with his futuristic masterpiece, the Stratocaster.
When Ted McCarty saw that the Fender Stratocaster was selling, he decided that Gibson needed to come up some wild, exciting designs of its own so as not to be seen as old-fashioned and conservative. After examining the designs of several artists (including himself), McCarty choose three designs to have patented in June of 1957. These were the Explorer, the Modern and the Flying V.
The patents were granted in January of 1958. While prototypes of each were made, only the Explorer and the Flying V made it into production.
These Flying Vs and Explorers of the late ‘50s were made of a light colored African mahogany called Korina. McCarty chose this wood because blonde hued furniture was popular at the time, and no additional bleaching or tinting was required. These “Modernistic” guitars initially created the excitement they were meant to, but didn’t catch on with the guitar buying public until years after the initial small run had been discontinued. More info
Formerly owned by my friend & mentor Pete Alenov (may he rest in peace), He taught me a lot about the guitar business, and I think of him whenever I look at this one. This V was featured on the January 2006 Vintage Guitar Magazine cover!
Natural Korina, Serial # 9 1001.
This is the prototype for the Historic '59 Flying V Reissue. It was pictured in the first Gibson Historic Series Catalog.
Cherry, Serial # 008!
Natural Korina, Serial number 9 1995.
Purchased at a Dallas Show in the early 90's, I remember thinking at the time that if I didn't buy this one, I'd never be able find another. They are pretty scarce!
Natural Korina, Serial # 9 1002.
This is the prototype for the Historic '59 Explorer Reissue. It was pictured in the first Gibson Historic Series Catalog.
Natural, Serial # 00230419.
Sunburst, With the red, white and blue bird on the guard.
Sunburst, Serial # 971758.
Sunburst, Serial # 100774.
Sunburst, PRS 1996 Prototype #1 written on back of headstock. What can I say about this guitar? It is just breath taking! Another one from the PRS archives.
Sunburst, Artist Series IV Proto #1 written on the back of the headstock. Gold engraved birds and the gold hardware really make this a stunning guitar. This one came from the PRS archives.
Purple, Artist Series III Proto #3 written on back of headstock, A great quilt top and tons of colorful abalone inlay make this a stunning guitar! Another one from the PRS archives.
Vintage Yellow, Artist Proto A1 written on back of headstock, This one came from the PRS archives also. They were supposed to take over from the signature series with the Artist Grade tops and paua birds and logo.
Tiger Eye, We had 25 of these made in 2007 (15 in Tiger Eye and 10 in Red Tiger) for our 25th Anniversary. We used Artist Grade Maple for the tops and Brazilian Rosewood for the fingerboard and headstock overlay.
Tiger Red, We had 25 of these made in 2007 (15 in Tiger Eye and 10 in Tiger Red) for the 25th Anniversary of our shop. We used Artist Grade maple for the tops and Brazilian Rosewood for the fingerboard and headstock overlay.
Faded Blue Jean, I have very strong feelings for this one as it was a gift from Paul Reed Smith! He is such a wonderful man and I had heard stories that he would give someone the shirt off his back, but I was stunned (and brought to tears) when he literally gave me his personal guitar, right off his back! He told me he didn't want to see this hanging up somewhere as he really wanted me to play it. I don't gig as much as I used to, but I'll have this one with me when I do!
Black Sunburst, Abalone logo and birds, Gold hardware, Prototype #10 written on back of headstock. I bought this one from Paul from his archive guitars. It appears to be unplayed!
Santana Yellow, "Pre Production Proto #1" written on back of headstock. I purchased this one from Paul's archive guitars and it appears to be unplayed!
Cherry Sunburst, Inlaid eagle on headstock, Birds and gold hardware, Written on the back of the headstock is "The last sig series, The end of an era" and then signed by Paul Reed Smith. I love the strong cherry color and the reverse chevron top on this one!
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