electric guitars


The Gibson Collector's Choice #1 1959 Les Paul Standard is an exact replica of the legendary 1959 Les Paul owned by Peter Green, Gary Moore and Melvyn Franks. This guitar combines the  historically accurate details of a Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul Custom with the unique features of the "Holy Grail" like the deep-amber finished highly figured maple top, reversed neck pickups, missing silver inserts on the top two "Top Hat" control knobs and Bumble Bee tone capacitors.

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The Gibson Custom's Collector's Choice series, launched in 2010, are faithful replicas of one-of-a-kind historic (mainly 1958-1960s) Les Pauls. Gibson contacted some of the world's most prominent collectors of rare instruments and convinced them to share their unique guitars, giving players and collectors a chance to own a close copy of a vintage era Les Paul. The Collector’s Choice range is a mixture of Les Pauls played by famous players and other non-famous guitars that are simply stunning examples of Les Pauls that legendary era.

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The Gary Moore Signature Les Paul BFG is a stripped-down Les Paul, with no body or neck binding. This model has an uncovered Zebra Burstbucker 3 humbucker in the bridge, with a single-coil P-90 in the neck, all controlled by two top hat style volume controls and one tone knob. The traditional toggle switch has been wired to act as a kill switch, and a smaller toggle pickup selector switch in the place of the missing tone knob controls pickup selection.

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The Gibson Gary Moore Les Paul Standard is a reissue of the 2000-2002 Gary Moore Signature Les Paul model. It was introduced in 2013, two years after the death of Gary Moore. This model has no body binding, an AA flamed maple top finished in lemon burst (inspired by Moore's Peter Green Les Paul), a 1959 profile neck and an unbound granadillo (cocobolo) fingerboard. It has two Burst Bucker pickups, on this model the pickups are covered unlike the first Gary Moore LP.The neck pickup is reversed in its mounting, in recognition of a similar modification to Peter Green’s Les Paul.

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The 1962 50th Anniversary Epiphone Sorrento was a limited edition thinline archtop reissued in 2013 (1,962 were made). It was based on the original Sorrento first produced at the Gibson & Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1962, the same factory that produced the Gibson Les Paul Standard, Gibson SG, and the 335.

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Rick Shaw builds custom guitars in his workshop near Waco, Texas. Shaw offers solid body, semi hollow and hollow body guitars and basses. Styles can be a redesign of an existing model or a completely unique creation. According to Shaw:


The PRS Standard Satin is an all mahogany version of the PRS Custom for those seeking the benefits of mahogany. The Standard Satin 22 was available in wide-fat and wide-thin neck profiles and Dragon II pickups with nickel silver cover. The PRS tremolo bridge was an option on the Standard Satin 22, as were abalone bird inlays. The standard controls were Volume and Tone Control with 5-Way Rotary Pickup Selector
Pickup Switching. Optional controls were Volume and Push/Pull Tone Control with 3-Way Toggle Pickup Selector.

Source www.prsguitars.com (in 2007)

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The ESP USA M-III was introduced in 2014 and is made at ESP's new North Hollywood facility. The USA M-III has several new premium features compared with older M-IIIs : ebony fingerboard, a non-pointy non-reverse headstock, 24 frets, Seymour Duncan pickups (including two stacked STK-S4 humbuckers), flamed maple top, transparent copper, blue or black finishes and an ESP-USA inlay at the 12th fret.

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The Epiphone Genesis Deluxe PRO was made in 2013, production was limited to 500 of each color. It was based on the Epiphone Genesis model from 1979-1981 but with some differences including: an extra tone control, push-pull coil taps instead of a DPDT switch and a flame maple veneer top. Pickups are Epiphone ProBucker-2 in the neck position and an Epiphone ProBucker-3 in the bridge position.

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The Avon brand was used by UK distributer Rose Morris in the 1960s and 1970s. Avon was the Rose Morris entry level brand and Avon guitars and basses were typically made in Japan. Shaftesbury was the Rose Morris higher end brand.


The Columbus brand name was used on Japanese and Taiwanese made guitars and basses imported into the UK in the 1970s and 1980s. They were budget instruments, but were playable and are fondly remembered by many UK guitarists who started out on a 1970s Columbus Les Paul or Strat copy. Some Columbus badged guitars were made by the Japanese Matsumoku and Tombo companies.


Summerfield Musical Instruments Ltd was established by Maurice Summerfield - son of Charles Summerfield of the CSL company. Summerfield MI Ltd are now one of the UK’s leading distributors of musical instruments and accessories serving music stores in the UK and Ireland. The Summerfield family have been been musical instrument distrbutors for over 50 years and recieved a NAMM Milestone Award recognising its contribution to the industry.


The JAY TURSER FUTURÉ SERIES was a group of 3 radically shaped electric guitars: Spectré, Spirité and Stiletté; as well as the Scarabé bass introduced around 1999. The Futuré models were produced in limited quantities and are relatively rare.  Gibson did as similar thing in 1957 when they introduced three radical designs: the Flying V, Futura and Moderne - which caught on eventually. Unfortunately these intersting Jay Turser models did not last beyond 2002.

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