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A Fender Rarity, 1971 Tele Thinline Left Hand

Sometimes a transaction comes out of the blue and with it some genuine excitement over what was originally a very work-a-day guitar. It is worth bearing in mind that Fender only ever produced two Left hand Tele Thinlines’ from the original run of guitars, in...

A John Mayer Prototype – A Two Rock Amp Rarity

Back in 2012 I traveled to San Francisco and headed North on the 101, I was driving to meet Bill Krinard,one of the original owners of the Two Rock Amplifier Co, Bill is a very highly regarded Amp designer / builder / tech. We were looking through some products and we...

A Quick Story from the Past – Jimi Henrix Strat Provenance

I bought and sold this guitar back in 2006,fast forward 11 yrs and I received a call just a week before an impending auction early December 2017 asking, “What are you doing tomorrow?”. I said “I’m not sure yet but I guess I will find out in the...

Martin John Martyn Artist Model Phil Hay, Westside Distribution

Way back when, sometime around 1987 I had a music shop in the UK, it was quite often described as “A Hole in The Wall”, this description was quite apt, to call it a “shop” required a sizable dose of imagination, most times it resembled a vacant...

Stay Tuned – Two “Hot Commodity” Acoustic Guitars on the Way!

You read that right! We’re currently awaiting the imminent arrival of 2 highly collectible and desired acoustic guitars. We expect them to arrive this week, just in time for that perfect holiday gift you were looking to buy yourself, or the guitar collector in...

D’addario Limited Edition Best Sellers Multi-Packs & Collectibles

At least once per year, the D’addario String Company based out of Farmingdale NY finds an innovative way to package some of their best selling products. We’re pretty sure that every guitarist will be aware of the EXL range of Nickel electric strings, most...

Catching Up with Phil Winfield, former Owner of Maverick Music

Well, 2016 has certainly begun as a year of enormous change, life altering changes both professionally & personally. I have officially launched my new company, Artistic Music Products LLC / DBA Amp Global, my new website will be online by the end of March 2017, it...

My Fascination of the Ritchie Blackmore 1961 ES-335

Way back in 1971 I was a very young teenager, the Beatles had broken up on April 10th the year before I heard the news late at night laying in my bed listening to Tony Prince on Radio Luxembourg. The demise of the Beatles threw me into a dilemma, they were the the...

A Look at the History of Ritchie Blackmore’s Fender Strat

1982 Ritchie Blackmore’s Backup Fender Strat, Deep Purple Reunion 1984, Built by Dan Smith & John Paige, Modified by John “Dawk” Stillwell. in April 1984 the original members of Deep Purple (Mk II) came together for discussions regarding a...