National New Yorker Archtop
1941Ebony, Spruce, Rosewood
A magnificient blonde hollowbody features a very interesting early example of a humbucker, and it sounds just like it should.
Tons of photos and details at antebelluminstruments
April 23, 2014
April 17, 2014
Framus Television
Maple, Ebony
A very easily recognizable thinline from Framus, the Television (aka 5/118) has a lot in common with the New Sound and Atlantik series from the german maker.
April 17, 2014
Contessa Electric
Here is a magnificient example of an electric guitar (not sure which model) from the italian brand Contessa. Contessa guitars were imported in the us by Hohner.
More pics and info at myrareguitar
April 11, 2014
BB King
In 1949, BB King jumped into a building on fire to salvage his guitar. The fire originated from a fight between two men over a woman named Lucille. King would eventually baptise his instrument of choice, a Gibson ES-355, with the same name. The King of Blues has developed his unique playing style on guitars all nicknamed after a woman he never met.
March 31, 2014
Airline 7215
An extremely rare, Harmony-built, hollowbody Airline model. 
Photo by lostarkstudio
March 27, 2014
Greco Shrike
Late 60s
Another fantastic original design Made-in-Japan. The v-shaped coils would eventually appear on the Gibson Flying V2… 10 years later.
March 23, 2014
Aria Pro II RS Wildcat
Alder, Maple
The 80s was a prolific decade for Japan. Factories like Fuiji-gen and Matsumoku are now legendary in the guitar making world. Those incredibly cool, light weight, Matsumoku-built Aria Pro II series are a perfect example. Oh… and they’re dirt cheap.
Photo by walkingblues
March 21, 2014
Wandre Doris

Aluminum, ?
Quality lightweight italian from the 60s with aluminum neck and a mind-bending headstock. A similar model has been reissued by Eastwood.

More photos and info at
March 19, 2014
Parker Fly Artist
1997-…Spruce, Basswood, Carbon Fibre
March 15, 2014
Duane Allman’s Les Paul Goldtop
The long lost 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop that Duane Allman used on Derek and the Dominos “Layla”
March 13, 2014
Guild X-50
1954-1970Mahogany, Maple, Rosewood
The Guild X-50 was Guild’s response to Gibson ES-125. It was the smallest of Guilds hollowbody and the only model of the ‘X’ line to be non-cutaway. Early models were nicknamed Granada, up until 1961 when the guitar was renamed Cordoba.
June 29, 2012
Brian May Special
2006-PresentMahogany, Ebony
Family-built by Brian May and his father, the Red Special has been reproduced several times by brands like Guild and Burns since the eighties. In 2006, May created ‘Brian May Guitars’ to market his own take on the ‘Old lady’. Loaded with three Burns Tri-sonic pups, it’s a great quality instrument for $800. 
June 18, 2012
Fender Strat Plus
1987-1999Alder or Ash / Maple / Maple or Rosewood
By many considered one of Fender’s finest, the Plus series was released and introduced a lot of new props. It was the first Strats to featured Gold Lace Sensor pickups as well as locking tuners. Those pickups were appreciated for keeping a 50s feel, but without the hum. Hear it
June 11, 2012
Gibson PAF pickup
The very first humbucker and probably the most sought after pickup of all time, the PAF was invented by Seth Lover, then Gibson employee, as an answer to the problematic hum caused by single coils. Famously the de-facto pickup on Les Paul standards of that era, the PAF was the secret weapon to crush Fender.
PAF stands for “Patent Applied For”, as seen on the decal. Story goes that no PAF pickup sounds the same, but they all roar. This is probably due to the fact they were randomly stuffed with Alnico II, III, IV or V magnets. Modified patented versions were produced after 1962, marking the official end of the “Patent Applied For” era. Since then, countless reissues, clones and copies have been produced.
GuitarHQ has pulled a very comprehensive guide to the PAF
Photo by mmcquain
June 7, 2012