A new regular column at Reverb

Posted on December 31, 2017

I’ve started to write a regular column at Reverb.com.

The idea is to cover all manner of subjects in and around vintage and modern guitars. I’ll be looking at how some well-known and not-so-well-known models came to be the way they are, why some instruments are collectable, who played what, where, when, and why, and no doubt a good deal of other stuff as well. To keep you up to date with all the action, I’ll detail them here just as soon as they’re posted.

How The Jaguar Became Fender’s New Model For 1962. The birth of the high-end Fender. Click here to read the column at Reverb.

How John Lennon Ended Up In An Ad For A Guitar He Only Played Briefly. The Beatle and his Rose-Morris Rickenbacker model 1996. Click here to read all about it at Reverb.

B.B. King’s Many Lucilles: A Guide to the Blues’ Most Famous Gibson. I try to work out how many Lucilles B.B. King actually played. Spoiler alert: I don’t know, exactly. Click here to see at Reverb where I ended up.

How Many Les Paul Bursts Did Gibson Really Make? A romp through what’s left of Gibson’s records (with the aid of a calculator) to attempt an answer. Click right here to join in the exercise.

Gibson’s Failed Modernist Experiment: The Origins of the Flying V. How come it was the safe, predictable Gibson company that designed and produced the most radical guitar of the 50s? Click here to read my thoughts on the matter at Reverb.

Selmer: The London Music Shop Where Clapton, Page, Beck, and More Bought Their Guitars. It was the place to go in the 60s for a good guitar … or just to hang out. Click here to read more about this hipper-than-hip store.

The British Guitar Embargo: When Brits Were Banned from Buying American. A story on the import restrictions that effectively stopped UK guitarists buying new American guitars in the 50s. Click here to read it at Reverb.

A Brief History of Burns: The Classic British Guitar Brand. From Roding Valley to Rice Krispies to Black Bison: click here to read about the real thing at Reverb.

Why Did Gibson Do That? 6 Questionable Guitar Choices From the Brand’s Storied Past. Six weird ‘uns from Gibson history: click here to read about them at Reverb.

Remember When Gibson Tried to Market a Hendrix Signature Strat? A shortlived plan that soon disappeared: click here to find out more at Reverb.

The Birth of the Explorer: Gibson’s Futuristic Vision at 60. How this angular guitar came to be: click here for its early-days story at Reverb.