If you’ve been to this website more than once and you’ve been coming here for a few years, then you may have seen the odd 52 guitars or 52 amplifiers article. I don’t mean odd as in peculiar by the way. Although they could be. I have a bad habit of just writing the first thing that comes to mind. A bit like now really. If you have no idea what I’m talking about right now, but think you may come back again one day, then today may be your lucky day. You could suggest what the next 52 articles series is all about.
It took a year, but I managed to finish my series on 52 Guitars. It probably took a year because I decided to write an article each week, but I was dedicated. Some said I couldn’t do it and some didn’t care. Regardless, I did it and my website has more content than it’s ever had before. If you’ve followed at all, you now have a list of 52 guitar manufacturers. That’s right. I didn’t just select 52 guitars from the top five guitar manufacturers, I went out there and researched some luthiers I’d never heard of until this year. 2013 made me a better guitar fan. It also saw me finally receive a new guitar. 2013 was way better than 2012. … 52 Guitars—the summary
I’ve enjoyed putting the 52 Guitars series together. Each week I’ve written about a different guitar from a different guitar manufacturer. As this is week 52, I wanted to make sure I ended on a very high note. Something that would mean a lot to me while representing a little bit of me and where I come from. I could only do that with an Australian luthier. An Australian luthier with a global following. It had to be a Maton. … 52 Guitars, week 52—Maton Guitars MS500 HC
Sometimes I’m drawn to a guitar purely because I find the design to be incredibly beautiful. I’m not just talking for a guitar beautiful either. I’m talking all things considered beautiful. The Collings SoCo 16 LC is such a guitar. It’s simply beautiful. From the guitar body shape to the wood grains that are so wonderfully captured in this design, this guitar looks amazing. … 52 Guitars, week 50—Collings SoCo 16 LC
I love guitars. I also love metal (the heavy kind in particular). Imagine a guitar that combines those two loves into one awesome piece of music making gear. Imagine no more! The James Trussart SteelDeville is that piece of gear. It’s also the guitar that is more than one guitar. Spend a few moments watching the gallery cycle through on the official website and you’ll see what I mean. Each guitar is a unique piece of metalwork mastery. … 52 Guitars, week 49—James Trussart Steeldeville
This week’s guitar falls into the category of I don’t own this model, but I own a guitar from this brand. Fender may be primarily known for their Stratocasters and Telecasters, but what a range those two powerhouses have. At the time of writing this article, the Fender website has 144 Stratocasters and 106 Telecasters. Given unlimited funds I’d probably want at least half of them. At least. … 52 Guitars, week 47—Fender Jim Root Telecaster
Back in 1979 I visited the USA for the very first time as a young pre-teen. I spent 3 months going to school there. One of my fondest memories of the time is colour. That may seem strange coming from a website that dedicates itself to all black and white content, but it’s still true. Brightly coloured skateboards were the rage as were Harley Davidsons with the most amazing and vibrant colour schemes. I wasn’t as involved with guitars back then as I am now, but I do remember seeing some guitars and colour was big in that world too. The guitar I’ve discovered for this week’s article combines the colours of the era with some of the coolest modern features you can get in a guitar today. It also happens to be one of the sexiest designs I’ve seen. Ever. … 52 Guitars, week 45—Grosh Guitars Sunset ’79