Another 52 Guitars, week 18—JHALE Guitars NoneMoreBlack

It’s been a while since I added to this series. I apologise for that. It just hasn’t felt like the most important thing for me to focus my thoughts and energies on in these current times. Having said that, I wanted to make sure my next article in this series did something to promote someone who wasn’t representing a huge brand but instead was doing their best to get their voice heard in a crowded market.

The first guitar I thought of was the NoneMoreBlack by JHALE Guitars. Now I know that this article isn’t going to do much to help Jay—owner and luthier at JHALE Guitars—but if I’m going to reconnect with my joy for guitars and blogging, I couldn’t think of a better guitar to start with.

Another 52 Guitars, week 18—JHALE Guitars NoneMoreBlack

Another 52 Guitars, week 17—B.C. Rich Mockingbird Extreme with Evertune bridge

My true love for metal guitar came along as I lived as a teenager through the 80s. I loved all genres of metal in the 80s, but some of the more memorable bands played the pointiest of pointy guitars and few were pointier than B.C. Rich. As I continue my series of guitars I’d love to purchase—all guitars having something new to add to my collection—the Mockingbird Extreme with Evertune bridge ticks a lot of boxes.

It doesn’t hurt that the guitar just looks amazing.

Another 52 Guitars, week 17—B.C. Rich Mockingbird Extreme with Evertune bridge

Another 52 Guitars, week 16—Grainger Guitars Hades

One trend I’m noticing more with the guitars I’m coming across for this year’s Another 52 guitars series is the craftmanship that is going into some of the more boutique luthiers I’m discovering. Honestly, I’m loving the way the modern guitars are looking. Don’t get me wrong, I love the traditional shapes as much as anyone else, but for the guitar industry to have a future I honestly believe it needs guitars that are unique. Guitars such as the Hades by Grainger Guitars. This thing is absolutely beautiful.

Another 52 Guitars, week 16—Grainger Guitars Hades

Another 52 Guitars, week 15—Lionheart Guitars Balkatora Eye of Kala IV

If you’ve been reading the articles in this series, you’ll know I’m looking at guitars that have something unique—when compared to my own current collection’s feature set. Well, today’s guitar ticks more boxes than any previous guitar in this series.I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a guitar this unique.

Let’s take a look at the Balkatora-Eye of Kala IV by Lionheart Guitars.

Another 52 Guitars, week 15—Lionheart Guitars Balkatora Eye of Kala IV

Another 52 Guitars, week 14—Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster v4

The first time I did this 52 guitars thing, I had a Telecaster in the list that was a Jim Root signature model. Later on when I did the 52 amplifiers series, I had a Jim Root signature model amplifier. Now I’m not the world’s great Slipknot or Stone Sour fan, but I will say this … Jim Root knows good gear.

Jim Root’s new Fender Jazzmaster v4 is no exception. Matter of a fact, I think it’s his best signature model yet. This guitar looks amazing.

Another 52 Guitars, week 14—Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster v4