Samuel Clemens’ 1835 Martin is a sight to behold. The instrument, reportedly valued at over $15 million, was a constant companion of the roving author. From Guitarsite:

Mark Twain ‘gigged’ with his 1835 Martin extensively as a singer guitarist, bringing it along to his many travels. Like the main protagonist of his popular novel: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain traveled far and wide, often with only his 1835 Martin, paper and ink to accompany him.

Take a look at this beauty over at Guitarsite.

Right here.

Several guitars belonging to Jeff Hanneman are currently being auctioned off on eBay. The ESP website is highlighting several of the late Slayer guitarist’s instruments including, oddly enough, a black B.C. Rich:

(T)he serial number seems to indicate it was manufactured in 1990 in the USA. The guitar features a Kahler tremolo, EMG 81 pickups, and is festooned with German phrases and names. Inside the guitar’s hard shell case, there are a number of 1/4” instrument cables, as well as an MXR Carbon Copy analog delay.

Quite the time capsule.

Check out more and follow links to the auctions at ESP.

Right here.

As I’ve noted variously at the Pointy Guitar Facebook and Twitter pages, the most viewed ad in the site’s history is one for the Washburn Wonderbar Tremolo System, as scanned from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, October 1985. I cracked wise in the original post that “Mssrs. Rose & Kahler had the last laugh at this ad,” but it seems Washburn’s device has a devoted underground following. In fact, PG reader Steve Sparks operates a site devoted to the tremolo, “a place to host the docs/pics I’ve found,” as he puts it.

So, take a look at some schematics, fan photos and Mr. Sparks himself rocking an ’85 Washburn at

Right here.

The famed 1954 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” formerly owned and played by the man himself sold at auction for $335,500 this week to Indianapolis Colts football franchise owner Jim Irsay. Irsay’s “guitar curator” Christopher McKinney placed the bid and came away with the iconic instrument. Speaking to the New York Times, McKinney summed the guitar up as follows, via Michael Molenda’s blog at Guitar Player:

We know the importance of the guitar historically. This guitar was used by Les in recordings, in television. It was his main guitar for innovations. It shows his thinking and progress as an inventor. A lot of the things that were done to this guitar went on to become industry standard.

Read much more, including the tale of the guitar’s controversial legacy, at Guitar Player.

Right here.

The list of guitars that have become as iconic as their owners is short: B.B. King’s “Lucille,” Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat,” and certainly Willie Nelson’s battered Martin known as “Trigger” come to mind. Rolling Stone has released a mini-documentary focused on Nelson’s instrument which, according to reveals:

Trigger and Nelson met in 1969 when Nelson needed a guitar that had the same tone as the one used by influential guitarist Django Reinhardt, one of his idols. He named the guitar Trigger after Roy Rogers’ famous steed. In a way the guitar Trigger has been just like Rogers’ trusty horse.

Read more and watch the piece at

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Among the untold number of fantastic guitars being unveiled at NAMM 2015 are B.C. Rich’s new take on their classic Mockingbird, the Contour and Contour X models. What’s the deal? From Guitar Player:

In the past, the ability to duplicate the sleek and sultry details of the custom shop have been hard to reproduce on a factory floor, but new technology and production methods bring the Contour to fruition. Although it is not the first production Mockingbird to have an arched top, it is the first to come anywhere close to what was being done in the handcrafted shop.

Read more at GP.
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Gibson Custom has introduced another signature Les Paul, this time based on one of Robby Krieger’s personal instruments. The guitarist used his 1954 Les Paul Custom, nicknamed “L.A. Woman,” writing and recording classic Doors tracks after acquiring it in 1968. How accurate is the new model? Via Guitar Aficionado:

Notable details include the closely matched dish carve and neck profile carve, the accurate ebony fingerboard with aged pearl block markers, accurate vintage multi-ply binding, after-market Seymour Duncan neck pickup, and painstaking hand aging.

And for added authenticity:

(T)he first 50 guitars—hand aged by Gibson—will also be played, approved and signed by Robby himself.

Read more at GA.
Right here.

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