Sunday, March 24, 2019

Collections

Private Collection: Kris Blakely, aka Fried Okra

Mississippi native Kris Blakely has one of the most breathtaking guitar collections we’ve ever encountered, ranging from instruments that saw action in World War II, to Paul Kossoff’s 1959 Les Paul Standard.
John Beattie

Private Collection: John Beattie, ruck ‘n’ roll star

John Beattie is a rugby union institution, but while the former Scotland and Lions back rower may be a celebrated player and broadcaster, his undoubted passion is guitars. We find out how the BBC presenter found the sound that he’d first started looking for 40 years ago…

Private Collection: Rob Sampson’s affordable vintage guitars

Owning a vintage Gibson – let alone a collection of them – may seem like an impossibility. Yet Rob Sampson disagrees, because he’s actually done it.

Private Collection: Robert Hart, better known as Lost In Crystal Canyons

Is this the coolest guitar collection in the world? 40,000 Instagram users can’t be wrong.

Private Collection: Dennis Marshall

Over the years, Dennis Marshall has amassed a wealth of sonic knowledge with a few tasty guitars along the way. He tells Mark Alexander about his love of twang and realising his dream of bringing tube tones to the masses…

Private Collection: Phil Armitage’s Closet Classics

Phil Armitage spent his working life as an examiner at the London College of Music. Now he’s retired, however, he’s had time to devote to a very organised kind of collection. Lars Mullen takes a look in his cupboards…

Four must-visit vintage guitar shops in Paris

If you can tear yourself away from the art museums, bistros and bars, Paris has more than enough music shops to justify a trip.

Private Collection: ATB Guitars’ Mike Long and his 20th century toys

An encounter with Rick Nielsen helped fuel Mike Long’s passion for the classics. The owner of Cheltenham’s ATB Guitars since 1998, he’s bought and sold over 1,500 vintage pieces…

Private Collection: Duncan Findlay, a Master Of All

Duncan Findlay’s guitars reflect a varied musical career that has incorporated musicals, orchestras, and advertising jingles. We find out how a jack of all trades has amassed a guitar collection that has helped him succeed in a fickle industry…

Private Collection: Paul Connop’s Modern Classics

Paul Connop’s taste for designs from the electric guitar’s golden era has seen him assemble a highly desirable array of six-strings that have seen plenty of use in the studio and on the road.
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