Collections

Private Collection: Carmelo Luggeri

Explore a guitar collection that has seen action with the likes of Paul Rodgers, Julian Lennon, Bill Wyman, Andy Williams, and most notably, former Elton John collaborator Kiki Dee.

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.

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: 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…

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…
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