As we’ve seen in Guitar.com’s own interview with Ray, the industry stalwart has amassed a sizable collection of vintage gear over his 40-plus-year-long career, including a range of late 50s and early 60s Gibson Les Pauls.
The Collection explored the stories behind his Gibson guitars, including a 1957 Les Paul Standard Goldtop, 1959 Les Paul Standard Burst, 1957 Les Paul TV Model used by Richie Cunningham on Happy Days, 1962 Les Paul SG Junior in a one-of-a-kind Sunburst finish, 1962 Les Paul SG Standard with Ebony block – the inspiration for Ray’s recently released Gibson Custom Brian Ray SG Junior – and a super-rare 1963 Hummingbird Dove.
Talking about his new Gibson Custom Brian Ray SG Junior, Ray described it as a “companion piece” to his previous Gibson signature model, the Brian Ray ’63 SG Standard with Bigsby. “The idea was that I wanted to do an opposite of the ’63 [Brian Ray] SG and then Philip Whorton over at Gibson Custom Shop said, ‘I’m messing around with this pearlescent [finish] thing’,” Ray recalled. “And he sent me a sample and I was, like, ‘whoa’.”
The Collection takes a look at the personal guitar collections of music’s biggest artists. The first episode focused on REO Speedwagon guitarist Dave Amato’s collection, which included an assortment of Gibsons including a double-neck that’s the same model that the Eagles‘ Don Felder played on the band’s 1977 classic Hotel California.
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