Rickenbacker
A fantastically rare—and perhaps one-of-a-kind—all-turquoise 330 stands alongside a set of mighty and super-stylish Transonic amplifiers. The solid-state Transonic line never achieved widespread success, but it remains forever associated with Jimmy Page and the fi rst Led Zep tour in 1969. With built-in reverb, tremolo, and fuzz, Transonics actually sound amazing—and they stand toe to toe with Voxes of the same era as some the coolest and most contraption-laden amps of the period.

Rickenbacker

A fantastically rare—and perhaps one-of-a-kind—all-turquoise 330 stands alongside a set of mighty and super-stylish Transonic amplifiers. The solid-state Transonic line never achieved widespread success, but it remains forever associated with Jimmy Page and the fi rst Led Zep tour in 1969. With built-in reverb, tremolo, and fuzz, Transonics actually sound amazing—and they stand toe to toe with Voxes of the same era as some the coolest and most contraption-laden amps of the period.

One of our readers, going only by Rockbeare, shared this incredible  collection of ultra-clean vintage instruments: Front row - 1958 Guild  M75 Aristocrat, 1954 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, 1960 Gibson Les Paul TV  Junior, 1961/62 Fender Shoreline Gold Strat, 1960 Gibson Les Paul TV  Special, 1958 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst, 1956 Gretsch Duo Jet. Back Row -  1960 Gibson ES-330 TN, 1959 Gibson ES-335 TD, 1962 Gibson ES-330 TC.

One of our readers, going only by Rockbeare, shared this incredible collection of ultra-clean vintage instruments: Front row - 1958 Guild M75 Aristocrat, 1954 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, 1960 Gibson Les Paul TV Junior, 1961/62 Fender Shoreline Gold Strat, 1960 Gibson Les Paul TV Special, 1958 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst, 1956 Gretsch Duo Jet. Back Row - 1960 Gibson ES-330 TN, 1959 Gibson ES-335 TD, 1962 Gibson ES-330 TC.

‘60s Smith (Mosrite)  “Mel-O-Bar” with zebra-padded, explorer- shaped body; ‘60s Silvertone  Jupiter with black sparkle finish and De Armond pickups.

‘60s Smith (Mosrite) “Mel-O-Bar” with zebra-padded, explorer- shaped body; ‘60s Silvertone Jupiter with black sparkle finish and De Armond pickups.

1960s Wandre
This  Wandre is one of the few guitars made by Wandre Pioli in Italy in the  1960s. It features Davoli pickups and bakelite top. Because so few were  made, Wandre guitars can command five figures on the vintage market.  Guitar courtesy Lark Street Music, photo: Jonathan Singer.
1960s Wandre
This Wandre is one of the few guitars made by Wandre Pioli in Italy in the 1960s. It features Davoli pickups and bakelite top. Because so few were made, Wandre guitars can command five figures on the vintage market. Guitar courtesy Lark Street Music, photo: Jonathan Singer.
Daniel Lanois’ Firebird V
Lanois’ ’60s Gibson Firebird V—which he loves to plug into a cranked amp for delicate fingerstyle work—rests on a golden divan. Photo by Melinda Dahl

Daniel Lanois’ Firebird V

Lanois’ ’60s Gibson Firebird V—which he loves to plug into a cranked amp for delicate fingerstyle work—rests on a golden divan. Photo by Melinda Dahl

Jonny Wickersham’s Guitars
From the “they take what on the road?” archives: the Social Distortion guitarist gigs with 1955 and 1957 Les Paul Juniors, a 1954 Les Paul Goldtop, and a Fender Blackguard Tele. See more guitars the stars take on the road in our photo gallery.

Jonny Wickersham’s Guitars

From the “they take what on the road?” archives: the Social Distortion guitarist gigs with 1955 and 1957 Les Paul Juniors, a 1954 Les Paul Goldtop, and a Fender Blackguard Tele. See more guitars the stars take on the road in our photo gallery.

Vince Gill’s 1953 Telecaster
Yep, he takes it on the road. This 1953 Fender Telecaster is Vince’s No. 1 guitar. He picked up the guitar at Del City Music in Del City, Oklahoma, nearly 30 years ago. According to Gill’s tech, Benny Garcia, everything is totally original except for a Seymour Duncan pickup in the neck position. See all of his touring gear in our gallery.

Vince Gill’s 1953 Telecaster

Yep, he takes it on the road. This 1953 Fender Telecaster is Vince’s No. 1 guitar. He picked up the guitar at Del City Music in Del City, Oklahoma, nearly 30 years ago. According to Gill’s tech, Benny Garcia, everything is totally original except for a Seymour Duncan pickup in the neck position. See all of his touring gear in our gallery.

1969 G&L Leo Fender Tri-Sonic Prototype
“It was in ’91, one week after Leo’s funeral, and I was cleaning out Leo’s lab when I found it in a small loft just to the left of the front door of his shop,” recalls Gabriel Currie, a G&L employee at the time who was working in the neck department. “I found the slab body and the original templates dated ‘1969,’ and I showed what I had found to the plant foremen John Rodriquez and John McLaren Jr. I asked if I could keep it and they looked at each other and nodded—it was mine and the first thing I thought was, ‘Shit, I have to somehow finish building it and hear how it sounds’ [laughs].” And that’s exactly what he did. Read how in our article…

1969 G&L Leo Fender Tri-Sonic Prototype

“It was in ’91, one week after Leo’s funeral, and I was cleaning out Leo’s lab when I found it in a small loft just to the left of the front door of his shop,” recalls Gabriel Currie, a G&L employee at the time who was working in the neck department. “I found the slab body and the original templates dated ‘1969,’ and I showed what I had found to the plant foremen John Rodriquez and John McLaren Jr. I asked if I could keep it and they looked at each other and nodded—it was mine and the first thing I thought was, ‘Shit, I have to somehow finish building it and hear how it sounds’ [laughs].” And that’s exactly what he did. Read how in our article…

1955 Gibson J-160E
The guitar’s unique unconventional bridge features two large height adjustment knobs. Read more about this early electrified flattop in the January Vintage Vault.

1955 Gibson J-160E

The guitar’s unique unconventional bridge features two large height adjustment knobs. Read more about this early electrified flattop in the January Vintage Vault.

Ouch. 
Someone installed a Floyd on this 1965 Shoreline Gold Strat. See how it got put together in our Restoring an Original column.

Ouch.

Someone installed a Floyd on this 1965 Shoreline Gold Strat. See how it got put together in our Restoring an Original column.