As you guys know, I’m a huge guitar geek and my tastes range from pointy, neon-coloured shred axes with Floyd Roses to classic semi-hollowbodies with Bigbsy vibratos. So when the fine folks at YourInstrument.com asked me to write a sponsored post, I thought the perfect thing to do would be to have a look around at the wide variety of instruments for sale. Because a) it’d be a great way to show the diversity of instruments that folks like you and I are using the site to buy/sell, and b) because nothing is more fun than looking at electric guitars for sale, except for playing them. So let’s see what’s there this week. And you can always keep up with what’s online at this very moment by checking out the site.
PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt
This is the signature model for the Opeth frontman. It’s one of the first SE models to include old-school bird inlays, and it rocks 24 jumbo frets, PRS designed tremolo bridge, SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups, volume and tone control with a 3-way toggle switch. You can see Mikael playing these on the road.
Ibanez UV70P Universe Premium
Aah yes, when Ibanez reissued the black-and-green Universe, a million Passion & Warfare dreams were made manifest. I know I’d love one of these, a modded Marshall, a BOSS DS-1 an Eventide harmoniser and enough leather and hairspray to power the Sunset Strip for a year. These have DiMarzio Blaze pickups just like the originals, and the playability is spectacular.
1964 Gibson Barney Kessel Sunburst
This model was introduced in 1961, and features a sharp double-Florentine cutaway that makes it look like an SG and an ES-335 had a baby. It has the longer 400-style headstock with a slightly Art Deco-looking inlay. These things ooze vibe out of every F-hole.
1965 Gibson SG Junior Pelham Blue
Joe Bonamassa and Zakk Wylde are both big fans of Pelham Blue. In fact, Zakk now has quite a few Gibson customs in the colour. “The first one I actually had was Gibson Pelham Blue SG Firebrand,” Zakk told me in 2010, referring to a rare SG sold in the late ’70s and early ’80s. “It was actually really cool. I ended up getting rid of it because I wanted to save up for a Les Paul Custom or something like that, but it was a kick-ass guitar. When I look back, I wish I’d saved that thing. It wasn’t until after I got rid of the guitar that I realized it was really unusual, because it’s a killer color guitar and I’d never seen that many of them.” This isn’t the same model but it’s still a Pelham Blue SG and it’s beautiful!
Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster
Check out this colour! Clapton Strats are always great, but this is a colour combination you don’t see very often.
Gretsch G6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
This is definitely one of my dream guitars, dating back to when I used to sneak up in the middle of the night when I was 9 years old to watch music videos. The Bigsby, the F-holes, the pickups that look really, really serious, all those switches… just a beautiful guitar that makes me want to form some kind of mopey goth band with a slight 60s twist.
Ernie Ball Music Man Axis Cherry Burst with Matching Headstock
Oh man. Another of my dream guitars. As you probably know, this used to be the old Eddie Van Halen model until he switched over to Peavey and ultimately to his own EVH brand. After Eddie left they changed the neck slightly, moved the pickup switch, and used a volume knob that said ‘Volume’ instead of ‘Tone’ (a bit of an Eddie in-joke). These guitars play beautifully and they sound very distinctive, rich, detailed and edgy.
ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Model
C’mon, how can you possibly look at this guitar without wanting to pick it up, slam it through a Vox wah-wah pedal and play the solo to “Enter Sandman”? Huh? HUH?