The World’s First 24-Fret 7-String Shred Machine?

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I was just scanning some recent guitar auctions, as I am wont to do, and I saw something super cool at a Guernsey’s auction from February 27: Tony Mottola’s 1952 7-string, 24-fret Gibson Custom Super 400CES. Mottola was a legendary session musician who played with Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He also played in the Doc Severinson Orchestra on The Tonight Show. This guitar has a carved spruce top with maple back and sides, and custom P90 pickups with seven pole pieces. It was offered for auction with its original hard case and a copy of the production ledger for March 1992. The serial number is A 9934. What an amazing piece of history. Following are some more guitars – including instruments belonging to Eddie Van Halen and Richie Sambora – but first here are some more pics of the 7-string: Read More …

Richie Sambora Adds Melbourne Date

SamboraPRESS RELEASE: Celebrated American rock icon RICHIE SAMBORA has announced he will play an additional and incredibly intimate Sidewave show whilst in Melbourne for Soundwave Festival 2014 with all profits going to The Starlight Foundation. For the first time in over ten years , Australian fans will have the opportunity of a lifetime: To see one of the greatest musicians and singer- songwriters of our time performing material from his solo records with a few surprises thrown in.  With three acclaimed solo albums that have highlighted a more personal and intimate side to Richie’s songwriting, (1991’s Stranger in This Town, and 1998’s Undiscovered Soul and 2012’s Aftermath of the Lowdown, which spawned the powerful single “Every Road Leads Home To You.” ) this promises to be a mind-blowing night of rock and roll! Read More …

DOUBLE NECK GUITAR WEEK – Day 3: Ovation Celebrity CSE225

I dunno if it’s cool to mention Richie Sambora or not (in fact I’m pretty sure it’s not, sorry Richie), but the dude sure did a lot for the visibility of Ovation double neck and triple neck guitars over the years.

The CSE225-8TY isn’t an official Sambora model or anything like that, but it sure does remind me of being about 12 years old, watching Bon Jovi videos on late night TV. Jimmy Page also used double-neck Ovation models on the ‘Page & Plant – ‘Unledded’ project of the mid 90s.

Specs are:

6/12-String Acoustic/Electric
Body Type: Custom Super Shallow depth
Top: Solid Spruce
Bracing: Modified Quintad
Scale Length:
Fretboard: Rosewood
Fret Inlay: Abalone, Elite Style
Bridge: Walnut
Rosette: Multi Soundhole 5-Piece Epaulet
Pickup: Thinline
Nutwidth: 6 String 1 11/16, 12 String 1 7/8
Machines:
Case: GC9115


CLICK HERE to buy the Ovation Celebrity Doubleneck CSE225 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Blue Transparent Flame Maple from Guitar Center