Featured Private Reserve Guitars

Each week The HUB presents an instrument selected by our Private Reserve Guitar advisors as especially noteworthy. These are electric and acoustic guitars and basses that reflect the highest levels of workmanship and employ the finest woods and components. For the most part they are one-of-kind or extremely limited production models, primarily crafted in the custom shops of some of the world's greatest makers including Fender, Gibson, Martin, Taylor, and PRS. We'll tell you what's cool about these extraordinary guitars and offer the insights of our guitar advisors who have personally examined and played each featured instrument.

Three Essential Tips for Great Recorded Guitar Sound

Three Essential Tips for Great Recorded Guitar Sound

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Learn what it takes to capture everything you, your guitar and your amp are putting out. It’s not as tough or mysterious as you think.

Four Simple Ways to Get More Gigs

Four Simple Ways to Get More Gigs

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The HUB’s favorite blogger and guitarist, who’s played more gigs than he probably cares to remember, offers a seasoned musician’s advice on how you can play out more.

We Visit Paul Reed Smith Part 2

We Visit Paul Reed Smith, Part 2

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I head back to the PRS plant where the renowned luthier joins me in shooting guitar videos for Musician’s Friend and Private Reserve.

We Visit Paul Reed Smith Part 1

We Visit Paul Reed Smith, Part 1

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Handling precious prototypes and selecting woods

Guitar Notes with Brian Baggett

Guitar Notes From Brian Baggett

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In this premiere edition our resident guitar guru lays out his vision for a biweekly helping of guitar lore and offers a little personal history.

Fender’s Roadshow Hits Kansas City

Fender’s Roadshow Hits Kansas City

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Musician’s Friend Private Reserve plays host to a drool-inducing collection of sweet guitars crafted by the Fender Custom Shop.

Brian Ray: The Consummate Sideman Gets an Axe of His Own

Brian Ray: The Consummate Sideman Gets an Axe of His Own

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The McCartney band guitarist talks about his stellar career and offers a rundown on the signature model Custom ‘63 SG that Gibson is building to his specs.

Inside The Private Reserve Part 2

Inside The Private Reserve Part 2—Confessions of a Guitar Advisor

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In this edition of Guitar Notes, I sat down with resident expert Derek White, Guitar Advisor at Musician’s Friend Private Reserve Guitars. Derek’s job is ultimately to help match players with the guitar they’re after.

Guitar Notes: Inside Musician’s Friend Private Reserve—Part 1

Guitar Notes: Inside Musician’s Friend Private Reserve—Part 1

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A behind-the-scenes look at our repository of exceptional instruments

Fender Custom Shop Proto Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop Proto Stratocaster: The Icon Updated with 21st Century Refinements

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Think of today’s featured guitar as the result of six decades of continual fine tuning. Fender’s Custom Shop uses its Proto Series as a development lab in which they bring together the best elements from the past and present to create some of the sweetest Strats in all of guitardom.

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