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.

Introducing Henry Worrall Part 2

Henry Worrall—Unheralded Advocate for American Guitar Music (Part 2)

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Decoding his 19th century scores reveals what a profound influence Worrall has had on the sound of the steel-string acoustic guitar.

Private Reserve Heads South to Gibson Memphis

Private Reserve Heads South to Gibson Memphis

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Exploring the skills (and electric skillet) that go into creating the legendary Gibson ES Series.

Dropping in on Martin & Co.

Dropping in on Martin & Co.

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We got the nickel tour and a whole lot more on our visit to the Holy Grail of acoustic guitars.

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.

Introducing Henry Worrall

Introducing Henry Worrall—Unheralded Advocate for American Guitar Music (Part 1)

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Long neglected, this composer and teacher helped shape a meaningful literature for guitar.

In Celebration (and Defense) of Van Halen

In Celebration (and Defense) of Van Halen

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The band is back and despite, ahem, certain personality issues, VH is badder than ever.

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.

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