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.

Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Hollowbody: a Fitting Tribute

Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Hollowbody: a Fitting Tribute to the Jazz Maestro

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It’s hard to overestimate the influence of Wes Montgomery on modern guitar players. His signature picking technique using the fleshy part of his thumb produced the mellow tones that are a hallmark of Montgomery’s sound. (Prior to his music career, Wes worked long hours as a machinist and developed the technique during late-night practice sessions in consideration of his neighbors.)

Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Reissue VOS Electric Guitar with Bigsby

Gibson Custom 1957 Les Paul Reissue VOS Electric Guitar with Bigsby: A Classic Reborn

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If you’ve been on the lookout for a mint or near-mint ‘57 LP, you know that they command a king’s ransom these days. The pinnacle of Les Paul lore, goldtops make LP lovers go weak in the knees.

Martin Custom Sinker Mahogany Dreadnought

Martin Custom Sinker Mahogany Dreadnought: Crafted with Rare Wood Retrieved from the Depths

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The huge projection and reverberant bass notes that pour out of the Martin Custom Sinker Mahogany Dreadnought are largely the result of the extraordinary wood used for the back and sides. But before we get to the guitar itself, the story behind that mahogany is a fascinating one worth telling.

Fender Custom Shop Michael Landau Signature 1968 Relic Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop Michael Landau Signature 1968 Relic Stratocaster

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Imagine veteran session guitarist Michael Landau has just handed you his well-worn and thoroughly broken-in Strat to take for a spin. That’s what you’ll experience once you take hold and start playing the Fender Custom Shop Michael Landau Signature 1968 Relic Stratocaster.

PRS DGT David Grissom Electric Guitar

PRS DGT David Grissom Signature: Lavishly Made and Built for Multifaceted Tone Production

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Respected session and touring guitarist David Grissom and Paul Reed Smith Guitars have enjoyed a decades-long relationship, the DGT being a beautiful outcome of that partnership. Over the years Grissom’s perspectives as a seasoned pro have served as an important influence on the development of PRS instruments.

PRG Fender Custom Shop Proto Telecaster

Fender Custom Shop Proto Telecaster: A Full Slate of Choice Mods Make it Extraordinary

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Bound to cause doubletakes with Telecaster fans, this modern Custom Shop rethinking of the icon is a delight to play and serves up an array of sounds broad enough to please just about any guitarist.

Ibanez JEM77FP2 Steve Vai Electric Guitar

Ibanez JEM77FP2 Steve Vai Signature: A Sublime Shredder’s Axe

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The Ibanez JEM series has its roots in an intimate collaboration with master shredder Steve Vai that goes back to 1986. Vai specified every aspect of his signature model from aesthetics and playability factors to perhaps most crucially, the pickup array, electronics and trem bridge. Remaining largely unchanged since the initial model was unveiled at NAMM in 1987, variations have mainly focused on pickup and bridge choices, dependant on the price points of subsequent sub-models.

Gibson Custom L-4 CES Mahogany: An Old-School Jazz Box with Enormous Warmth

Gibson Custom L-4 CES Mahogany: An Old-School Jazz Box with Enormous Warmth

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This week’s featured archtop is built for the guitarist who seeks an instrument that generates extraordinary warmth and couples that with inviting playability. Gibson Custom Shop luthiers have substituted mahogany back and sides for the usual maple on the L-4 CES, producing a bottom end that’s exceptionally round and resonant. The 175 body shape makes it a pleasure to play.

Gibson Custom CS Les Paul Long Scale Electric Guitar

Gibson Custom CS Les Paul Long Scale Electric Guitar with SlimTaper Neck

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What a difference an inch makes! The 25-½”-scale neck on this Custom Shop Les Paul Long Scale lends this venerable design a whole new bag of tricks. For Les Paul lovers who may reluctantly put their LPs aside in favor of a longer scale guitar when it’s time for drop tunings or slide work, no such tradeoff is necessary with this versatile guitar.

A Tone Chameleon with Breathtaking Visuals

Music Man John Petrucci BFR 6 Koa Top: A Tone Chameleon with Breathtaking Visuals

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For working guitarists seeking a single instrument that can do it all, the Music Man John Petrucci BFR 6 Koa Top deserves serious consideration. Built in collaboration with the Dream Theater guitarist, a pair of DiMarzio pickups—a Liquifire in the neck, a Crunch Lab in the bridge—combined with a piezo nested in floating trem bridge generate just about any tone you can imagine.

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