Gibson Dave Grohl ES-335

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Twenty years ago when Dave Grohl went from behind the drum kit in Nirvana to front the Foo Fighters, I never thought that he would end up with his own signature guitar from Gibson. Throughout his time in the Foo Fighters, Dave has played an Ampeg Dan Armstrong, Gibson Firebirds and SGs, but no guitar has been associated with him more than the Gibson Trini Lopez. He first picked up a Trini Lopez in the early 90s and that guitar has become the foundation of his sound and the sound of the band. In 2007, Gibson released the ‘Inspired By’ DG ES-335 in Pelham Blue and Ebony. Both guitars were a limited run and went on to be very popular and highly collectable. I was fortunate enough to have owned an Ebony one, but had to sell it a few months later due to a financial situation. I had no idea that within a few years that guitar would almost triple in value. Not only do I regret selling it, but I also regret the price I sold it for. It was a versatile, well-made guitar that was fun to play, and I missed it.

 

In November 2014, I received an email from Gibson that gave me the chance to correct a mistake I made 7 years earlier. They announced they were bringing back the Dave Grohl ES-335 in Pelham Blue and a new color, Gold Metallic. These guitars, like the modelsbefore, are a limited run – only 200 Pelham Blue guitars were produced and 400 of the Gold Metallic. I opted for the Gold Metallic because of price and the uniqueness of that color. The retail price for the Pelham Blue is $6,999, which is out of my price range, while the Gold Metallic lists for $3,499 and is worth every penny. Continue reading

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Bridge of Sighs

What type of bridge do you prefer?

Floating, hardtail, stoptail, I don’t care just let me play

Based on my experience, I think it has a lot to do with the type that was on your first guitar. My first guitar was an Epiphone Les Paul and 18 years later, I still prefer a stoptail bridge over anything else. I feel more comfortable with a Gibson in my hands than a Fender. I have friends who started with Strats and will not pick up another guitar. They, like others complain about the extra weight of a Les Paul, but I don’t really notice it. While I think that there are more tonal varieties contained within a Strat, I find that it takes some work to play one. I would rather have a guitar that is effortless to play, even if it does weigh a few more pounds.

I like playing Floyd Rose equipped guitars, but if I had to have just one guitar, I wouldn’t pick one of those. I don’t care for the hassle involved of having to make the adjustments when you need to change from standard tuning to a drop D or lower. I lovethe pitch manipulations that can be done on a Floyd and I’m wondering why I don’t have a guitar with one on it right now? I should probably add a new guitar to the collection…

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