In the early days of the Beatles, John Lennon purchased a Rickenbacker 325 from a music shop in Hamburg, Germany, and its sparkling, jangly tone and iconic bell-like note bloom became one of THE rock guitar sounds as legions of guitarists sought out their own 325s to cop his sound. Of course, the 325 is a 20 3/4" scale instrument, which requires quite an adjustment to the player`s technique. Rather than leave Beatles fans with big hands out in the cold, the fine folks at Rickenbacker were kind enough to produce a full-scale version as well. Enter the 350V63: a `roided out beast with the same British Invasion tone you remember from your favorite records.
The Rickenbacker 350V63 features a wealth of vintage-accurate appointments, including a trapeze tailpiece, replica tuners, and solid black knobs. But, let`s not kid ourselves: what we`re most excited about is the three vintage-style toaster pickups. The exacting recreations of Rickenbacker`s most famous pickups do not disappoint! It all adds up to a versatile guitar with 1960s vibe AND the sort of modern playability that discerning twenty-first-century guitarists demand.
Wildwoodians, it`s nothing but blue skies in the fast lane on the way to the Hotel California in the shop today, because we just got in three amazing Custom Shop signature Gibsons: one for Don Felder, one for Dickey Betts, and one for Joe Walsh! Honestly, we get a peaceful, easy feeling sitting there and looking at the three of them together, and it almost compels us to become rambling men as we write this caption. Don`t take it easy if you`re interested because these guitars ain`t wastin` time no more--there`s a good chance they`ll be already gone if you tarry! If you`re curious about why we`ve decided to take it to the limits of good taste with all the references, please feel free to give us a call or drop us a line and we`ll tell you all about why we find these guitars so delightful.
People often spend lifetimes searching for kindred spirits. Things that complete you, and you complete them. Yin and Yang, chocolate and peanut butter, McCartney and Lennon. You make each other whole. It was meant to be! Spirituality to the side, reckon with the universe and snag this Wildwood Spec 1959 Les Paul Standard in a VOS Kindred Burst finish. This beauty graces the Gibson Custom Shop page on our website, so don’t be a stranger, find the ying to your yang today! Shoot us an email or call for more details on Serial 911849.
Wildwoodians, we have a special NFL opening weekend #GibSunday treat for you today, and it is definitely NOT on the right side of the dial. That`s right, head over to the Left of the Dial part of our Reverb shop and check out this killer Wildwood Select Les Paul Standard. It has some extremely small cosmetic blemishes near the bass side edge, but other than that it`s super duper clean. It sounds mighty enough to be worthy of Paul Bunyan if he was in a Sabbath cover band, and it looks so pretty that it will leave your haters in shambles! Please feel free to give us a call or drop us a line if you have any questions about this serial or any of the other glorious Wildwood Select LP’s in our inventory, and keep on rockin` in the free world, Wildwoodians!
Wildwoodians, the ‘61 Strat is to rock and roll as Kevin Huerter is to the Sacramento Kings—we’ve been saying this for years, ask anyone. That might seem like a stretch, but the Stratocaster’s vocal, quacking, chiming tones are at least as important to the American musical lexicon as Kevin Huerter’s movement shooting, floor-spacing, and secondary shot creation are to the Kings’ budding playoff hopes. Whether you see the same similarities or not, we can all agree that this Wildwood 10 Strat is righteously smooth enough for Red Velvet himself—you might say it Huerts so good. If you’d like to know more about this serial or any of our other Custom Shop Fenders, or if you just want to hear more about tenuous connections between Fenders and various Sacramento Kings players, please feel free to drop us a line or give us a call. We’ve got this ‘60 Jazz Bass that’s just like Vlade Divac and a ‘59 Jazzmaster that’s has total Chris Webber vibes and we’ll tell you all about them!
WIldwoodians, we are pleased that the Murphy Lab has decided to enter the acoustic realm! That`s right--they`ve established a new Murphy Lab in the Bozeman, Montana plant to create acoustics with worn-in, aged finishes built with time-consuming old-world methods that result in truly extraordinary instruments.
Tom Murphy has done a bang-up job of teaching his team the Way of Murphy, and the acoustic artisans of Bozeman do a marvelous job of replicating his masterful work. As a result, each guitar looks like it came out of a time machine and feels like your favorite worn-in pair of blue jeans. Their acoustics offerings are meant to mimic the feel of one of a guitar that was someone`s "number one" for many years. In other words, a treasured guitar that got played often but was well-taken-care-of, beloved but not babies. All in all, it feels pretty sweet--sitting down with one for the first time is kind of like saying hello to a best friend you`ve never met before.
If you`d like to know more about why these guitars knocked our socks off, please feel free to give us a call or drop us a line and we`ll tell you all about why we love them so much!
Here`s your fun fact for the day, Wildwoodians: did you know that Kiss`s 1983 single Lick it Up was originally called Rick It Up and was inspired by a super-cool Rickenbacker bass with a Satin Natural finish just like this 4003SW that just arrived at Wildwood? The lyrics--which were all about various Rickenbacker models that Gene Simmons thought were cool--were deemed commercially unviable by their record label, so they rewrote it and the rest, as they say, is history. Legend has it that if you plug into the jack and run the bridge pickup through a cranked SVT, you can hear fragments of the original demo dancing in the wind. If you`d like more fabrications, half-truths, and outright lies about music history, or if you`d just like to know more about this sweet 4003, or if you just want to know why we think the makeup-less era of Kiss is totally underrated, drop us a line or shoot us an email and we`ll tell you all about it.
Attention, all lovers of aesthetic perfection! We are proud to showcase another gem from our dear friends at the Fender Custom Shop. Maybe we`re just excited because it recently arrived on the sparkling shores of Wildwood, but we think the NOS Silver Sparkle finish that Fender cooked up for us is literally the coolest-looking thing ever created in all of human history. Would we put this finish up against the doodles Michelangelo scrawled on the walls and ceilings in the Sistine Chapel? All day long, friend. Jokes aside, this one lit up the shop for about ten minutes as we all gathered around the cases, jostling one another to better ogle its sparkly goodness. Not to mention, the buttery flame on the maple neck for extra style, too! DAYNG! Drop us an email or call the store for more information on this mighty mineral Jazzmaster steed. Happy #FenderFriday, everyone.
When life gives you lemons, throw them in the trash and stare at this Murphy Lab LP Standard in Lemon Burst finish instead. This Tom Murphy hand-painted bad boy has the sort of maple top that would make a grown man faint in the produce isle. If this particular fruit of eye candy has piqued your interest, don’t be a stranger: shoot us an email or call for more details on Serial 03074. Can you dig it?!?