New Gear from Art & Lutherie, Epiphone, Fender, Martin, and Reverend

Okay—maybe not steal. “guitar Player Editor Arrested at Nashville NAMM Show on Magazine’s 50th Anniversary” is not a headline you want following you around.
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Okay—maybe not steal. “guitar Player Editor Arrested at Nashville NAMM Show on Magazine’s 50th Anniversary” is not a headline you want following you around. So, although there were tons of fantastic guitars that I’d love to review, play, and/or own at the summer NAMM show, July 13-15, these five instruments made me want to win the state lottery and immediately bring them all home on the plane with me.

ART & LUTHERIE
ROADHOUSE PARLOR
$449 street

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No photo I’ve seen does true justice to the gorgeous faded cream finish on this parlor guitar. It quite literally stopped me dead in my tracks as I was rushing to an appointment. I had to stop for a while to grab it off the stand and play it. The sound was focused and shimmery, and it felt great in my hands. Chalk up another NAMM demerit for tardiness.
artandlutherieguitars.com

EPIPHONE
LES PAUL SL
$99 street

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If a brand new Les Paul for under $100 doesn’t get you all revved up, you might want to check if you’re still breathing. The legendary design has been tweaked with two Epiphone single-coils and a poplar body, but the SL is no toy. I played a couple on the NAMM floor, and they felt nice and solid and they sounded good. Bargain!
epiphone.com

FENDER
GEORGE HARRISON ROSEWOOD TELECASTER
$2,499 retail

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Ever since I saw films of George playing this dark beauty during the Beatles “rooftop concert” on January 30, 1969, I’ve lusted after one. Who wouldn’t? The new edition is pricey, but it’s less than half of what you’d pay for the Fender Custom Shop version. Just don’t take too long wrestling with your desires—only 1,000 of these wondrous planks will be produced worldwide.
fender.com

MARTIN
D-BOAK
$2,999 retail

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Martin archivist Dick Boak has been a good friend to GP for decades, so it’s a very groovy thing to celebrate his Custom Signature Edition dreadnought bearing his artwork—especially on the eve of his retirement next year after 40 years with the company. What a fabulous testament to his long, inspiring, and brilliant service to the guitar!
martinguitar.com

REVEREND
REEVES GABRELS DIRTBIKE
$999 street

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It’s no secret that I’m a Gabrels fan—duh—but how could I resist a signature model finished in the stunning metallic hues of his 1966 Schwinn Stingray and ’71 Honda dirt bike? Oh yeah, there’s also one Rail-hammer Reeves Gabrels Signature pickup and a Wilkinson WVS50 IIK trem. No option but surrender here.
reverendguitars.com

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