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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Gibson Neal Schon Signature

If you want to see the details this link will take you to Gibson Custom Click Here

This is one wicked Gibson, for a great interview you can read more at Modern Guitars

This is a small exrtract from the interview.

Yes, they're only building 25 Custom Shop Masterbuilt Les Pauls with my name on them. Edwin Wilson was Gibson's master builder and he worked with my guitar tech, Scott Appelton. Gibson had Gary Brawer figure out the best set up for the guitar. It's a great guitar these guys have pulled together.

I've been working with Gibson forever and have always loved Gibsons. I've worked for years with Gibson's CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, even though we never had a contract.
During the 1970s and 1980s Gibson did use my likeness, but we never signed anything. This new Signature model is the first time we struck a formal written deal for a guitar with my name on it.

I intend on working more with Gibson on other models -- I have a lot of design ideas and Henry's given me the green light to work the way we did on the Les Paul. I'll do the same sort of thing to future models, like doing the hot rodding thing.

The Ultimate Guitar Cleaner and Polish

When I first received up my Gibson ES-369 is was dull and had collected quite a bit of dirt and grim build up over the years it had been played, I guess this is to be expected since is was born in 1980.

I heard of this Virtuoso Cleaner and Polish and read a few of the reviews they had received, I figured I would give it a try not a lot to lose it was not expensive.

I can honestly say that I was super impressed. I mean I was taking off layers of dirt and grim, the important thing is to use a clean cotton cloth... I then used the polish and I can only say it is like looking at a new guitar, the transformation is amazing to put it simple and plain, Awesome.

I love this stuff I give my guitar a quick wipe down after playing it and the fingerprints and sweat come right off, it is a black guitar so it shows every mark. I just gave it a second application of the cleaner and polish after 6 months, I figure the product is going to last me a few years, great value.

If you owe a nice guitar and want to keep it looking good, do yourself a favor and your guitar a favor and use this cleaner and polish, you will be glad you did.

Here is a bit about them from their site:

The Virtuoso Group, Inc. has been active in the vintage and boutique guitar industry since 1995. The genesis was Virtuoso Vintage Guitars, Inc., which was started in a quest to provide a better alternative to serious collectors who sought out world class instruments. Virtuoso's specialty was pre war Martin and Gibson acoustics, Custom Color Fender instruments and rare Gibson's.

In the years that Virtuoso Vintage Guitars was in business, their offerings (and subsequent sales) included pre war Martin D-45's, OM-42'2 and OM-45's, civil war era Martins, numerous Fender Custom Color and maple neck Strats and Teles. The Gibson offerings included everything from Orville period mandolins, Style O's and Harp guitars to "59 Les Paul Standards, dot neck ES-335's and rare limited editions like "The Les Paul". Other notable instruments include the last guitar signed by C.F. Martin the III, a rare 10 screw pickguard '59 Stratocaster (Custom Color, birdseye maple neck, no neck date), The Gary Josey D-45 and Mike Longworth's employee 1968 12 fret Slothead D-45.

Virtuoso Premium Polish and Virtuoso Premium Cleaner grew out of the need to care for these instruments. Even though they may have been world class instruments, when we got them they weren't always in world class condition. The guitar care products available in 1995 would not clean the finishes without either (a) adding to the grime or (b) damaging the finish.

We set out to find a chemist capable of helping us develop a guitar care system that would allow us to clean years of accumulated dirt and grime without lifting or damaging the finish and also help protect the finish and wood underneath going forward. After numerous attempts and formula changes we arrived at the products now known as Virtuoso Premium Polish and Virtuoso Premium Cleaner. It is the only two part cleaning system designed specifically for nitrocellulose lacquer finishes. It also works wonders on polyurethane and UV cured finishes found on newer instruments.

The products were designed and developed to help prepare our instruments for sale, not specifically as a resale item. Only after numerous requests at vintage guitar shows did we decide to offer Virtuoso Premium Polish and Virtuoso Premium Cleaner for sale to the public.

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