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Episode 24: Airline Guitars Map Series

We got the whole gang together to play with these Map Series axes from Airline Guitars. This series is a reboot of the National Map guitars by VALCO, who discontinued them in the ’60s. Eastwood Guitars acquired the brand and gave it a whole new life as a modern, super playable guitar. Unlike most of […]

Episode 23: Santa Cruz O.M. Acoustic Guitar

In this episode, we’re finally taking a look at Jason’s custom OM Acoustic Guitar from Santa Cruz Guitar Company. We’ve been excited to share this for months and are incredibly thankful for the kind folks at Santa Cruz for making this dream a reality. This guitar has a 100-year-old Sitka spruce top, paua shell neck […]

Episode 22: 1969 Gibson EB-2D Bass

This 1969 Gibson EB-2D Bass is the thunky ’60s bass we’ve always wanted. With only 2,000 ever made, this is a rare but beautiful bass with a unique pickup configuration and some truly wacky wiring inside. We talk about frying eggs, someone called “Tubby,” and whether or not we should hire a bassist on this […]

Episode 21: D’Angelico Brighton Deluxe

This episode we’re looking at the D’Angelico Brighton Deluxe. This beautifully-crafted guitar is by a brand that had been dead for decades until recently. We go into the guitar’s history in the episode, but we cannot stress enough how much thought went into the details and appointments on this guitar. We love it and hope […]

Episode 20: Santa Cruz Guitar Company

Last summer we took a trip across the country to Santa Cruz, California to meet Richard Hoover and the rest of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company team. While there, we toured the facilities and spent some quality time with Richard. He educated us on luthiery, the differences between a nice guitar and a world-class one, […]

Episode 19: Rickenbacker 4003 Bass

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The Rickenbacker bass is a thing of legend, and this Midnight Blue 4003 is gorgeous. Learn a bit about the history of this versatile bass guitar with Jason and Chris. We recently sold this bass to a viewer! If you want to buy the guitars you see on […]

Episode 18: 1975 Guild Acoustic Guitar

This week the guys take a look at a 1975 Guild D-55. This is one of the warmest-sounding acoustic guitars you can find. The D-55 was created in a time when sound quality was being explored in new way, so this thing is sonic perfection. This beauty was loaned to us by our friend Ashley […]

Episode 17: Fender Musicmaster Bass

In episode 17, the guys take a look at this one-of-a-kind modded bass. The Fender Musicmaster is a beloved short-scale bass that has a dedicated following. They’re growing more and more rare since they haven’t been in production for decades, so we were very lucky to get our hands on this one. This bass was […]

Spooky Episode 16: Backlund Rockerbox from Eastwood Guitars

Last Halloween, we cursed you with a truly frightening episode. But is this a nightmare or a daydream? In the arms of Jason and Chris lies the beautiful Backlund Rockerbox, which was shipped to us by the evil geniuses at Eastwood Guitars. Watch and listen to how it makes even our horrific melodies shine. We […]

Episode 15: Novo + Rivolta Guitars in Nashville

For episode 15, we’re in Nashville at the Novo / Eastwood showroom talking Novo (from contemporary guitar designer Dennis Fano) and Rivolta (the love child of the cohabitation of Novo and Eastwood). We chat with Mathew Timmons from Novo, who showed us enormous hospitality. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to help support the show! Follow The Local […]

Episode 14: ’57 Gretsch Rancher

In this episode, Jason and Chris (a couple fake cowboys) take a look at a 1957 Gretsch Rancher. This guitar is in great shape and sounds fantastic! Learn a little about the history of Gretsch, why this guitar looks the way it does, and how not to pronounce Gene Vincent’s “Be-Bop-A-Lula” on episode 14 of […]

Episode 13: Eastwood Guitars in Nashville, TN

On this episode, we sit down with Lincoln Smith of Eastwood Guitars in the Eastwood/Novo showroom in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s a great guy, and we had a blast talking with him! Eastwood carved out their niche by combining the quirkiness and style of vintage guitars with the playability and feel of modern guitars. They’ve rebooted […]

Episode 12: Summer NAMM 2019

In 2019, Jason and Chris went to Nashville to see and play some of the “crazy” and “insane” guitars on display at the Summer NAMM Show! From big name manufacturers to boutique luthiers, we saw guitars of just about every shape, size, and price point. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to help support the show! Follow The […]

Episode 11: The Gibson SG & a 1960s Kay Copy

It seems like no other guitar is as synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll as the Gibson SG. But how does a Kay knock-off stack up? In episode 11, we investigate two guitars that look very similar but are actually worlds apart. Delve into the history of the SG with us! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to help […]

Episode 10: 1952 Gretsch Synchromatic

In episode 10 of TLP, Jason and Chris talk about a classic, all-American acoustic guitar. The Gretsch. The founder of Gretsch was a German immigrant who came to New York and started making some of the world’s coolest guitars. This guitar looks and sounds really great. It shows its age, but wears it well. We’re […]

Episode 9: 1960s Dutch Egmond Bass

In this episode of The Local Pickup we look at a vintage Egmond bass guitar from the 1960s. Egmond was a huge player in the ’60s guitar world. This “thumpy”-sounding beauty has perfect checking on the finish (if you’re into that sort of thing). Except for the nut, this bass is entirely original, from head […]

Episode 8: 1928 Tricone at Heyday Music in Asheville, NC

In episode 8 of The Local Pickup, we get into the second half of our conversation with Charles Gately, co-owner of Heyday Music in Asheville, NC. This metal Tricone resonator is (almost) unique, being one of two ever made! It was modded to have a 5-string neck, but it’s still a beautiful piece of history. […]

Episode 7: Ural 650 Soviet Era Rare Guitar

When they were first produced in the late 1970s in the USSR, only 25,000 of these rare Ural 650s were built. The fact that this one made its way to our studio is pretty mind-blowing! In ’70s and ’80s Soviet Russia, electric guitars represented Western pop culture and rebellion much like blue jeans. Subscribe to […]

Episode 6: Gretsch 6117 at Heyday Music in Asheville NC

The Local Pickup hits the road with the first out-of-studio episode! Today, Jason is talking to Charles, co-owner of Heyday Music. They’re looking at a 1965 Gretsch 6117 Double Anniversary electric guitar. This beauty is all-original. Despite some slight wear-and-tear, it still plays like a dream! This episode was filmed at Heyday Musical Instruments & […]

Episode 5: The Kay Vanguard – Genius or Fluke

In this episode of The Local Pickup, Jason and Chris talk about a Kay Vanguard from the ’60s, one of the most successful guitars of that era. This simple, inexpensive guitar was available everywhere, including Sears, which was part of why they sold so well! Kay didn’t make fancy guitars, but they did make inexpensive […]

Episode 4: 1960s Japanese Guitars

In Episode 4 of TLP, Jason and Chris talk about a few different guitars made in 1960s Japan and what makes them each so special and uniquely Japanese. During the ’60s, many American and Italian guitar companies outsourced manufacturing to Japan, which had a very distinct style that’s easy to pick out today. In this […]

Episode 3: Pronouncing and Storytelling on the Rickenbacker

In Episode 3 of The Local Pickup, Jason and Chris discuss the history of the Rickenbacker and do their best to pronounce it as they were told. These iconic guitars look and sound amazing, enduring as a symbol of quality to this day. This beautiful Rickenbacker 330 with Fireglo finish was made in 1991 and […]

Episode 2: Jason and Chris Get Personal with the Les Paul

In Episode 2 of The Local Pickup, Jason and Chris discuss the Les Paul, its history, and their personal experiences with this monster of a guitar. This 1989 Les Paul was one of Jason’s first electric guitars that he’s had for nearly 30 years. Gibson pioneered the Les Paul’s signature humbucker pickups, which are now […]

Episode 1: Fender Telecaster, The Guitar that Started the Rock n Roll Revolution

The Local Pickup is our show about guitars and gear and the people who make, play, buy, sell, and love them. In Episode 1 of The Local Pickup, Jason and Chris discuss the history of the Fender Telecaster and how it launched the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution! This iconic guitar has stood the test of time, being […]