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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 […]