Never a Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded.

I had already concluded on my own that 1971 was "best year in rock" a while back (anyone in doubt should Google "year in music 1971" and read the Wikipedia page for the albums released that year), so when I saw this book, I was curious to see how the author had covered the year where -- in many cases -- the biggest bands and artists of all time released their best albums.  I didn't know what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised.

Van Halen Rising

As the title, suggests, this book chronicles the rise of Van Halen from a Pasadena back yard party band to the rock giants they became in the late 70s. The book takes you through the band establishing itself on the debut album and first major tour. Renoff does a pretty remarkable job here of telling this story without much input from the band.  Most of it is told through interviews with the band's early friends and fans, supplemented by quoting other print interviews from band members, and sources such as DLR's autobiography Crazy from the Heat.

Gibson Custom Shop CS336

Overall the CS336 has turned out to be an even better guitar than memories of my first experience with the model back in 2002 led me to expect. I'm sure the Wildwood Spec additions to the regular Custom Shop model play a big part in this. The guitar is really a mix of an ES-335, Les Paul Standard and features a super slim line neck much like  my 1971 Gibson SG Deluxe. It's easily the fastest playing neck of any guitar I own. The small frets allow me to slide up and down the neck feeling virtually no bumps at all.

Brian Moore i2000 i9F

I really do like this guitar, I can't understand why they don't command more money on the used market, even the USA models can be had for $1500 or less. I would buy another in a heartbeat, they use top notch parts, the fixed bridge models have Sperzel locking tuners, and are made at World Music. Steer clear of the Chinese made i1000 models, it's my understanding that those guitars put a hurting on the Brian Moore name, and really are terrible.

Sully 624

I can't stop singing the praises of this guitar and builder. Awesome all around, and I would definitely buy another. The guitars are a reflection of the builder. My guitar was built at a time when Sully was still building whatever someone wanted, today he has more defined features and models, still plenty of options, but standard pickups are now GJ2 Habanero pickups, having owned a GJ2, I can say they are great pickups. You can check out the options on the below link by clicking custom quote.