Testimonail – Nathan O

One of the greatest guitar shops I have ever been to. Some of the best guitars and amplifiers on the market. If your a serious guitar player or want knowledgeable friendly people that know what their talking about at a professional level, this is place you want to go to. You won’t be disappointed.

Killeen, TX

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Testimonial – PRS P22 J.A.

My experience in buying my PRS/P22 from Wild West was totally superior and went beyond my expectations. Buying an instrument of this caliber should be fun and hassle free. This was my experience with Wild West Guitars.

Wild West caters to the serious shoppers and buyers. There was no high pressure for me to buy the guitar I was interested in. Doug offered to let me see any guitar I wanted to see. As it turned out, I didn’t need to do that because, believe it or not, this is the guitar I have been envisioning for quite some time; color and all!

I will always highly recommend Wild West Guitars to any of my musician friends who suddenly have a wild, uncontrollable, relatively irrevocable, seemingly insurmountable, desire to buy and have a beautiful high end guitar such as the PRS that I purchased.

Rock on!


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Alex Lifeson of Rush – Blast From The Past – 2008

Walk softly and carry a big F-sharp suspended. If legendary Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson had a mantra, that might be it. That chord (technically an F#7sus4) is known to his legion of fans as “The Alex Chord,” or “The Hemispheres Chord,” as it is the opening chord to Rush’s 1978 prog-rock opus Hemispheres. It can also be heard ringing out on “Far Cry,” the opening cut on Rush’s nineteenth studio album, 2007’s Snakes and Arrows.

That a single chord can be associated so strongly with one guitar player is testament to Lifeson’s influence on the medium. He is a guitar player’s guitar player. Where Steve Vai may make us say “I wish I could do that,” Alex Lifeson makes us say, “I wish I’d thought of that.”

Original article appeared in Premier Guitar Magazine
Snakes and Arrows was Rush’s 27th album to appear in the Billboard Top 200, and it turned into a long, good ride for the band. The album was followed by a marathon tour spanning two years and two continents, a double live album, and the November 2008 release of the three-disc DVD/Blu-Ray, Snakes and Arrows Live, in which Rush puts on a clinic on how to play a rock concert.

As a musician, Alex Lifeson has occasionally been overlooked, in part because he is a guitar player dedicated to serving the song instead of stepping on it. As most guitarists know, that kind of restraint is no easy feat. Of course, serving a Rush song can be like serving a 12-course meal. As the sole guitarist and one third of the world’s most complicated rock band, Alex has served well. About to release their twelfth compilation CD, Retrospective 3, I spoke with Alex Lifeson, and we talked about (what else?) guitars and his notable return to an all-Gibson lineup.

Congratulations on the Snakes and Arrows Live DVD/Blu-ray that came out in November! It is stunning in its sound and picture quality. I see it’s doing great in the charts.

Thank you. Yes, it’s doing very well on the charts. We were at number one for a while and then we were at number two. Then we started to slip down and now we’re back at number two.

Snakes and Arrows has been quite a ride for you guys.

Yeah, it’s been great. The tour was great, I thought we played really, really well. The recording of the album was a lot of fun. We had a great time with [Snakes and Arrows Producer] Nick Raskulinecz. We really loved working with him, and it was the first time that we made a record where we were just feeling so positive throughout the whole experience. So there was just a great energy surrounding the whole project and ending with this DVD. Particularly in Blu-ray, it has a great look to it. We filmed it over two days, so we got great angles and lots of perspectives of the band playing. It’s really a DVD about us playing, rather than in the past where we brought in different elements, like on Rush in Rio, for example. That was about that event and our connection with the audience. This one is really about our show and us playing.

Your first “real” electric guitar was your Gibson ES-335. I wonder, why that model, since the guitarists you were listening to, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix for example, were playing either Les Pauls or Strats?

Well, yeah, but I was also into people like [Jefferson Airplane’s] Jorma Kaukonan, and Alvin Lee. And that guitar was always a beautiful guitar. I’ve always really liked that whole sixties San Francisco music scene, and that guitar was probably the prevalent guitar at that time. So to me it seemed like a natural place to go. And I just grew with the instrument.

You played Gibsons almost exclusively until Rush’s Permanent Waves album in 1980?


And then you went through a Fender period?

Yeah, I sort of went through a Fender period. In fact, we did a gig with Blue Oyster Cult at the Nassau Coliseum in the late seventies, and one of the horns had fallen off of the stack and then fell on my 335, as well as a double neck that I had. It sheared a headstock off the double neck, and it took a real big gouge out of the neck of the 335. So I decided, “Okay, the 335’s going home, that’s not going to be on the road anymore.” I got a Strat as a backup, and I just wasn’t quite comfortable with it, you know, coming from the Gibson world. So I got a Schaller neck for it, and I put a humbucker in the bridge position—just fooling with it a little bit, trying to get something that was sort of a hybrid between a Gibson and a Fender.

Had you modified your Gibsons previously?

No, not really, I think the only modifications I ever did was I might have put a Bill Lawrence L-500 in one of them.

Is the ES-355 used on the Snakes and Arrows tour the original, or is it the Alex Lifeson Signature Model?

I had them both out. I used the original at the end of the show, and I used a prototype of the ‘Inspired By’ model earlier in the show on “The Trees.”

Your 355 was wired to mono. Was that just to facilitate gigging, or was there more to it?

Yeah, mostly for that reason. But I didn’t feel the need to utilize it as a stereo guitar. For me it had greater utility as a mono guitar.

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1 Gibson Black Les Paul Custom
2 prototype Gibson Les Pauls with Floyd Rose tremolo
3 reissue Gibson Les Pauls (’59 Gold top, ’58 sunburst, ’59 tobacco sunburst) with Fishman piezo system
2 Gibson Howard Roberts with Fishman piezo system (one Fusion with Tune-O-Matic Bridge)
2 1976 Gibson ES-355s (Alex’s 1976 original
and Alex Lifeson ‘Inspired By’ Model)
1 Garrison OM-20 Octave Mandolin
3 Martin D12-28 Acoustic Guitars

Amps and cabinets
2 Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Heads
2 Hughes & Kettner Alex Lifeson Signature Triamp MKII Guitar Amp Heads
8 Hughes & Kettner 4X12 Guitar Cabinets

Effects and Routing
Furman PL-8 and PL Plus Power Conditioner
1 Dunlop DCR 1SR rack wah
1 Ernie Ball 250k volume pedal
1 Mesa Boogie 4channel amp switcher
2 Axess Electronics CFX4 Amp Switchers
2 Axess Electronics GRX4 Guitar Router/Switchers
2 Behringer Ultralink MX-662 6 Channel Splitter/Mixers
4 Audio Technica AEW 5200 Guitar Wireless Receivers
3 Fishman Aura Acoustic Guitar Modelers
2 Custom Audio Japan GVCA-2 Rev.3 Midi
Programmable Volume Controls
1 TC 1210 Spatial Expander + Stereo Chorus/Flanger
1 Behringer XR4400 Multigate Pro
4 TC Electronics G-Force guitar effects processors
2 Hughes & Kettner Rotospheres
3 Palmer PDI 03 Speaker Simulators

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David Grissom Clinic at Wild West Guitars Sat. Nov. 10th 2:00 pm

Where: Wild West Guitars – 1546 7th Street Riverside, Ca. 92507
Phone 951-369-7888 or Email
When: Saturday Nov. 10th at 2:00PM
There is No Charge for this event.
RSVP to be entered to win a Wild West Guitars T-Shirt

David Grissom is one of Texas’ premier Rock, Blues, and Americana guitarists who has toured and recorded with artists such as John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, storyville, The Allman Brothers Band, Dixie Chicks, James McMurtry, Webb Wilder, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, Ringo Starr, Buddy Guy, John Mayall, and many others.

David moved to Austin in 1983 and quickly became a stalwart on the vibrant local scene playing with both Lucinda Williams and Lou Ann Barton. He joined
Texas legend Joe Ely’s band in 1985 and toured and recorded nonstop until 1991 when he joined John Mellencamp’s band. David made 3 records with John and
toured extensively from 1991 through 1993. After Mellencamp, David went back to Texas to form Storyville, which included the Stevie Ray Vaughn Double Trouble
rhythm section and powerhouse vocalist Malford Milligan. more

Officially launched in 2009, the PRS amplifier division has now matured into a comprehensive product line. From the core family of Maryland-made PRS amps to the exclusive Custom Amp Design (CAD) program to the SE amplifier line, PRS now has an option for every musician and musical avenue. Accordingly, PRS artists have signed on in support of all three tiers of PRS amplifier products and are flying the PRS amp flag with vigor. more


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PRS Tremonti Signature Models In Stock

Mark Tremonti is one of rock’s leading guitarists. As the guitarist of Alter Bridge and Creed, he has met extraordinary success and continues to grow as both a guitar player and songwriter. While Creed was on tour in support of their first record, My Own Prison, Mark was contacted by PRS and asked if he would like to try one of their guitars.

“I jumped at the idea to play one of PRS’ guitars. PRS was one of those guitars that I could never afford in high school or college and had always wanted to play one.” PRS sent Mark a McCarty model which he instantly fell in love with. He played that guitar exclusively for a while, but ultimately wanted a guitar that was more suited to his playing style.

Mark Tremonti began to collaborate with PRS on his dream guitar that would soon become the Mark Tremonti Signature Model. He needed pickups that were a little more aggressive and could complement his rhythm playing which contains a lot of palm muting. The neck of the guitar needed to accommodate his style, influenced by thrash metal, shred, and traditional blues. PRS met these needs with the Pattern Thin neck carve.

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V12 Finish

Finish should enhance the look, sound, and feel of a guitar by accentuating the wood’s inherent beauty and feel without hindering its natural resonance. And PRS Guitars’ new “V12” finish does just that. Introduced at Experience PRS 2010, “V12” is a very thin, hard, and clear finish that will not crack or react with thinners. After roughly 12 years in development, it is halfway between acrylic and nitro but with a classic feel all its own. “PRS models with this new finish feel like old instruments,” said Paul Reed Smith.

Pattern Thin Neck Shape

Neck shapes have always been a high priority for PRS and a hallmark of our quality. A guitar should feel comfortable, like “home,” as soon as you pick it up, and the neck is paramount to that connection. The “Pattern Thin” neck is an updated version of PRS’s traditional Wide Thin neck. This new neck shape reflects modern tooling and programming that allows us to even more precisely shape and consistently reproduce our necks.

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Fano Guitars – Modern Innovation / Vintage Vibe

Fano The Alt de Facto models pay homage to some of the classic American guitar makers of the mid 20th century.
From the aged hardware and well-worn feel of the distressed lacquer finish to details such as the traditional German carved top of the RB6, the vibe is purely vintage. Fano Guitars at Wild West Guitars
This line will be expanding to include…

Many models on order with a few exclusive runs for Wild West Guitars.
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Wild West Guitars – Your online guitar source!

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10 Mind-Blowing Pieces in the Les Paul Estate Auction

Posted on June 8, 2012 by The Guitar Squid

A few months ago, The Squid alerted you to the upcoming Les Paul Estate Auction from Julien’s Auctions. Well, the two day auction is finally upon us, and earlier this week, Julien’s Auctions released the full 410-page catalog online for your perusing pleasure. Unless you’ve got some big bucks, consider this your one shot to take a look at the multitude of items Les Paul collected over the years.

While an incredible amount of ink-drool pooled on the floor underneath him as he ogled the beautiful pictures and information found within, The Squid took the time to pick out 10 of the most mind-blowing guitar-specific pieces being put up on the chopping block this weekend. Check them out below—with excerpts and expected value from the catalog descriptions—and make sure to check out the full catalog for some other amazing slices of Les Paul history.

1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop

No serial number – Goldtop with Trapeze tailpiece and bound fingerboard. Tuners have been changed to Grover’s with original case. Back of headstock is signed by Les Paul. This is one of the earliest bound Les Paul guitars from the first year of production.


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Guthrie Govan Speaks! Hear The Govan Antique Modern Online!

Guthrie Govan:Suhr Guthrie Govan
I’ve spent almost 20 years trying to pay the rent by doing something vaguely musical, and during that time I’ve tried all manner of approaches – transcribing, teaching, gigging and recording with bands ranging from the 80s-tinged melodic rock of Asia to the mad electronica of the Young Punx, etc etc. I suppose I’ve learned different things from each experience, and I’m sure it all counts in some way.

Click above player to hear the Govan Antique Modern
It’s hard to say how much any one of those activities might actually have contributed to any kind of “bigger picture” in terms of my career, though.
Nowadays, I often get recognised by complete strangers in airports, many time zones away from home, and yet a surprising amount of these folks have no idea about any of the stuff I just mentioned… Invariably, they’ve stumbled upon my playing in the form of some random YouTube clip or another, which would certainly have been posted by someone else (I’ve never posted a YouTube clip of my own playing, just for the record…) and most likely without my knowledge or consent.Suhr Guthrie Govan Signature Modern

As a result of all this seemingly random online activity, it feels like my career – if you can call it that – has somehow taken on a life of its own, and it pretty much does whatever it wants to do, without any specific input from yours truly. The internet can be a strange and unpredictable thing, but in terms of the power it has to “spread the word” there’s really nothing else quite like it. I’m slowly learning to acknowledge and embrace this
aspect of the internet, whilst resisting any futile urge to try to control it ;-)

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PRS Guitars Out In The Ole Wild West

When it comes to custom guitars that are still built by hand and played by some of the hottest guitar players in the world, nothing can beat PRS guitars. While the company may have gotten its start as a college music class challenge, luthier Paul Reed Smith has created a company that is staffed by some of the most highly skilled craftsman in the industry. It is their job to ensure that every guitar that leaves the factory is as flawless as humanly possible. Unlike many other guitar companies, PRS guitars still believes that only the human touch can produce a guitar that is good enough to carry the PRS logo. Yes, they use technology where it is needed, such as a CNC milling machine to cut out some of the parts. The production line at PRS is a perfect symbiosis of man and machine. Every guitar produced must pass the quality control standards of every craftsman that touches it or it is rejected out of hand. When you pick up one of the many different styles of PRS guitars, you will find that your fingers start picking out the tune all by themselves.

The fit and feel of these classic electric guitars is like nothing you have ever felt or are likely to feel again. The hardest part will be putting one down to try another and there is no way you are going to walk out of the store without one in your hands if you are truly serious about your music. Each of the guitars PRS makes is legendary; you will find them in the hands of many of the finest and most respected musicians in the world such as Carlos Santana. When you plug in and tune up, you are playing the same guitar that the professionals are playing, nothing more and certainly nothing less. Every piece of each guitar is custom made in house to ensure that it is going to produce the right sounds every time you play a chord. Whether you buy an early mahogany model or one of the latest rosewood models, you will never be disappointed with the quality or the performance.

Even the pickups are custom built by PRS guitars. Many of the pickups are named for the guitar great that they were originally created for, such as the Santana I, II and II or there is the HFS or Hot, Fat and Screaming. The designs for these pickups are one of the best kept secrets in the industry and jealously guarded by PRS. Now that you have heard just how incredible PRS guitars are it is time you visited Wild West Guitars, one of the hottest guitar stores on the West Coast. Here you will find a massive selection of the finest axes in the free world on display and ready for you to plug in and try it before you buy it. Whether you are a professional musician or just like playing a few licks in your garage, you will find the perfect guitar for your needs all under one roof.

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