Episode 24 - The Fender Jaguar

This week we veer away from an exhaustive look at the Fender Jaguar, because we have a guest! Brady Smith of Old Blood Noise Endeavors joins us all the way from Oklahoma, where he lovingly walks us through a pile of his pedals. If you ever wanted to get inside the head of a boutique pedal manufacturer, listen in…

 
 

Episode 23 - The Gretsch Astro-Jet

Join Ed and John this week as they welcome comic artist/writer/musician Matt Southworth and his vintage Gretsch Astro-Jet guitar. We even did shots of fermented pickle juice to mark the occasion…

 
 

Episode 22 - The Isana Deluxe

We head to Post-War Germany this week for a look into rare world of Isana guitars, with a stop along the way in Communist East Germany. You won’t want to miss this story.

Episode 21 - The Fender Bullet

This week’s episode features the Fender Bullet, the guitar meant to take the place of the Mustang and Musicmaster. That didn’t work out very well, but it sure is a fun, unusual instrument to play. Bonus: Ed and John talk about stuff they did over the Summer months…

Episode 20 - The Gibson Explorer

Join Ed and John as they explore the Explorer, the quintessential pointy guitar. Gibson debuted this beast in 1958, and it was a flop. Eventually, metal came along and saved it. The rest is history. Long-haired, spandex-wearing history…

Episode 19 - Fender American Vintage Reissues

And now for something fun! How do Fender reissue guitars stack up to their ancestors? This week we concentrate on the American Vintage Reissue (AVRI) period of Fender's history, via two Jazzmasters - an original 1963, and a 2006 AVRI. Can you tell the difference? Listen in...

Episode 18 - Apland Guitars

This week our guest is pro woodworkerJeremy Apland, of Seattle's own Apland Guitars. He runs us through two of his instruments, built one at a time and entirely by hand. If you've ever wondered how guitars get made, but were afraid of asking dumb questions, we've got you covered - we love sounding dumb!

 

Jeremy Apland with the 97 Cam, and his 1997 Toyota Camry

 

Episode 17 - The Guild Starfire

This week we plug in a Guild Starfire IV, and trace the steps that led to its creation. Get ready to hear a very muscular sounding instrument, brought to you by the letter 'Damn'!

Episode 16 - The Univox Hi-Flier

We've been pretty busy this week, pulling double-duty to bring you only the best our addled minds can handle. This episode is all about the Univox Hi-Flier, a supersonic death ray of a guitar. Look at those P-90 pickups!

Episode 15 - The Gibson Les Paul Classic

This week we head back to Gibson for a look into the venerable Les Paul Classic 1960, a story with more twists and turns than the average colon. You won't want to miss Ed and John muddling their way through this one!

Episode 14 - The Ibanez Iceman

Here at THG headquarters, we've always had a fond place in our collective hearts for the Ibanez Iceman. And not just because of KISS, either; we just think it looks totally badass. 

Episode 13 - The Danelectro U3

This week we dive into the world of Nat Daniel, founder of Danelectro. You won't believe how this guy's mind worked. You won't want to miss the cool tones of a 1958 U3, either.

Episode 12 - The Gibson Sonex

This week we welcome Wrightsounds' own Matt Wright, guitar tech extraordinaire, and creator of the spectacular Fuzz-Stang pedal. Join John, Ed and Matt as they put the Norlin-era Gibson Sonex through its paces, look for people that still play it, and decide if it is a much-maligned relic of Gibson's past shenanigans, or a guitar truly worth another look.

 
 

Episode 11 - The Peavey T-60

This week John and Ed travel south to Peavey, Mississippi in search of the story behind the T-60. They find a young Hartley Peavey, in the 1970s,  hard at work innovating the production techniques that would allow him to compete with the big boys on a global scale.

Episode 10 - The G&L Legacy

Do you think Leo Fender just cut bait and ran after he got that sinus infection and sold Fender in 1965? Nope. He picked himself up, got back down to his fighting weight, and ended up making more guitars! John and Ed take a closer look at a Legacy, from Leo's G&L days.

Episode 9 - The Parker Fly

Ever wonder what it's like to play a spaceship? We did, too. This week's episode takes Ed and John a little bit out of their comfort zone, and into the science fiction world of Parker Guitars.

Episode 8 - The Ovation Deacon

What do helicopters, Glen Campbell and Ovation guitars have in common? The Deacon! This week we dissect this fascinating instrument, and try to answer the question "Why?"

Episode 7 - The Fender Jazzmaster

This week we are lucky to have in the studio Frank Gross, the owner of Thunder Road Guitars in beautiful West Seattle!  Frank has brought with him a 1959 Fender Jazzmaster, in its original case - which happens to have a gaping bullet hole shot clean through it. Awesome!...

Make sure to check out all the cool guitars Frank has online on any given day, or better yet - stop by if you're in West Seattle. Tell 'em The High Gain sent you!

Frank Gross of Thunder Road Guitars

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Episode 6 - The Ibanez Artist

Nothing can stop the Hoshinos! This week Ed and John have gotten hold of a 1982 Ibanez Artist. Listen as they travel from Spain, to Japan, to America, to bring you the history behind the company responsible for this fine instrument. 

Episode 5 - The Hagstrom III

This week we discuss Hagstrom guitars, once made in the great land of Sweden. How did a major accordion manufacturer decide to make guitars? Join Ed and John as they attempt to decode the multitude of switches on a 1967 Hagstrom III