Superfan Steve Malibu visits us this week, and shares with us his encyclopedic knowledge of Deep Purple, as well as his sweet Fernandes ZO-3 guitar. Nothing is off-limits, and Steve delivers.
We’re heading back to Chicago! This time we’re exploring the beginnings of Hamer Guitars, via a 1978 black Sunburst. Paul Hamer was responsible for the first vintage guitar shop, and was arguably the first high-end boutique guitar maker. So there.
This week we scratch the surface of the venerable Gibson ES-335 semi-hollowbody guitar. This thing has been the go-to instrument for a plethora of musicians since its introduction in 1958. What’s the fuss about? Listen in…
Remember Sears? Remember the catalog? Remember staring at the guitars for hours and hours, until you went blind in one eye? We do… This week we take a fond look back at those times, through the eyes of a 1964 Silvertone Silhouette.
If you’ve been listening to The High Gain Podcast, you know we play a lot of song snippets in order to help you understand the guitars we discuss. Can’t remember who that band was? Wanna hear the whole song? Enjoy this handy compendium of everything we played in 2018 - all 12 hours of it!
This week we explore the wonderful world of aluminum….guitars. Sure, they’re heavy, but who couldn’t use a little extra core toning? Besides, nothing sounds as singular as a metal guitar. Add to that the acrylic body of the Electrical Guitar Company Series 2 and you‘ve got yerself an episode to write home about.
We’ve got a great show this week. Ed convinces John to try kombucha, and a beautiful 1955 Les Paul Junior is taken for a walk around the park. Spoiler: we love it (the guitar, not the park). Join us, won’t you?
This week we enter uncharted waters, as John and Ed pay tribute to the fancy-pants world of Paul Reed Smith guitars. While listening to more nu-metal/progressive crap than they ever have, they nonetheless manage to come away impressed.
We’re headed to Italy this week to investigate just how it came to be that the capital of accordion manufacturing ended up making guitars in the 1960s.
What was going on in Chicago in the 1950s? Guitar manufacturing, that’s what. And meat-packing. But mostly guitar manufacturing. Check out this sweet Kay 142 from the heyday of mass-produced American instruments.
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…