Bc Rich / Mockingbird / 2004 / Blue / Guitar For Sale
It’s what you’d call an open secret: everyone knows it but nobody wants to say it. Before becoming the ultimate symbol of the Les Paul guitar hero, Slash was already a B.C. Rich fan and has remained so to this day. Rumor has it he uses Mockingbirds as much as Gibsons when recording.
Anyhow, his first real guitar was a Mockingbird and the guitar on the first Guns’ recordings was a Warlock. B.C. Rico was one of the great luthiers of Los Angeles at the time and he represented a good alternative to the big names of the trade which were only capable of looking back at their former glory. A mockingbird can even be seen in the well-known music video for the single “You Could Be Mine” in 1991, and with a floyd rose to boot!
This 2004 Mockingbird Supreme comes from Slash’s personal collection and was sold in 2011 at Julien’s auction sale. It displays the typical specs of the model: a through neck with an ebony fretboard and a flamed AAAA maple top. Slash fans won’t be surprised to find Seymour Duncan Alnico II pickups since they have always been the Gunner’s first choice.
This beauty was the spare guitar for the Velvet Revolver Libertad tour in 2007. He mostly used the red one with the floyd, but when that one had a hitch, the blue one would come to the rescue.
Matts Guitar Shop, France
In a milieu where desirable objects are generally locked away in a safe or behind glass, Matthieu Lucas’ collection is a refreshing exception to the rule.
He represents a new generation of guitar lovers, for whom music comes first and the sound is more important than the serial number. Like any fine collection, Matthieu Lucas’ one has a speciality: he tracks down instruments that have belonged to artists, from Jeff Buckley’s Telecaster to Tal Farlow’s Gibson, not to mention Spot - one of the few sunbursts to be found in France and which belonged to a certain Joe Bonamassa.
Through perseverance, Matthieu managed to open doors that are generally kept well shut and gained access to instruments that were not even supposed to be sold. And true to the principle that the love of music comes first, Matthieu is not the type to prevent a guitarist from enjoying his or her prized jewels.
Out of that desire to share, he finally created the Matt’s Guitar Shop showroom, a special place for selling and trading that gives Paris back its reputation for excellence in the area of beautiful guitars. Inspired and inspiring instruments, which continue to bring beautiful notes to the ears of music lovers.