I would like to respond to Neville Marten’s column in issue 434, in which he asks: which guitar would be your‘one and only’?
Well, I have a question for Nev. A little while ago, I remember with some envy that he purchased a Gibson R9 and replaced the pickups with Bare Knuckle Mules. This I could see was his pride and joy. Then all went quiet, and there was mention of Fiesta Red Strats and Goldtop Les Pauls. I would love to know what happened to his R9 – and has the guitar moved on? I myself had a Les Paul which I put Mules into and although I was happy with the change to Bare Knuckle, the guitar is now owned and played by my bandmate.
My one and only for the last couple of years (and I have even stopped looking elsewhere) is a Gibson Les Paul 2015 Goldtop Deluxe with mini humbuckers. I play it exactly how it came and I haven’t even adjusted the string height, as it is spot on. Nigel Hennerley, via email Nev will freely admit he’s an incorrigible buyer and seller of guitars and has sold many fine instruments on an impulse that he later regretted. In the case of the R9, it was simply that he gelled better with the P90-equipped Goldtop and a brief, later dalliance with a Les Paul Custom only confirmed that preference. Of course Nev had sold the Goldtop by then and so he ended up having to get another – oh what a tangled web we weave. He kept those custom made Bare Knuckles though!
Nev’s love affair with the R9 just wasn’t built to last