The first gui­tar I owned was an off-white star-shaped elec­tric, like the ones span­dex wear­ing ‘80s metal bands played.

FHM (Philippines) - - Contents - AL­LAN P. HER­NAN­DEZ Act­ing Ed­i­tor in Chief al­lan.her­nan­dez@sum­mit­

I bought it in 1991 from a guy in my neigh­bor­hood named Ni­knok, who used to gig in Ja­pan as a biya­herong musikero. Gigs abroad for him had stopped by then so he de­cided to stay and rent out his mu­sic gear in­stead; in my case, he sold one. The gui­tar he of­fered was a Hondo, which any guy into Ja­panese gui­tars would say is a fairly re­spectable brand. I had just learned to play gui­tar and was thrilled my first would be an elec­tric, even though its shape screamed glam metal Poi­son when I was into thrash metal An­thrax.

Ni­knok sold me the gui­tar for P2,000. Not ben­tang adik but close. I sold it a year later for P2,500 be­cause grunge had just ex­ploded and the gui­tar sud­denly be­came an em­bar­rass­ment. I’ve been in and out of bands for the last 26 years and have had three gui­tars af­ter the star. I re­gret sell­ing it to this day.

So, even though I don’t col­lect I can fully un­der­stand what mu­si­cian Iman Leonardo is say­ing about his re­la­tion­ship with his 500 gui­tars (Rare Finds,

pp. 46). His ob­ses­sion is fu­eled by the dis­tinct nu­anced sound made by ev­ery gui­tar, as though each were his own per­son. It’s the same mind­set we found in the other col­lec­tors—of hand­made bi­cy­cles, old time ra­dios, and knives—we fea­ture this month,

As for our cover, we have two women who aren’t ob­sessed with what they do as much as it is their way of life. Amanda Villanueva is a pro vol­ley­ball player and Mara Lopez (daugh­ter of ‘80s ac­tress Maria Is­abel Lopez) is very much into surf­ing out­side of be­ing an ac­tress. We caught them in their nat­u­ral el­e­ment at our beach shoot in Batan­gas.

Right now I play a Franken-tele—it’s a tele­caster with parts from un­known sources—that’s been with me for 11 years. The gui­tar knows me well enough to make me ap­pear to be a half-de­cent player. I’m not sell­ing it. Not this time.

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