Friday, August 28, 2009

John 5's Telecaster Collection

As guitarist for Goth/shock-rock artist Marilyn Manson, John 5's choice of axe seemed a little unusual.

Eschewing the guitar weaponry of the typical goth-rock guitarist -- jagged, angular or bearing a resemblance to the letter 'V' -- John favored Telecasters (albeit equipped with mirrored pickguards and humbuckers) for Manson's outlandish stage performances.

Before joining the Manson circus, John 5 aka John Lowery, was an up and coming session guitarist in Los Angeles, touring or recording with artists as diverse as k.d. lang, Rick Springfield, Lita Ford and David Lee Roth. And since leaving Manson in 2004, he has been caught up in a whirlwind of projects, including the release of four solo albums.

An avid guitar collector, his penchant for the Telecaster remains clear. And his collection of mint or near-mint Teles must surely rival some of the best collections in the world.

Not bad for someone who got into guitar collecting after selling his collection of KISS posters for $75,000.

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