A lot of boutique builders who sell Fender-style instruments buy their bodies, necks and hardware and put them together in their unique way. But most of those who proceed this way are really not willing to disclose it, contrary to Bill Nash. Bill Nash even goes as far as refusing to be called a luthier, even though there is an undeniable magic within the guitars that bear his name. He handpicks the best parts available and relics his guitars with a level of realism and natural that even goes beyond what big-buck brands can do.
As a lifetime lover of the Esquire design, that bare-bones no-nonsense design that takes the Telecaster to a whole new level of elegant simplicity, and an owner of many original Esquires from the fifties, it was only a matter of time before Billy Gibbons would place an order to get his very own Nash. And since he already has the regular butterscotch beauties, he chose a stunning Burgundy Mist over Inca Silver finish on his humbucker-and-Bigsby-equipped Esquire.
The Bigsby is the classic horseshoe model and the humbucker is a DiMarzio Air Norton, a high-output pickup famous for its rich harmonics. Gibbons is the undefeated master of cool, and therefore the headstock logo doesn’t say “Nash guitars” but instead has a “Fucker” logo reminiscent of the classic Fender spaghetti font, with the beautiful model name “Custom Shitblaster” under it. Cool as can be.
Like all the guitars from the Billy Gibbons collection sold by Matt’s Guitar Shop and bought straight from the man himself, this uber-cool Nash has been signed by the Reverend at the back of the headstock and it comes with a signed certificate of authenticity, a picture of Billy holding the guitar, a picture of Billy signing the guitar and a picture of Billy signing the certificate. This is your way of knowing you’re buying the real deal.
Group : ZZ Top
Main guitar : Gibson Les Paul Standard 1959
An absolute “must-hear” track : Just Got Paid
Billy Gibbons is the boss. The boss of guitarists with his sensual tremolo and the fat sound like a burrito he gets from his Les Paul. The boss of singers with his rocky and twangy sound. The boss of bandleaders with ZZ Top, his trio whose lineup has remained the same since 1969. The boss of engineers, with an impeccable sense of staging. And finally the boss of collectors, with several hangars filled with several thousand guitars that he has acquired over the years. Legend has it that he would have a copy from every year of every model from the major brands, and that may not be just a legend... In any case, the guitars that we know he has are enough to turn heads. From “Mistress Pearly Gates”, the famous Les Paul 59 that has always been with him, to his 54 hardtail Strat that we often hear in addition to Pearly Gates, along with his many custom hotrod guitars.
His career began in 1967 with The Moving Sidewalks, one of the few psychedelic Texas rock bands inspired by the 13th Floor Elevators. They opened for Jimi Hendrix before breaking up in 1969, when Gibbons founded ZZ Top.
The trio began with rich and traditional blues rock before going in a more electronic direction, starting with Degüello in 1979. That direction was confirmed with the Eliminator/Afterburner/Recycler trilogy. Three albums where the blend of Gibbons’ blues with the synthesisers and drum machines of the time produced a result that won over many fans, whether they came to trio’s music through singles like Gimme All Your Loving and Rough Boy, or through the band’s excellent videos that were often played on MTV. Since then, ZZ Top has reinvented its music once again with a fatter, more organic, and fuzzy sound. Gibbons has made multiple appearances as a guest star on other musicians’ albums. He has also released two albums under his own name: Perfectamundo, which explores Cuban music, and Big Bad Blues, which returns to his first loves, between Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. The circle is complete.