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THE RICHARD FORTUS COLLECTION
Believe the hype! The Richard Fortus Collection is here, and it's every bit as impressive as you thought it would be—especially his stage-played gear!
Culled from over 30 years touring the world with Guns N' Roses, Thin Lizzy, The Psychedelic Furs, Rihanna, *NSYNC, The Dead Daisies, and more, these stage-played amps, acoustics, and electric guitars bear the telltale wear of the rock and roll life, the proof of years on the road rolling from town to town and even across oceans to entertain legions of loyal fans every night.
Each stage-played piece in the Richard Fortus Collection comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, as well as a brief description or anecdote written by Richard Fortus himself.
We all want to feel those bright lights, but only a select few get to see the show the way Richard Fortus has. Browse stage-played gear from the Richard Fortus Collection and take home more than just a setlist.
"This guitar was with me on almost every stage I've played on since around 2000. I loved the look of these '68 RI's with the nickel hardware. I went through over a dozen of these before I was able to find this one at the Gibson factory. It's a very, very special guitar. I used it on tours with Enrique Iglesias, Rhianna, Thin Lizzy, BT, Crystal Method, Nena and many Gn'R tours. I eventually found another one I liked, but still wasn't as good as this one."READ MORE
"Leo built this for me to use with the Dead Daisies. I needed a humbucker in the bridge for some songs, but still wanted it to be a strat style. I absolutely love the copper finish that he does. As with all the guitars he's made me, it has many little personal details. The neck is held on with a compression joint with no bolts and is incredibly solid. It is a true work of art."READ MORE
"I designed this guitar with G-Sharp and have used this for all of the 'Not In This Lifetime' tour. We experimented quite a bit with different woods and pickups and ended up with Lollar gold foils. Sounds massive through a big amp."READ MORE
"I have this wired so the middle pickup has it's own volume so it can be blended in to whichever combination is selected with the 3 way. 3 volumes and 2 tones"READ MORE
"Paul Cornford made this for me. It was never put in to production, but is basically a 100 watt version of their popular MK50 head. I used this on tour with Gn'R"READ MORE
"I bought this from a friend of mine. One of the better Junior's I've owned. He told me that it used to belong to Steve Marriot."READ MORE
"I don't know if there is another of these. Dave made this for me and has tweaked on it over the years. All hand wired, point to point. I used this with Gn'R. I've seen single channel 50's but I've never seen another single channel 100. It cleans up really really well and isn't as compressed sounding as the Friedman amps. Bigger and more open. "READ MORE
"Gibson made this for me and it's the prototype for the copper finish. I believe it became a production color, but this was the first. I used this with Enrique Iglesias and on tour with Gn'R."READ MORE
"I had asked Gibson for a baritone Les Paul but they had stopped making them. They found one but it was red and I wanted a black one. So they finished over it and then called my tech at the time and said they wanted to do something in honor of my second daughter being born. My tech called me and I told him that I wanted very subtle markers in the shape of clovers and paisley's (my daughters names). This is what they did instead. When the guitar showed up, I was wondering if they had stripped the guitar, or just finished over the red. When I figured out that there was red underneath, we drug it around the parking lot for a while to expose some of the red! I used this on stage for years with Gn'R. Went through many different pickups to find the right fit."READ MORE
"This was modded by Voodoo Amps. The bass is tighter and thicker and the top end is much smoother. I used this with Gn'R along with a Randall modular preamp and also an Egnater modular preamp. "VIEW MORE STAGE-PLAYED
"A great sounding jazzmaster type guitar with a Mastery bridge and Arcane pickups. The Trussart driftwood guitars are so resonate and light. I used this on tour with Saivu."READ MORE
"Probably the best looking V I've come across. Bonamassa gave them his Amos V to have Echopark make a replica. This is the same specs."READ MORE
"This was on tour with me with Gn'R as the "wet" side of my rig."READ MORE
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