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Mick Mars' Guitar Collection (ex Mötley Crüe)

Mick Mars, now the former guitarist of glam rockers Mötley Crüe, who was replaced by John 5, owns a decent collection of instruments, including a number of modified vintage Stratocasters, which are some of his favourite pieces. In a video from the YouTube series Life in Six Strings, you can see not only Strats retrofitted with a Floyd Rose bridge humbucker and tremolo, but also a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop that once belonged to Neil Young and a 1960 Les Paul Standard, a semi-hollow-body Gibson ES-335, and glimpses of a very special Zemaitis, a seven-string Music Man, a PRS model with P-90 pickups, etc.

There's the famous white relic Stratocaster "Izzabella" with HSH pickups that Mars used to throw off the stage at his engineer and other team members at Mötley Crüe concerts, and the somewhat scruffy Strat Sunburst, the first hybrid Mars built in his kitchen from Fender parts made in 1963, '64 and '65. When asked if he's already got the "ultimate guitar" he's always wanted, Mars replies: "I think so. Everybody loves the 1969 Stratocasters and I have three of them in three different colours – Candy Red, Burst and White Cream."

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For Insounder, I am mainly responsible for the news section and articles covering the gear of well-known musicians. I have been playing guitar in various bands for years and I also teach this beautiful instrument.