We Bought Michael Clifford’s Signature Guitar

Or Alternately Titled: We Popped Michael Clifford’s Jet Black Cherry

Or Alternately, Alternately Titled: The Obituary Of 5SOS Fans

We’ve never been what anyone would call an accomplished musician. If anything, We’ve always been a “jack of all trades, master of none” when it comes to instruments. We dabble.

So, when Michael Clifford, lead guitarist of 5 Seconds of Summer, announced in January at NAMM that he had partnered with Gibson to release his own signature guitar, we were excited. Not because we ever hoped to play it in a way that would do it justice, but because we love 5SOS and pretending we can play guitar. But, when the guitar was finally released in May and we saw the sticker price of $1,399, we knew that we couldn’t justify it in my budget. That’s a lot of Starbucks to give up, and let’s face it — We love 5SOS, but we love mocha lattes.

But, we thought about it. We thought about it a lot. We wanted that guitar. We coveted it. Lying awake at night we fantasized about its magical ability to transform us into guitar god status. We pictured ourselves holding it in pictures with that well-known Michael Clifford sneer on our faces. It called to us like a siren. We knew that this instrument would turn our carefully plucked out rendition of “Old McDonald” into the next Mainstream Masterpiece. We wouldn’t mind being a rock ‘n roll prodigy. Michael Clifford and that guitar had that power.

We Bought The Guitar Anyway

So, when we thought about reviewing the instrument for our mag, it was really the last nudge we needed to bite the bullet, sacrifice the mocha lattes, and bring that baby home. And let us tell you, baby is here and she’s a beauty. But, don’t take our word for it. Let Michael and Gibson tell you about it here…

And now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the meat of the subject.  This guitar is sexy, friends. It comes straight out of its case whispering love songs in your ear. From the black stain finish to the red Gibson logo and x inlays on the fretboard, this guitar is begging you to pick it up and (in our case) learn. And we plan to. It’s magical after all.

We opened it and plugged it in to equipment worth a fraction of what paid for the guitar. The guitar was insulted. It demanded only the best, but there are only so many mocha lattes we were willing to sacrifice. The guitar had to accept the fact that by coming into our possession, it was officially slumming. But, we digress. We plugged her in. This was the moment that would change our lives. This was the moment we channeled Michael.

Old McDonald was elevated.

Just kidding. It sounded the same, but it was elevated. Just in an attempt to channel Michael and make the guitar do for us what our dreams had promised they would. But, alas! No matter how we transformed our faces or posed in the mirror, Old McDonald was still just Old McDonald. But we did look cool doing it.

Now what?

Since We’ve bought the guitar and begun researching for this article, We’ve learned that Sweetwater has stated that they only received 120 issued to them for worldwide distribution. And, Trogly‘s Guitar Show has estimated that less than 1,000 have been manufactured. Because of these statistics and estimates, the predictions are that this instrument will quickly become a collector’s piece. Maybe it’s worth more than a few mocha lattes after all.

Now, we own a guitar we can’t play well. A guitar that cost us approximately 405.5 mocha lattes. But, We’re learning. And isn’t that really the point? Sure, there are specs and reviews that discuss the technical merits of the instrument and serious musicians are excited about it. But, music isn’t about exclusivity and any time a song or instrument or artist inspires someone else to explore their own art, isn’t that bigger and more important than any of that?

Michael Clifford and Gibson together created a really cool guitar. And in doing so, they have reached a generation of people, us included, they might not have otherwise. We picked up my guitar and played it again today. We’ll do it tomorrow. Today, “Old McDonald”. Tomorrow, the world. Or at least “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.

Michael Clifford

5 Seconds of Summer


Words: MDRN MAG | Featured Photo: Gibson

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