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Today in Gear: February 6, 2014

Today in Gear: February 6, 2014. A minimalist hallway valet, colorful leather goods, a celebration of a classic axe, a study of the Pete Rose controversy and much more.

Souped up threads and a mean music machine

Fender x Levi’s Vintage Clothing & Stratocaster Guitar

In 1957 the Fender Stratocaster electric guitar was a spry three years young; that same year, Levi's original 1873 patent for riveted denim work pants -- the first jeans -- was already an octogenarian. But that doesn't mean those jeans didn't love to rock 'n' roll. As part of a series paying tribute to America's vintage Hot Rod culture, this spring Levi's is rolling out one-off garments and items that would love to take your pink slip at the drag strip.

Believe I'm sinkin' down

Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection

A stack of money might not get you a jam session with Mr. Clapton, but it can buy an incredible replica of one of his guitars, or a stunning signature series acoustic. Hell, maybe you could just sell your soul to the devil. In any case, the Eric Clapton Crossroads Collection is a gorgeous set of blues beauty. The set consists of handmade replicas of both his Fender "Brownie" Stratocaster and the Gibson Harrison-Clapton "Lucy" Les Paul, along with three unbelievable signature series Crossroads Martin acoustics.

A Strat is Born

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The Fender Stratocaster is the definition of an American classic. The instrument has been produced continuously since it was introduced in 1954 and has since become a mainstay of players across all genres of music for its timeless design and distinctive sound. Legends such as Hendrix, Gilmour, Clapton and

Strum, As You Are

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar Guitar

At the helm of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain was crowned by many as the voice of Generation X. The distinctive guitar he used in his final three years of his life just happened to be from another generation -- 1965. In celebration