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Pawnshop Guitars is the 1994 debut solo album of Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.


  1. "Cure Me... Or Kill Me" - 4:56
  2. "Black" - 4:21
  3. "Tijuana Jail" - 5:08
  4. "Skin & Bones" - 3:17
  5. "Johanna's Chopper" - 4:08
  6. "Let's Get Lost" - 3:31
  7. "Pawnshop Guitars" - 3:51
  8. "Dead Flowers" - 4:13
  9. "Jail Guitar Doors" - 3:10
  10. "Hunting Dogs" - 3:15
  11. "Shut Up" - 3:58
  12. "West of the Sunset" - 3:17 (Japanese bonus track)

"My best trope's a pawnshop guitar":

  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: "Hunting Dogs":
    Hunting dogs don't kill their own.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": "Shut Up"
  • The Cameo: Along with appearances by everyone who was in GNR at the time (Axl Rose, Slash, Duff, Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed), Frank Black (The Pixies' Black Francis) appears as well.
  • Cool Bike: "Johanna's Chopper"
    This heart gold is used, my motorcycle wants you.
    Johanna's chopper in the stars.
    Johanna's chopper in the stars.
    Johanna's chopper in the stars.
    Why am I everything to you?
    This love may never end, my motorcycle's best friend.
  • Cover Version: The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" and The Clash's "Jail Guitar Doors"
  • Crystal Ball: Mentioned in "Cure Me...Or Kill Me"
  • Dark and Troubled Past -> Heroic BSoD -> Despair Event Horizon: "Skin & Bones"
    Keep the devil out of my soul
    C'mon and save me
    From a heart of stone
    Tell the Lord, he can take me now
    I'm a shell of a man
    Just skin and bones
  • Face on the Cover: Gilby playing guitar, shown from a distance.
  • The Gambler: "Tijuana Jail"
    But I'm a gambler, and I'm not cashed in
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: It's not made clear why he is being sent to jail in "Tijuana Jail." He sticks a switchblade from his boot in someone's throat to make his escape.
  • Murder Ballad: "Tijuana Jail", where the protagonist murders a police officer for jailing him.
    I pulled a switch blade from my boot
    And shoved it in his throat
  • Not In Texas Anymore: "Tijuana Jail":
    He smiled and said 'Senor, you're not in Texas anymore
  • One-Word Title: "Black"
  • Record Producer: Waddy Wachtel
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Cure Me...Or Kill Me" mentions "the Addams Family blood"
    • "Johanna's Chopper" mentions "Superman's magic train"
  • The Unfair Sex: Averted in "Black":
    But woman who is unfaithful
    Kills a man
  • Villain Song: "Pawn Shop Guitars":
    Your Momma says I'm evil, and I cut like a knife
    You cut a little deep, find the devil inside
    Now burn little honey, I hypnotize
    I'm so mean, so mean, so mean
    I'm so mean, so mean, so mean

    I'm a motorcycle cowboy, a honky tonk junkie
    Fallen shooting star.
    Broken desperado on the wrong side of the barrel
    My best friend's a pawnshop guitar.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: "Johanna's Chopper"
    And I can't remember last night.