April 2009



Alll About Sound
He has shared time with the Babys, Bad English, and Coverdale/Page. Now a member of Styx, his instrument collection includes vintage Fender Precision basses and five late-’60s Telecaster basses. By Willie G. Moseley

Get your classic ’50s electric jazz guitar tone right here – warm, smooth, woody, and round. Though it looks like a cheap suitcase, this amp was surprisingly sophisticated for its day, and its features hold up to scrutiny 50-plus years later. By Dave Hunter

The typical Martin of the 1800s had no fingerboard inlay, and even when fret markers were implemented in the 1890s, they were understated. But, Martin was capable of taking ornamentation “over the top,” as illustrated by this guitar from 1905. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Too Fast to Live, Too Cool to Die
Man, those were the days! Free love, slick guitars, hot cars. And few pieces of late-’60s pop culture were anywhere near as hip and groovy as this marketing stroke of genius. By Dave Hunter

Red Hot on The Empyrean
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist enjoys every aspect of making music, and has assembled an impressive arsenal of instruments, favoring pre-CBS Strats for use onstage and in the studio. By Lisa Sharken

What is it about sparkle, anyway? The way it glitters under stage lights? The suggestion of bling? Whatever the reason, it’s hard to resist a guitar in a sparkle finish. As with many Yamahas, this guitar is more than just a pretty face. By Michael Wright

Ricky Phillips’ Fender Custom Shop five-string
Many professional musicians are known for adding custom touches to their instruments, or – as with this cool bass – having an instrument built to their own specs. By Willie G. Moseley


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The (Way) Back Beat
Beat Portraits: The Burns Story, 1962-’64
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Repairs: D.I.Y. vs. Pro
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With a Little Help From Friends
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Peter Mather: Amp Restoration Tricks of the Trade
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Shop of Hard Knocks
Amp Repair on the Fly, on the Cheap
By Will Kelly


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