January 2009



The Power of Tower
What has been called “the hardest-working right hand in the bass business” belongs to Francis “Rocco” Prestia, who for most of the last 40 years has been with soul ambassadors Tower Of Power. By Dan Forte

1961 Ampeg M-15
It may have been more at home behind Wes Montgomery or Kenny Burrell on a small stage, but beneath its hood lies a bundle of ingredients found in desirable blues and classic rock amps from another maker! By Dave Hunter

By the 1950s, tenor guitarists were a dying breed. So electric tenor guitars are relatively rare, and this tenor guitar made by solidbody pioneer Paul Bigsby is one of the rarest of all electric guitars. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Keep Pushing Play
Country artists long ago left instrumental music in the scrap heap, but it dominates Brad Paisley’s new album, which reflects influences from Eric Johnson to Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith to Robben Ford. By Zac Childs

A Fender “Holy Grail”
At first glance, one is struck by the clean condition of this very early Fender jewel. But look closer and you’ll find many features that make it even more noteworthy. By Ignacio “Nacho” Baños

Most vintage-guitar enthusiasts are content to pursue well-known treasures, while others appreciate a good mystery like this circa 1959 Rex solidbody electric guitar, which has long resisted the forces of enlightenment. Can you help? By Michael Wright

Silvertone Basses by Danelectro
The Beatles’ appearance on Ed Sullivan in ’64 sent droves of aspiring guitarists to Sears to order a Silvertone instrument, made by Danelectro. Here are two prime examples. By Willie G. Moseley


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The Feats and Famous Friends
By Willie G. Moseley

Albert Cummings
Building a Career
By John Heidt

Grayson Capps
Schizophrenic Rott
By John Heidt

Ask Zac
By Zac Childs

Whit Smith
Cowtown’s Six-String Swinger
By Dan Forte

Jimmy Herring
Southern Jazz-Rock Monster
By Pete Prown

Nils Lofgren
Tribute to a Mentor (And His Martin D-18)
By Willie G. Moseley

Monte Montgomery
By Pete Prown


The (Way) Back Beat
Beat Portraits: The Four-String White Whale – Fender/Arbiter’s 1966 Slab-Body Precision Bass
By Peter S. Kohman

Q&A With George Gruhn

The Mortgage Market
By Steven Stone

“401K” Guitars
Parker Guitars
By Gil Hembree

Magic Sam
By Wolf Marshall


Dan’s Guitar Rx
Saddle Hold-Still
By Dan Erlewine

Talkin’ Amps With…
Andy Brauer: Making a New Les Paul Sound “Vintage”
By David Jung


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Check This Action
Spanning The Globe
By Dan Forte

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PRS Starla, TC Electronic Nova System, Reverend Roundhouse RT, GeekMacDaddy British Ball Breaker, Danelectro ’63 Guitar and Baritone

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