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December 2007

 

FEATURES

ST. BLUES GUITARS
Then and Now
St. Blues is the epitome of a brand with a unique niche in guitar lore. Born in a Memphis music store where notable guitarists often took instruments for repair, it now ranks among the revitalized. By Willie G. Moseley

AMP-O-RAMA
1964 Fender Super Reverb
Although plenty of players turn to this 4×10″ 40-watter as “a tweed Bassman with effects,” there’s a whole lot more to it than that… And, if you will, a little less, too. By Dave Hunter

5 x 18 = BRITISH CRUNCH BLISS
For many guitarists, there is no equal to the sound of a British amp driven to distraction with the volume knob twisted clockwise until it’ll turn no more! We gather five amps that replicate a certain British-made 18-watt legend and give them the business. By Bob Dragich

GIBSON ROY SMECK ELECTRIC TENOR BANJO
As instrument builders began developing electric versions of every instrument, Gibson enlisted one of the biggest instrumental stars of the era to ensure the success of its first electric banjo. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

RICK VITO’S TALE OF TWO GRAILS
Find of a Lifetime
Thanksgiving, 1990, was truly a holiday to remember for for the renowned Bob Seger/Fleetwood Mac guitarist who tells what may be the most remarkable “right place at the right time” story. By Ward Meeker

1967 EKO CONDOR
In many ways, ’67 marked a farewell to innocence before a tempestuous storm that was about to break (King, Kennedy, the Chicago Democratic Convention…). And so, in many ways, was this nifty EKO reflective of the transitional Summer of Love. By Michael Wright

BASS SPACE
1982 Gibson Victory
When you consider their status as a last-gasp instrument from Gibson’s waning days as a property of Norlin, the ironically dubbed “Victory” series of guitars and basses had a lot going for them. By Willie G. Moseley

DEPARTMENTS

Vintage Guitar Price Guide

Builder Profile
Burriss Amplification

Upcoming Events

Vintage Guitar Classified Ads

Dealer Directory

The Great VG Giveaway ’08
Win a Bluetron Blueverb amp!

Readers Gallery

FIRST FRET

Reader Mail

News and Notes
Freddy Powers, Electric Guitar in Wichita, Hendrix tribute tour, All-Star Guitar Night, Guiness Guitar Record, In Memoriam, more!

On The Jimmy Reed Highway
With Omar Dykes and Jimmie Vaughan
By Dan Forte

True ’60s TV Variety
“Best of Jimmy Dean” on DVD
By Rich Kienzle

Tony Vega
Never Too Late for The Blues
By John Heidt

Ask Zac
By Zac Childs

John Jorgenson
Continued Gypsy Inspiration
By Michael Dregni

Chris Duarte
Texas Guitar Makes a Comback
By John Heidt

Matt Schofield
Top-Ranked Brit
By Willie G. Moseley

The Sadies
Brothers in Collaboration
By John Heidt

COLUMNS

The (Way) Back Beat
A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody: Fretted Cheesecake Advertising Through the Years, Part 3
By Peter S. Kohman

Q&A With George Gruhn

Acousticville
Mandolin of the Future?
By Steven Stone

“401K” Guitars
“Supply and Demand” and the 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard
By Gil Hembree

Fretprints
Johnny “Guitar” Watson
By Wolf Marshall

TECH

Guitar Shop
Cosmetic Surgery
By Tony Nobles

Dan’s Guitar Rx
A Höfner Bass Gets Straight, Part 2
By Dan Erlewine

Talkin’ Amps With…
erry Kilgore: The Tube Tramp Tells the Truth, Part 2
By David Jung

REVIEWS

The VG Hit List
Moby Grape, Dick Dale, Omar Dykes/Jimmie Vaughan, John Fogerty, Pink Floyd, Riot on the Sunset Strip, more!

Check This Action
Pickin’ In The Living Room
By Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Gadow guitars, E-H Nano LPB-1/Soul Preacher, Line 6 Variax 700/Bass Floor POD

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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