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March 2006

 

FEATURES

CARLOS SANTANA
Holding That Tone
From the moment his band stepped onstage in ’66, he was breaking new ground. Today, his status as an icon is unquestioned, his musical identity – and uniquely recognizable guitar tone – are beyond reproach. By Dan Forte

GIBSON STYLE 0
Early on, Gibson placed a high priority on mandolin production. And in 1908, the “suggestion” of its mandolin approach to guitar design became an obvious fact with the introduction of the Style O model with a scroll body shape. By George Gruhn

THE VG HALL OF FAME
From Django Reinhardt and the Dopyera brothers to the National tri-cone and Mesa Mark 1 Boogie amplifier, the ever-discriminating readers of VG have once again chosen the people and instruments to be immortalized in the VG Hall of Fame.

BOB’S PLAYBOY PICKERS
Bob Wills and the guitarists in his band, the Texas Playboys, deeply influenced country, rock, and jazz music. Wills was also one of the early high-profile musicians to endorse the amps and steels made by his friend, Leo Fender. By Rich Kienzle

THE TOKAI TALBO
The high-tech flagship of a brand known amongst aficionados of copy guitars for being one of the darlings of the 1970s/early-’80s “copy era,” it’s resplendent in its modern materials wrapped in a timeless, modern package. By Michael Wright

ICON CORNER
A Hero’s Gretsch 6117
In the Fall of 1960, this first-generation Gretsch 6117 Double Anniversary was purchased by U.S. Navy Commander Scott Carpenter, one of the original “Mercury Seven.” By Willie G. Moseley

THE DIFFERENT STRUMMER
The Roots of Modern Minstrelsy
It might be a stretch to say we wouldn’t have the modern guitar without The Prophet. But if the Moors had not invaded Spain, the music we express with it may have taken a decidedly different course. By Michael Wright

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News and Notes
New Sensor tube factory, Hurricane Relief, Springsteen tribute, In Memoriam, more!

Link Wray, 1929-2005
R.I.P. (Rumble In Peace)
By Dan Forte

Concert For Bangladesh
Rock Star-Studded Even on DVD
By Dan Forte

Dug Pinnick
Doin’ It Different
By Willie G. Moseley

Jim Weider
…And His Take on Jazz
By John Heidt

Ask Zac
By Zac Childs

A Certain Lefty 500/1
Forty-Year Search Turns Up “Holy Grail”
By Preston Gratiot

Jeff Cook
Never Going To Stop
By Willie G. Moseley

Don McLean
By John Heidt

COLUMNS

Q&A With George Gruhn

Acousticville
Bits and Pieces
By Steven Stone

Fretprints
Guitar Slim
By Wolf Marshall

Gigmeister
The Alesis Multimix 8
By Riley Wilson

The Sourcerer
David Grissom
By David Hamburger

TECH

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Amp Shipping 101
By Dan Erlewine

Guitar Shop
Pickup Mounts Done Right
By Tony Nobles

Amps
Resurrecting a Dormant Tube Amp, Pt. 2
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber

REVIEWS

The VG Hit List
Music, Book and Video Reviews: Bill Kirchen, Gibson Brothers, Jackson Browne, North Mississippi All-Stars, The Guitar Amp Handbok, and others!

Check This Action
Who Needs Pickups?
Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Höfner Verythin Classic, Gabriel Sound Garage Voxer 18, Alesis NanoVerb, Stephens Design Mojo V pickups.

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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