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May 2006

 

FEATURES

BASS SPACE
The Travis Bean TB 4000 Wedge
Though Travis Bean was a mere flash-in-the-pan ’70s builder, its unique, funky Wedge models left an impression that carries over today with collectors. The company built fewer than 40 Wedge basses. By Willie G. Moseley

JAKE LANGLEY
The JUNO award winner grew up in a musical family and is today making his mark both as a solo performer and as one third of the Joey DeFranceso Trio, where he lives out his dream, playing in an old-school-jazz organ trio. By Ann Wickstrom

NATIONAL STYLE O
Although it has never been the favorite guitar of Hawaiian players, it stands today as an icon for the Hawaiian music that was the foundation of the resonator guitar’s popularity in the early 1930s. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

IN DETAIL
Fender’s 1966-’71 Stratocaster
In the mid ’60s, Fender’s flagship models were fitted with decorative elements that ran in stark contrast to its founder’s style. The Stratocaster, however, was less victimized by the CBS takeover. By R.J. Klimpert

BEYOND THE PARLOR
Part III: Women
Having established that the guitar was not limited to the parlor, let us now consider how women did use the guitar in 19th-century America, and what the instrument meant to them. By Tim Brookes

MAGNATONE G-216
The Hawaiian phenomenon and Tiki lounges of the 1950s are but a dim memory, but this month we enjoy this artifact from an era when pineapple chicken and “Yellow Bird” were exotic forms of American entertainment! By Michael Wright

THE DIFFERENT STRUMMER
The Wacky World of Wiring
One, two, or three pickups; humbuckers or singles; two, three, or five switching options; volumes and tones. If you ever think about how to improve a guitar’s tone, the topic is resplendent with possibilities. By Michael Wright

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News and Notes
Ernie Ball gets new digs, Peavey Honored, Tommy Jams with Jake, Stolen Gear, In Memoriam, more!

Greg Martin
It Was a Very Busy Year…
By Willie G. Moseley

Matt Rae
Country Out of Connecticut
By John Heidt

Amplified Heat
By Ken Johnson

Dan Peterson
By John Heidt

Take Me Out to NAMM!
By Stephen Patt

Ask Zac
By Zac Childs

Wanda Jackson
The Queen is Back
By R.J. Klimpert

Folk Alliance 2006
Not Just Hummin’ & Strummin’
By Dan Forte

COLUMNS

Q&A With George Gruhn

Acousticville
Stirring Up Trouble
By Steven Stone

401K Guitars
Validating Vintage in a Retirement Plan
By Gil Hembree

Fretprints
Mick Taylor
By Wolf Marshall

Gigmeister
Gigging Made Simpler
By Riley Wilson

TECH

Dan’s Guitar Rx
A Glass Glenwood, 40 Years Later
By Dan Erlewine

Guitar Shop
er Harness: Built-To-Last Wiring
By Tony Nobles

Amps
The 12AX7 Preamp Tube
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber

REVIEWS

The VG Hit List
Music, Book and Video Reviews: Bob Brozeman, Jeremy Wakefield, Eric Gales, John Mayer Trio, Lee Rocker, G.A.S.: Living With Guitar Acquisition Syndrome, more!

Check This Action
Whole Lot of Shakin’
Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
RS Guitarworks Rock Master, Fuchs Train 45.

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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