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March 2005

 

FEATURES

50 YEARS OF CRUNCHY, CLEAN DIRT
Gibson advanced electric guitar technology with the introduction of the humbucking pickup in 1955. Patented in ’59, it changed the world of popular music and the electric guitar. Plus, a new PAF shoot-out! By Gil Hembree

THE BASS SPACE
Carvin DN640K
Doubleneck instruments have always been a unique niche in the guitar market, and even carried an air of superiority. Carvin’s DN640 is special in part because its bass neck is on the bottom. By Willie G. Moseley

JEFF CARLISI
Goes to Camp
It has been close to a decade since he departed .38 Special, and he has since played with many other notable musicians and been involved in other musical ventures. By Willie G. Moseley

THE FENDER JAGUAR
When Fender’s Jaguar was introduced in 1962, Telecasters and Stratocasters were considered “outdated.” So even though it cost more than the “old” models, it and its predecessor, the Jazzmaster, sold better thanks to musical tastes of the time. By George Gruhn

ALLISON ROBERTSON
Propels One Riffin’ Rock Unit
Armed with an assortment of Gibson solidbodies – from Les Pauls to an L6-S to a Spirit – she is using The Donnas’ new album, Gold Medal, as proof positive that good-time party rock can survive. By Ward Meeker

1983 ELECTRA LADY
In 1983, Costello was out, Ratt was in, and guitarists built their images around the weird guitars they played. Naturally, guitar builders tripped over themselves trying to put out unusual designs like this Electra Lady XV1RD. By Michael Wright

MARSHALL CRENSHAW
Rock and Roll Renaissance Man
The press calls his style “pop,” but he’s nothing if not an enigma – which is ironic, since his music (whether played and sung by him, or covered by other artists) is so infectious and accessible. By Dan Forte

THE DIFFERENT STRUMMER
’80s Charvel Guitars
Kramer was the biggest guitar company in the age of the pointy headstock. But Charvel was also an innovator, and today has a devoted following among collectors. Its saga has yet to be fully elucidated. By Michael Wright

DEPARTMENTS

Dealer News

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Builder Profile
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Readers Gallery

FIRST FRET

Reader Mail

News and Notes
PRS Turns 20, Harrison SG Sells, Nokie Nominated, Notable New Releases, In Memoriam, more!

Executive Rock
Leap Before You Look
By Willie G. Moseley

Dimebag Darrell Abbott 1966-2004
Heavy Metal Icon
By Pete Prown

Redd Volkaert
Noodler With a Telecaster
By Michael Dregni

“Ask Zac”
By Zac Childs

Classic Shots
A Hendrix Fan’s Dream
By Dan Forte

Classic Concerts
Bo Diddley
By Ron Courtney

Supersuckers
Goldtops Across the Globe
By Ken Johnson

COLUMNS

Q&A With George Gruhn

Acousticville
How Much Does Finish Matter?
By Steven Stone

FretPrints
Stevie Ray Vaughan
By Wolf Marshall

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Fixing Tuffy, Part III
By Dan Erlewine

Gigmeister
Schecter Omen 6
By Riley Wilson

TECH

Guitar Shop
Nuts and Cones
By Tony Nobles

Amps
Keys to Safety
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber

REVIEWS

The VG Hit List
Music, Book and Video Reviews: Sonny Landreth, Tommy Castro, David Lindley, Santana, Billy Joe Shaver, Crossroads Festival on DVD,
Hippie, more!

Check This Action
Pure & Unfiltered
Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Speedster 25 Watt and Class A 40, Guyatone FR3000V and Micro Effects, Peterson StroboStomp, Snider New Jersey amplifier!

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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