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May 2005

 

FEATURES

ZAKK WYLDE
Unassuming and unapolgetic, he is the Les Paul-and-Marshall-jacking badass of hard rock. With Ozzy Osbourne, he helped heavy metal survive the grunge rush. And today with Black Label Society, he continues to bear the torch. By Ward Meeker

BASS SPACE
G&L SB-1/SB-2
These no-frills instruments offered some of Leo Fender’s most recent innovations at an accessible price. With rounded sides and traditional double-cut design, they’re comfortable and well-balanced. By Willie G. Moseley

1965 EPIPHONE EMPEROR
The Emperor first appeared in Epiphone’s catalog in 1935 as a response to Gibson’s Super 400. But Epiphone went one better by making its top-of-the-line guitar 181?2″ wide. Versatile and fine-sounding, it’s also rare and collectible. By George Gruhn

HANK GARLAND, 1930-2004
Guitar Heroes Pay Homage to a Legend
From jazz to country, Elvis to Western swing, Hank Garland was a master of many kinds of music. In a career that lasted little more than a decade, he became one of the premier studio guitarists. By Dan Forte

TIM BOGERT
Then And Now With Vanilla Fudge
We catch up with the veteran of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and Beck, and Bogert & Appice to check on the current state of the Fudge, his gear, and some fine-tuned Fudge history. By Willie G. Moseley

1982 EPIPHONE U.S.A. MAP
Appearing when Gibson was on the ropes, the Map guitar was intended to be more promotional item than part of the Epi roster. But, perhaps because of political sentiment at the time, response was so good that by ’83 it had become a Gibson! By Michael Wright

THE DIFFERENT STRUMMER
Molding a New Idea of Guitars
Once, all guitars had a wood body and neck, and natural materials for trim. Frets and strings were made of gut. But what happens when there are no ebony trees left wide enough to make a fingerboard? By Michael Wright

DEPARTMENTS

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FIRST FRET

Reader Mail

News and Notes
VG Deke’s Guitar Geek Festival, Cream reunion, Celeb Guitar Auction, Colby College exhibit, “In Memoriam,” more!

ExtraNAMMaganza ’05
By Stephen Patt

Executive Rock
The Vanilla Fudge Still Matter, Man!
By Willie G. Moseley

A PRS P-A-R-T-Y
Builder Marks 20th Anniversary
By Ward Meeker

Marah
Jukebox Anti-Heroes
By Michael Dregni

“Ask Zac”
By Zac Childs

Neal Schon
A Guitar Journey Rolls On
By Pete Prown

Jazzin’ With Jay
Geils Goes Classic
By Willie G .Moseley

Rory Block
Keeping the Blues Alive
By Dan Forte

COLUMNS

Q&A With George Gruhn

Acousticville
Computer Speakers Worth Hearing
By Steven Stone

Gigmeister
Marshall’s Valvestate AVT 50
By Riley Wilson

TECH

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Bent-Tuning-Shaft Blues?
By Dan Erlewine

Guitar Shop
Guitar Parts Pop Quiz
By Tony Nobles

Amps
Six Certifiable Tone Killers
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber

REVIEWS

The VG Hit List
Music, Book and Video Reviews: Reckless Kelly, Scott Henderson, Swamp Cabbage, Rory Block, The Ramones, Analog Man’s Guide to Vintage Effects Pedals, more!

Check This Action
Long, Roky Road
Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Fender American Deluxe Strat V Neck, PRS Modern Eagle/SE Soapbar II, Reverend Goblin, Peavey JSX, Saga DG-250M

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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