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October 2005

 

FEATURES

IN DETAIL
Gibson’s 1953-’65 Firebird
A direct shot at Fender’s Jazzmaster and Jaguar rock guitars, it was an unexepectedly funky offering from the staid, traditional Gibson. And though it was unique in so many ways, it didn’t set the world afire. By Ward Meeker

BASS SPACE
Whooooo Wal You?
Wal started as a collaboration between two English gentlemen. Its output has always been small, and its client list has always included notable musicians. This one belonged to a rock legend. By Willie G. Moseley

JUDAS PRIEST
Return of the Metal Gods
After a 15-year hiatus, Rob Halford has re-teamed with the incomparable guitar tandem of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing. Together, they continue to yield a magical metal brew. By Lisa Sharken

GIBSON STYLE U HARP GUITAR
Its design may seem unique today, but it was not a new concept when it sat atop the Gibson lineup in the early 1900s, where it represented the highest level of expectation for a new and innovative instrument. By George Gruhn

ANDY SUMMERS
The Next Phase
Best known for his innovative playing in the Police, the English guitarist was into many genres of music before he flexed his versatility in the heyday of the innovative band. By Willie G. Moseley

TRAVIS BEAN TB500
Though often viewed with disdain amongst guitarheads, the ’70s was a decade of innovation. This guitar is the byproduct of the furtive mind of a motorcycle racer who, looking to make a more stable guitar neck, grabbed a slab of Reynolds T6061 aluminum. By Michael Wright

GREAT COLLECTIONS
The Collection of Jonathan Kellerman
A guitar player for 46 years, for the best-selling novelist, the instrument is not only a device for release and inspiration, but a true passion. And his collection reflects it, rating as one of the finest in the world. By George Gruhn

THE DIFFERENT STRUMMER
Larson Jumbos and Dreadnoughts
Recounted by many as two of the finest American makers of acoustic flat-tops in the early 1900s, the Larson brothers’ success among professional musicians stands as testament to their abilities. By Michael Wright

DEPARTMENTS

Vintage Guitar Price Guide

Builder Profile
Randy Wood Guitars

Upcoming Events

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Readers Gallery

FIRST FRET

Reader Mail

News and Notes
DiPinto, Valley Arts build for Live 8, James Burton, Steve Mugalian benefit, Del Casher, Stolen Gear, more!

Steve Hackett
No Pigeonholes, Please!
By Willie G. Moseley

Higher Than the Moon
New Les Paul Bio Goes Deep into Archives
By Eric C. Shoaf

Charlie Baty
By John Heidt

Paul Gilbert
“How Pat Travers Saved My Soul!”
By Oscar Jordan

Ask Zac
By Zac Childs

Glenn Hughes
Of Loud Funk and Profound Prolificity
By Willie G. Moseley

Popa Chubby
By John Heidt

Sean Costello
Taking a Chance on Soul
By John Heidt

COLUMNS

Q&A With George Gruhn

Acousticville
The Rivera Sodona Lite
By Steven Stone

FretPrints
Joe Maphis
By Wolf Marshall

Gigmeister
The Roland ME-30
By Riley Wilson

Guitars With Guts
1875 Antonio de Torres
By R.E. Bruné

TECH

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Acoustic Crack-Up Fix Up
By Dan Erlewine

Guitar Shop
Perfection In Simplicity
By Tony Nobles

Amps
ow To Buy a Vintage Amp
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber

REVIEWS

The VG Hit List
Music, Book and Video Reviews: Marty Stuart, The Morells, Richard Thompson, Frank Vignola, Ana Popovic, Rock Around The Clock, more!

Check This Action
Not Quite All That Jazz
Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Mesa-Boogie Lonestar Special, B.C. Rich Eagle/Bich 10 Supreme, Chicago Blues Box Kingston, Epi Valve amps, Roland GR-20.

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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