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November 2005

 

FEATURES

SLASH
Vintage “Contraband” and Velvet Revolver
He arrived on the scene with a simple setup, a true sense of melody, ambition, and an attitude that separated him from the masses. Now his band may be a bit different, but the drive remains. By Lisa Sharken

GIBSON MASTERTONE GRANADA
The list of Gibson collectibles includes, of course, A- and F-style mandolins and other Lloyd Loar-era instruments, and more famously, ’50s Les Pauls. But did you know that the most sought-after Gibson is this Mastertone Granada (gulp!) banjo? By George Gruhn

IN DETAIL
The Fender Jaguar
Introduced as a companion to the Jazzmaster, it’s another example of how Fender stayed atop the game in the 1960s. Given today’s Tele and Strat prices, it’s a viable option for real-world collectors. By Ward Meeker

GUITARS OF THE COLD WAR
Part 3: Four Decades of Guitars from Czechoslovakia
After WWII, Czechoslovakia was a communist state where (naturally) the government controlled manufacturing. This is the story of guitars with names like Jolana, Resonet, Neoton, and Lignatone. By Edward Pitt

SONNY LANDRETH
Louisiana Legend, Slide Revolutionary
Having already absorbed the stylistic building blocks laid by names like King, James, Allman, and Cooder, he recently faced a different dilemma – tuned to an open major chord, he needed to go to the minor… By Dan Forte

BASS SPACE
The Hamer Blitz
With its angular body, pointy headstock, and “unique” finish, the Illinois-based Hamer’s Gibson Explorer-inspired bass was the epitome of ’80s heavy metal flash. Got Spandex? By Willie G. Moseley

THE MAGNATONE MARK V
So you’ve set your fancy on a guitar designed by Paul Bigsby, the guy who may have built the very first electric solidbody. Then you saw the going rate? Well, all is not lost. Instead, be on the lookout for a Magnatone Mark guitar. By Micheal Wright

THE DIFFERENT STRUMMER
Japanese Muscle: A Tribute to Matsumoku Motto
An ode to the guitars produced by the legendary factory, founded in 1951 as a manufacturer of sewing machines, and maker of many of the best Japanese guitars of the 1970s and ’80s. By Michael Wright

DEPARTMENTS

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News and Notes
NAMM Debuts at Indy, PRS Exhibit, Clapton 335 replica, Dealer/Builder News, Duke Kramer, In Memoriam, more!

Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele, Van Halen-Style!
By R.J. Klimpert

Paul Curreri
By John Heidt

Jol Dantzig
Back to Hands-On at Hamer
By Willie G. Moseley

Billy Bauer 1915-2005
By Dan Forte

Gary Green
Gentle Giant Flashback
By Pete Prown

Eric Johnson
Solving the Tonal “Rubik’s Cube”
By Lisa Sharken

Kirk “Eli” Fletcher
Right For the Gig
By Oscar Jordan

COLUMNS

Q&A With George Gruhn

Acousticville
Messing Up a Fine Instrument
By Steven Stone

FretPrints
Duane Eddy
By Wolf Marshall

Gigmeister
Pro Recording at Home
By Riley Wilson

TECH

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Makeover For a Grand Ol’ Gal
By Dan Erlewine

Guitar Shop
Binding Oaths
By Tony Nobles

Amps
How To Buy a Vintage Amp, Part 2
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber

REVIEWS

The VG Hit List
Music and Video Reviews: Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, Lee Ritenour, Stephen Stills, Robert Cray, Laurence Juber, more!

Check This Action
The Best of Rodney & Roseanne
Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Wright amps, Xotic BB Preamp, Vox Cooltron, Washburn Pilsen Idol and D78SW!

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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