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May 2004

 

FEATURES

FENDER’S JAZZMASTER
In the midst of its scramble to compete with Fender by developing the radical Flying V and Explorer, Gibson likely didn’t realize Leo Fender had designed his Jazzmaster in an attempt to loosen its grip on the jazz guitar market of the late ’50s. By Ward Meeker

THE BASS SPACE
Carl Radle’s (?) 1975 Alembic Series I
Early Alembics were innovative axes, custom-built for high-profile pros. This Series I model was owned by the late Carl Radle, bassist for Derek & the Dominoes and later Eric Clapton bands… maybe. By Willie G. Moseley

ANDY POWELL
The Wishbone Forges On
He was half of a twin-lead guitar sound that took Wishbone Ash to acclaim in the 1970s. Under his aegis, the band has toured incessantly and released new recordings. By Willie G. Moseley

KRAMER TRIAXE/ENTERPRISE
Designed by vibrato guru Floyd Rose and built as NAMM show attractions, Kramer’s Triaxe and Enterprise represent Kramer flexing its muscle at the height of its powers. But neither ever went into production. By Michael Wright

GIBSON‘S LOAR-SIGNED L-5
Though stark in comparison to the highly ornamented top-shelf instruments made by Epiphone, D’Angelico, and Stromberg (and even other models by Gibson), side by side, the very musical sound of the Loar L-5 reigns supreme in the ears of many. By George Gruhn

THE DIFFERENT STRUMMER
Daion Guitars
Yet another brand worthy of attention from the discriminating guitar aficionado, it’s immediately apparent to anyone who sees one that Daion instruments are excellent works of art. By Michael Wright

DEPARTMENTS

Dealer News

Vintage Guitar Price Guide

Builder Profile
Keeley Electronics

Upcoming Events

Vintage Guitar Classified Ads

Dealer Directory

Readers’ Gallery

FIRST FRET
Reader Mail

News and Notes
Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, PRS guitars on exhibit, Burrell jams at Westwood, Dallas guitar show auction, Stolen Gear, In Memoriam, more!

Vai Stays Vital
By Lisa Sharken

Executive Rock
What’s Wrong With This Hype?
By Willie G. Moseley

Notable NAMM News
The Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum
By Eric C. Shoaf

Classic Concerts
James Brown
By Glen Anderson

Viewpoints
Imports, The Next Generation
By George Gruhn

Plek That Neck!
By Preston Gratiot

COLUMNS

Q&A With George Gruhn

Acousticville
Improve Your Guitar… Listening
By Steven Stone

FretPrints
Gary Moore
By Wolf Marshall

Gigmeister
Stay Organized, Be Fruitful
By Riley Wilson

TECH

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Tune-o-Matic Tuneup, Part III
By Dan Erlewine

Guitar Shop
Musicians Need to Know
By Tony Nobles

Amps
Musicians Need to Know
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber

REVIEWS

The VG Hit List
Video Reviews: Tal Farlow, Howlin’ Wolf, and J.J. Cale on DVD, Southern Culture on the Skids, Santana, BR549, Kentucky Headhunters, Garcia/Grisman, Gypsy Jazz Roundup, more!

Check This Action
Rare Video
Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Reverend Rumblefish P/J Bass, Lollar pickups, Ernie Ball/Music Man Steve Morse and Silhouette Special, Sound Enhancer!

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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