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September 2004

 

FEATURES

RIDING WITH LOS LOBOS
30 Years & Still Going Strong
Arguably the most important American band to come out of the 1980s, musically and sociologically, its contributions have secured the band’s place in the history of many styles. By Dan Forte

THE BASS SPACE
1960s Truetone Bass
This ’60s cheapo is the Western Auto house brand equivalent of a Kay #5915 and was, in its initial state, perhaps noteworthy for what it didn’t have – markers on the fretboard! By Willie G. Moseley

1929 Gibson GB-3 Guitar Banjo
Gibson’s Mastertone banjos arrived in 1925, boasting innovative features more suited for Dixieland music. In the hands of a skilled player, a six-string guitar banjo has a sound that rivals a good resonator guitar. By George Gruhn

THE BANGLES
Yesterdays… and Today
After a 10-year separation, the two-guitar band that rose to prominence in the 1980s with hits like “Manic Monday” and “Walk Like an Egyptian” reunited in ’99 to overwhelming response. By Kraig Sollenberger

JERRY SCHEFF
Before and Beyond Elvis
Best known for holding down the bottom-end in Elvis Presley’s fabled TCB Band, he has been a fixture in the recording scene for decades. And he has always done things his own way. By Willie G. Moseley

MARIAN HALL
First Lady of the Steel Guitar
Few, if any, women are mentioned amidst the legends of the steel guitar, but Marian Hall is one to remember. Her sound and style were vital to country, jazz and swing in the 1950s and early ’60s. By Cindy Cashdollar

THE DIFFERENT STRUMMER
Yamaha’s Full Metal Jacket
When you think of Superstrats, you don’t think of Yamaha. Nevertheless, it made some very nice examples of the form, in the shadow, perhaps, of its better known SG/SBGs. This is their story. By Michael Wright

DEPARTMENTS

Dealer News

Vintage Guitar Price Guide

Builder Profile
Butler Custom Sound

Upcoming Events

Vintage Guitar Classified Ads

Dealer Directory

The Great VG Giveaway ’04
Win a D’Addario/Planet Waves gear package!

Readers Gallery

FIRST FRET

Reader Mail

News and Notes
First World Guitar Congress, New Albums, Gibson Songwriting Contest, S.I.R Moves, Dr. Dylan, In Memoriam, more!

Barney Kessel 1923-2004
By Dan Forte

Executive Rock
Now Hear This…
By Willie G. Moseley

First Look! Clapton Throws a Party
Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival
By Dan Forte Photos by Eddie Malluk.

Classic Concerts
Elvis Presley
By Willie G. Moseley

BR549’s New Blood
By John Heidt

COLUMNS

Q&A With George Gruhn

Acousticville
Chinese-Made Mandolins
By Steven Stone

FretPrints
Barney Kessel
By Wolf Marshall
Gigmeister
Thoughts Are Things
By Riley Wilson

The Bitter Ol’ Guitar Curmudgeon
Guitar 101
By Stephen White

TECH

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Fixing Lil’ Junior, Part 2
By Dan Erlewine

Guitar Shop
Pimp My Guitar
By Tony Nobles

Amps
Five Ways to Preserve Your Vintage Amp
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber

REVIEWS

The VG Hit List
Music and Book Reviews: Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, The Pretty Things, Gurf Morlix, Thackery and Benoit, Blasters and Nat King Cole on DVD, more !

Check This Action
Uniquely American Music
Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Gibson Cloud 9 Les Paul, Aiken Invader, Line 6 Variax Acoustic, Guyatone Flip Tube Echo, Floyd Rose Redmond Model One!

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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