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October 2003

 

FEATURES

ALEX SKOLNICK
Jazz Box Paradox
The former lead guitarist for heavy metal thrashers Testament talks about his musical history, choice of instruments, and his 180-degree stylistic turn to jazz. By Willie G. Moseley

LYNYRD SKYNYRD
30 Years Strong
Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke, and Hughie Thomasson talk about their band’s new album and tour, as well as the challenges and rewards that come with being rock and roll legends. By Arlene R. Weiss and Lisa Sharken

THE HISTORY OF MARSHALL AMPS
Part Two: The ’80s, ’90s, and Today
From the JCM 800 to Anniversary amps and the Lead 12 through the Mode Four, Marshall amps have remained the choice of artists who wanted their sound to be as impressive as their look. By Edward B. Driscoll, Jr.

THE BASS SPACE
’90s Guild Pilot
The last of Guild‘s Pilot basses is comfortable to play and offered a ton of tonal versatility. It remains one of the most underrated, undervalued basses of the last 15 years. By Willie G. Moseley

GRETSCH 7680 SUPER AXE
Most are aware of Chet Atkins’ contributions to music. But few know that his quest for sustain yielded two obscure Gretsches in the ’70s – the Super Axe and its humbler sibling, the Atkins Axe. Fewer still know that Roy Clark almost got the credit! By Michael Wright

THE DIFFERENT STRUMMER
Guitar Forgeries
There’s often a fine line between a tribute “copy” and an outright attempt to misrepresent a guitar. Here are a couple of instances that cross that line. By Michael Wright

DEPARTMENTS

Reader Mail

First Fret: News and Notes
Voxfest, Djangofest, Tone-Fest, Rick Derringer, Marty Friedman, Brian Herberman, In Memoriam, more!

The Great VG Giveaway 2003
Win a Carr Mercury amp!

Vintage Guitar Price Guide

Dealer News

Builder Profile
Everett Guitars

Upcoming Events

Vintage Guitar Classified Ads

Readers Gallery

Dealer Directory

COLUMNS

Executive Rock
Whither Vibrato Arms?
By Willie G. Moseley

Q&A With George Gruhn

Acousticville
Ebay Revisited
By Steven Stone

FretPrints
Andy Summers
By Wolf Marshall

Guitars With Guts
Segovia’s 1937 Hauser
By R.E. Bruné

Gigmeister
Two Technique-Toning Items
By Riley Wilson

TECH

Guitar Shop
An Acoustic Pickup That Works
By Tony Nobles

Amps
Tube Guitar Amp Power Supplies
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
Gerald Weber

REVIEWS

The VG Hit List
Music, Video, and Book Reviews: Lost Legends of Surf, Led Zeppelin, Anson Funderburgh, Son House, Tab Benoit, American Basses, more!

Check This Action
Ronnie Dawson Forever!
By Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
KR Musical Products effects pedals, Rahbeck Standard guitar

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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