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    Hamilton Loomis

    On his new album, “Basics,” Hamilton Loomis melds funk, soul, and riff-rock through 13 tracks that showcase his writing and guitar skills. Read our review in the February issue of Vintage Guitar. Click the “Hit List” link at the Bottom of the cover and READ NOW!!

    Tommy Castro

    Tommy Castro invited special guests to join the party while making his new album, Stompin’ Ground. John Heidt offers his thoughts on how Castro worked with fellow greats David Hidalgo, Mike Zito, Charlie Musselwhite, and others, in the February issue of Vintage Guitar. READ NOW!!

    In the 1930s, few bassists in popular forms of music felt the need to extract more volume from their uprights. Then came rockabilly and rock and roll – two forms where the stationary “doghouse” didn’t fit the dynamic. Fortunately, Leo Fender knew just what was needed.

    Rickenbacker Transonic TS100 Topology: Solid State Output: 100 watts RMS Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass controls and Hollow, Mellow and Pierce switches on each channel; Tremolo Speed and Depth, Reverb, and Fuzz-Tortion on Custom channel. Speakers: two 12″ Altec 417. A major artist’s endorsement of a piece of gear is often seen as a springboard to


    Steve Howe

    Yes: In The Present

    Progressive-rock icons Yes are still going strong after more than 40 years of recording and performing. Throughout their reign as one of the most influential rock bands of all time, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, they’ve endured personnel changes as well as stylistic changes. The current incarnation includes Benoit David on vocals,

    Envious Omissions

    A Custom-Order Gretsch 6196

    Gretsch aficionados know the adage – “Clubs have holes and a Gentleman don’t!” With this guitar, though, somebody messed with the system! Under normal circumstances, the only way to view the serial number on a hollowbody Gretsch is through the bass-bout f hole. But this rare creation doesn’t have those, so fanatics have to cope

    Ian Hunter

    New Music and a Mott Reunion

    Ian Hunter is upbeat when he discusses his newest album, Man Overboard, and the upcoming reunion with old friends in England for a series of 40th anniversary reunion concerts planned for this fall by Mott the Hoople, the legendary British hard-rock band Hunter fronted from 1969 to the mid ’70s. The album hints the veteran

    Kelly Mulhollan

    True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley
    Divine Inspiration

    Arkansas farmer Ed Stilley was plowing his fields in 1979 when he was struck down by a heart attack; lying in the dirt, he had a vision that God wanted him to build guitars and give them to children around the country to make music. Once recovered, he began crafting instruments of his own design,

    Crazy Tube Circuits SPT

    Greece Is The Word

    The modal mellowness of Apollo’s lyre or the perky chirp of the bouzouki might come to mind when one thinks of Greek music. But Crazy Tube Circuits? From the Athens not found in Georgia, the CTC Spiral Turbulence (SPT) pedal combines a phase shifter and vibrato. An on/off stomp switch, single-throw mini switch, and four

    tone movement sponsored by Vintage Guitar magazine Where Are My Vacuum Tubes Coming From?

    Where Are My Vacuum Tubes Coming From?

    We sit down with Mojotone owners, Michael McWhorter and Andy Turner, for an in-depth look at how the vacuum tube market has changed over the last 20 years. There is a lot to know about the rise and fall of certain tube factories, how the game has changed, where to get the highest quality tubes and what these different players are all about.

    California Guitar Trio


    The CGT has been making music for 25 years and is celebrating with this wonderful, back-to-basics recording. Guitarists Paul Richards, Bert Lams, and Hideyo Moriya cut the record au natural with no effects and minimal compression – just microphones and new acoustics made by Kraut, Somogyi, and Breedlove. The set kicks off with Moriya’s sweetly

    Vox Guitars Invade America

    From Dartford to Sepulveda

    The Vox brand may be quintessentially English, but it made a huge impact in the U.S. Riding in with the 1964 British invasion, Vox even displaced Fender for a time as the land’s most desired amplifier. Vox guitars lacked the same impact (the Beatles didn’t play them, after all) but were seen prominently in the

    1924 Martin 00-45

    1924 Martin 00-45

    When trying to determine originality, guitar dealers and collectors have a tendency to study instruments with the care of a forensic pathologist. Still, modifications can be difficult to detect, and manufacturers’ records are often the only way to map an instrument’s history and determine whether it has been repaired or modified. No matter how skilled


    Giffin Vikta

    Feelin’ Special

    Giffin Vikta Price: $2,295 Contact: premierbuildersguild.com. Roger Giffin is a guitarmaker to the stars, having built for Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle, Mark Knopfler, Andy Summers, David Gilmour, and many others. He also ran the Gibson Custom Shop in California for many years before striking out on his own. Now producing his own

    Musicvox Space Cadet 12

    Chime Machine

    Musicvox Space Cadet 12 Price: $899 (direct) Contact: musicvox.com As you may have read in Michael Wright’s profile of the Spaceranger guitar (September ’11), Musicvox started producing kooky, retro-styled solidbody guitars in the ’90s and was prominently featured in the comedy film Austin Powers. The company was on hiatus for a decade and recently returned

    Eric Gales

    Middle of the Road

    This is the kind of album only Eric Gales could make. It’s full of fiery lines and repentant testimonials about rebirth and sobriety. He forsakes his adventurous rock personality in favor of the blues. Though his straight-a-head blues material has never been cookie cutter, the CD delivers the same kinds of clever twists and turns

    Steve Miller

    Some People Call Him Rock Icon

    Not until after he turned 40 did it occur to Steve Miller that he never really needed to fear whether he’d “make it” in the music business. That may sound like an odd bit of neurosis coming from the mind of a rock superstar whose hit songs saturated airwaves in the early days of FM

    Bruce Kulick

    Wielding Power On BK3

    With his new album, BK3, Bruce Kulick brings out the big guns on what he calls his “…strongest solo disc ever.” Collaborating with friends old and new, he infused their personalities to create an album diverse in style and tones. He also raised the bar on his own musicianship. Kulick recently took us behind the

    Fenders American Vintage Series

    Devilish in Detail

    Fender American Vintage Series Price: $2,400 retail/$1,999.99 street (’52 Telecaster); $2,874 retail/$2,299.99 street (’59 Stratocaster); $2,874 retail/$2,299 street (’65 Jazzmaster and ’56 Stratocaster) Contact: www.fender.com When it introduced the American Vintage reissue guitars (one Telecaster, two Strats) in 1982, Fender put itself back the game among serious players. In the three decades since, the series

    Watkins Rapier 33

    If you were an American teenager in the late 1950s or early ’60s, and you wanted to play the new rock music, you likely did not have a solidbody electric guitar from Fender, Gibson, or Rickenbacker. More likely the guitar would be from Harmony, Kay, or Supro. If you lived in the U.K., you probably