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    Ben Rogers

    Ben Rogers used his Reverend Descent baritone and Fender Custom Shop reissue Strat (running through a Mesa Boogie Series 3 and Fender Vibrolux) to play “Heroes” and “Incident at Docklands,” backed by his band, Instrumental Asylum. Stay tuned as he guides us through the gear, and read our exclusive interview with Ben in the August issue of Vintage Guitar. READ NOW!!

    Laurie Morvan

    Laurie Morvan and her Fender Custom Shop resissue Strat show us the solo from her song, “My Moderation,” then she walks us through her pedalboard and amp setup. Check out our review of Laurie’s new album, “Gravity,” in the August issue. READ NOW!!

    Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater

    Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

    The Chicago resident has been exciting blues audiences worldwide for decades. But he built his reputation working the local club circuit, playing for African-American audiences and Chuck Berry-inspired rock for suburban white kids.

    Giveaway #168

    Candy-O and Heartbeat City!

    Enter to win a signed lithograph and a copy of each of the recent Cars re-issues on vinyl! The Cars were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, honoring the legendary band’s incredible musical legacy and enormous commercial success. Rhino is celebrating with the expanded editions for Shake It Up and

    Mike Keneally

    Gainfully Employed

    Mike Keneally has made a career of inconspicuously assisting Frank Zappa, Andy Partridge, Steve Vai, Dethklok, and Joe Satriani fulfill their musical vision. But, there is another side to this multi-instrumentalist and sideman. Besides pulling triple-duty as a keyboardist, guitarist, and producer, Keneally is a prolific composer. He is compiling a catalog of music from

    Rock Player of the Year

    Jeff Beck Awarded in 2016 The eight-time Grammy winner and hot rod enthusiast embodies the philosophy of the forward-thinking guitarist, continually moving on to fresh avenues of self-expression and arresting sounds. Find all the details in the 2016 VG Readers’ Choice Awards. Warren Haynes Awarded in 2015 Warren Haynes could hold a lot of titles,

    Eric Krasno

    Eric Krasno

    Funk, Soul, and Jazz

    Eric Krasno is on a roll. The guitarist in the soul-jazz organ trio Soulive moonlights with the funk ensemble Lettuce, co-produced The London Soul’s upcoming record, and lends his production talents, playing, and songs to a slew of other artists; he most recently produced a new album by Aaron Neville. Then, there’s a new solo

    The Yosco No. 2

    Tenor Banjo

    The banjo and American music cross paths in a remarkably entangled web of complexity. The banjo was brought to the New World – conceptually, at least – by African slaves who used it to create music subsequently appropriated by 19th-century white entertainers, who created blackface minstrelsy, which became the basis of Vaudeville and a great

    Teye Guitars Gypsy Queen

    Teye Guitars Gypsy Queen

    The Art of Tone

    For Austin-based Teye Guitars, taking guitar construction to new artistic heights has been a basic tenet since their inception. Mastermind luthier Teye Wijnterp, an accomplished guitarist, forged his concept of playable art during years of touring. Today, players around the world, including Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Zac Brown, and Grammy-nominated guitarist Joe Taylor,

    Charlie Parr

    A Muse From Olden Times

    Charlie Parr makes new music from olden times. And he makes it the old way – not only using just the simplicity of a National resonator, a bottleneck slide, boot-stomping rhythms, and his voice, but also traveling like a modern-day Delta blues man. Instead of Robert Johnson’s Hudson Terraplane, though, Parr is driving – and

    Greg Martin John Sebastian’s ’59 Gibson Les Paul Standard Vintage Guitar magazine Feature Image

    John Sebastian’s ’59 Gibson Les Paul Standard

    Vintage Guitar magazine Presents Greg Martin's Head Shop

    This is a regular series of exclusive Vintage Guitar online features where The Kentucky Headhunters’ Greg Martin looks back on influential albums and other musical moments. On November 30, 1966, my older brother, Gary, cousin Larry, and their friend, Hubert, took me to see The Lovin’ Spoonful at Memorial Auditorium, in Louisville. It’s a cloudy

    Gilby Clarke - Grit & Glory

    Grit & Glory

    Gilby Clarke and His Guitars

    The drive to succeed – along with certain workaholic tendencies – revealed themselves early in rock guitarist Gilby Clarke. On the brink of becoming a “problem child,” he turned the tide on misfortune after his parents’ marriage fell apart. Wanting to be closer to family, Clarke’s mother took her children from Cleveland to California, and

    Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 10

    Saga of The Lost Supersounds

    In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled installments 9, 10, and 11 for this special edition of VG Overdrive. See the complete history. Electric guitars date back less than a century, but the stories of their development sometimes seem as lost as

    Oddfellow Caveman Drive

    Oddfellow Caveman Drive

    Tone Evolution

    Oddfellow Caveman Drive Price: $174.99 (list) Info: www.oddfellowfx.com. Handmade in California, the Oddfellow Caveman Drive is a boutique pedal whose simple layout belies its tonal complexities. But even before hooking this stompbox into your signal chain, right off the bat, you have to dig the cardboard box in which it comes. Sure, this looks like

    The SeaGlass Route6jr

    Boutique Nobility

    Roger Mello of SeaGlass Guitars officially opened shop in 2011. Today, he offers four electric models; his Route6jr maintains the simplicity of the guitars that inspired it while re-creating their classic features in a high-end, handcrafted solidbody. The Route6jr’s set-neck, lightweight design will feel familiar to those fond of a Les Paul Special and/or Junior,

    Neil Giraldo Home Main

    Neil Giraldo

    Road Routine

    The hard-driving husband-and-wife rock act that hits the stage as Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo is responsible for more than a handful of stalwart classic-rock jams. For the past 15 years, Benatar and husband/guitarist/producer/co-writer Giraldo have spent many of their summers touring, then scratching their itch to perform with one-off and weekend gigs throughout

    Singleton Guitars Capella

    Shining Bright

    Mark Singleton holds the distinction of being a smokin’ guitarist as well as, for the past 24 years, a builder of boutique guitars and basses. One side of the coin influences the other, with Singleton’s real-world playing experiences informing his colorful guitar and bass designs. Located at the simpler end of the Singleton lineup, the

    Fender “Mary Kaye” Stratocaster

    The Fender “Mary Kaye” Stratocaster. A term guitar aficionados have come to associate with 1950s Strat with blond finish with gold-plated hardware! Although Mary Kaye never owned one and Fender never offically listed a “Mary Kaye” model, her name has become synonymous with this Strat. Though there are rarer custom-color or one-off prototypes, the “Mary

    Remembering Scotty Moore

    Strings for a King

    Credited with creating the trio format and incorporating country and Atkins-style hybrid picking into the burgeoning rock-and-roll style, he was thrust into the spotlight thanks to a young singer named Elvis. Plus, players react to Moore’s passing, and a look at his famed Gibson ES-295.

    St. Blues Scoundrel

    St. Blues Scoundrel

    Walking the Dog

    St. Blues Scoundrel Price: $1,898 (list)/$1,349 (street) Contact: www.saintblues.com Intended as a versatile instrument for the player with a budget for just one boutique guitar, the St. Blues Scoundrel is a double-cutaway with a P-90 in the neck position and a humbucker in the bridge. There’s a bolt-on maple neck with maple fingerboard (also available

    1978 Steinberger Prototype Bass

    1978 Steinberger Prototype Bass

    When introduced commercially in 1979, the Steinberger bass was a truly revolutionary instrument employing graphite construction and a minimalist artistic concept in its design. Much like Leo Fender and John D’Angelico, builder Ned Steinberger wasn’t a musician. His interest in instruments began in the mid ’70s, when he joined a woodworking co-op in Brooklyn. There,

    Jonny Wickersham

    Jonny Wickersham

    Social D Guitarist Does ’70s Cali Rock

    Best known as the Les Paul Junior-slinging guitarist stage left of Mike Ness in Social Distortion, Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham speaks with a laid-back SoCal drawl and peppers his conversation with modest asides. The uninitiated would never suspect he has just dropped his first solo record, Salvation Town, gorgeously layered Americana abetted by California rock