Homepage – VG2016 – Random Posts

    Ken Swartz and Chris Mulé

    Watch Ken Swartz and Chris Mulé dig into some deep-blues tunes by Mississippi John Hurt and Sleepy John Estes. Ken’s using his ’65 Fender Musicmaster II through a ’65 Fender Super Reverb, while Chris’ ’71 Gibson ES-335 and ’58 National archtop are plugged into a ’68 Fender Bronco. Read our review of “Smile Away the Blues,” the new album by Ken and his band, Palace of Sin, in the January issue of Vintage Guitar. READ NOW!!


    The Grez Guitars Mendocino is a 5 pound, 13.25″ semi-hollowbody guitar with the acoustic voice of a full size semi-hollowbody. It features a reclaimed Redwood top from an 800-year-old storm-downed tree, a Honduran mahogany body and neck with Lollar Gold Foil or Humbucker pickups and a custom stainless steel tailpiece. In stock at www.grezguitars.com

    B.B. King was inducted into the VG Hall of Fame in 1997. Deadline for entries is December 11, 2017. Double entries will be disqualified. By submitting a ballot, you will automatically be entered in our Readers’ Choice Awards Giveaway with a chance to win a Supro guitar/amp package worth $4,379! New inductees and contest winners will be announced in the April ’18 issue.

    Jesse Johnson

    Quad City Funk

    In the early 1980s, Jesse Johnson traveled from Rock Island, Illinois, to Minneapolis and found fame with The Time and Prince to help define the sound of a generation. Since then, he has crafted a sizable catalogue of hypnotic funk and Hendrix-style blues soloing. His last album is Verbal Penetration, and, between solo records, he’s

    Dobro Model 27

    Brother Oswald's Dobro - Country Music History Maker

    The melodic, evocative warbling of a resonator guitar has for decades been a fixture in country music, and knowledgeable fans will tell you there’s one primary individual to thank for it – Pete “Bashful Brother Oswald” Kirby. Kirby was born in Sevierville, Tennessee, in 1911. His introduction to the resonator occurred circa 1929, thanks to


    Mark Dutton

    A.K.A. “Muddy”: Vintage Vibes, Retro Grooves

    Mark “Muddy” Dutton is one cool cat with an impressive resumé and an affinity for the budget-friendly basses of yesterday. Dutton laid down his retro grooves in bands alongside notable guitarists Craig Ross, Marc Ford, and Gilby Clarke before finding his home with Chris Robinson Brotherhood in 2011. Described by Robinson as a “farm-to-table psychedelic


    Time Stand Still

    Grab your hankies, Rush fans – this DVD doc captures moments from the trio’s R40 farewell tour, along with reminiscences on their four-decade career. There are interviews with Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart, all mixed with vintage photos and hilarious stories galore. (Can you imagine the members of Rush and Thin Lizzy having

    Jim Peterik

    Jim Peterik

    The Ides of a Century

    Most dictionaries define “ides” as the middle of a month, based on the Roman calendar. The most famous are the Ides of March, which is also the name of a horn band from Chicago that formed in 1964, with its most famous hit being 1970’s “Vehicle.” Its lead guitarist, Jim Peterik, would go on to

    Fargen Olde 800 MKII, Sonic Edge J&J Overdrive

    Decades of Tone

    The Fargen Olde 800 MKII Price: $1,949 Info: www.fargenamps.com. For 10 years, Ben Fargen has established a reputation for building amps based on British and American designs, and for offering aftermarket mods to expand/enhance other builders’ designs. Fargen’s new nod to the British stacks of yore is the Olde 800 Mk2. A 25-watt head fueled

    Bad Company

    Live in Concert 1977 & 1979

    Thanks to advances in audio tweaking, studio engineers can now take 40-year-old concert tapes and make them sound thrilling. Case in point, Bad Company’s first-ever live album, culled from a few late ’70s shows. In the studio, Bad Co. was largely a vehicle for Paul Rodgers’ gritty voice, garnished with catchy guitar riffs from Mick

    The Pigtronix Envelope Phaser 2


    Pigtronix Envelope Phaser II Price: $249 (street). Contact: Phone (631) 331-7447; Pigtronix.com. Pigtronix effects are known not only for their tones, but their sophistication. So it’s no surpise that the Envelope Phaser II has a potentially daunting array of control knobs and switches, some with familiar names (Sensitivity, Depth, Speed), others less common (Resonance, Staccato,

    Guild Standard Series Acoustics

    Legacy, Cont’d?

    Founded by a jazz guitarist as jazz-box builder, the Guild company also built a solid reputation with its ’50s acoustic guitars. The brand’s profile as an acoustic builder was certainly given a you-can’t-put-a-price-on-that bit of exposure when Richie Havens hammered on a D-40 in front of 400,000 people at Woodstock! Another unforgettable Guild gig was

    Echopark Traditional American Acoustic

    Small-Body Stunner

    Echopark Guitars is the brainchild of Gabriel Currie, who opened the establishment in 2006, after many years of working as a builder and repairman. Currie’s first offerings were electric instruments that have found their way into the hands of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford from Aerosmith, as well as Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers. But

    Last In Line

    Heavy Crown

    This album reunites Mark 1 of the late Ronnie James Dio’s solo band, including Vinny Appice, the late Jimmy Bain, and Vivian Campbell. With the group’s name taken from Dio’s second album released in 1984, this is the core group that co-wrote the material found on the first three Dio records. Produced by former Dio


    The Morley Rotating Wah

    Chromed Tone

    There was a time in the mythic ’70s when guitarists were real men and lugged around 15-pound Morley Rotating Wah pedals to gigs and studios. And if they weren’t real men, they had roadies who were! From the accelerator-like pedal to the chrome-plated chassis, Morley’s RWV and the firm’s other super-duty pedals were the American

    Cry, Baby!

    The Story of the Vox Wah

    Beyond being crowned “Album of the Century” by Time magazine, Marley and the Wailers’ 1977 LP Exodus is a wah-wah masterpiece thanks to Junior Marvin and his Thomas Organ Cry Baby. Others – from Earl Hooker to Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa to Sly Stone – made their mark with the pedal, but never has so

    Gibson GA-200 Rhythm King Vintage Guitar magazine

    Gibson GA-200 Rhythm King

    Preamp tubes: two 12AX7, one 12AY7, two 6BJ8, two 6SK7, one 6V6 (used as a voltage divider) Output tubes: two 6550 Rectifier: GZ34 Controls: Ch1: Volume, Treble, Bass; Ch2: Volume, Treble, Bass, Compressor Speakers: two 12″ Norelco/Phillips twin-cone speakers Output: approximately 60 watts RMS We generally love amps of the tweed era for their ability

    Carvin Steve Vai Legacy 3 VL300

    The Legend Continues

    Carvin Steve Vai Legacy 3 VL300 Price: $899 Info: www.carvin.com. For more than 13 years, Steve Vai has been collaborating with Carvin on a signature amp line, and their third-generation Legacy 3 VL300 sports a new look, added features, and tons of Vai vibe. At first glance, the Legacy 3 looks a bit like a

    Fender’s 1957 Precision Bass

    Fender’s 1957 Precision Bass

    When an instrument maintains the same basic design and profile for more than a half-century, it’s safe to say that in terms of design and execution, it was “done right.” Introduced in late 1951, the Fender Precision Bass was a completely new instrument, with a 34″ scale and four strings tuned an octave below a

    Sigma by Martin

    Sigma by Martin

    Following the Line

    Long overlooked and relegated to an obscure corner of the collectible market, Sigma by Martin guitars have recently gained popularity among a new generation of collectors. If you’re one who has developed a taste for them (or other vintage Japanese brands), you likely know that Martin – as it readily admits – kept few notes