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    Popa Chubby

    Popa Chubby guides us through a tour of his rig, which includes his warhorse ’66 Fender Strat, late-’60s Vibrolux Reverb (with Eminence Lil Buddy speakers), and his pedalboard, which includes a JHS Analog Delay, Ibanez Tube Screamer, Fulltone Ultimate Octave Fuzz, an MXR Uni-Vibe, and a Dunlop Crybaby Mini Wah. Check out our review of Chubby’s new album, “Two Dogs,” in the April issue of Vintage Guitar. READ NOW!!

    Each year, Vintage Guitar asks fans to select Readers’ Choice winners for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Player of the Year in four categories based on artists and recordings featured in the magazine. Included are selections for the VG Hall of Fame, which annually inducts two players, an innovator, and an instrument. Thousands of votes are tallied via the magazine’s traditional written ballot and online at VintageGuitar.com.

    The Voxmobile

    Too Fast to Live, Too Cool to Die

    Free love, slick guitars, hot cars! Few pieces of late-’60s pop culture were anywhere near as hip and groovy as this marketing stroke of genius.

    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

    Amptweaker’s TightDrive Jr

    Big Surprise, Small Package

    You may remember James Brown as the mastermind at Peavey Electronics and Kustom Amplification. In addition to being the brains behind Peavey’s 5150, Classic Series, and JSX, Brown is an award-winning pedal designer. Today, he practices his artistry at Amptweaker. One of Brown’s Amptweaker designs is the TightDrive Jr, a multipurpose overdrive that takes up

    The Coulter Company

    The Coulter Company

    More Rarities from the Pacific Northwest

    The eye-catching and technologically innovative stringed instruments created by Frank Evans Coulter in the early 20th century are so exceedingly scarce that few guitar enthusiasts have laid eyes on one. Indeed, their rarity is conveyed by one simple fact – only a couple dozen Coulter instruments – including an Hawaiian-style guitar, a tenor guitar, a

    EHX’s Bad Stone Phase Shifter, C9 Organ Machine, and Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifter

    Pedal Heaven

    When it comes to stompboxes, there are the standard go-to effects that every guitarist, whether a gigging musician or a bedroom noodler, seems to have in his or her arsenal. Then there are those pedals that push an electric guitar’s sonic possibilities even further into the stratosphere. Recently, three boxes from Electro-Harmonix landed on our

    Hard Rock Cafe

    Guardians of Grandeur

    The Men Who Tend to the Guitars of the Hard Rock Cafe

    “A lot of people think I go in [to a sale] with an open checkbook, but that’s not the case; we’re very strategic.” – Jerry Fraize When Peter Morton and Isaac Tigrett opened the first Hard Rock Cafe in London’s Mayfair district in 1971, they simply wanted to introduce American culture and cuisine – good

    Hallmark Swept-Wing

    Brief Flight from South of Bakersfield

    Bob Shade exemplifies the adage “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” The guitar builder has an enviable assortment of ’60s Hallmark guitars and basses, and they’ve inspired his own creations. Hallmark was founded by Joe Hall (1938-2011), a former Mosrite employee who in 1965 opened a shop in Arvin, California, just down the road

    PureSalem Honey Bunny, Pink Beard, Attack Captain

    Bring The Fuzz

    Remember your first fuzz pedal? Maybe, like a certain reviewer, you literally worked up a sweat trying to strike a deal between the body resonance of an ES-175D and the snarl of a third-hand Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone. Alas, some things are not meant to be, though the tone known as “fuzz” became a signature sound

    Carvin’s GH24 Greg Howe Signature

    Carvin’s GH24 Greg Howe Signature

    Super Unleaded

    After decades of jumping from one guitar manufacturer to another, Greg Howe recently began working with Carvin (more specifically, Kiesel) on a signature guitar. Carvin passed manufacture and sale of its guitars and basses to Kiesel Guitars. The reason for the change isn’t immediately obvious, though it makes more sense if you know that Carvin

    Martin 00-18

    They were days, before Kent State, when everywhere you looked, kids sat under trees, singin’ songs and swappin’ licks. Fresh-faced young girls with names like “Star” painted flowers on their cheeks and drifted between you and the sun wearing diaphanous tie-dye gauze dresses. For a moment, you couldn’t remember the words of the song or hear the

    Robin Basses

    Robin Basses

    A Photo Retrospective

    Alamo Music Products holds a unique place in the history of electric guitars and basses. The Houston-based company began its journey in the early ’80s as Robin Guitars, importing retro-influenced instruments from Japan. By the end of the decade, it began U.S. production of instruments and soon after changed its name as it began making

    Rickenbacker 375F

    Seven Siblings

    Every guitar company has had its odd ducks, its failures, its forgotten models. While some are consigned to the scrapheap of history for good reason, there are always instruments that just plain never caught on. Often, this is due more to an accident of history than any fault in the actual instrument. The late-’50s Rickenbacker

    David Allen Fat ’59 Tele Pickups

    Sparkle and Twang

    At their best, Tele pickups deliver unparalleled twang – versatile and fat. Conversely, poor T-style pickups are flat and screechy or thin and brittle. Understanding these variables and knowing the bar is high for Tele users, California pickup/pedal maker David Allen set about making the Fat ’59 Tele set. For those into the science of

    Robert Mugge

    Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records
    Capturing the Blues

    In 1991, Robert Mugge made the documentary Deep Blues, with the help of journalist Robert Palmer, who wrote the book of the same name, and David Stewart of the Eurythmics. After its release, Mugge got a call from Bruce Iglauer, president of Alligator Records, and the following year, Mugge’s Pride and Joy: The Story of

    Eddie Roberts

    Making It Up As You Go

    The New Mastersounds’ latest album, Made For Pleasure, has the usual mix of soul, jazz, funk, and even a bit of reggae, and of course the band is tight and focused. It may, however, surprise listeners that it was written and performed in the span of one week. “That’s pretty much how we work,” said

    Johnny Nicholas

    Fresh Air

    Central Texas folks might think of Johnny Nicholas as restaurateur; others know him as one of the most experienced, authentic, and versatile blues performers. Growing up in Connecticut, he migrated to Ann Arbor as a member of the Boogie Brothers in the early ’70s, later to land in Austin after joining Asleep At The Wheel.

    Six-String Kicks

    Six-String Kicks

    Wood from Famed Bowling Alley Set to Sing

    Few things scratch America’s cumulative itch for nostalgia like Route 66 – the famed wagon-trail-cum-highway that offered passage to those migrating west from Chicago in the mid 19th century, then later became known as Main Street America.  For decades, the road provided the means to a living for entrepreneurs who set up shop offering food,

    Heavy Trash


    Heavy Trash is an on-again-off-again band headed by Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray. They’ve released three superlative albums of their own trademark brand of rockabilly, all led by Verta-Ray’s incisive guitarwork – usually thanks to a well-traveled vintage Gibson ES-295. Verta-Ray is also the proprietor of NY Hed Studios, a retro-modern atelier blending vintage analog