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    Del Casher And the 50th Anniversary of the Wah!

    Behold Del Casher on his custom-built ’58 National, which he later modded with my low-impedance pickups and a passive EQ circuit. He’s plugged into his original Vox wah pedal and a Barcus Berry amp with an 8″ speaker. Del and VG mark the 50th anniversary of his invention of the wah in an exclusive feature in the November issue of Vintage Guitar mag! READ NOW!!

    Janne Haavisto And The Shubie Brothers

    Straight from Helsinki, here are Janne Haavisto and the Shubie Brothers. Janne and Miikka Paatelainen perform “Without A Trace” from Jannes’s first solo album ”Welcome Tourist, We Take Your Dollar.” Stick around for a tour of Jussi Jaakonaho’s guitar collection! Read our exclusive interview with Janne in the November issue of Vintage Guitar mag! READ NOW!!

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    Ode to the King of the Blues

    Guitarists Reflect on the Passing of B.B. King

    B.B. King was truly peerless. Beyond his ability to pull an audience up via a single long, vibratoed note, he exhibited an incomparable charisma and style, and his influence carried far beyond the way he plucked a guitar. Fans ranging from simple listeners to world-class guitarists display a reverence for King that is reserved for

    Johnny Winter

    Returning To His Roots

    In December, 1968, Mike Bloomfield asked Johnny Winter to perform at the Fillmore East in New York at a Super Session jam with Al Kooper. That night, Winter played B.B. King’s “It’s My Own Fault” and blew away the audience. Reps from Columbia were in attendance, and Winter was signed to the biggest advance in

    Fender Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster

    Flipped Axis

    Pity the poor right-handed masses. Emulating the vibe of Jimi’s various Strats has always been tough on them. Some players chase down one of the precious few vintage left-handed Strats, flip it over, restring it, and suffer the oddities. Others swap lefty necks onto righty guitars. Either way, it’s never quite right (pun intended). Fender’s

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    Fender Custom Colors in the 1960s

    Misty Lakes, Foamy Shores

    In the 1950s, America’s fascination with the automobile was running at a fever pitch. The booming economy of the country’s post-war years pushed the car from a purpose-built means of transportation to the center of family and social life. As a result, automakers started to offer their wares in ever-better dress. Beyond plush interiors and

    Lemmy Kilmister

    Lemmy Kilmister

    Lessons in Longetivity (and Loud Music)

    Motörhead bassist/vocalist and heavy metal icon Lemmy Kilmister will, in a few years, be 70. But the enthusiasm for his craft – and the decibel level at which his music is presented – remain undiminished and unimpeded. Kilmister has attempted to maintain the band’s policy of releasing an album a year, and in recent times it has

    Weissenborn Style #4

    Weissenborn Style#4

    The acoustic Hawaiian guitar of Hermann Weissenborn is one of the most specialized instrument designs of the 20th century. Weissenborns were made for guitarists who played the newest craze of the late 1910s and 1920s – Hawaiian music – and with their koa-wood construction and square, fully hollow necks, they were unsuitable for virtually any

    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

    M-Tone Slipstream

    M-Tone Slipstream

    Delicious Curves

    M-Tone Slipstream Price: $2,600 Contact: www.m-tone.com When it comes to custom, hand-made guitars, many prefer an instrument that innately reveals the work of its craftsman – the type that, instead of merely being a replica of a famous body shape, can be held and admired for its details. Matt Proctor’s M-Tone Slipstream is a good

    Kirk Douglas

    Kirk Douglas

    Music In a Blender

    As guitarist on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” “Captain” Kirk Douglas has an enviable gig. He also performs on albums and stages around the world while backing everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Christina Aguilera. His love of heavy rock and funk has given him the chops to hold down guitar duties in one of

    Crucial Audio Echo-Nugget

    Crucial Audio Echo-Nugget

    Things Just Got Serious

    Crucial Audio Echo-Nugget Price:$799 (list) Contact: www.crucialaudio.com It’s hard not to be impressed by the physical presence of the Crucial Audio Echo-Nugget. Unlike typical small-footprint stompboxes, the Echo-Nugget is a beast, measuring approximately 6″ x 8″ x 3″ and weighing a few pounds. Before it’s even plugged in, its heft, solid build, and layout earn

    Martin’s “12-Fret” 000-42

    Martin has never been a stranger to producing certain guitars in very limited quantities. But just how rare is the 12-frets-to-the-body 000-42? It has long been held that Martin has done a yeoman’s job of tracking its production through the years (few manufacturers have been so meticulous, especially going back so far), but it has

    Boggs' Quad

    Boggs’ Quad

    Four-neck Fender From a Friend

    Noted in musical history as one of the players who pushed the steel guitar beyond Hawaiian music to more-complex chording and wild interchanges with Spanish-style electric guitarists, Noel Boggs emerged from a tragic childhood, using the guitar and music as a motivator, guide, and ultimately, means to a make a living. Boggs was born in

    Carvin’s AE185-12

    Stairway to Heaven

    Carvin’s AE185-12 Price: $1,239 (base retail) Info: www.carvinguitars.com. Most guitarists love the sound of a 12-string, but the thought of owning one often raises several questions. Should you get an acoustic or an electric? What about controlling feedback onstage? And aren’t they hard to tune? Carvin attempts to answer all of these questions with the


    Bill Kirchen

    Telemaster Offers A Word To The Wise

    Trying to top 2006’s Hammer Of The Honky-Tonk Gods, Bill Kirchen’s eighth solo album, would seem a mighty tall order. Then again, he set what would have been a surprisingly high bar for anyone else with his ’94 solo debut, Tombstone Every Mile. Word To The Wise (Proper American) manages to push the Tele-toting “King

    Border Crossing

    C.F. Martin and the Influence of German and Spanish Guitar Designs

    It has often been said that today’s Martin guitars are direct descendants of the instruments made in Vienna by Johan Georg Stauffer, whose apprentices included one C.F. Martin, Sr. It is indeed true that about 25 percent of the earliest Martins labeled with the New York address (made after he moved from Germany in 1833)

    Vic Johnson

    At Your Service

    Music fans might remember Vic Johnson as the wickedly eclectic guitarist from the ’80s band The Busboys; it thrived in heavy rotation in the early days of MTV, appeared in the Eddie Murphy blockbuster 48 Hrs., and enjoyed a hit album with Minimum Wage Rock & Roll. In the years since, Johnson made his mark

    The Band, Robbie Robertson

    The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition and Testimony
    The Waltz Goes On

    By now the story of the Band’s epic Thanksgiving 1976 swan song is as well-known as the music itself – how the final show by the group formerly known as the Hawks snowballed to include a cavalcade of rock stars, a complicated full-blown film shoot… and turkey dinner for 5,000 concertgoers. Unless you were at

    Steve Miller

    Some People Call Him Rock Icon, Part 2

    Though obviously a familiar name given his hits from the 1970s and ’80s were FM staples and today are virtually ubiquitous on classic-rock radio, last month we talked with Steve Miller about his less-discussed musical pedigree. Literally raised in the company of some of the biggest names in guitar music (Les Paul, T-Bone Walker, etc.),