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    Pluck at Heartstrings

    Amp up Valentine’s Day with some sweet Vintage Guitar gifts! Sale ends 02/19/2018

    Duke Robillard

    Get comfy with Duke Robillard and his 18″ archtop made by James Murphy. He discusses his new album, “Duke Robillard And His Dames Of Rhythm.” Check out our review in the March issue of Vintage Guitar. Click the “Hit List” link at the Bottom of the cover and READ NOW!!


    James Patrick Regan’s ode to John Lee Hooker

    Check out James Patrick Regan’s ode to John Lee Hooker, who’s featured in Dan Forte’s “Check This Action” column in the March issue. James plays a bit of “Boogie Chillen” and “Boom Boom” using a ’56 Gibson ES-125 with Jim Dunlop strings and an ESP guitar through his Swart Space Tone Junior amp. His gear is all connected via George L’s cables. READ NOW!!


    Beauty and the Bastards

    Redemption Road

    This album is a set of songs beautifully assembled by guitarist Danny Mangold. He recruits various friends, including his former Minneapolis–St. Paul buddy Charlie Bingham on guitar. Bingham was the lead guitarist in Twin Cities stalwarts the Lamont Cranston Band and the Hoopsnakes. Mangold was the guitarist in the Metro All-Stars. Neither lives there anymore,

    GIFFIN VITKA

    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

    The Creation

    Action Painting
    Biff Bang Pow!

    Hard as it seems to imagine, there are U.K. bands of the ’60s who’ve remained obscure and unsung despite increasingly enthusiastic digging into that era. Case in point: the Creation. Contemporaries of the Who and Kinks, during their heyday of 1965-’68, the Creation shared a producer with both bands: Shel Talmy. Despite that, their greatest

    Strobel Rambler Travel Bass

    Traveling in Style 

    As a rule, travel guitars and basses are intended to help one keep up their chops while on the road for work or vacation. But Florida-based Strobel Guitars strives for something a bit more on the professional end of the spectrum – a travel bass that easily breaks down to fit into carry-on luggage, yet

    Mark Sebastian

    Mark Sebastian

    Hometown Noir

    Mark Sebastian’s new album, The Real Story, is a paean to his musical roots in the Big Apple. “About a year ago, I realized I had almost an album’s worth of new songs, and wanted to record them,” he said. “I’d been playing the Living Room, here in New York City, (and) my vocal and

    Bob Dylan

    The 1966 Live Recordings and The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert
    Judas!

    Breaking out of the box and kicking down barriers seems the first item on the daily to-do list for many Nobel laureates, but it’s probably fair to say only Bob Dylan was booed and jeered at as a “Judas” for plugging in an electric guitar. You can hear that infamous moment here during the Manchester

    Lazy J Cruiser Deuce

    Lazy J Cruiser Deuce

    Revved Up

    Lazy J Cruiser Deuce Price: $420 Info: www.lazyjprojects.com. The Lazy J Cruiser Deuce is more complex than your classic stomp-and-go pedal, though its functionality is intuitive. The Cruiser Deuce’s brown finish and cream knobs (Gain, Volume, Drive, and Sat, i.e., saturation) give it a vintage look; In/out jacks on the side, two footswitches, and a

    Mick Abrahams

    This Was (And Still Is…)

    British guitarist Mick Abrahams is best remembered for his work on Jethro Tull’s first album, This Was, followed by a stint as the founder/leader of Blodwyn Pig. Abrahams has stayed active in the ensuing decades with numerous solo albums and other projects. However, after recuperating from health issues, Abrahams, now 72, was motivated to record

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    A Bit Of Insight From Mark Baier, the Mind Behind Victoria Amplifier

    The guys visit Victoria Amplifiers founder Mark Baier to discuss the differences between tweed and blackface Fenders, how transformers affect overall sound, and differences in preamp tubes.

    Michael Johnny Walker

    Michael Johnny Walker

    Vintage Attitude Required

    The term “vintage” isn’t always literal when it comes to gear, but it certainly can be used to describe attitude. Michael Johnny Walker has spent his career chasing tone and delivering vintage attitude in spades. The riff-laden, self-titled debut of his newest endeavor, Motobunny, as well as the latest Love Me Nots release, Sucker, both

    Magnatone Varsity

    Magnatone Varsity

    Less is More, Plus

    Magnatone Varsity Price: $1,699 (list); $1,799 (as tested) Contact: www.magnatoneusa.com Magnatone earned a cult of admirers in the mid 20th century. Buddy Holly and Lonnie Mack used the company’s amps, and Neil Young still has a 280 Stereo model in his live rig. The company went out of business in the ’70s, but the beloved

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    Pet Sounds and the Birth of Psychedelic Sunshine

    Vintage Guitar magazine Presents Greg Martin's Head Shop

    This is the first in a regular series of exclusive Vintage Guitar online articles where The Kentucky Headhunters’ Greg Martin looks back on influential albums and other musical moments. Next to vintage guitars, record collecting has long been a big passion of mine since 1965 when I bought The Beach Boys 45, “California Girls,” b/w

    Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Model

    Tuna Bass

    Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Price: $699 (street) Info: www.epiphone.com. Rock-and-roll bassists of the ’60s like Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, John Entwistle, and Duck Dunn brought something to the game that succeeding generations continue to chase. On the West Coast, Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna bassist Jack Casady was known for melodic flights thumped out

    Donald Duck Dunn

    Donald “Duck” Dunn

    "Duck’s" Gaggle: The Basses of Donald Dunn

    Nearly every musician who plays popular music – be it soul, R&B, pop, or the others – has been influenced by Donald “Duck” Dunn. And certainly, every person who has listened to a radio since 1961 has heard his playing. The revered bassist, who passed away in May of 2012, provided the groove on some

    J.D. Simo

    Tele-Free Trio

    J.D. Simo moved to Nashville seven years ago and quickly landed in the coveted hot spot as the lead guitarist in the Don Kelley band. After four years playing four nights a week in Nashville’s lower Broadway district, Simo took a hard left, forming a power trio that bears his name (with bassist Frank Swart

    JHS’ SuperBolt and Morning Glory Pedals

    Zep in a Box

    Started with a quick repair to a Boss pedal in Josh Scott’s Mississippi apartment, JHS has evolved into a well-regarded and growing boutique pedal company thanks to offerings like their SuperBolt and Morning Glory. The SuperBolt is one of those pedals that tube hounds crave, one that reacts with a good amp rather than smothering

    Glenn Hughes

    Golden-Voiced Bassist

    In the past year, Glenn Hughes has experienced highs like being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and lows like knee-replacement surgery. But he’s now back on track and ready to roll with his first signature-model bass. It took a long time for Deep Purple to be inducted to the Rock and

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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