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    Hamilton Loomis

    On his new album, “Basics,” Hamilton Loomis melds funk, soul, and riff-rock through 13 tracks that showcase his writing and guitar skills. Read our review in the February issue of Vintage Guitar. Click the “Hit List” link at the Bottom of the cover and READ NOW!!

    Tommy Castro

    Tommy Castro invited special guests to join the party while making his new album, Stompin’ Ground. John Heidt offers his thoughts on how Castro worked with fellow greats David Hidalgo, Mike Zito, Charlie Musselwhite, and others, in the February issue of Vintage Guitar. READ NOW!!


    Of all the guitars made famous by the Beatles, the only one that John, Paul, and George had in common was the Epiphone Casino. Each owned one and used it for countless recordings and performances.

    To mark VG’s 30th anniversary, we dig into the 30 most-valuable production guitars.

    Vintage Guitar is marking 25 years of publication with a year full of features. This month, using data compiled for The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2011, we continue the celebration with a list of the 25 most valuable basses. 1. 1960-’62 Fender Jazz Bass ($25,000 to $38,000 in custom-color finish) The holiest of Fender

    G&L Fallout

    Form Follows Function

    G&L Fallout Price: $1,400 (retail) Info: www.glguitars.com. From automobiles to kitchen appliances to, of course, electric guitars, designers have gotten a lot of mileage out of retro style in the past decade or so. When these designs truly succeed, however, is when they combine the stylish panache of days gone by with modern functionality, thereby

    Gibson Custom Colors in the 1960s

    Burning Embers, Chilled Whites

    Unlike its rival from the West Coast, Gibson did not readily embrace the concept of offering custom-color finishes. It wasn’t averse to custom work or colorful finishes, but saw them more as a consequence of its wider range of stringed instruments – acoustics, electrics, and associated clientele. While competitors like Fender, Gretsch, Harmony, and Rickenbacker

    ValveTrain 205

    Five Watts, Just So

    Rick Gessner is a tweed amp enthusiast who has more than made a splash since entering the fray in 2005. His versions of tweed-era Fender classics (with subtle refinements), along with his Spring Thing reverb unit, have been making waves with players from Pat Travers to Brad Paisley. The ValveTrain 205 is Gessner’s interpretation of

    Nate Najar

    This Is Nate Najar

    Nate Najar plays accessible jazz on a classical guitar and applies classical technique to match. This album showcases the music veteran playing a variety of tunes that range from Chopin’s “Prelude in E Minor (op.28 no.4),” Chick Corea’s “500 Miles High” and “Chick’s Tune,” as well as Jobim’s “Insensatez (How Insensitive)” and “O Morro Não

    Jay Geils

    Blues and Archtop

    If you grew up listening to music in the ’70s, you probably associate the name J. Geils with a five-piece band that played raucous rock and roll to hip-shaking partiers. Led by guitarist John “Jay” Geils, the group toured the world and recorded more than a dozen albums, selling millions through the early ’80s. Originally

    Fargen Pete Anderson Tumbleweed

    Fargen Pete Anderson Tumbleweed

    Box Full Of Country

    Fargen Pete Anderson Tumbleweed Price: $299 (list) Info: www.fargenamps.com. Pete Anderson is a touring roots and country guitarist probably best known for his work with Dwight Yoakam during the latter’s tenure atop the country charts in the ’80s and ’90s. His deft Telecaster playing and conservative production techniques turned Nashville on its ear and helped

    Relic Guitars The Hague T-Style

    Relic Guitars The Hague T-Style

    Aged to Perfection

    Relic Guitars The Hague is a Dutch builder that produces, obviously, relic’d guitars. Mostly using the archetypal Strat and Tele shapes, the company sells their axes online and often for prices well below those of U.S.-made relics. The T-Style we received came in a delightfully battered old Fiesta Red finish with a maple neck and

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    Music Man HD-130 Reverb

    1977 Music Man HD-130 Reverb Preamp tubes: solidstate preamp circuit with 12AX7 phase-inverter tube. Output tubes: four 6CA7 (similar to EL34) Rectifier: solidstate Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass on “Normal” channel; Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Intensity, Speed on “Reverb/Tremolo” channel; shared Master. Output: 65 watts or 130 watts RMS. Intended to be the masterpiece of

    Dickerson Standard Lap Steel

    Though today they are viewed as little more than curious relics of a lost era, during the Great Depression, “mother of toilet seat” Hawaiian lap steels were one of the most popular types of guitar. You could argue that these little electrics blazed the trail for the later popularity of electric Spanish guitars. There were

    Eric Lindell

    Matters of the Heart

    Eric Lindell’s past efforts have showcased his multiple skills, and this latest is no different. His songwriting is strong as ever, his interpretive skills are impeccable, he handles various instruments with ease, and there’s no questioning his vocals. The emphasis for him has always been roots music – mostly R&B and sweet soul, with some

    Seth Walker

    Gotta Get Back

    Seth Walker has issued a string of fine records that come together in his latest. Walker and Dave Gross man the six-strings on a collection of strong cuts, and while the approach offers plenty for guitar-music fans, it’s subtle. Electric licks are prominent on the funky “Fire In The Belly” and the funky New Orleans

    Dr. Z Z Wreck Combo

    Dr. Z Z Wreck Combo

    Tone On The Go

    Dr. Z Z Wreck Combo Price: $2,999 Info: www.drzamps.com. Originally designed as a head with a matching 2×12 cabinet, the Z Wreck came about at the request of country super-picker Brad Paisley and was a collaborative effort between Mike Zaite (Dr. Z Amplification) and Ken Fischer (Trainwreck Circuits). Recently, Dr. Z released the Z Wreck

    Reverend Descent H90 Baritone

    Deep Twang

    Electric baritones have increased in popularity for the last 20 years. Filling the gap between standard-tuned electric guitar and bass, these solidbodies are useful among those in the roots-rock set (surf and country, in particular), as well as anyone in the metal and post-grunge camps. With its single-coil pickups, Reverend’s Descent H90 is designed for

    GRETSCHBURST-HOME-MAIN-BIG

    Horses of Another Color

    1) This ’57, from batch 253xx, has the added intrigue of a gold G-cutout tailpiece in place of the Bigsby vibrato. In addition to the standard Amber Red stain on the 6120, the Bigsby was requisite on the Atkins-endorsed models. Having a 6120 that lacks both the finish and the vibrato seem to constitute heresy!

    The Electro-Harmonix Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi

    Smooth Successor

    Electro-Harmonix Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi Price: $133 (list)/$99.75 (street). Contact: ehx.com. The Big Muff Pi overdrive is the effect stompbox that put Electro-Harmonix on the map, and in the decades since its introduction, it has undergone changes both subtle and substantial. Today, the company’s lineup includes no fewer than 10 versions including the newest,

    Gibson Wall-Board Guitar

    Out of the Woods, Off the Wall

    In the world of “guitarcheology,” it’s well-documented that the truly interesting stuff – prototypes, one-offs, custom instruments – usually surface close to the source. For instance, in the 1970s, Fender prototypes walked into guitar shops in Orange County, California. D’Angelicos are typically still within a few hours of New York City, as they were almost

    Ampeg Gemini II G-15

    Ampeg Gemini II G-15

    Preamp tubes: three 12AX7, one 6CG7, one 7199. Output tubes: two 7868. Rectifier: solidstate Controls: volume, treble and bass on each channel; echo (reverb) and speed and intensity (tremolo) on channel two. Speaker: 15″ Jensen Concert. Output: approximately 30 watts RMS. Catch but a glimpse of an Ampeg combo like this 1966 Gemini II G-15

    Nancy Wilson

    Beautifully Unbroken

    Responsible for guitar-laden classics such as “Crazy On You,” “Love Alive,” and “Devil Delight,” Nancy Wilson has been inspiring musicians for decades. Nancy and her sister, Ann, have churned out one well-crafted Heart record after another, followed by successful tours. This summer, they released a new album, Beautiful Broken and followed with the Rock Hall