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    Happy Dad’s Day from Jailah!

    “My two-year-old daughter, Jailah, loves looking through Vintage Guitar with me,” said longtime reader Jason Brekhus. “She is mesmerized by – AND can properly identify – electric and acoustic guitars (thanks to her mom, Deanna), pickups, amps, speakers, and even tubes. I thought it would be fun to take video of her looking through it, but was NOT expecting her stern warning. I’m sure a lot of dads wonder if it’s safe to bring home ‘just one more’ guitar.”
    On a recent family trip, Jailah wanted two things in the carry-on – a Dr. Seuss book and her daddy’s VG. “It was the first thing she reached for once we got in the air,” Jason laughed. “Talk about warmin’ a guy’s heart!”
    It’s here, Dad’s Day 2018! VG‘s annual ode to fathers who inspire. READ NOW!!


    Rick Springfield – Little Demon

    Rick Springfield uses his customized Taylor 414ce (with his mother’s initials and angel wings engraved on the headstock) to play “Little Demon,” from his new album, “Snake King.” He then talks about other guitars used on the disc, including his vintage Gibson SG that has been with him since 1970 (and was used to write his classic hit “Jessie’s Girl”). Catch our review of the new album in the July issue of Vintage Guitar. READ NOW!!

    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

    Gibson’s Mastertone Banjos

    Gibson’s Mastertone Banjos

    This Gibson RB-3 five-string from 1925 is a rare piece, as is any five-string banjo from the era dominated by tenor banjos. But it’s more important as a representative of one of Gibson’s first steps in a desperate attempt to develop a competitive banjo. Gibson recognized the impending popularity of the tenor banjo as early

    Forty Quid of Klunk

    Tales of the Harmony Bass

    Duh-Duh-Duh-Duh-Duh, Klunk! It’s not the most artful musical introduction, but it was effective. And by the time a screaming Hammond organ slides in over the pounding bass-and-drums, most listeners are hooked. The song is “Gimme Some Lovin” by the Spencer Davis Group, and the 1966 record is a showcase not only for the vocals and

    The Pigtronix Envelope Phaser 2

    Sophisti-Phaser

    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,

    Greg Lake

    Greg Lake

    Welcome Back, My Friends Part 1 and 2

    Bassist/vocalist Greg Lake, a force in the advent of progressive rock in the early 1970s with Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP), died December 7 following a battle with cancer. He was 69. This article originally appeared in VG the May and June 1994 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication

    DLS TR1 Tremolo and RotoSim

    Swirls and Twirls

    If you’ve ever played guitar through a Leslie rotating-speaker cabinet, you’re aware of its lush 3D sound. Many guitarists would love to be able to use that sound – and would, were it not for the fact a Leslie cab can test not only one’s lumbar region, but their wallet! Through the years, a host

    Kurdt Vanderhoof

    These Go to XI

    When it comes to thrash metal, the “Big 4” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax – get credit for popularizing the style. But there were other trailblazing bands at the dawn of thrash, including Metal Church. The band recently issued its 11th album, XI, which included a reunion with singer Mike Howe. We recently spoke

    Dweezil Zappa

    Solo Sounds

    To properly perform the music composed by his father, Frank, Dweezil Zappa had to revamp his playing style. The fruits of his labors can be heard on his new solo record, Via Zammata, where Zappa steps from the shadow of his father with compelling melodies, interesting juxtapositions, and a compositional style all his own. Via

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    Mu-FX Octave Divider

    The Mu Is Back

    This is rocket science. Or at least as close as a stompbox gets. Sure, building a pedal that tweaks a guitar’s signal around and about isn’t exactly putting a man on the moon. But then, when an effects mastermind like Mike Beigel launches a new box, it’s almost guaranteed to propel your sound into the

    Robben Ford

    The One and Only

    There’s never been a shortage of young guitar hotshots, but in recent years, particularly among blues players, these phenoms seem to be promoted more for their age than their playing. The early work of Robben Ford helps put all this hubbub in perspective. In 1970, when the 18-year-old guitarist/saxophonist came out of Ukiah, in Northern

    Steve Wariner

    The C.G.P. Connection Willie G. Moseley

    Steve Wariner is among the handful of guitarists designated as a certified guitar player (C.G.P.) by Chet Atkins. The last guitarist to receive the personal honor, Wariner served a pallbearer at Atkins’ funeral in 2001. He also performed at the service. In the dozen years since the release of No More Mr. Nice Guy, Wariner

    Yamaha THR10

    Practice Perfection?

    Yamaha THR10 Price: $299 Contact: usa.yamaha.com As a rule of thumb, practice amps are a compromise. Blissfully portable, they typically lack tone and features. Yet whether in a bedroom or hotel room, a practice amp should help inspire an artist by making practice more pleasure than chore. Yamaha’s THR10 is a definite step in the

    Tom Feldmann Lesson 05 Feature

    Tom Feldmann’s Beginner Fingerpicking – Lesson 5

    Vintage Guitar is teaming with Collings Guitars and Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop to present an exclusive eight-part series on beginner fingerpicking. Hosted by VG Online contributor Tom Feldmann, it will teach the Mississippi John Hurt classic “C.C. Rider” at a pace easily followed by anyone! › › In Lesson 5, Tom discusses bringing all the elements

    Paul Nelson

    Main Man to the Blues Man

    Paul Nelson is not only Johnny Winter’s second guitarist, but the blues icon’s musical director, producer, songwriter, and – many say – life saver. Fans who have recently seen Winter will attest to Nelson’s guitar prowess and ability to complement Winter. The resulting fireworks provide some of the best shows of Winter’s long career. The

    Steve Earle

    Guitar Town 30th Anniversary
    Hillbilly Highway

    When Epic Records dropped Steve Earle in ’85 after a series of fiery but commercially unsuccessful recordings, Nashville was in panic mode. The frothy, easy listening mainstream country of Kenny Rogers and others had finally bored fans to the point they quit buying and listening. The industry desperately needed new blood. Within a year they

    Joe Stump

    ... And the Holy Trinity of Euro-Metal Guitar

    Metal virtuoso Joe Stump believes Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, and Michael Schenker form the holy trinity of European metal guitar. And he should know. Not only has he built a long career creating incendiary music, he’s a Professor at The Berklee College of Music. His latest album, The Dark Lord Rises, is a heartfelt

    LsL Instruments’ Soledad

    T-Bone with a Side of Sustain

    Based out of Santa Clarita, California, LsL Instruments was founded by Lance and Lisa Lerman in 2008 after many years in the furniture-manufacturing business as well as guitar building. Today, the crew at LsL utilizes a mix of CNC machining and handwork to produce a variety of electric guitars and basses, as well as most