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    Jennifer Lyn – I’m All Wrong For You Baby

    Jennifer Lyn plays the title track to her EP, “I’m All Wrong For You Baby,” reviewed in the April issue “Hit List.” She’s using a late-model Fender Strat with Seymour Duncan Mini-Humbucker pickups running through a Boss CH-1 Super Chorus, an EHX Cathedral stereo reverb, BMT Overdrive, and a Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter into a Vox AC30 Hand-Wired with Alnico Blue speakers. READ IT NOW!!

    Aeromyth Slingers Celebrate Brad Whitford

    Aeromyth slingers Tony Cavazo, Neal Shelton, and Frankie Wilsey join VG in extending best wishes to Brad Whitford on his 65th birthday! Check it out as they jam on “Last Child,” which was written by Brad and Steven Tyler; Neal is playing a Les Paul ’58 reissue through a Bogner Ecstasy Red OD pedal into a Marshall Class 5 combo, Tony’s Standel bass is running into a Crate B-15, and Frankie is playing his early-’70s BC Rich acoustic. Check out Aeromyth and Neal’s Music.

    Tyler Morris Celebrates Johnny Winter

    Tyler Morris keeps our Johnny Winter birthday celebration rolling, with help from his Dean Thoroughbred (with Fishman Fluence Classic pickups) and Revv 7-40 amp. Here, he digs into “Rock Me Baby,” “Bony Moronie,” and “Rock ’N Roll, Hoochie Koo.” Keep up with Tyler at www.tylerdmorris.com.


    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and John McEuen

    Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years and Made in Brooklyn

    The Dirt Band celebrates five decades in style with a host of new releases. The ensemble’s Ryman Auditorium all-star show from March 2016 originally aired on PBS TV, lending the DVD and separate CD high quality visuals and sound. It’s almost easier to list who wasn’t at the show. Among the stars performing with the

    Kevn Kinney

    Kevn Kinney

    Small 'n Happy

    As any fan of Drivin ’N Cryin can attest, Kevn Kinney at his creative best surrenders little to the greatest singer/songwriters in pop – his message is delivered in succinct, pointed turns of phrase transmitted by a voice like no other and accompanied by riffs that sink deeper than a treble hook. As any fan

    Greg Lake

    Recalling the Music

    Bassist/vocalist/songwriter Greg Lake came to notice in 1969 as member of King Crimson and his membership in Emerson, Lake and Palmer cemented his place in the pantheon of progressive-rock icons. He also recorded numerous solo albums; his most recent, Songs of a Lifetime, is a career retrospective. “The idea came during the writing of my

    Dennis Kager

    Techy’s Brain, Musician’s Heart

    Amplifiers became a passion for Dennis Kager 45 years ago. And through the years, he has witnessed the zeitgeist surrounding the combination of guitar and amp. A guitarist as a young man, Kager shifted to the “other side” of the amplifier early on, and the duality strengthened and shaped Kager’s concept of sound and how

    Gibson GA-80T Vari-Tone

    In the late ’50s and early ’60s, Gibson was apparently convinced the Vari-Tone switch was the way of the future, with its instant access to six different tones. But a high proportion of players who clocked serious miles on their ES-345 and 355 guitars had the switches disabled (and the guitars rewired to mono!). As

    Maestro Fuzz-Tone

    Fuzz. It’s the sound of fury, aggravation, indignation, and – considering the history of the most famous fuzzbox of all time, Maestro’s Fuzz-Tone – dissatisfaction. It’s also fitting as some of the first recorded electric fuzz guitar was heard via Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Willie Lee Johnson, who cut tracks like 1951’s “How Many More Years”

    Neal Schon

    Neal Schon

    “The Guitar Is My Voice”

    Long before Neal Schon helped Journey sell more than 80 million albums, he was a rock-fusion gunslinger who turned down Eric Clapton’s request to join Derek and the Dominos so he could tour with Santana when he was 15. With all his success, Schon still craves the rock-fusion that was a part of the early

    Travis Stever

    Travis Stever

    A Conceptual Break

    Few rock bands have explored the “concept album” format as thoroughly as Coheed and Cambria; the band’s first seven full-length discs followed a sci-fi story line (known as “The Armory Wars” and created by singer/guitarist Claudio Sanchez). But with its recent eighth studio set, The Color Before the Sun, the band opted out of the

    Gibson’s First Reissue Les Pauls

    Gibson’s First Reissue Les Pauls

    On the Road to ’59

    Strings and Things Les Paul Many articles have been written about how guitarists and dealers in the mid/late 1970s and early ’80s were asking Gibson to build a Les Paul that more closely conformed to ’59 specs. The following is not an attempt to rehash any of them, but rather to provide an overview of

    Star Board: Rudy Jaramillo

    Star Board: Rudy Jaramillo

    Rudy Jaramillo is quick to mention that his effects setup is very simple. “I go into my 1) Boss tuner, then to a 2) Boss Blues Driver that has been modded. I don”t know what was done, but it makes an amp sound more like itself, if you know what I mean. From there, the

    Custom Kraft Red Fury

    Most guitar aficionados are comfortable with the notion of guitar brands being made by the company of the same name. But when it comes to guitars made by one company and sold by another, we frequently stray out of our comfort zone. Yet, some of the most significant players in American guitar history never actually

    Grant Geissman

    Grant Geissman

    Jazz-Rock Renaissance

    ’70s culture may have provided a target-rich environment for parodied depictions of giant Afros, bell-bottom jeans, and Saturday Night Fever, but anyone who was alive then remembers Chuck Mangione’s Feels So Good. Huge in 1977, the album remains symbolic of the jazz-pop that was strong at the time. The extended guitar solo on the title

    Fender Custom Color Strat main

    Custom-Color Stratocasters

    The Stratocaster was born in 1954. A solidbody with three pickups, contoured back and top, vibrato, and bolt-on neck, it was different. And it changed the way people looked at, thought of, heard, and played guitar. With the exception of opera and classical music, it has played a considerable role in modern music. Over the

    Hank’s Protos

    How Hank Garland Helped Gibson Develop Two Models Not Called Byrdland

    There are guitars, there are great guitars, there are great historic guitars and there are great historic guitars bearing deep provenance. And then there are guitars of such immense mystique, provenance, and cultural significance they are transcendent, shattering ceilings set by previous standards. Two such instruments were crafted by Gibson at the height of its

    Vintage Instruments and the Ban on Ivory Trade

    Vintage Instruments and the Ban on Ivory Trade

    A presidential executive order issued February 11 proposes a wide ban on trade in ivory has widespread implications for trade in vintage musical instruments as well as antique art, furniture, firearms, swords, knives, and jewelry. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has been tasked with writing and enforcing new regulations for import, export, and domestic trade

    Paul Gilbert

    All About Vintage - Import Style

    Paul Gilbert was a teenager when he appeared on the music industry’s radar after Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records introduced him in Guitar Player magazine’s “Spotlight” column. After attending Hollywood’s Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), Gilbert unveiled Racer X to the mid-’80s shred generation and made his mark as a top player in the genre.

    Blackberry Smoke

    Like An Arrow

    The Atlanta band walks the line between blues, alt country, and Southern rock on their fifth studio album, getting lower down and rocking harder all the way. The quintet lives to play, touring and recording constantly. But instead of getting stuck in a groove, this new album may just be their most adventurous – and

    Last In Line

    Heavy Crown

    This album reunites Mark 1 of the late Ronnie James Dio’s solo band, including Vinny Appice, the late Jimmy Bain, and Vivian Campbell. With the group’s name taken from Dio’s second album released in 1984, this is the core group that co-wrote the material found on the first three Dio records. Produced by former Dio