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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!!

    Sometimes it takes just the slightest aesthetic twist to get an amp nut all worked up. This 1960 Premier Twin 12 is a case in point; over the years, Premier also made these amps with a straight-edged front fascia, but somehow we’re much more excited to dive into this one, with the “widow’s peak” front

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    2015 Readers’ Choice Awards

    Each year, VG asks readers to select Readers’ Choice winners for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Player of the Year in four musical categories, based on artists and recordings featured in the magazine between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Included in the annual vote are nominees for the VG

    Fender Princeton feature

    The Fender Princeton

    1962 6G2 Fender Princeton Preamp tubes: One 7025, one 12AX7 Output tubes: two 6V6GT in fixed bias Rectifier: 5Y3 Controls: Volume, Tone, Speed, Intensity Speaker: one 10” Oxford 10J4 Output: approximately 12 watts RMS For the past couple decades the Fender Deluxe of the ’60s and early ’70s – in its several variants – held

    Martin 0-42

    The Martin 0-42

    Through the years, Martin’s dreadnought, OM, and 000 guitars may have gained the most notoriety. But for the sweetest and best-quality sound, Martin itself recommends the size 0, exemplified by this 0-42. There’s obviously a catch to that statement, since only two of Martin’s current offering of over 200 models are size-0 guitars. The recommendation

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    ToneConcepts’ The Distillery

    100-Proof Tone

    While many pedal makers tinker away on effects that exhibit their personal tonal philosophies, the fact is that most don’t play gigs or compose music. Seraphim Marcopoulous of ToneConcepts was keen enough to take advantage of his professional relationships with some of the finest guitarists in the industry, asking, “What’s missing?”

    deLisle Nickel Box

    deLisle Nickel Box

    A Nickel For Your Chops

    deLisle Nickel Box Price: $609 (list); $729 (as tested) Info: www.delisleguitar.com Low-watt amplifiers have enjoyed a run of popularity. Offering saturated power-tube distortion at volumes that should keep the neighbors from showing up at midnight with tallow torches and pitchforks, they can be ideal for practice and recording. Given the number of choices available, one

    Rickenbacher Model 200A

    Several vintage amplifiers that have graced these pages over the years have taken us back to the early days of guitar amplification – the early 1950s, maybe even late ’40s with some of the crustier subjects. This month, however, we travel way back, to the dawn of the electric guitar itself, to visit an amplifier

    Tonk Brothers/Washburn 5241

    From the late 1920s through the early ’40s, Gibson produced instruments under a variety of brand names for retailers like Montgomery Ward and mail-order houses like Tonk Brothers. While the majority of these were budget models with less ornamentation than their Gibson-branded counterparts, and none were given Gibson’s adjustable truss rod, the instruments sold so


    Dynamic Amplifiers 2040 Series

    Tone to "Dy" For

    Dynamic Amps 2040 series Price:  $2,570 (VA Combo) David Carambula’s Dynamic 2040 series of amplifiers consists of three models: Vintage American (VA), Vintage British (VB), and the HG DynaLead. All use class AB single-channel design that can utilize a variety of output tubes, with output reduction, tube rectifier, tube-driven tremolo, spring reverb, welded-aluminum chassis, point-to-point

    James Luther Dickinson

    I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone/Lazarus Edition

    Let’s get it straight from the get-go; Jim Dickinson was primarily a piano player. But he was also one of the great music makers of Memphis – which is saying a lot in a town whose lore included Sam Phillips, Stax’s Al Bell and Steve Cropper, the Ardent Studios and Hi Records crews, and many


    Jordan Boss Tone

    Little Fuzz with the Big Buzz

    In the august and revered Hall of Fame of Fuzz, the Jordan Boss Tone deserves a prominent pedestal. Perhaps it should be in a cabinet of cute curiosities. Or maybe it’s as a memento mori, an example of a dead end in the search for overdriven guitar tone bliss. Either way, there should be a

    Derek St. Holmes

    Making Rock and Roll Cool Again

    Derek St. Holmes has been in the rock and roll business since the early 1970s and is best known for his work as guitarist, vocalist, and co-songwriter with the original Ted Nugent band. Ever the unsung hero, St. Holmes was delivering the word on favorites like “Stranglehold,” “Snakeskin Cowboys,” and “Hey Baby,” back when people

    Brian Setzer

    Still Rockin’ the Holidays

    Brian Setzer’s guitar – usually a Gretsch 6120 – is the compass that leads him down various musical roads, live and in the studio. Widely credited with launching a rockabilly revival while fronting the Stray Cats in the ’80s, he kickstarted the rebirth of big-band music in the ’90s with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Rockin’

    Fender “Wide-Panel” Twin

    The Fender “Wide-Panel” Twin

    While Fender’s high-powered 5F8-A Twin of 1958-’60 (VG, March ’09) has been much raved about in recent years, there’s a lot to be said for a Twin that’s closer to the origins of the breed. An (arguably) more-playable amp for the average guitarist, the low-powered 5E8-A of 1956-’57 is the most copied among boutique builders,

    The “Conversion” Les Paul

    The “Conversion” Les Paul

    Myth, Magic – and Mojo!

    One of the more intriguing topics in guitardom is the Gibson Les Paul “conversion.” What is it? Most of the time, it’s a reference to Les Pauls made from 1952 to ’56 that have been converted to specs more in line with a late-’50s Standard, Custom (Black Beauty), or goldtop. On occasion, late-’60s goldtops and

    Mesa/Boogie Mark IIC+

    The Mesa/Boogie Mark IIC+

    Early Mesa/Boogie Mark Series amps were something of a sensation, but even with the line now having stretched all the way to the massively featured Mark V, many fans of these powerful little beasts feel the evolution peaked at the end of the Mark II range, with the Mark IIC+. Though at the time they

    Schertler’s JAM 150

    Schertler’s JAM 150

    Plays Well with Others

    Schertler’s JAM150 Price: $1,249.99 (list); $999.99 (street) Info: www.schertler.com Schertler’s JAM150 is a compact combo amp capable of pulling double-duty as an acoustic amp and a multi-instrument PA. Built in Italy and engineered in Switzerland, its elegant design is matched by its natural acoustic timbres and versatile feature set. The handsome wood cabinet (also available

    Steve Miller

    Some People Call Him Rock Icon

    Not until after he turned 40 did it occur to Steve Miller that he never really needed to fear whether he’d “make it” in the music business. That may sound like an odd bit of neurosis coming from the mind of a rock superstar whose hit songs saturated airwaves in the early days of FM