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    Pluck at Heartstrings

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

    Ali Handal

    Ali Handal talks about her favorite guitars, including Bella, her Gibson SJ-200, her ’30s Oahu lap steel, and a ’60s Hagstrom gifted to her by an uncle when she was 13. Check out our review of Ali’s new album, “That’s What She Said,” in the March issue of Vintage Guitar. Click the “Hit List” link at the Bottom of the cover and READ NOW!!

    Data and info compiled by Alan Greenwood and Ward Meeker Vintage Guitar marked 25 years of publication with a year full of cool features that relied on feedback from readers who visit VintageGuitar.com. This month, we kick things off with the results of a poll to determine what readers believe to be the 50 coolest

    Bukka White – Jitterbug Swing, Vintage Guitar magazine presents Tom Feldmann

    Bukka White – Jitterbug Swing

    Tom Feldmann teaches the riff from Bukka White’s classic Jitterbug Swing.
    Guitar info:
    Flammang Guitars Model P30-S, Red spruce top w/toner, Mahogany back/sides, and a 24.56” scale.

    Paul Hartmann Custom Manhattan

    The Paul Hartmann Custom Manhattan

    Not Your Granddaddy’s Semi-Hollow

    The Paul Hartmann Custom Manhattan Price: $3,895 as tested Contact: www.phguitars.com Luthier Paul Hartmann’s Custom Manhattan is a classic semi-hollowbody, but one that displays a growing industry trend – replacing the traditional thin, laminated top with solid figured maple. The results are stunning in several respects. Upon opening the case, one can’t be faulted for

    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

    Charis Acoustic SJ

    Charis Acoustic SJ

    Spirit in the Wood

    Charis Acoustic SJ Price: $4,800 (base); $7,100 (as reviewed) Info: www.charisacoustic.com. The spiritual aspects of music perhaps originate with the creation of the musical instrument. To that end, Charis Acoustic builds guitars under luthier Bill Wise’s stated mission to reflect his spiritual commitment with the love and care that he puts into his craft. The

    New Orleans Guitar Company Model 8

    Sonic Mojo

    New Orleans Guitar Company Model 8 Price: $2,999 Contact: neworleansguitar.com For over a decade, the New Orleans Guitar Company has been producing handcrafted electrics with an attention to design and detail possible only in a small shop. The vision of sculptor/luthier Vincent Guidroz was most eloquently conveyed in his Voodoo Custom and JB Custom guitars,

    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

    Carvin Steve Vai Legacy 3 VL300

    The Legend Continues

    Carvin Steve Vai Legacy 3 VL300 Price: $899 Info: www.carvin.com. For more than 13 years, Steve Vai has been collaborating with Carvin on a signature amp line, and their third-generation Legacy 3 VL300 sports a new look, added features, and tons of Vai vibe. At first glance, the Legacy 3 looks a bit like a

    Burlison & Sugg

    Demon Eye, At Your Service

    Demon Eye mixes the best elements of ’70s hard rock and ’80s metal, and delivers the goods in tight, dark fashion. The North-Carolina-based quartet recently unleashed its second album, Tempora Infernalia, and guitarist-vocalist Erik Sugg and guitarist Larry Burlison recently sat to discuss the project. What guitars and amps did you use on the album?

    The DoleSonic Vintage 108 Woody

    Not Your Dad’s Boutique Amp

    The guitarist’s greatest quests is most often that of the tone that resides within their heads. That quest drove guitarist Ken Doles to design his own amplifier. The tone in his head was a mix of vintage sound with new ideas, and the result is the DoleSonic Vintage 108. A hand-wired, Class A combo in

    Ibanez M522S

    Ibanez M522S

    F-Style For Less

    Thanks to acts such as the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and the Punch Brothers, the mandolin is suddenly hip again, particularly among guitarists interested in expanding their stringed horizons. While the lower-end mando market is pretty crowded, the Ibanez M522S is one of the few F-style instruments in the price range. Certainly, pear-shaped “A-style”

    Rock Player of the Year

    Jeff Beck Awarded in 2016 The eight-time Grammy winner and hot rod enthusiast embodies the philosophy of the forward-thinking guitarist, continually moving on to fresh avenues of self-expression and arresting sounds. Find all the details in the 2016 VG Readers’ Choice Awards. Warren Haynes Awarded in 2015 Warren Haynes could hold a lot of titles,

    Ana Popovic

    Blues Jazz & Soul

    Ana Popovic brings to her music an inspiring drive and work ethic. Super-appreciative of her fans, she recently released three albums’ worth of material at the same time; Trilogy features musical collaborations with Robert Randolph, Joe Bonamassa, Bernard Purdie, Cody Dickinson, and others, along with the production talents of Warren Riker, Tom Hambridge, and Delfeayo

    ’68 Truetone by Kay/Valco

    The year 1968 was not a good one for American manu­facturers of stringed instruments. M.C.A. closed the original Danelectro, and what was left of Kay and Valco was locked in a tailspin. Valco bought the remnants of Kay in ’67, and attempted to combine the brand with their own products, but to no avail. This

    Steve Dawson

    Solid States and Loose Ends

    Steve Dawson shines as a session player and producer supporting other artists’ work. But when he hides away in his own studio and cuts his own tunes, his music truly comes alive. On his 2015 album, Rattlesnake Cage, he showed what he’s got on the solo acoustic front. Now he’s back, better than ever, with


    High Noon: a 50-Year Retrospective
    New Rhythm And Blues

    This five-disc retrospective captures the essence of what is one of America’s best, if not best-known, bands from the past half century. To describe NRBQ to someone who has never heard them is a chore. You can say they’re quirky, charming, interesting, or unique, but that doesn’t get to the root of things. And, amazingly,


    Gibson Tal Farlow

    The Tal Farlow is one guitar in a quartet of full-depth Gibson Artists models first cataloged in the early 1960s. Introduced in ’62, it was based on the ES-350 – the guitar Farlow used with Red Norvo and his own trio in the mid ’50s. A truly professional instrument, built in the tradition of ’50s Gibson

    Martin 00-18

    They were days, before Kent State, when everywhere you looked, kids sat under trees, singin’ songs and swappin’ licks. Fresh-faced young girls with names like “Star” painted flowers on their cheeks and drifted between you and the sun wearing diaphanous tie-dye gauze dresses. For a moment, you couldn’t remember the words of the song or hear the