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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!!


    In the 1930s, few bassists in popular forms of music felt the need to extract more volume from their uprights. Then came rockabilly and rock and roll – two forms where the stationary “doghouse” didn’t fit the dynamic. Fortunately, Leo Fender knew just what was needed.

    Andy Stack

    Group Therapy

    Andy Stack spent the past few years doing gigs in New York City, staying busy as a session player, doing gigs with various bands, and even working in the orchestra pit for Broadway productions. But he needed something more. Looking to change things up, he formed Buffalo Stack, which recently released its self-titled debut album.

    Slim Harpo and Martin Hawkins

    Buzzin’ the Blues: The Complete Slim Harpo and Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge

    Mick Jagger admonished the world back in 1968, “What’s the point in listening to us doing ‘I’m A King Bee’ when you can listen to Slim Harpo doing it?” His statement not only summed up the early philosophy behind the Rolling Stones – despite the band’s superlative cover of that song, and later of “Shake

    National Style O

    National Style O

    Although it has never been the favorite guitar of Hawaiian players, National’s Style O, with its shining metal body and tropical imagery, stands today as one of the strongest icons for the Hawaiian music that was the foundation of the resonator guitar’s popularity in the early 1930s. Introduced in 1930, the Style O was the

    Maxon Fuzz Elements Pedals

    Maxon Fuzz Elements Pedals

    Elemental Fuzz

    Maxon Fuzz Elements Pedals Price: $189 to $199 Contact: www.maxonfx.com Classic fuzz pedals are some of the fine wines of the vintage guitar world. Guitarists talk like Frenchified sommeliers when discussing Fuzztones, Tonebenders, and Tube Screamers as if they were hundred-year-old bottles of Bordeaux. “Mais oui, this all-original ’67 Fuzz Face with vintage germanium NKT275

    1939 Gibson Super 400 Premier

    The Gibson Super 400 debuted in 1935 as the first production-model 18″ archtop guitar with f-shaped sound holes; 30 years prior, the company’s Style O was the same size and same shape, but had an oval sound hole. Throughout the swing/big-band era beginning in the mid ’30s, the Super 400 was the epitome of an

    Guild Basses in the Early 1980s

    Traditional, Temporary

    Guild Basses in the Early 1980s

    The early ’80s were a unique time in the history of American electric guitars. Fender and Gibson were both owned by corporate interests – the former CBS, the latter the Norlin conglomerate – and both suffered product offerings that had quality issues and/or uninspiring designs. Guild, on the other hand, was still battling the (unfair)

    James Elkington

    Windy City Diversity

    James Elkington tweaked the paradigm when he began working at a luthier shop before hitting his stride as a guitarist. Born and raised in a small English village northwest of London, his interest in the guitar blossomed relatively late. “It seemed the coolest instrument on offer and, as most of us guitar players have found

    Maintenance, Man

    Basic Skills for Every Player

    Acquiring and owning musical equipment is an expensive proposition. Used regularly, guitars and amps require maintenance that can lead to “overextraction” of paper from your wallet, especially if it involves professional techs. Conversely, learning basic maintenance and repair can mean saving money and having equipment that’s in great shape. There’s a short list of things

    Riversong Guitars Tradition One Performer

    Riversong Guitars Tradition One Performer

    New Tradition

    Riversong Guitars Tradition One Performer Price: $3,299 (list) Contact: www.riversongguitars.com Occasionally, a luthier’s innovation defines a new acoustic guitar sound. The Riversong Tradition One Performer blends modern build techniques, visionary design, and Canadian timbers to achieve a sonic profile as unique as Django’s Maccaferri or Bukka White’s National. On the surface, the Tradition One Performer

    Santana IV

    Live at the House of Blues, Las Vegas

    Describing Carlos Santana’s guitar playing, Greg Rolie, the Santana band’s original keyboardist, declares, “It’s real music; it’s not just a bunch of notes put together.” Truer words were never spoken. They’re just part of the bonus-feature band interviews in the DVD of the live follow-up to the studio reunion of the original Santana band, Santana

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    Singular Sound BeatBuddy

    Drums Even You Can Play

    Everyone knows a good drummer joke. Or two. Drummers are indeed a special breed. Singular Sound’s BeatBuddy drum-machine pedal, however, is no joke. And as the first drum-machine-in-a-pedal designed for guitarists, it, too, is special. The BeatBuddy provides Charlie Watts in a box – along with Buddy Rich, Al Jackson, Jr., and John Bonham thrown

    Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

    It Is What It Is
    Mississippi Blues Holdout

    The unique and insular Bentonia style may be the deepest and darkest of all blues. Skip James personified the music: he sang haunted songs in an eerie, high-pitched voice that would send a cold shiver down even Robert Johnson’s back. Henry Stuckey was the first known musician to come from the remote Mississippi crossroads; he

    Jim Marshall Passes

    Jim Marshall, who pioneered guitar amplifiers used by some of the greatest names in rock and roll, died today. He was 88. Born in London in 1923, Marshall was a drummer, drum teacher, and owner of a musical-instrument retail store specializing in drums. He also carried guitars and amps, including the Fender line. Most players,

    ZT Amplifiers Club and Lunchbox Acoustic

    Big Things, Small Packages

    In two short years of existence, ZT Amplifiers has found a unique place for itself in the world of boutique amplification. ZT engineering guru Ken Kantor’s flagship amp is called The Lunchbox, so named because of its compact physical size. But the moniker utterly belies the fact the amp can pump out 200 watts of

    KJ Audio Hanwell 50

    KJ Audio Hanwell 50

    Shake The Walls

    KJ Audio Hanwell 50 Price: Head $1,900; cabinet $1,600 Contact: www.kjaudio.com No apologies: Minneapolis-based amp designer Kristopher Johnson’s Hanwell 50 boutique amp is built to rock. The amp was inspired by the four-input, 50-watt Marshall JMP MKII Master Volume amps of the mid ’70s, but Johnson hot-rodded this, modded that, and made his own monster

    Louis Electric Buster

    Beyond Deluxe

    Louis Electric Buster Price: $1,595 (street) Contact: louisamps.com. Lou Rosano has been building amps in the Fender vein for more than 17 years. His first build wound up in the hands of the late Danny Gatton, and other greats who have played through his Louis Electric amps include Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Jorma Kaukonen, and

    Giveaway #161

    A $169 value!

    Enter to win a Holeyboard Evolution Standard Series from Chemistry Design Werks. A $169 value! Find Chemistry Design Werks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube. The Standard is where it all started and is simply a great size. It’s easy to use, easy to carry, easy to arrange and re-arrange, easy to live with and

    Greg Howe

    Return to Rock with Maragold

    Greg Howe continues to evolve, pushing his artistry into fresh territory. One of the most successful artists on Shrapnel Records, Howe is following his unique vision and has created a catalog built on his unique style and diverse musical interests. With a stack of killer solo records and collaborations with Richie Kotzen, Victor Wooten, Dennis