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    A Tribute to Terje Rypdal

    Check it out as Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen, Reine Fiske, Gard Nilssen, Stale Storlakken, and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten play “Icing,” from Sky Music: A Tribute to Terje Rypdal, one of the feature reviews in the December issue of Vintage Guitar. READ NOW!!


    Rob Lamothe of The Riverdogs

    The Riverdogs’ Rob Lamothe plays “When the Mic Drops” then reveals the gear he and Vivian Campbell used to record the band’s new album, “California.” Read our exclusive review in the December issue of Vintage Guitar. Click the “Hit List” link at the Bottom of the cover and READ NOW!!


    Redd Volkaert Pays Homage to Charlie Prichard

    Watch Redd Volkaert and his Fender Tele pay homage to the late Charlie Prichard, who helped Redd get rolling professionally when he moved to Austin nearly 20 years ago. Be sure to read Dan Forte’s remembrance of Prichard in the December issue of Vintage Guitar! READ NOW!!


    God gave us rock n’ roll and Chuck Berry was one of His messengers

    Vintage Guitar magazine Presents Greg Martin's Head Shop

    This is a regular series of exclusive Vintage Guitar online articles where The Kentucky Headhunters’ Greg Martin looks back on influential albums and other musical moments. We have lost the poet laureate of rock n’ roll, Mr. Chuck Berry. The news came from St. Louis yesterday, March 18th, truly a sad day for music. As

    National N-275

    Gibson is widely known for its guitars, mandolins, and banjos, but many are unaware the company built instruments for nearly 30 brands for several distributors and music store chains, primarily from the 1920s through the early ’40s. Some of the best-known names include Kalamazoo, distributed by Gibson, and Recording King, which was distributed by Montgomery

    Soldier’s Story

    Six Strings Document Tale of the “Blue and Gray” in World War I

    Through blood, dirt, rain, and all other forms of hell in the trenches of World War I, U.S. Army Private Ben Miller witnessed the healing power of music as it emanated from his cheap flat-top. Miller enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1907, and while records do not indicate where he was assigned, the guitar went with him. Later, as

    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

    John 5 - Telewiedler

    John 5

    Telewielder

    Since ditching his spot backing alternative-metal singer Marilyn Manson 10 years ago, superhuman guitarist John 5 has used his skills to spread the gospel of guitar far and wide while artfully dodging the pigeonhole of “rock shredder.” At just 17 years of age, John Lowery moved to Los Angeles from his Michigan home. There, he

    3rd Power Dream Weaver

    Tone Cubed

    3rd Power Dream Weaver Price: $3.299 Info: www.3rdpower.com. Purchasing a new amp is much more than buying a piece of gear – think of it as hiring out a job. In most cases, you hope this new employee will help you sound great, cover the required tonal bases, prove reliable, and have the right amount

    Mick Ralphs Home Thumb

    Mick Ralphs

    Back To Bad Co., And Beyond

    Guitarist Mick Ralphs, whose pulverizing riffs were first heard in the late ’60s in the original Mott the Hoople, has charged back into the limelight. Mott was a ferocious quintet, and one of the most highly-underrated bands of that era. Ralphs’ six-album experience in the band was followed by his tenure in Bad Company, a

    Jeff Senn Original Senn Model One

    Making Perfect Senns

    For 15 years, Jeff Senn has been building, repairing, and modifying guitars for Nashville’s touring and studio elite. His double-cutaway Fullerton and single-cut Pomona are in the hands of guys like Tom Bukovac, Jedd Hughes, Rob McNelly, John Fogerty, Steve Wariner, Bruce Springsteen, and Audley Freed After building tribute guitars, Senn recently returned to his

    Carvin DN640K

    Doubleneck instruments have always been a unique niche in the guitar market, for good reason. They’ve also carried an air of superiority or the insinuation that they were intended for pro players; i.e., those who could deftly switch from one instrument to another in the middle of a song without doffing their part. And though

    Fender Acoustic Pro and Acoustic SFX

    Curved Air

    Fender has been making acoustic guitar amps for decades – now they’re reinventing the genre, and their designers deserve a round of applause both for the visual makeover and the sound quality. Unlike standard guitar amps, the Acoustic Pro and Acoustic SFX draw their appeal from mid-century Scandinavian design, featuring curving, blonde-laminate cabinets that cradle

    Gibson ES-Les Paul

    ES-Les Paul

    F-hole with soul

    ES-Les Paul Price: $2,799 to $3,199 (list) Contact: www.gibson.com Gibson’s latest version of the Les Paul isn’t the first with f-shaped sound holes. Various Florentine models have been offered, but this semi-hollowbody makes a greater effort than its predecessors to thread the needle between the Les Paul and ES-335. The result is an interesting guitar

    National-Dobro 6107A

    National-Dobro 6107A

    Preamp tubes: 56, 57 Output tubes: two 2A3 Rectifier: 5Z3 Controls: Volume Output: 6 watts RMS +/- Speaker: one 10″ Lansing Model 112 Why doesn’t this ever happen to us? You ride along with your brother to an antique radio show just to give him some company – it’s his thing… not yours – and

    Komet Constellation

    The Komet Constellation

    Komet Constellation Preamp tubes: one 6SN7, two 12AX7 Output tubes: four EL84 Rectifier: solidstate Controls: Volume I, Volume II, Hi-Cut, three-way Vol I Bright Switch Output: 30 watts RMS Amid the general run of vintage amps we have explored in this space, the occasional “modern classic” has proved itself worthy through sheer quality of design,

    Darin and Brooke Aldridge’s Family Album

    Darin and Brooke Aldridge’s Family Album

    Picture Perfect

    The husband-and-wife duo Darin and Brooke Aldridge are one of the hottest acts on the traditional bluegrass/Americana scene. The couple’s sixth release, Snapshots, is a musical scrapbook of contemporary bluegrass, traditional country and gospel tunes marked by spirited picking. We recently spoke to Darin about the album. What instruments did you use on Snapshots? A

    Built to Survive

    Gibson and Montgomery Ward in the Great Depression

    In our nation’s darkest economic times, one of its most-revered guitar manufacturers was treading headlong toward extinction before an unlikely hero started placing big orders.

    The Art of Home Recording - Microphones and Their Uses

    Microphones and Their Uses

    The Art of Home Recording

    The means to make high-quality home recordings are well within the grasp of every guitarists. But, they can only as good as what you put in. We dig into the most essential piece of gear outside the recording system itself – the microphone.

    Buddy Emmons

    Buddy Emmons

    1937-2015

    Buddy Emmons, who revolutionized the pedal-steel guitar both musically and technically, died July 21 in Nashville after suffering a heart attack. He was 78. Emmons did extensive session work in Nashville and L.A. and released his breakthrough album, Steel Guitar Jazz, in 1963. A master accompanist, he toured with three seminal country singers – Little

    MTD Kingston Rubicon 6-22

    MTD Kingston Rubicon 6-22

    Crossing the Rubicon

    MTD Kingston Rubicon 6-22 Price: $999 Info: www.mtdkingston.com Intuitive, player-oriented design, prime materials, and first-class execution distinguished Michael Tobias’s work even before he began concentrating on innovative electric basses in the late 1970s. And let’s not forget Michael Tobias Designs (MTD) helped introduce the newfangled term “ergonomic” to electric guitars and basses. The Kingston Rubicon