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    Dudley Taft – Edge of Insane

    Check out Dudley Taft on this video: “Edge of Insane” from his Summer Rain album. Watch for Taft’s review in the upcoming February issue! Follow him HERE!


    Tracii Guns and the Traveling Trill!

    Tracii Guns demonstrates a very cool lick that has been employed by generations of guitar heroes. Read our exclusive interview with Tracii in the December issue of Vintage Guitar. READ NOW!!

    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!!

    Ellen Harper

    Music is the Family Business

    “Ben likes to joke that this album had a lifetime of pre-production,” Ellen Harper says of Childhood Home, her collaboration with her Grammy-winning son. A spare rhythm section, Ben’s Weissenborn slide, guitar, dulcimer, and Autoharp, and Ellen’s acoustic guitar and banjo provide the subtle bed for the beautiful mother/son harmonies on 10 unapologetically folkie originals.

    The Marcus King Band

    The Marcus King Band

    It’s easy to see why Warren Haynes has so much respect for young Marcus King. The 20-year-old guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader shows on his second record a command of pretty much all the major American music styles. Before the end you’ll hear songs that delve heavily into rock, blues, jazz, country, and everything in between.

    Rybski Cougar

    Wild Cat

    Rybiski Cougar Price: $3,850 Info: www.rybskiguitars.com. Before moving to the United States, Rybski founder Slawomir Waclawik repaired and built upright basses and violins for top jazz and fusion players in his native Poland. With newfound digs in the States came a newfound focus on crafting cutting-edge basses and guitars alongside builder Benjamin Harrison. Though the

    Weller Guitars’ Stageliner

    Jetson Moderne

    More and more, guitar designers are digging deep, thinking out of the box, and using their imaginations to conjure hip, nontraditional designs. Strat, Tele, and Les Paul shapes are no longer the go-to templates. Among younger consumers, particularly, retailers see a move away from standard shapes to more futuristic profiles, early-’60s oddball, artsy flourishes, and

    Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

    Call It What It Is
    Magnificent Criminals

      The difference between Ben Harper and other contemporary blues-based artists is that Harper’s blues reflects the reality of his surroundings. If one chooses to use the blues as a canvas for personal artistic expression, re-packaging subject matter about trains, mojos, devils, and hellhounds are disingenuous. The late Nina Simone had this to say on

    Martin Turner

    Low-End Unorthodoxy

    When he transitioned from playing guitar, former Wishbone Ash bassist Martin Turner kept a pick in his right hand and developed a style that combined fluid, melodic lines with an overdriven sound reminiscent of John Entwistle and Chris Squire. On his third solo album, Written in the Wind, he showcases instrumental skill as well as

    Providence Anadime Chorus ADC-4

    Providence Anadime Chorus ADC-4

    Don’t Call It a Comeback

    Providence Anadime Chorus ADC-4 Price: $249 (list) Contact: www.providence-ltd.com The chorus pedal holds the distinction of once having been extremely popular, becoming dated and undesirable, then enjoying a resurgence of popularity. This classic stompbox chorus reached its peak in the mid ’80s, with bands like The Fixx and The Police before fizzling again by the

    Fargen’s John Lennon Signature JL-15 and Micro Plex Vintage Guitar magazine

    Fargen’s John Lennon Signature JL-15 and Micro Plex

    Instant Karma?

    Fargen’s John Lennon Signature JL-15 and Micro Plex Price: $2,700 (JL-15), $999 (Micro Plex) Info: www.fargenamps.com. From 50-watt monsters to 5-watt heads, Fargen Amplification is known for building amplifiers intended for working players. Two of Fargen’s more recent releases – the John Lennon Signature JL-15 combo and the Micro Plex head – may seem miles

    Alex Lifeson

    Rush Keeps Rollin

    “A lot of critics perceived us as being pretentious,” says Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson of his band’s early years. “We were not representative of where they thought rock was heading.” • Responding after being asked about a comment he made in the award-winning 2010 documentary Beyond The Lighted Stage(“We always felt it was us against

    Realistic Entertainer-34

    As prolific as the Radio Shack chain was in the ’60s, it’s surprising we don’t see more vintage Realistic guitar amps today. Maybe they were never valued enough to be handed down, much less hunted down. If anything, you’re likely to have stumbled on the Carnival 34, a straightforward 1×12″ combo, but even those are

    Henretta Engineering Pedals

    Henretta Engineering Pedals

    Good Things, Small Packages

    Henretta Engineering Pedals Prices: Green Zapper, Bluebird, and Purple Octopus, $125 each; Chord Blaster, $140 Info: www.henrettaengineering.com. Bigger is not necessarily better – especially when you have a pedal board full of stompboxes, but still need room for just one more effect. In this case, miniscule can rule. Enter Henretta Engineering and its unique lineup;

    Pat Metheny

    The Jazz Guitar Prodigy at 60

    Despite his 20 Grammy awards and crossover popularity, with loyal fans dating back 40 years, Pat Metheny’s career path should read “Do not try at home” for fledgling guitarists. Growing up in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a small suburb of Kansas City, he took up guitar at 13. By his senior year of high school, he

    Stromberg Master 400

    Stromberg Master 400

    The Stromberg Master 400, measuring a gigantic 19″, is considered by many to be the ultimate orchestral rhythm guitar. The instrument of choice for Freddy Green with the Count Basie Orchestra and other players who needed the ultimate in power and projection to cut through a brass band or full orchestra without the benefit of

    Gittler Classic Home Feature Image

    Gittler Classic

    Back to the Future

    The Gittler guitar was invented in the late 1970s by Allan Gittler, whose vision to reduce the guitar to its most essential elements led him to design an instrument that looked like a cross between modern art and a musical fishbone. The instrument gained a following that included Andy Summers of The Police, who famously

    Fender’s ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb

    Fender’s ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb

    Improving on a Good Thing

    Fender’s ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Price: $999.99 list Contact: www.fender.com In 1968, Fender gave its amp line what collectors today look back on as a major facelift when it introdued the silver-and-turquoise silkscreened faceplate and aluminum “drip edge” grille trim. The company recently reissued that classic look with its ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb, but this

    Recording Electric Guitars

    The Art of Home Recording

    The process might seem simple – stick mic in front of amp, press “Record.” Truth is, though, that even just one guitar and amp can render results that vary greatly. Here’s a walk-through.

    Sturdy and “Purdy”

    Dashboards Pedalboards

    Founded in 2010 by guitarist Ashley Dasher and based on his vision of the ideal touring pedalboard, Dashboards offers well-crafted, easy-to-use pedalboards. And they look sharp, too! With lightweight, yet sturdy, one-piece aluminum construction, they’re dressed up with a powder-painted finish and polished chrome handles. Our test pedalboard had an optional backlit logo, 1/4″ solderless

    Tom Teaches the Blues!

    Win a $2,100 Waterloo WL-14L!

    Vintage Guitar is teaming with Collings Guitars and Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop to present an exclusive eight-part series on beginner fingerpicking. Hosted by VG Online contributor Tom Feldmann, it will teach the Mississippi John Hurt classic “C.C. Rider” and Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Mojo Hand” at a pace easily followed by anyone! › › In the final