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    Charlie Apicella Marks the Birthday of Charlie Christian

    To help mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charlie Christian, Charlie Apicella used his Eastman AR405E (with Kent Armstrong pickup) running through a Poly Tone Mini Brute II to pick a bit of “Seven Come Eleven.” Behind Charlie are an Eastman Uptown, an Eastman T146SM (with Seymour Duncan Phat Cat), and a Guild Aristocrat. Check out the new album with his band, Iron City, “Payin’ the Cost To Be the Boss: A Tribute to B.B. King.”. Keep up with Charlie at www.ironcity.nyc

    James Patrick Regan Honors John Sykes and Charlie Christian

    James Patrick Regan flexes his knowledge – and riffage – in honor of birthday boys John Sykes (57) and Charlie Christian (born 1916). Using his ’76 Les Paul Custom through a Trailer Trash Pedalboard with an MXR Distortion+ and a Keeley compressor (wired courtesy of George Ls) into a DR Z Z-28, he plows through a few favorite Sykes licks – “Still of the Night” and “Slide It In” by Whitesnake, along with Thin Lizzy’s “Cold Sweat.” Then, he cleans things up a bit for Christian’s “Less Is More.” Stay tuned for James’ special shout-out at the end! And see more of James and his band at http://thedeadlies.com/

    Lazer Lloyd

    Blues in Israel – A Common Bond

    If you ask guitarist Lazer Lloyd, the state of Israel is an appropriate place for blues music. Originally known as Lloyd Paul Blumen, he lived in New York and Connecticut before emigrating to the Middle East more than two decades ago, and now goes by his Hebrew name, Eliezer Pinchas Blumen. “Lazer” is culled from

    Carl Bradychok and Don Leady

    It Feels So Right and Poppy Toppy Gone
    Roots Rock Generations

    Those once considered the young guns of roots rock (Deke Dickerson, Dave Biller, Joel Paterson) are now “middle-aged.” So it’s encouraging to know that there’s a new generation of roots revivalists coming up – and at least one oldster still setting stages on fire. Michigan’s Carl Bradychok, 25, cut his first rockabilly album at 13

    Moniker Dixie Solid Price: $849 (base) Info: www.monikerguitars.com. Moniker Guitars recently launched a line of customizable electric guitars that players design using an online configurator. Customizing a Moniker begins with selecting among three body types: the LP-style Reedsdale, Tele-style Dixie, or Jaguar-style Zuma (all in alder and available as semi or solid). From there, options

    Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson


    Eric Johnson’s new release, Europe Liv, is an impressive offering, but you wouldn’t know it from talking to the man himself. Recorded in Amsterdam, Germany, and Paris, it’s a breathtaking album that chronicles the artistry of a guitar virtuoso in transition. After performing and recording with fusion guitarist Mike Stern, Johnson’s sense of jazz is

    Les Paul Remembered

    Les Paul Remembered

    When news of the passing of Les Paul spread through the guitar community August 13, reaction was swift and heartfelt. Claimed by complications of severe pneumonia at a hospital in White Plain, New York, Paul was 94. His name is synonymous with Gibson’s early solidbody electric guitars, and for a time he was one of

    Jack Bruce 1943-2014

    Jack Bruce 1943-2014

    Jack Bruce, an icon of electric bass, died October 25 in Suffolk, England. Best known for his work with Cream in the 1960s, he was born to musician parents in 1943. As a youngster, he underwent formal music training on cello, then shifted to upright bass, and though he fancied jazz and also played guitar


    The MXR M234 Analog Chorus and M87 Bass Compressor

    Opposite Ends

    MXR M87 Bass Comp and M234 Analog Chorus Price: $318 (M87 Bass Compressor), $170 (M234 Analog Chorus). Info: jimdunlop.com For decades, players in virtually every musical genre have been familiar with MXR pedals; the name connotes a solid road-warrior stompbox associated with great tones from ’70s through today. The Analog Chorus M234 is designed to

    Fab Four’s Big Three

    The Beatles’ “Ed Sullivan Show” Guitars, 50 Years On

    For Americans, the legend of the Beatles has a very specific starting moment: 8 p.m., February 9, 1964. That Sunday evening 50 years ago, the group appeared for the first time in the U.S. on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and spurred a phenomenon. The broadcast was watched by the largest television audience tallied up to


    M-Tone Slipstream

    Delicious Curves

    M-Tone Slipstream Price: $2,600 Contact: www.m-tone.com When it comes to custom, hand-made guitars, many prefer an instrument that innately reveals the work of its craftsman – the type that, instead of merely being a replica of a famous body shape, can be held and admired for its details. Matt Proctor’s M-Tone Slipstream is a good

    Vox Guitars Invade America

    From Dartford to Sepulveda

    The Vox brand may be quintessentially English, but it made a huge impact in the U.S. Riding in with the 1964 British invasion, Vox even displaced Fender for a time as the land’s most desired amplifier. Vox guitars lacked the same impact (the Beatles didn’t play them, after all) but were seen prominently in the


    Gibson GA-80T Vari-Tone

    In the late ’50s and early ’60s, Gibson was apparently convinced the Vari-Tone switch was the way of the future, with its instant access to six different tones. But a high proportion of players who clocked serious miles on their ES-345 and 355 guitars had the switches disabled (and the guitars rewired to mono!). As


    Supro S6651

    Supro S6651 Big Star

    Don’t we guitarists just love gear that looks like it was salvaged from our mom’s kitchen circa 1961? Give us something in high-gloss pastel, with Formica styling, gas-cooker knobs, plenty of chrome, and an emblem lifted off a fridge door and we go weak in the knees every time. When it comes to kitchen kitsch,

    Michael Johnny Walker

    Michael Johnny Walker

    Vintage Attitude Required

    The term “vintage” isn’t always literal when it comes to gear, but it certainly can be used to describe attitude. Michael Johnny Walker has spent his career chasing tone and delivering vintage attitude in spades. The riff-laden, self-titled debut of his newest endeavor, Motobunny, as well as the latest Love Me Nots release, Sucker, both

    Gibson GA-83S Stereo-Vib

    Gibson GA-83S Stereo-Vib

    Preamp tubes: four 12AX7, two 12AU7, three 6CG7 two 5879 Output tubes: four 6BQ5/EL84 (in two stereo pairs) Rectifier: GZ34 Controls: Volume, Treble and Bass for each channel (on concentric knobs), Vib Depth and Frequency (speed), Stereo/Monaural switch Speakers: one forward-firing 12″ Jensen P12R, four side-firing Jensen 8″ in two pairs Output: approximately 35 watts


    1978 Gibson RD Artist

    Throughout most of the 1970s, Les Pauls ruled the guitar roost. But toward the end of the decade, some players became interested in more-sophisticated electronics, especially active circuitry. Suddenly, souped-up guitars by Alembic, B.C. Rich, Ibanez, and Aria Pro II surged in popularity. This new trend did not take Gibson by surprise, and the challenge was

    Mike Rutherford

    Mike Rutherford

    Re-Living The Years

    Mike Rutherford prefers focusing on the future, even if recent projects have required the guitarist/bassist to think about life. Late 2014 saw the release of a three-CD retrospective, R-Kive, featuring favorites from his days in Genesis as well as selections from band members’ solo careers, and Sum of the Parts, a feature-length documentary that uses


    The Budda Twinmaster

    Return of a Boutique Legend

    In the early days of boutique-amp building, there were but a few contenders on the scene. One of the strongest amplifiers in those days was made by Budda. First released in 1995, the company’s Twinmaster presented 18 watts of raw tone that made it a no-brainer buy for many, and it soon found its way


    Frank Gambale


    Frank Gambale has had an amazing career playing the music he loves. From being the go-to guy for sweep-picking, and later replacing Al DiMeola in Return To Forever, Gambale drops jaws wherever he goes, and whether playing straight jazz, instrumental rock, or contemporary fusion, he plays from the heart and head. Gambale’s current project is


    Chris Poland

    Metal Fusion Equinox

    Chris Poland’s signature legato was born from tragedy. As a teen, his left hand accidentally punched through a plate-glass window and cut tendons in his fingers. He lost the ability to bend his index finger, and lost feeling in his pinkie. As a result, he learned unique fretting techniques that set the bar for inventive

    Delta Labs Concept 1

    Delta Labs Concept 1

    Preamp tubes: Two 6U8A, two 12FQ7, in addition to more-common types Output tubes: eight 33JV6 horizontal-output tubes Rectifier: solidstate Controls: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Resonance, Distortion; Echo effect: Mix, Repeat, Delay; Tremolo: Speed, Intensity. Pushbuttons for voicing. Output: 300 watts RMS +/- Speaker: two 12″ and four 10″ Eminence speakers You’d be forgiven for assuming