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    Jennifer Lyn – I’m All Wrong For You Baby

    Jennifer Lyn plays the title track to her EP, “I’m All Wrong For You Baby,” reviewed in the April issue “Hit List.” She’s using a late-model Fender Strat with Seymour Duncan Mini-Humbucker pickups running through a Boss CH-1 Super Chorus, an EHX Cathedral stereo reverb, BMT Overdrive, and a Carl Martin Compressor/Limiter into a Vox AC30 Hand-Wired with Alnico Blue speakers. READ IT NOW!!

    Aeromyth Slingers Celebrate Brad Whitford

    Aeromyth slingers Tony Cavazo, Neal Shelton, and Frankie Wilsey join VG in extending best wishes to Brad Whitford on his 65th birthday! Check it out as they jam on “Last Child,” which was written by Brad and Steven Tyler; Neal is playing a Les Paul ’58 reissue through a Bogner Ecstasy Red OD pedal into a Marshall Class 5 combo, Tony’s Standel bass is running into a Crate B-15, and Frankie is playing his early-’70s BC Rich acoustic. Check out Aeromyth and Neal’s Music.

    Tyler Morris Celebrates Johnny Winter

    Tyler Morris keeps our Johnny Winter birthday celebration rolling, with help from his Dean Thoroughbred (with Fishman Fluence Classic pickups) and Revv 7-40 amp. Here, he digs into “Rock Me Baby,” “Bony Moronie,” and “Rock ’N Roll, Hoochie Koo.” Keep up with Tyler at www.tylerdmorris.com.


    Jonny Wickersham

    Social D Guitarist Does ’70s Cali Rock

    Best known as the Les Paul Junior-slinging guitarist stage left of Mike Ness in Social Distortion, Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham speaks with a laid-back SoCal drawl and peppers his conversation with modest asides. The uninitiated would never suspect he has just dropped his first solo record, Salvation Town, gorgeously layered Americana abetted by California rock

    Steve Wariner

    The C.G.P. Connection Willie G. Moseley

    Steve Wariner is among the handful of guitarists designated as a certified guitar player (C.G.P.) by Chet Atkins. The last guitarist to receive the personal honor, Wariner served a pallbearer at Atkins’ funeral in 2001. He also performed at the service. In the dozen years since the release of No More Mr. Nice Guy, Wariner

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    Ibanez PN1-NT

    Parlor for Pennies

    In recent years, the parlor guitar has exploded into popularity, reviving a 19th century instrument that was, as its name implies, played in the parlor – the small room used for entertaining guests or as a gathering place for family. In a diminutive space like that, guitarists didn’t need a booming, big-body guitar, hence the

    Midge Ure

    Midge Ure

    Many Facets and Musical Stylings

    Humanitarian, activist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Midge Ure has been a vital performer since the ’70s. Former guitarist/vocalist for Ultravox, he’s cited for charity work (he co-wrote “Do They Know It’s Christmas”) and performing at Live Aid as well as several Prince’s Trust concerts. Ultravox used electronics with classical and traditional rock instruments, and for

    Roland Space Echo

    The Roland Space Echo

    Perfect Slap-Back

    When Brian Setzer kickstarted the Stray Cats into action in 1979, his gear lineup was a hodgepodge of orthodox rockabilly ware along with the bizarre. His ’59 Gretsch 6120 and his pomade were the real deal. But he played through a Vox AC50 Royal Guardsman because the band was first recording in England. To get

    Gretsch 6134 White Penguin

    1958 Gretsch 6134 White Penguin, serial number 26389. Photo courtesy Gruhn Guitars. There’s no doubt the White Penguin is one of the rarest Gretsch instruments. It is estimated that no more than a few dozen were made from the introduction of the model in 1955 through 1964, when it was discontinued, though exact production totals

    Dr. Z Z Wreck Combo

    Dr. Z Z Wreck Combo

    Tone On The Go

    Dr. Z Z Wreck Combo Price: $2,999 Info: www.drzamps.com. Originally designed as a head with a matching 2×12 cabinet, the Z Wreck came about at the request of country super-picker Brad Paisley and was a collaborative effort between Mike Zaite (Dr. Z Amplification) and Ken Fischer (Trainwreck Circuits). Recently, Dr. Z released the Z Wreck

    Betty Davis and Mahalia Barnes

    The Columbia Years 1968-1969, Ooh Yah: The Betty Davis Songbook
    Nasty Girl

    Betty Mabry was known far and wide by the sobriquet of the Nasty Girl. She earned the moniker for being too wild for her men to handle – and among her men were Miles Davis (whom she married in 1968), Jimi Hendrix, and Sly Stone, none of whom were exactly slouches when it came to

    Jim Campilongo

    Jim Campilongo

    “I’m a Guitar Player”

    It’s been two years since Jim Campilongo put out a solo record, but on the new Dream Dictionary, his patented Telecaster tones take on greater dimension as he conjures a world of stark atmospherics, crushing twang, edgy note selection, and sly humor. He’s always on the move, but VG was quick enough to catch up

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    Mu-FX Octave Divider

    The Mu Is Back

    This is rocket science. Or at least as close as a stompbox gets. Sure, building a pedal that tweaks a guitar’s signal around and about isn’t exactly putting a man on the moon. But then, when an effects mastermind like Mike Beigel launches a new box, it’s almost guaranteed to propel your sound into the

    Brian Setzer

    Still Rockin’ the Holidays

    Brian Setzer’s guitar – usually a Gretsch 6120 – is the compass that leads him down various musical roads, live and in the studio. Widely credited with launching a rockabilly revival while fronting the Stray Cats in the ’80s, he kickstarted the rebirth of big-band music in the ’90s with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Rockin’

    Mike Keneally

    Mike Keneally

    Gainfully Employed

    Mike Keneally has made a career of inconspicuously assisting Frank Zappa, Andy Partridge, Steve Vai, Dethklok, and Joe Satriani fulfill their musical vision. But, there is another side to this multi-instrumentalist and sideman. Besides pulling triple-duty as a keyboardist, guitarist, and producer, Keneally is a prolific composer. He is compiling a catalog of music from

    Amptweaker’s TightFuzz and Bass TightFuzz

    A Good Buzz

    Amptweaker’s TightFuzz and Bass TightFuzz Price: $280 retail/$199 street (TightFuzz); $310 retail, $219 street (Bass TightFuzz) Info: www.amptweaker.com. Since the birth of the fuzz pedal in 1960s, its scratchy, buzzy, sometimes “psychedelic” sound has freed the creativity of many guitar players. Now, the crew at Amptweaker is seeking to feed that creative “buzz” with its

    E.W.S. Little Fuzzy Drive

    E.W.S. Little Fuzzy Drive

    Tiny Footprint, Huge Sound

    E.W.S. Little Fuzzy Drive Price: $160 (list); $130 (street) Info: www.ews-us.com. At 1.5″ x 3.5″, the E.W.S. Little Fuzzy Drive looks fun and toy-like, but, when plugged in, thoughts of cuteness disappear. Designed to use half the space on a pedalboard, the Little Fuzzy Drive (LFD) is sturdy despite is size, and is capable of

    The Yamaha THR10

    Yamaha THR10

    Practice Perfection?

    Yamaha THR10 Price: $299 Contact: usa.yamaha.com. As a rule of thumb, practice amps are a compromise. Blissfully portable, they typically lack tone and features. Yet whether in a bedroom or hotel room, a practice amp should help inspire an artist by making practice more pleasure than chore. Yamaha’s THR10 is a definite step in the

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    La Baye 2X4

    1967, the Summer of Love. Everything still seemed possible, and anything went. No more war, racial and gender equality, Fresh Cream, the Beatles best record ever, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Phew! What a difference the next year would bring! And that applied to guitars. None more than this classic minimalist La Baye 2×4 “Six.” This

    Z.Vex Fuzz Probe

    Z.Vex Fuzz Probe

    There-Mayhem

    The Z.Vex Fuzz Factory pedal unleashed sonic possibilities ranging from a horde of wasps to the (presumed) sound of the end of the world and became a go-to stompbox for extreme-rock and heavy metal guitarists. The company’s latest twist, the Fuzz Probe, takes the Fuzz Factory and adds a Theremin-like proximity control, giving its user

    Gibson L-5S Ron Wood Signature

    Serious Lumber

    In 1972, Gibson introduced the L-5S as a smaller, thinner solidbody version of its L-5 hollowbody. Most mistook it for a Les Paul with a wider body. Though not Gibson’s most popular model, it did catch the attention of a number of high-profile guitarists, including Rolling Stone Ron Wood. Like the L-5, the L-5S was