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    Gonzalo Bergara – Drinkin’

    Check out Gonzalo Bergara and his band jamming on “Drinkin’” from their album, Zalo’s Blues (reviewed in the March issue of Vintage Guitar). Gonzalo is playing a ’57 Strat through a 1960 Bassman, while rhythm guitarist Pablo Martinotti is playing a parts Tele through a ’66 Super Reverb. They’re joined by bassist Mariano D’Andrea on a Kay K5965 and Maximiliano Bergara on drums. The video is directed by Cristian Holzmann. Keep up with Gonzalo at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/GonzaloBergara.


    James Patrick Regan celebrates Bob Bogle

    James Patrick Regan and his Fender Tele Thinline (with strings by Dunlop, pickups by Nunley Wade and plugged into his Swart Atomic Space Tone through a George L’s cable) offer a birthday tribute to the late Bob Bogle, who would’ve been 83 today, with this jam on the Ventures’ “Slaughter on 10th Avenue” mixed with a bit of the “Batman” theme. His extra-credit turn this time is a “Spiders and Snakes” shout-out to Jim Stafford, who turns 73 today. Keep up with James at http://thedeadlies.com/.


    Neil Young often does whatever he pleases. And now, at age 70, that’s truer than ever. This new album proves the point: It’s a thematic concert combining new takes on 13 previously released songs, all interspersed with sound captures of birdsong, animals, and insects. Young’s theme is caring for good old planet Earth, and the

    The Howlin’ Brothers

    Like a long-lost radio show from the ’50s suddenly coming to life on your radio in the late nighttime hours, this hard-driving string trio summons forth the sounds of old-time bluegrass, vintage country, and roaring rockabilly. The Howlin’ Brothers have one foot tapping time in tradition, the other kicking down the doors. The howling here

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    Beyond the Parlor

    Part Two: Man and Machine

    Ed. Note: In part two of his series on the guitar in 19-century America, Tim Brookes addresses the common belief that the guitar was strictly a ladies’ parlor instrument by finding guitars being made – and played – by men. “Over the last century,” began a recent guitar history, parroting conventional wisdom, “the guitar has evolved from a

    Mack Atomsmasher DB-40

    Super Dynamics

    What do you get when you have a rockin’ pair of 12AX7 tubes and a pair of EL34 power tubes? You get the tonal core of the new Mack tube head, the Atomsmasher DB-40. Bearing the initials of Canadian rocker David Barrett, this mid-power boutique head is built to deliver tone and responsiveness. The DB-40

    Fender “Mary Kaye” Stratocaster

    The Fender “Mary Kaye” Stratocaster. A term guitar aficionados have come to associate with 1950s Strat with blond finish with gold-plated hardware! Although Mary Kaye never owned one and Fender never offically listed a “Mary Kaye” model, her name has become synonymous with this Strat. Though there are rarer custom-color or one-off prototypes, the “Mary

    EHX Tortion JFET Overdrive

    EHX Tortion JFET Overdrive

    EHX Tortion JFET Overdrive Price: $198.67 (list)/$179 (street) Contact: www.ehx.com Having teenage metal-shredders at home makes one appreciate that a little overdrive can go a long, long way. Note to sons – not all songs benefit from being played “at 11.” In the real world, bandmates expect you to sit back in the mix from

    Steve Morse

    Blazing Ahead with Deep Purple

    While many classic British bands have hung up their spurs, Deep Purple is not only fully active after 45 years, but absolutely thriving. The group regularly tours around the planet and features rock and roll icons like front man Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, and drummer Ian Paice. On guitar, Steve Morse has been with

    Steve Miller

    Some People Call Him Rock Icon, Part 2

    Though obviously a familiar name given his hits from the 1970s and ’80s were FM staples and today are virtually ubiquitous on classic-rock radio, last month we talked with Steve Miller about his less-discussed musical pedigree. Literally raised in the company of some of the biggest names in guitar music (Les Paul, T-Bone Walker, etc.),

    Elliot Easton

    Elliot Easton

    Shifting Gears Again

    Not long after he released an instrumental album with an aggregation known as the Tiki Gods, veteran southpaw guitarist Elliot Easton abruptly put the project into stasis when an opportunity arose to make music with fellow veteran musicians. The new band is known as the Empty Hearts, and includes Wally Palmar (Romantics) on guitar and

    Wayne Nelson

    Wayne Nelson

    Little River Anchor

    Bassist/vocalist Wayne Nelson has decades of experience with the Little River Band and was the first American to join the band (in 1980). He’s seen numerous changes in personnel, including his own departure from 1996 to ’99. The band recently released a new album, Cuts Like A Diamond. A native of Peoria, Illinois, Nelson grew

    Hard Rock Cafe

    Guardians of Grandeur

    The Men Who Tend to the Guitars of the Hard Rock Cafe

    “A lot of people think I go in [to a sale] with an open checkbook, but that’s not the case; we’re very strategic.” – Jerry Fraize When Peter Morton and Isaac Tigrett opened the first Hard Rock Cafe in London’s Mayfair district in 1971, they simply wanted to introduce American culture and cuisine – good

    Alex Masi

    Alex Masi

    Danger Zone

    Grammy-nominated guitarist Alex Masi has been maneuvering his way through the shark-infested waters of the music industry since the 1980s. With an impressive catalog that includes everything from high-intensity instrumental rock to covering Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, he keeps things fresh with diverse projects that push his artistry forward. His latest release, Danger Zone, bridges

    Ibanez Artcore AF105NT

    Class Axe

    Ibanez has always had two distinct personalities – first as a purveyor of shreddy solidbodies for the hard rock/metal crowd, but also as a maker of fine archtops, thanks to famous users like George Benson, Pat Metheny, and John Scofield. In the ’90s, the company started to brand many of its low-/mid-priced hollowbodies as the

    Burton, Garrett, Lee, and Wilcox Join Forces

    Burton, Garrett, Lee, and Wilcox Join Forces

    Telecaster Summit

    For guitar lovers and roots-music fans, the place to be in July ’13 was British Columbia. The Vancouver Island MusicFest held a true summit meeting of masters of the Telecaster (with an asterisk). Britain’s Albert Lee is acclaimed for his work with Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, the Everly Brothers, and others. Amos Garrett played the

    The MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion

    Company Hot Rod

    Dunlop Custom Badass ’78 Distortion Price: $79 Info: jimdunlop.com Custom Badass is a new division of MXR that offers the company’s engineers’ hot-rodded takes on popular designs. Packaged in MXR’s classic small housing, the ’78 Distortion is a bit lighter and has a more squared look compared to most MXR units. It has 1/4″ in/out

    Budda’s Baby Budda Amp Head

    Big-Boy Tone

    Budda’s Baby Budda Amp Head Price: $1,199.99 (retail) Info: www.budda.com. Budda Amplification staked its claim in 1995 with the Twinmaster boutique amplifier. Its hand-wired construction and user-friendly tones were hits in the guitar community and led to a broader line of amplifiers that catered to modern guitarists who craved old-school touch responsive. The Baby Budda

    Van Morrison

    ...It's Too Late To Stop Now...Volume I, II, III, IV, V & DVD
    Wild Nights

    In the history of live recordings, there are a handful widely considered to be all-time classics: B.B. King’s Live at the Regal is one, James Brown’s Live at the Apollo 1962 is another. And the original release of Van Morrison’s “..It’s Too Late to Stop Now…” is certainly a third – and interestingly also combines

    MIM Hosts Stephen Stills and Ushers in Dragons and Vines Exhibition

    On November 5th, Phoenix, Arizona’s Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) celebrated the opening of their newest exhibition, “Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces.” Curators teamed up with Maryland-based Pearl Works to showcase the work of some of the most talented and skilled inlay artists and luthiers in North America. The display is a remarkable collection of