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    Charlie Starr Riffs on the Grateful Dead!

    Check out Charlie Starr ripping on the Grateful Dead’s “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo.” He’s playing his ’62 Les Paul Junior through a 1960 Gibson GA-5T Skylark and an Echoplex. Read the Vintage Guitar mag review of Blackberry Smoke’s collaboration with Bob Weir, “An Evening at Tri,” in the July issue “Hit List” reviews. READ NOW!!

    Tommy Emmanuel Plays “The Mystery”

    Watch Tommy Emmanuel play “The Mystery” and read John Heidt’s review of his latest album, “Music Gone Public,” in the July issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. READ IT NOW!!

    Dick Taylor

    From R&B Psychedelia With the Pretty Things

    When the Pretty Things’ 50th anniversary was marked with Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky – a huge boxed set containing 11 CDs and other goodies – the cover of the 100-page, 12×12 hardcover book pictured lead singer Phil May and lead guitarist Dick Taylor. Of course, there were other band members, and May and Taylor

    John 5 - Telewiedler

    John 5


    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

    Nancy Wright


    The ubiquitous saxophonist of the San Francisco blues scene for 30 years, Nancy Wright finally stepped to the fore and released her solo debut in 2009 – a fine instrumental outing in a Blue Note jazz vein. On her third offering, the type of seasoning that comes from decades of “sideman” and bandmate work (recording

    Epiphone 1966 SG G-400 PRO

    Epiphone 1966 SG G-400 PRO

    For Those About to Rock

    Epiphone’s 1966 SG G-400 PRO Price: $582 (list); $349 (street) Info: www.epiphone.com Gibson’s SG is a classic design with plenty of great players behind it, from Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, and Jerry Garcia to Tony Iommi, Angus Young, and Mick Box of Uriah Heep, to name a few. The Limited Edition 1966 SG G-400 Pro

    Peavey’s Razer, Mystic, and Foundation

    Peavey’s Razer, Mystic, and Foundation

    Contrasting Chronologies

    Just a handful of years after Peavey turned the world of electric guitar upside-down with its T-60 guitar and T-40 bass, the company was feeling its oats. While the T series caught attention because their bodies were carved by computer numerical control (CNC) machinery that produced very consistent, durable, instruments, they also weren’t overly appealing,

    Eric Sardinas

    Eric Sardinas

    Resonator Rock

    Resonator/slide specialist Eric Sardinas is no blues curator. While he pays homage to the music that inspires him, Sardinas is a fiery super nova that performs with a personalized blend of soulful musicality and showmanship. He and his band, Big Motor, unleash high-intensity blues-rock with an earthy accessibility and raw power driven by his resonator.

    Full Dozen, Semi-Hollow

    12 Variations on a Classic Design

    To complement our February 2016 issue survey of the semi-hollow electric guitar, we tested 12 examples of the form as it exists today. Plus, check out 2 featured articles in the issue “Thinkin’ Thin — Heroes of the Semi-Hollow” and “47 Semi-Hollow Guitars” on pages 86-94 (may need to tap the PREVIEW button) of the

    Joel Hoekstra

    Joel Hoekstra

    Busy Smilin’

    When does Joel Hoekstra sleep? To say the always-smiling guitarist has a full plate is an understatement. For several years, he has juggled performing with the smash hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages, toured with the holiday sensation Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and served as a member of melodic hard-rockers Night Ranger. He amicably parted ways with

    Falbo Alpha Series Hollowbody

    Falbo Alpha Series Hollowbody

    Top Dog

    Falbo Alpha Series Hollowbody Price: $3,450 (base); $6,250 (as reviewed) Info: www.falboguitars.com Frank Falbo set the acoustic guitar world on its collective ear in 2012 with a revolutionary string-anchoring design that reduces or eliminates the string pull that attempts to tear the bridge right out of the top of acoustic guitars. By attaching the ball


    Santana IV

    This lineup reunites Carlos Santana with guitarist Neal Schon and other members of the 1970–1973 Santana band, reigniting their unique mix of Latin-rock, soul, jazz-rock fusion, and heavy Afro-Cuban beats. Listen to “Shake It” for a modern spin on old-school Santana, Carlos jamming on the wah-wah for the main track, while Schon is let off

    Harmonic Design’s VP-90

    Harmonic Design’s VP-90

    Tone with Intent

    Harmonic Design’s VP-90 Price: $100 Contact: www.harmonicdesign.net Harmonic Design must be doing something right. Specializing in replacement pickups, they boast a roster of satisfied customers that includes folks like Redd Volkaert, Otis Rush, Bill Frisell, Robben Ford, and Neal Schon. One of their latest offerings, the Harmonic Design VP-90 (for Vintage Plus) is intended as

    Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

    It Is What It Is
    Mississippi Blues Holdout

    The unique and insular Bentonia style may be the deepest and darkest of all blues. Skip James personified the music: he sang haunted songs in an eerie, high-pitched voice that would send a cold shiver down even Robert Johnson’s back. Henry Stuckey was the first known musician to come from the remote Mississippi crossroads; he

    MOD Kits DIY 102+ Amp Kit

    MOD Kits DIY 102+ Amp Kit

    Do It Yerself

    MOD Kits DIY 102+ Amp Kit Price: $265 (list) Contact: www.modkitsdiy.com A good friend jokingly remarked that building tube amps is the legal equivalent of taking opiates – instantly gratifying yet highly addicting. If so, then MOD Kits’ 102+ just might be the “gateway” amp build. This 8-watt, vacuum-tube practice amp is beautifully laid out

    The Gretsch G5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block

    The Gretsch G5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block

    Gettin’ Gainy

    The Gretsch G5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block Price: $1,275.00 (list); $899.00 (street) Contact: www.gretschguitars.com It’s no secret that hollowbodies don’t excel in high-gain situations. Gretsch’s Electromatic line of guitars use a solid-spruce center block designed to cut feedback when things get loud. The smallest of the line, the G5655T-CB shares the 1.75″ deep, double-cut body and 13.5″

    Epiphone Zenith Fretted and Fretless Bass

    New Groove Territory

    For decades, guitar players have known the name Epiphone. Renowned for making great-sounding jazz boxes like the Zephyr and Emperor Regent, which have been seen in the hands of major artists, and models like the Texan and Casino were key to the sound of The Beatles. Even blues legends like John Lee Hooker flocked to

    Hall of Fame – Players

    From 1994 to the present — read about each Readers’ Choice Awards Players.

    Budda’s Chakra and ZenMan Pedals

    Zen and the Art of Tone Maintenance

    Budda’s Chakra and ZenMan Pedals Price: $149.99 Contact: www.budda.com Best known in guitar circles as an admired amp builder, Budda has released a pile of new stompboxes that cover all bases from modulation and delay to the crunchy stuff. Two of these offerings are the ZenMan overdrive/boost and the Chakra compressor, straightforward-looking boxes with some