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    Greg Martin Salutes Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash – who would’ve turned 85 last weekend – was one of Greg Martin’s biggest heroes. “Back in 1968, hearing ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ followed by Cream, The Doors, Rolling Stones, Hendrix, and The Beatles on AM radio… it was a beautiful thing and just felt right,” he said. “Johnny was a true pioneer. He opened doors for many artists who were unacceptable to mainstream – including Kentucky Headhunters! Thank you, Johnny, we miss you.” In honor of Cash and his sidekick, Luther Perkins, Greg plays snippets of “Folsom…” on his ’57 Fender Telecaster into a ’67 Champ. Keep up with Greg at kentuckyheadhunters.net.

    Bruce Kulick Talks TonePros

    Sit in with Bruce Kulick as he takes a run on his ESP LTD EC-1000 Deluxe with a TonePros bridge and Seymour Duncan pickups. He also shares a look at his Rock N Roll Relics Thunders model with a TonePros Wraparound bridge. SEE IT NOW!!.

    Damon Fowler


    Damon Fowler’s records have traditionally been eclectic conjugations of American music – rock, country, a little sacred steel, and lots of R&B. On his latest, Sounds of Home, Fowler covers all that ground and more. “I lived with my grandparents, and everyone in the house liked country music,” he said. “So, I was around that

    Forty Quid of Klunk

    Tales of the Harmony Bass

    Duh-Duh-Duh-Duh-Duh, Klunk! It’s not the most artful musical introduction, but it was effective. And by the time a screaming Hammond organ slides in over the pounding bass-and-drums, most listeners are hooked. The song is “Gimme Some Lovin” by the Spencer Davis Group, and the 1966 record is a showcase not only for the vocals and

    Fargen Olde 800 MKII, Sonic Edge J&J Overdrive

    Decades of Tone

    The Fargen Olde 800 MKII Price: $1,949 Info: www.fargenamps.com. For 10 years, Ben Fargen has established a reputation for building amps based on British and American designs, and for offering aftermarket mods to expand/enhance other builders’ designs. Fargen’s new nod to the British stacks of yore is the Olde 800 Mk2. A 25-watt head fueled

    Effectrode Tube-Vibe and Goran Fat Boy

    Premium Pedalin’

    Effectrode Tube-Vibe Price: $429 (Tube-Vibe) Contact: www.effectrode.com Goran Fat Boy Price: $429 Contact: www.goranguitars.com In the annals of guitar stompboxes, there are no tones more elusive than the mystical swirls of a modulation pedal and the warm roar of an overdrive box. Builders big and small put their stamp on these two classic designs, tweaking

    Lollar’s Gold-Foil Pickup

    After the Gold Rush

    Lollar’s Gold-Foil Pickup Price: $180 (list, each) Info: www.lollarguitars.com Gold-foil pickups are exotic beasts – just like many of the 1960s Japanese-made Teisco guitars that sport up to four of them crammed between neck and bridge. These pickups may look like the grille of a ’59 Eldorado, but Teisco aficionados will tell anyone that original

    Cole Eclipse Pro Special

    Straight-from-the-catalog instruments are fun – and reassuring – because you know exactly what you’ve got. But there’s another kind of thrill – and satisfaction – when you find something that’s totally off the radar, something that presents a mystery to be solved, like this circa 1913 Cole’s Eclipse banjo, which sports a Washburn headstock and

    Eddie Clarke

    Ex-Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke is back with his first Fastway album in more than two decades. It’s called Eat Dog, Eat and it’s a hard-hitting heavy-duty rock record with the kind of blazing guitar tones that brought Clarke to prominence. The current lineup of Fastway has been playing Europe and Japan, and has lost

    Coral Electric Sitar

    Coral Electric Sitar

    For centuries, Indian musicians have utilized the resonant sympathetic strings of the sitar to create the unique sounds of classical Indian music. Traditional sitar design combines a body fashioned from a large gourd with a long, hollow neck made of teak or tun wood and two bridges made of bone, horn, or ebony at the base of

    Kelly Mulhollan

    True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley
    Divine Inspiration

    Arkansas farmer Ed Stilley was plowing his fields in 1979 when he was struck down by a heart attack; lying in the dirt, he had a vision that God wanted him to build guitars and give them to children around the country to make music. Once recovered, he began crafting instruments of his own design,

    Tom Feldmann

    The Guitar of Robert Johnson

    “And the Oscar goes to…” If they gave out Academy Awards for the best guitar instructional film, Tom Feldmann’s latest on Robert Johnson would be a shoe-in. We rarely review instructional videos, but this one is something special. And it’s more than just a how-to guide: it’s an in-depth, note-for-note documentary look at the playing

    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

    Fender Deluxe Reverb

    Vintage Guitar magazine Hall of Fame 2011 Instrument

    In the June ’07 issue of VG, amp profiler extraordinaire Dave Hunter said of the Fender Deluxe Reverb, “If guitarists were to vote for the one ‘best amp for all occasions,’ [it] would very likely earn a majority decision’.” And while this year’s nominees in the VG Hall of Fame “Instrument” category pitted the “DR”


    Beautiful Broken; The Ann Wilson Thing! #1 and #2

    Heart is beating hard again. It’s been four years since Ann and Nancy Wilson’s last release, but the sisters are back – and with a vengeance. Along with Heart’s 16th album, Ann has debuted two EPs. Beautiful Broken features remakes of seven Heart classics along with three new tunes, plus Metallica’s James Hetfield, who adds

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    2015 Readers’ Choice Awards

    Each year, VG asks readers to select Readers’ Choice winners for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Player of the Year in four musical categories, based on artists and recordings featured in the magazine between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Included in the annual vote are nominees for the VG

    Bill Pitman

    Bill Pitman

    The Man From Wrecking Crew

    On a recent episode of his TV talk show, David Letterman mentioned to guest Cher that he’d just seen the new documentary, The Wrecking Crew, which chronicles the coterie of L.A. studio musicians that helped create many of her records and hundreds of other hits for more than three decades. She immediately responded by naming

    Snowy White

    Snowy White

    One Man, One Guitar

    Snowy White, one of the finest blues and rock musicians to come out of the U.K., built a career on near-anonymity. Deliberately. “It is my nature,” he explains. “If the spotlight hits me, my inclination is to step out of it. I’m actually quite a private person.” In or out of the spotlight, White is

    Tech 21 Fly Rig 5

    Tech 21 Fly Rig 5

    Tone To Carry-On

    Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Price: $249 (list) Contact: www.tech21nyc.com Long before the Line6 POD, the Box of Rock, or the iRig, there was the SansAmp from Tech 21 – the first tube-amp emulator. Twenty-five years into its evolution, SansAmp’s analog circuitry is now housed alongside other tone-building essentials in a super-compact, super-efficient multieffect. The

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    Top 50 Guitar Songs of the ’60s

    Data and info compiled by Alan Greenwood and Ward Meeker Vintage Guitar marked 25 years of publication with a year full of cool features that relied on feedback from readers who visit VintageGuitar.com. This month, we kick things off with the results of a poll to determine what readers believe to be the 50 coolest