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Author Archives: Chip Wilson

H&D, Running Dog, and Gibson

Downsize, Upmarket L-Style Guitar
 

In the July issue we looked at affordable L-style flat-tops for the acoustic blues player. This month, we look at similarly inspired instruments, but at a premium price point. All three are American-made, one comes from a cadre of skilled workers, one was made by the hands of a solo luthier, and the third is […]

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H&D, Running Dog, and Gibson L-Style Guitars

Downsize, Upmarket
 

Huss & Dalton 00-SP Gibson Robert Johnson L-1 In the July issue we looked at affordable L-style flat-tops for the acoustic blues player. This month, we look at similarly inspired instruments, but at a premium price point. All three are American-made, one comes from a cadre of skilled workers, one was made by the hands […]

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LBenito Alerce-topped Grand Auditorium

Hot Stuff from Chile
 

How much more vintage can you get? If you’re talking about guitar tone woods, not much more vintage than the tops on guitars by LBenito. Built in Chile, using alerce trees that date back 3,000 to 4,000 years, the wood that makes up the top of LBenito’s guitars was 1,000 years old when Pythagoras (d. […]

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Charles Fox Ergo

A New Voice, From Experience
 

When experienced luthiers reach “a certain age,” they often make changes in their work. Antonio Stradivari developed the long-pattern violin circa 1691, only to abandon it a decade later. In the late 20th century, James L. D’Aquisto’s late-career archtop designs were quite radical, although they are now much-copied. Portland-based luthier Charles Fox, already thinking […]

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Jeff Babicz Acute model

Earful of Engineering
 

Writing about new gear is a problematic situation when you’re called Vintage Guitar magazine. Fortunately, most of the gear we review is based on long-accepted concepts. Even the advanced technology of a modeling guitar or amp falls in line; the gear is designed to faithfully reproduce favorite sounds produced by instruments and amps of the […]

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Line 6 Variax Acoustic

 

After proving my love for luthiery from both sides of the workbench, as a builder of 25 years and a buyer/player, why have I ordered a Variax Acoustic 700 modeling guitar? It’s not really an acoustic or even an acoustic/electric. It’s not a real instrument, is it? It’s a computer in a guitar-like container! When […]

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