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New Orleans Guitar Company Model 8

Sonic Mojo
 
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New Orleans Guitar Company Model 8 Price: $2,999 Contact: neworleansguitar.com For over a decade, the New Orleans Guitar Company has been producing handcrafted electrics with an attention to design and detail possible only in a small shop. The vision of sculptor/luthier Vincent Guidroz was most (more…)

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Henriksen’s JazzAmp 112-ER

All That Jazz
 
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Henriksen’s JazzAmp 112-ER Price: $999 (retail) Info: www.henriksenamps.com. Traditionally, jazz guitarists have sought a mellow tone in which single notes exhibit a horn-like timbre. Unfortunately, this often means sacrificing chord clarity. Henriksen Amplifiers’ JazzAmp series is a bid to give jazz guitarists fluid solo lines (more…)

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Babicz Octave Blue Flame

Flaming Glory
 
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When a vintage-minded guitarist recollects cracking open the case of a big ol’ hollowbody and catching a glimpse of flame, minds wander to dreams of Gibson ES-5 or Kay Jimmy Reed Thin-Twin axes. As one unboxes the Babicz Octane, many of the same emotions are stirred, given the classic look of the hollowbody beauty’s flame-maple […]

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D’Addario/ Planet Waves Accessories

Goodies Galore
 

The D’Addario family has been making musical-instrument strings since before brothers-in-law Rocco and Carmine moved to the U.S. from Italy in the early 1900s. A longtime music-industry fixture, D’Addario & Company long ago branched out from strings into other areas, like a recent crop of (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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