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Epiphone Model M Steel

Misjudged Beauty

The Epiphone company already had a long history when it hit big with banjos in the early 20th century. And it was quick to change with the times as musical tastes and the needs of musicians changed. For example, in response to Gibson’s violin-like L-5 archtop guitar, Epiphone fired what could only be termed a […]

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The Tube Amp Book – Deluxe Revised Edition


Tube amp connoisseurs, your cup runneth over! This new edition of the veritable Tube Amp work distills all the facts and schematics from the first four editions, marries them to a large hardcover format, and adds the technological bonus of a CD-ROM. The resulting package covers all the great tube amp manufacturers with histories, pictures, […]

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Analog Man’s Guide to Vintage Effects Pedals – Tom Hughes


“Analog Mike” Piera was one of the first to recognize the power of the internet to disseminate information and as a tool for commerce. Peira’s background as a software engineer with a degree in computer science made him ideally suited to explore the possibilities of the new medium. His original website, on the earliest version […]

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Rory Gallagher – Let’s Go To Work


Rory Gallagher’s mention brings a certain vision: denim jeans and a flannel shirt. An old Strat with very little finish left. High-spirited yet authentic blues and rock. Consummate musicianship. A CD box set also brings a certain vision: packaging the music parts into a greater whole. Both are represented clearly in this new offering. Gallagher, […]

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Chet Atkins: Me and My Guitars – Chet Atkins and Russ Cochran


Chet Atkins has a deserved reputation as a great guitar player and all-around nice guy. So it’s a pleasure to see a book that is part biography and part history of his personal guitars. Atkins was no guitar collector. He owned a number of nice instruments over the years, but they were his tools of […]

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Bill Dixon – Guitar Collecting: How I Built a $65,000 Collection

Morris Publishing 2003

Bill Dixon has done what many of us have done. He bought, traded, and sold guitars. And he has done well. He made a profit that he plowed back into his collection. He built up a nice collection of instruments and had a lot of fun doing it. The one thing Dixon did that most […]

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Epihone Deluxe Archtop

Head-On With the L-5

Webster’s latest defines the word “deluxe” as “…notably luxurious, elegant, or expensive.” The Epiphone Deluxe archtop guitar was certainly luxurious. When introduced in 1931, it sported a triple-bound top with rope-pattern purfling, fancy diamond-and-triangle position markers on the neck, a bound “Masterbilt” headstock inlaid with flowers, gold-plated parts, curly maple back and sides, and a […]

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Jimi Hendrix – Live at Berkeley


Experience Hendrix has settled into a regular schedule of new Jimi releases. This latest is taken from a live performance in May, 1970, and shows Hendrix in good form with a now well-indoctrinated Billy Cox on bass, and a newly returned Mitch Mitchell on drums. Previewing several of the in-progress songs slated for a new […]

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Leslie West – Blues to Die For


Mountain had just one real hit – the two-and-a-half-minute blast of “Mississippi Queen” can still be heard on classic rock radio. And while it has a 12-bar structure, it isn’t a blues song. In fact, a look at the Mountain catalog shows no real blues songs, but rather music that is quite sophisticated – a […]

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Jimi Hendrix Experience – Paris 1967/San Francisco 1968

Paris 1967/San Francisco 1968

Got to hand it to the folks at Experience Hendrix, who keep coming up with good Hendrix music and packaging it in fine releases. This new work, on its Dagger Records subsidiary label, is a typical audience recording that has been tweaked by the master hands of Eddie Kramer. There’s still evidence of its origin, […]

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