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Author Archives: Lynn Wheelwright

Alvino Rey’s “Mini” Gibsons

 
Alvino Rey’s 1936 Gibson mini guitar Vintage Guitar magazine Home Main Big

Alvino Rey’s 1936 Gibson mini guitar. From (more…)

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Ro-Pat-In Electric Spanish

Granddaddy to the Stars!
 

The story of George Beauchamp’s invention of what would become the first commercially successful electric guitar is shrouded in the mist of murky memory. But one critical element of the story – the first Spanish-neck electric guitar sold by Ro-Pat-In – has recently become more clear. (more…)

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Gibson ES-300 Prototype

Les Paul and the First Gibson ES-300
 

All images from the Lynn Wheelwright archive. When a guitar junkie hears the words “soapbar” and “P-90,” the mental image is usually that of a cream-colored rectangle seated deep in a sea of metallic gold, accentuating the curves of one of the most (more…)

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Stromberg Electro

 

Mid-’30s Stromberg/Kay Del Oro, with “resonator” containing the Stromberg electro unit. Without specifically mentioning it, an intriguing headline in The Mustic Trades, dated October 20, 1928, heralded the launch of the first commercially manufactured electric guitar. At the time, the use (more…)

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