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Author Archives: Pete Prown

Avante Gryphon

Game Changer?
 
Avante Gryphon

Avante Gryphon Price: $1,495 (street) Info: www.veilletteguitars.com People bandy about the term “game changer” so often these days it barely means a thing, but the Avante Gryphon may be just that. Avante is the import line of Joe Veillette, who has long been crafting fine (more…)

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Oddfellow Caveman Drive

Tone Evolution
 
Oddfellow Caveman Drive

Oddfellow Caveman Drive Price: $174.99 (list) Info: www.oddfellowfx.com. Handmade in California, the Oddfellow Caveman Drive is a boutique pedal whose simple layout belies its tonal complexities. But even before hooking this stompbox into your signal chain, right off the bat, you have to dig (more…)

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Anthony Phillips

Progressive 12-String Master
 
Anthony Phillips

Ant Phillips was a founding member of Genesis and, along with guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford, created the signature 12-string acoustic sound that marked the band’s classic albums. Phillips left the group after 1970’s Trespass album to study music, but his ’77 solo debut, The Geese and the Ghost, is regarded as a prog classic. It also […]

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Pat Metheny

the Unity Sessions
 
Pat-Metheny

This film of Pat Metheny’s talented Unity Band is another gem in his long career, featuring both live performances and insightful interviews. The Unity quintet is more of a straight-ahead jazz ensemble than the Pat Metheny Group, featuring the fierce tenor sax of (more…)

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Adrian Legg

The Wizard of Strings
 
Adrian Legg

Aside from witty asides on social issues, natural disasters, and Renaissance history, Adrian Legg’s formidable fingerstyle and deep musicality remain his calling card. His latest album, Dead Bankers, continues the bedazzlement. On “Marco’s Bounce,” you put a piece of foam under the strings to create (more…)

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Effectrode Fire Bottle Magnetic Pickup Booster

The Box That Went to Harvard
 
Effectrode’s Fire Bottle Magnetic Pickup Booster

Effectrode’s Fire Bottle Magnetic Pickup Booster Price: $255 Contact: www.effectrode.com The Effectrode Fire Bottle is a pedal that deviates from the norm and offers something fresh. Unlike a chorus, distortion, or phaser that delivers a definite “effect,” the Fire Bottle is (more…)

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Epiphone 1966 SG G-400 PRO

For Those About to Rock
 
Epiphone 1966 SG G-400 PRO

Epiphone’s 1966 SG G-400 PRO Price: $582 (list); $349 (street) Info: www.epiphone.com Gibson’s SG is a classic design with plenty of great players behind it, from Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, and Jerry Garcia to Tony Iommi, Angus Young, and Mick Box (more…)

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Airline ’59 Custom 1P and Epiphone ’61 Casino 50th Anniversary

Having a Rave-Up!
 
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Epiphone ’61 Casino 50th Anniversary Price: $1,415 (with tremtone); $1,332 (with stop/trapeze tailpiece) Contact: www.epiphone.com Airline ’59 Custom 1P Price: $899 (with case) Contact: www.epiphone.com Fifteen years ago, you couldn’t give away some of the less-popular guitars from the ’60s, whether they were models (more…)

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Vibesware Guitar Resonator GR-Junior II

Sustain For Days
 
Vibesware Guitar Resonator GR-Junior II

Vibesware Guitar Resonator GR-Junior II Price: $175 (list, depending on exchange rate) Contact: www.vibesware.com In the beginning, there was the E Bow, a handheld device that used a powered magnet to create infinite sustain and feedback. Then came “sustainer” pickups, which were (more…)

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Jas Obrecht

Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar
Blues Primordial
 
Jas-Obrecht

When did blues guitar begin? Many people think of Charley Patton, but in this book historian Jas Obrecht teaches us the idiom began long before that Delta legend – back to the turn of the century, if not further. The well-researched but highly accessible (more…)

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