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Michael Schenker

Acoustic Album, Electric Gear
 
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One of the most influential guitarists in hard rock history, Michael Schenker has imbued the music of UFO, Scorpions, and his own MSG with soaring, light-speed guitar solos. More recently, he released Gipsy Lady, an album by his Schenker-Barden Acoustic Project, one of several non-electric projects he’s (more…)

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin Deluxe Editions
Zep Deluxe
 
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Jimmy Page has been actively promoting these fresh reissues of the Led Zeppelin catalog and, in fact, they are rather impressive. There are CD and vinyl versions, each with a remastered original album and a companion disc of rarer material. We suspect you already (more…)

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Jimi Hendrix

Into the New Rising Sun - Speculating on Jimi's Later Career Move's
 
Vintage Guitar magazine Jimi Hendrix

It has been 40 years since the passing of Jimi Hendrix. In his honor, this month we will look at two unexplored aspects of his life and work, including the largely untapped oeuvre of Jimi’s later studio work – the period after 1968’s (more…)

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Peter Frampton

Premonition, When All the Pieces Fit, Now
 
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Perhaps no rocker in history was ever punished as severely as Peter Frampton. In 1976, he was the celebrated king of pop-rock thanks to Frampton Comes Alive, but after a weak followup and an appearance in the dreadful Sgt. Pepper’s movie, he was (more…)

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TWA GD-02 Great Divide Analog Synth Octaver

Mono Monster
 
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TWA GD-02 Great Divide Analog Synth Octaver Price: $399 Info: www.godlyke.com . Despite its cumbersome name and the fact it looks like it might require an MIT degree to use, the TWA GD-02 Great Divide Analog Synth Octaver is simple and relatively intuitive to use – and (more…)

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Julian Lage

A Guitar Wizard Comes of Age
 
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People having been raving about Julian Lage since he was a young guitar prodigy almost 20 years ago – he even jammed onstage with Carlos Santana at the tender age of eight. Over the past half-decade, the 26-year-old has become a brilliant guitarist who’s taste (more…)

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Fender’s Classic Player Strat HH

The Humbucker Paradox
 
Fender’s Classic Player Strat HH

Fender’s Classic Player Strat HH Price: $949.99 (list) Contact: www.fender.com One of the great guitar myths is that pro Fender players always use single-coil pickups. Many do, of course, but many have replaced those singles with noise-free humbuckers, whether full-sized units or (more…)

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Magnatone Varsity

Less is More, Plus
 
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Magnatone Varsity Price: $1,699 (list); $1,799 (as tested) Contact: www.magnatoneusa.com Magnatone earned a cult of admirers in the mid 20th century. Buddy Holly and Lonnie Mack used the company’s amps, and Neil Young still has a 280 Stereo model in his live rig. (more…)

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Electro-Harmonix Soul Food, Nano Big Muff

Add OD, To Taste
 
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Price: Soul Food, $89.25 (list), $62.81 (street); Nano Big Muff, $95.64 (list), $69.80 (street) Info: www.ehx.com Guitarists have an insatiable desire for overdrive and distortion pedals, and manufacturers seem to be responding with more models every day. Two of the (more…)

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Bruce Forman

Formanism, Vol. II
 
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Following up 2012’s Formanism, West Coast jazzer Bruce Forman delivers another set of dazzling guitar-trio bop, harkening back to the postwar era of Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts, Herb Ellis, and Jimmy Wyble. If you want to hear Forman barnburning, cue up “The Song Is For (more…)

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