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Author Archives: Riley Wilson

G&L Legacy

One Heckuva Guitar
 

I enjoy covering sleeper gear in this column. During the past 11 years, we’ve looked at bargains like the Gibson L-6S, Seagull S-6+, Martin D-1 and the Peavey Bandit, to mention a few. This month’s entree, the G&L Legacy, may be one of the finest instruments we’ve profiled in a while. If you act quickly, […]

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Fender California Stratocaster

 

Have you priced ’57 or ’62 reissue Strats recently? The pride of the Fender line ran about $750 when it was introduced in 1982, but today you’d be hard-pressed to find a used one for that price. However, you can find an assembled-in-America Strat that feels just like a ’62 reissue for less than $475. […]

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Epiphone C-10

A nylon-string good for beginners, experts alike
 
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Hamer Blitz

The Hamer Blitz
 

One of the unspoken assumptions in the vintage guitar market is American instruments are superior to those made outside the U.S. Regular “Gigmeister” readers know I don’t necessarily subscribe to that theory. In fact, many of the best-made instruments have come from Japan and occasionally, England. The decline in quality from Fender and Gibson in […]

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Melancon Custom Artist and P-90 Artist

 

Hailing from Louisiana, Gerard Melancon is a former professional gigging and studio player who parlayed experience on the road and as a guitar repairman into a devout attitude toward building instruments. He is meticulous about every facet of the instrument, and it shows. Not content to submit one guitar for review, Gerard sent two beauties […]

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Marshall MXL V57M

Big-buck mic sounds - small bucks required
 

If you do any serious recording, analog or digital, you a need a great mic. Condenser mics have been the de facto standard for recording music and voice since World War II, and that hasn’t changed. However, the price of a good large-diaphragm condenser mic has been out of reach for most recording aficionados – […]

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Fender Telecaster Custom

Classic tones for little coin
 

Many players search for that one guitar that can “do it all.” You know what I’m talking about – the axe that covers both single-coil and humbucking tones, and sounds great doing so. In past columns, we’ve examined the Gibson L-6S and the PRS CE. Both are excellent guitars that emphasize the Gibson/humbucker side of […]

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Digitech RP-200

Budget-conscious way to go ampless
 

Last month, I disclosed that I’ve gone ampless in 2002. Now let’s discuss how, and with what gear. My criteria is the same as with any gear I use – it must sound great, be flexible, tough, and not cost a lot of money. After lots of gear comparisons with units from Line 6, Korg, […]

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G&L SC-2

When is a Tele not a Tele?
 

When is a Tele not a Tele? Well, when it’s a Leo Fender-made SC-2, among other things. This is a neat guitar my favorite repairman, Doug Lawrance, found here in Texas. This guitar is similar to an ASAT, but has a different body shape and feel. Best of all, these guitars don’t cost what an […]

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G&L SC-2

When is a Tele not a Tele?
 

When is a Tele not a Tele? Well, when it’s a Leo Fender-made SC-2, among other things. This is a neat guitar my favorite repairman, Doug Lawrance, found here in Texas. This guitar is similar to an ASAT, but has a different body shape and feel. Best of all, these guitars don’t cost what an […]

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