Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Renowned Bassist Louis Johnson Passes


Funk-bass pioneer Louis Johnson, 60, died May 21. Best known for his work with Michael Jackson, Johnson can be heard on the superstar’s Off The Wall, Thriller, and Dangerous albums, including the hit singles “Billie Jean” and “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough.” Johnson and his guitarist brother, George, emerged in the early 1970s accompanying Bobby Womack, […]

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Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

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Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Collaborations have rendered some of the greatest tunes in the history of music. Whittle the subject to “just” guitarists, and the truth remains – two are often better than one. The axiom is holding true for Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. Each a top-tier star in their own right, the two, now married for more […]

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Breedlove Updates Crossover Mandolins


Breedlove Guitars is offering two new finishes – violin stain gloss and natural gloss – on its Crossover Series mandolins. They have a solid Sitka spruce top along with solid maple back, sides, (more…)

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GJ2 Launches Inspiration Series


GJ2 Guitars recently unveiled its Inspiration Series. The Concorde has neck-through construction, a bound rosewood fingerboard, and two of the company’s Habanero Special humbucking pickups. It is available with a Floyd Rose or Tone Pros fixed bridge. The Shredder has 24 frets, a 24.75″ scale length, bolt-on maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard. Floyd Rose bridge Habanero Special humbucking pickups. […]

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PRS Intros Four Mahogany SE Standard Guitars


PRS Guitars has released four SE Standard models with mahogany bodies. They are the company’s first guitars to carry a list price under $500. Modeled after some of the company’s most popular designs, they have bird inlays and PRS stoptail or vibrato bridges. Their bodies are reminiscent of Paul Smith’s early/pre-factory builds, with set mahogany necks and (more…)

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Mark Tremonti

Rock Star, Amp Snob!

Many of the people we today consider “guitar heroes” – Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name a couple – spent more than their fair share of time stowed away in their bedrooms, playing guitar while other kids in the neighborhood played baseball, kick the can, or spin the bottle. Rock guitarist Mark […]

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Recording King Adds to Dirty ’30s Harmonella Line


Recording King’s Dirty ’30s Harmonella 0 and 000 are 14-fret guitars built using traditional X-bracing on a solid spruce tops, white wood sides and backs, Nato neck, rosewood fretboards, and traditional truss rods. They have a 25.4″ scale, plastic-button tuners, and the company’s Dirty (more…)

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Sheptone Announces 6T8 Humbucker


Sheptone’s 6T8 Humbucker is designed for hollow or semi-hollowbody guitars and uses a long, rough-cast Alnico V magnet wound with #42 poly wire on butyrate bobbins. The neck pickup averages 7.4k DC resistance, the bridge 7.8k. Visit www.sheptone.com. (more…)

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Star Board: Tom Guerra


Guitarist/singer/songwriter (and VG contributor) Tom Guerra recently released his first solo album, All of the Above, which reviewer Pete Prown says is “hook-laden rock and roll originals that pay homage to everyone from the Beatles to the Byrds, and from Led Zeppelin to Mott (more…)

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Mod Kits DIY Introduces MOD102+


Mod Kits DIY’s MOD102+ tube amp kit combines a classic tube circuit with Class A output and push/pull functionality for its Bass (mid boost), Treble (bright), and Volume (turbo) knobs. These new features and a JJ ECC803-S preamp tube allow for a variety of (more…)

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