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Vaughan Jams With UT Marching Band


Jimmie Vaughan performed with the University of Texas Longhorn Band during halftime of the Texas/Texas Tech football game on Thanksgiving day. The band played a medley of Vaughan favorites, then the guitarist sauntered to the 50-yard line to perform “Texas Flood,” accompanied by the band, which includes 350 students. “I’ve been asked to perform with a […]

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Knaggs Set to Debut Hollowbody Versions of Choptank, Severn Models


Knaggs Guitars is set to introduce hollowbody versions of its Choptank and Severn models. The guitars will be introduced at NAMM, and offered in several pickup configurations with a hard tailpiece or Knaggs’ Hinge Tremolo. Options will include transparent and opaque colors, along with single and double purfling. (more…)

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Rafter Stands Guitar Stands


Rafter Stands guitar stands can accommodate up to four guitars or basses depending on how the user configures their dividers. Made from birch, ash, oak, and walnut, they are designed in Helsinki, hand-crafted in Southern Finland. (more…)

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Marshall Tucker Band, Skaggs, Others Perform for Christmas 4 Kids


The Marshall Tucker Band, Restless Heart, Shenandoah, Ricky Skaggs, and other artists performed to a full house at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium November 25 to raise more than $100,000 for the non-profit Christmas 4 Kids, which buys coats for children and (more…)

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Tele of Two Legends

The Amazing Story of One Unique Fender

One day in the mid 1950s, up-and-coming thoroughbred jockey Bill Shoemaker – long before he gathered 8,833 career wins (including 11 in Triple Crown events) while running more than 40,000 races – was playing host to his friend, (more…)

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Bergantino Audio Intros AD Series Speakers, Cabs


Bergantino Audio Systems’ AD Series guitar speakers use proprietary ceramic-magnet drivers capable of handling 75 or 150 watts output. The company’s AD cabs are made of birch, covered in black tolex, and appointed with rubber feet and a metal grill.

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Kiesel Offers Aries Multi-scale Models


The Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop Aries AM6 and Aries AM7 guitars have beveled-alder bodies with multi-scale/fanned-fret bolt-on necks. They’re available in six- and seven-string configurations using scale lengths of 25.5” to 26.5” and 25.5” to 27.0”, respectively. The necks are reinforced with dual carbon-fiber rods and a two-way (more…)

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Star Board: Elliot Easton

Elliot Easton

Elliot Easton’s “Pedalboard” Though Elliot Easton enjoys his loaded full-size Pedaltrain board, his new band, The Empty Hearts (with Clem Burke, Wally Palmar, and Andy Babiuk), does a lot of fly-in concerts, so… “Since I have to schlep my stuff to the airport, it’s gotta be (more…)

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PRS Offers Private Stock Singlecut Archtop


The PRS Private Stock Singlecut Archtop has a 3.171”-deep body with spruce top with integral bracing, figured-maple back, mahogany sides, 22-fret/25” scale length maple neck, ebony finger­board with mother-of-pearl birds with paua heart center and green-abalone and paua heart vine, ebony headstock veneer with Private (more…)

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Roland Offers JC-40 Jazz Chorus


The Roland JC-40 Jazz Chorus was created to mark the 40th anniversary of the Jazz Chorus guitar amp series. It offers 40 watts output with the line’s Dimensional Space Chorus effect along with modern features including enhanced onboard effects, an effects loop that works with mono (more…)

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