Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Kiesel, Carvin Custom Intro Inline Headstock


The Carvin Custom Shop, which builds Kiesel guitars, has introduced an inline headstock shape to go along with the companies’ three-and-three and four-and-three pointed heads. The design offers straight string pull, which reduces binding on the nut, and both are available standard or reversed (tuners on bottom) (more…)

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Boggs’ Quad

Four-neck Fender from a friend
Boggs' Quad

Noted in musical history as one of the players who pushed the steel guitar beyond Hawaiian music to more-complex chording and wild interchanges with Spanish-style electric guitarists, Noel Boggs emerged from a tragic childhood, using the guitar and music as a motivator, guide, and ultimately, means to a make a living. Boggs was born in […]

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CruzTools Offers GrooveTech Soundhole Wrenches


CruzTools’ GrooveTech Soundhole Wrenches have a screwdriver-type handle, extended hex blade and a ball-end tip. They are available in 4mm and 5mm sizes. Visit www.cruztools.com. (more…)

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Blues City Music Offers Soldano 44 in Exclusive Finish


Instrument retailer Blues City Music is marking its 10th anniversary by commissioning amplifier builder Mike Soldano to relaunch the Soldano 44 in an exclusive Regency Blue tolex with matching blue jewel light. A 50-watt/single-channel 1 x 12″ combo, it uses two 5881/6L6 power (more…)

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SeaGlass Introduces Nor’Easter


The SeaGlass Guitars Nor’Easter is hand-made in the U.S. with a carved-maple top, mahogany body, set neck, nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Lollar Imperials, Emerson electronics, and a TonePros wrap-tail bridge. (more…)

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Silver Luthier Offers Jewelry-Quality Accessories


Silver Luthier guitar accessories are cast in white bronze using jewelry-making methods, which allow for more detail than die-casting.  The tailpieces fit most guitars with stop designs, while the tuning buttons fit Grover-style/-size machines. (more…)

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John 5

John 5 - Telewiedler

Since ditching his spot backing alternative-metal singer Marilyn Manson 10 years ago, superhuman guitarist John 5 has used his skills to not only spread the gospel of guitar far and wide, but along the way, he has artfully dodged the pigeonhole of “rock (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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Music Journalist/Photographer Steve Caraway Passes


On July 12, music journalist and photographer Steve Caraway died of natural causes in his home in Sparks, Nevada; he was 67. In a career that spanned five decades, he worked for several magazines, on staff and as a freelancer. In the mid ’70s, he served as Guitar Player magazine’s ad director, assistant editor, art director, […]

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Renowned Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons Passes


Buddy Emmons, the renowned pedal-steel guitarist who is credited with helping shape the sound of the instrument as it is heard in country music, died July 21. He was 78. As a child in Indiana, Emmons began playing a six-string lap-steel, influenced by the work of Jerry Byrd (with Hank Williams) and Herb Remington. After […]

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