Author Archives: Ward Meeker

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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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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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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Johnny Marr

Brit Gets a Git

When pop-music fans in the U.K. talk about guitar heroes, they tend to put more stake in the way a player’s work fits, contextually, into that of his band. To wit, in a 2006 poll, BBC listeners were asked to choose the best guitarist to emerge since 1980, and many of the 30,000 who responded […]

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VG Team Josie Winners Receive John Page Classic Guitars


Christopher Burke, Roslindale, Massachusetts, and Brian Lovely, Columbus, Ohio, recently took delivery of the John Page Classic Ashburn guitars they won in this year’s American Cancer Society/Team Josie Relay for Life raffle. “The attention to detail in the fittings and finish is immediately evident,” said Burke. “Cosmetically, it’s just perfect – same with the fretwork.  […]

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Rich Robinson Slates Tour


Rich Robinson, guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of The Black Crowes, is set to embark on a solo – mostly acoustic – tour with five guitars, including a newly restored Guild 12-string, two vintage parlor models, a jumbo, and a Teye electric. Robinson will perform material from his (more…)

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