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Fender‘s 50th Anniversary Strat

Height of the Reissue

In celebration of the 50th “birthday” of its famous Stratocaster model, Fender has taken the reissue concept to new heights. • And why not? Arguably the most popular guitar – electric, acoustic, you name it – ever built, the Stratocaster is the epitome of a (more…)

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Dave Stewart

Six-Strings, Studios, and Songs

Guitarists often cite instruments as sources of inspiration. For musician, songwriter, and producer Dave Stewart, it wasn’t a ’57 Strat or a ’Burst that recently caused a creative flurry, but a guitar far more pedestrian. Stewart and bandmate Annie Lennox rose to fame in the early ’80s as the Eurythmics, a pop duo that, especially […]

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DOD Offers Compressor 280


The DOD Compressor 280 employs an electro-optical circuit that varies the pedal’s dynamic compression using a light-dependent resistor and internal LED. At lower settings, its Compression knob adds a subtle volume-leveling effect that adds a touch of evenness to the guitar’s signal, raising the level (more…)

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Dean Zelinksy Teams with Guitars 4 Vets


The non-profit Guitars for Vets (G4V) organization, which provides free guitars and lessons to veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has announced a “Buy One, Give One” partnership with Dean Zelinsky Private Label guitars. Zelinsky is producing an exclusive G4V-branded guitar. With every (more…)

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Steve Miller

Some People Call Him Rock Icon, Part 2

Though obviously a familiar name given his hits from the 1970s and ’80s were FM staples and today are virtually ubiquitous on classic-rock radio, last month we talked with Steve Miller about his less-discussed musical pedigree. Literally raised in the company of some of the biggest names in guitar music (Les Paul, T-Bone Walker, etc.), […]

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Fender “Korinacaster”

Double-Cut Kuriosity

There’s a bit of irony in the fact that Leo Fender, creator of the first solidbody electric guitar to be mass-produced, wasn’t known as the adventurous sort. Rather, history tells us he was a pragmatic, downright conservative guy for whom form very much followed function – a fact borne out in the bread-and-butter realities exhibited […]

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Dweezil Zappa Victim of Theft


A Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster used by Dweezil Zappa on the Experience Hendrix tour earlier this year was recently stolen during the current tour with his band, Zappa Plays Zappa. A precise location of the incident is unknown, as the guitar wasn’t called on for use until a later tour stop, at which time it was […]

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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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Joe Satriani

More Than Meets the Ear
Joe Satriani Home Main Big

When he emerged in the late ’80s, rock guitarist Joe Satriani stood apart from the hair-band crowd for several reasons. Like most of his contemporaries, his style was a mix of classical and classic rock, heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. Also like his peers, he was fully capable of the shred-tastic scalar […]

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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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