Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Movie Star, Rancher

Mid-’50s Muse of Wire and Wood

In the years immediately after World War II, Americans were settling into a new way of life, and plunging headlong toward an economic prosperity never before experienced by everyday people. Change was also afoot among the nation’s guitar manufacturers. Having been restricted by materials shortages and/or re-tooling to bolster the war effort, guitar makers like […]

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ZZ Top Suspends Tour


ZZ Top has been forced to suspend its current tour with Jeff Beck after bassist Dusty Hill slipped and fell on his hip aboard his tour bus the evening of August 26.   The affected dates include the bills shared with Jeff Beck through September 13.  Beck will perform August 29 in Salamanca, New York, August 30 in Atlantic City, […]

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Seymour Duncan Offers New Pickup Booster


The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster pedal uses a class A/low-noise circuit design to emphasize a guitar’s natural sound. Its Resonance Switch makes the pedal interact directly with the pickups, giving single-coils a vintage humbucker sound or high-output tones. Compared to the original Pickup Booster, its (more…)

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Brian Farmer, Longtime Tech/Stage Manager For Gov’t Mule, Passes


Brian Farmer, a longtime crew member for Gov’t Mule, passed away August 24, at his home near Nashville.  He was 53 and died in his sleep. Farmer began working for Gov’t Mule in 1998 after being introduced to the band by bassist Allen Woody. He had previously (more…)

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PRS, Santana Benefit Kimmel Cancer Center


Paul Reed Smith Guitars is set to host the 15th-anniversary One Night One Show One Cause Benefit Concert, this year featuring Carlos Santana and presented by The Baltimore Sun Media Group for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.  The event will take place (more…)

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Gretsch Offers Limited Edition G6137TCB Panther


Gretsch’s limited edition G6137TCB Panther has double-cutaway three-ply maple body finished in Flagstaff Sunset, a chambered/spruce center block that runs the length of the body, three-piece maple neck, 12″-radius bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and pearloid Neo-Classic inlays, bound headstock, two High Sensitive (more…)

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Rio Grande Offers Pickups Vintage ’51 for P-Bass


Rio Grande Pickups’ Vintage ’51 for P-Bass is a ’50s-style P-Bass  design with four exposed/sand-cast Alnico V magnets and two-wire cabling. It uses “historic” vulcanized-fiber flatwork for period-correct styling and has either standard or vintage 22-gauge/seven-strand braided-cloth insulation. The company also offers the Muy Grande (more…)

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TWA Offers Little Dipper Mk II Envelope Filter


The Totally Wycked Audio Little Dipper Mk II has dual envelope filters to bend and morph guitar tones to  emulate talkboxes, filters, phasers, or flangers, or vocal-like wah. New features (versus the original) include a Low Boost switch, a fifth Diphthong setting, Occultation (more…)

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Buzz and Frank Rogers

Wood, Wire, and DNA: A Dad’s Day Talk With

Fathers and music – two of the most influential things in the lives of most guitarists. No matter if their jams happen on a worldwide stage or the living-room floor, guitar players speak loud and proud of dear ol’ dad – the person who often put that first guitar in their hands! Each year, VG […]

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Committee Breaks Ground for Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle


After more than three years of planning and fundraising, ground was broken last month for a  park named in honor of Jimi Hendrix. The occasion was marked with a program at the 2.5-acre site adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, in Seattle’s Central District. “Every project endorsed by our family which bears (more…)

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