Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Breedlove Announces Legacy Concert Koa


Breedlove Stringed Instruments is offering a limited-edition Legacy Concert model with koa back and sides, Stika-spruce top, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard and bridge, Gotoh 381 tuners, LR Baggs Anthem TRU-Mic pickup, and tortoise binding. It measures 15″ across the lower bout, while the nut (more…)

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Carr Amplifiers Introduces Lincoln Combo Amps


Carr Amplifiers’ Lincoln model uses four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp and two EL84 power tubes in a hand-wired circuit with custom-made transformers, Solen power-supply caps, a two-position attenuator offering 18 or six watts output, footswitchable channel changing along with a Low/High gain switch in overdrive (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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Dean Zelinsky Guitars Intros Dellatera Custom


The Dean Zelinsky Dellatera Custom has a contoured alder body with flame-maple top, rosewood or maple fingerboard, 10 finish options, and with options for pickguard, hardware packages, the company’s Z-Glide neck, and pickups including a cloth wired/Alnico-magnet single-coil designed specifically for the guitar, as well as (more…)

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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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Warner Hodges

In And Out of Scorcherland
Warner Hodges

If your ear was at all tuned to “alt-country” (a.k.a. cowpunk) in the late ’80s or you were lucky enough to be informed of it in the years since, you’re aware of the path carved by Jason and Scorchers. Popularly associated with the wiry appearance and lead vocal of Jason Ringenberg and the Tele-through-a-dimed-Marshall tone […]

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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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