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Winners Chosen in VG Team Josie Relay for Life Raffle


Congrats to Steve Tepper, New York, the grand-prize winner of the Collings 290 in this year’s Team Josie Relay For Life raffle presented by Vintage Guitar magazine. Congrats, also, to runners-up Ken Vogel (also from New York) and Chris Keledjian (California), who will each receive an autographed box set of Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force in London on Blu-Ray! […]

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JHS Pedals Offers Colour Box


JHS Pedals Colour Box is designed to re-create guitar “direct-to-console” tones, using dual Neve 1073 preamp topologies and a tuned Baxandall EQ. Its components include a custom Lundahl transformer, all-analog circuitry, parallel 1/4″ and XLR outputs, while its functional elements include a five-step Gain Stage selector, three-band EQ (Treble, Middle, Bass) with +/- 17dB of EQ […]

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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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Seymour Duncan Adds Six-String Nazgûl, Sentient, and Pegasus Pickups


Seymour Duncan is now offering its Nazgûl, Sentient and Pegasus pickups in six-string configurations.  Each is hand-wound in California with a black bobbin, black screws, and a black logo. Specifications include:  Pegasus DCR – 12.5k, Res Peak – 5.18kHz; Nazgul DCR – 13.6k, Res Peak – 4.75kHz;Sentient DCR – 7.74k, Res Peak – 6.53kHz. Check […]

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Bedell Offers Revere Line


Bedell Guitars’ Revere series are available in dreadnought, orchestra, and parlor body shapes. They pair Brazilian rosewood back and sides with an Adirondack spruce top and K&K Sound’s PowerMix Pure XT system, which uses bridge plate transducers, an under-saddle piezo, and an external preamp. All have mahogany necks, ebony fretboards, Waverly tuners with ebony buttons, and […]

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Cort Introduces MR600F


Cort’s MR600F acoustic has a dreadnought body with a Venetian cutaway, mahogany back and sides, spruce top, and scalloped X bracing. Its 25.3″ mahogany neck has traditional three-and-three headstock, rosewood fretboard, and dot inlays. Its Fishman Isys preamp is a small, unobtrusive system with controls for Volume, Bass, and Treble along with a phase switch, […]

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Fargen Offers Townhouse 20 Combo


Fargen Amplification’s Townhouse 20 combo is hand-built in the U.S. and uses two 6V6 tubes to produce 20 watts output from 1×12″ cab. Its two-way Decade switch has a ’50s setting with tweed-inspired tones and a ’60s setting inspired by brownface tones. It has controls for Volume, Tone, and Master. Inside, it uses custom Mercury […]

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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 pop music legend, and a huge part of Fender’s history […]

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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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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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