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Gretsch 7680 Super Axe

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Most of us are – or should be – aware of the enormous contributions of the late Chet Atkins, the Country Gentleman, to American...

1965 Epiphone Emperor

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The Epiphone Emperor has a long, convoluted history. It first appeared in Epiphone's catalog in late 1935 as a response to Gibson's Super 400,...
Gibson EH-150

An Odd Gibson EH-150

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Lap-steel guitars were the first commercially available electrics – ancestors of the guitars we plug in today, regardless of their shape. The popularity of...

Ask Zac: Deep Dive on the Wide Range

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I have collected several Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups from the early ’70s, and I’m curious about how to check whether they’re set to...

Fixing Tuner Holes in a Rare Gibson

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I’ve worked on plenty of old Gibsons, but guitars like this 1939 J-55 are rare. It’s only the second one I’ve ever seen, and...

Classics – April 2021 Edition

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Like so many Vintage Guitar readers, Steve Evans was propped in front of a TV that February night in 1964 when the Beatles first...

The 1966 Murph Squire II-T

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Despite what many enthusiasts believe, there has been only one really significant “lawsuit” that defined a class of guitars – Norlin v. Elger, 1977...

The Airline GIM 9151A

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1970 Montgomery Ward Airline GIM 9151A Preamp tubes: three 12AX7 Output tubes: four 6L6GC Rectifier: solid-state Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass     on each...

Simon Adahl’s 1958 Höfner 162

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He may not be part of anthropological history like Dutch paleontologist Eugene Dubois, but Simon Adahl did have to dig a bit to discover...

Gibson K-5 Mandocello

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The violin-style f-holes of Gibson’s F-5 mandolin, L-5 guitar, and other Style 5 instruments, are the most famous and most significant elements of Lloyd...