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Classic Instruments

Classic Instruments

Sigma by Martin

Sigma by Martin

Long overlooked and relegated to an obscure corner of the collectible market, Sigma by Martin guitars have recently gained popularity among a new generation...
The Coulter Company

The Coulter Company

The eye-catching and technologically innovative stringed instruments created by Frank Evans Coulter in the early 20th century are so exceedingly scarce that few guitar...
Gibson J-35

Gibson J-35

Dreadnought guitars originated as early as 1916 with instruments made by Martin and distributed by Ditson, followed in 1931 with guitars sold by Martin...
1986 Dumble Overdrive Special

1986 Dumble Overdrive Special

The exalted amps of Alexander Dumble have been legendary since he began building in the late ’60s, and have become more so over the...
Michael Bloomfield’s ’63 Telecaster

Michael Bloomfield’s ’63 Telecaster

A silver-spoon teen who loved sneaking into Chicago’s southside blues clubs, Michael Bloomfield reveled in absorbing all he could from the many legendary players...
Fender “Wide-Panel” Twin

The Fender “Wide-Panel” Twin

While Fender’s high-powered 5F8-A Twin of 1958-’60 (VG, March ’09) has been much raved about in recent years, there’s a lot to be said...
The “Conversion” Les Paul

The “Conversion” Les Paul

One of the more intriguing topics in guitardom is the Gibson Les Paul “conversion.” What is it? Most of the time, it’s a reference...
Guild Basses in the Early 1980s

Traditional, Temporary

The early ’80s were a unique time in the history of American electric guitars. Fender and Gibson were both owned by corporate interests –...
Gretsch 6119 Tennessean

Gretsch 6119 Tennessean

Chet Atkins was the most important endorser ever employed by the Gretsch company. When introduced in the 1950s, models bearing his name were admired...
Hot Wires - A Brief History of the Modern Guitar String

Hot Wires

If you’ve ever bent a guitar string and given it a shake, send a silent thank you to guitarist James Burton. His solos on...
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