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Roy Orbison’s Marshall Model 1961

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One of the most-desirable vintage amplifiers ever made goes by a name it never officially had. Possibly the first Marshall brought to America, ownership...

Ray Benson’s Gibson ES-355

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Anyone with a taste for real country music - in particular, Western swing - will recognize this guitar. Even though Asleep At The Wheel...

Jussi Jaakonaho’s beguiling “Beauty Box”

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w42mWDt8_NA?si=Sa81j3n-Vl-Mnh4k] Masterful Tapestry Soak it in as Jussi Jaakonaho and his 1970 Gibson SG Standard jam on ”Beauty Box” through a late-’60s Gibson Falcon amp...

George Gruhn

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If you bumped into a bearded, corduroy-jacketed George Gruhn in a Nashville coffee shop, you might think you’d stumbled upon an avuncular college professor...

The Fender “High-Powered” Twin

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1958-’59 Fender Twin Preamp tubes: one 12AY7, two 12AX7 Output tubes: four 5881 (6L6 equivalents), fixed bias Rectifier: GZ34 (5AR4) tube Controls: Volume, Volume, Treble, Bass, Middle, Presence Output:...

Dave Gant’s Amp Collection

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Dave Gant grew up in Ada, Oklahoma, and while the city of 17,000 will never be confused with Memphis or Nashville in terms of...

Name that Twang

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The fledgling Guild company scored a coup when it signed Johnny Smith to an endorsement deal in 1956. Perched atop the jazz-guitar scene at...

Duane Eddy

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(Ed. Note: Duane Eddy was featured in the June ’95 issue of VG, following the release of his Twang Thang box-set anthology, which included...

Classics: September 2023

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Several years before he became a luthier who deserves much greater recognition, Ralph Jones sold new Fender guitars and amps out of his home...

1963 Fender 6G7-A Bandmaster

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Those who love vintage amplifiers are often fascinated by little anomalies that present themselves in an otherwise period-correct specimen, and when that amp is...
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