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Classic Instruments

Classic Instruments

Vega Director Model A-60

A worthy vintage combo in all regards, there’s sad irony in the fact the Director Model A-60 is representative of the downward trajectory of...

William Peale, Jr. Gibson Super 400

The iconic “singing cowboy” was created by Hollywood actors like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter, and others. Many used fancy, customized guitars, often...

First-Rate Second Fiddles

No two ways about it, as his career hit stride, Jimi Hendrix was a Strat guy. Not famously loyal to any particular guitar going...

Gretsch 6130 Round-up

The romantic concept of the “Old West” – an enduring element of American pop culture – was spurred by pulp novels before John Ford...

Mel Bay D’Aquisto

Melbourne “Mel” Bay (1913-1997) began his musical career at the age of 13 in his hometown of Bunker, Missouri. Largely self-taught, as a teen...

Park 45

When is a Marshall not a Marshall? When it’s a Park, of course! Though it might not scream “classic rock tone” for the guitarist...

Rosalie Allen’s SJ-200

On the pages featuring the Super Jumbo 200, Gibson’s 1940 catalog trumpeted, “This king of the flat-top guitars was especially created for professional entertainers...

The Supro 1600R Supreme and 600 Reverb

Supro amps from the late 1950s and early ’60s are some of the most stylish of the era, and boast circuits that generated classic...

Greg Lake’s 
Zemaitis Doubleneck

With progressive-rock juggernaut Emerson, Lake & Palmer, bassist/vocalist Greg Lake (1947-2016) played more than one instrument made by the renowned British luthier Tony Zemaitis. Known...

Martin Bodies in the 19th Century

Exactly when did C.F. Martin begin formally using the two-part system indicating size and level of ornamentation on his instruments? Nobody knows for certain. Martin...
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Giveaway #167

Enter to win a Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo, valued at $300! The Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo delivers foot-sweepable tremolo control, all without taking your hands...
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