Classic Instruments

Classic Instruments

Traynor YBA-2 Bass Mate

Canadian amp maker Traynor gets a lot of respect in some circles for turning out solid, good-sounding tube amps that are built with quality...
Horray For Hollywood

Horray For Hollywood

Movies made in the 1950s and ’60s that included rock-and-roll music acts typically showed them performing in segments using their own equipment (Little Richard...

Gibson Marauder M-1

1978 Gibson Marauder M-1 Every once in awhile, someone in Gibson R&D gets a brainstorm like, "I know! Why don't we make a bolt-neck guitar!"...

1978 Gibson RD Artist

Throughout most of the 1970s, Les Pauls ruled the guitar roost. But toward the end of the decade, some players became interested in more-sophisticated electronics,...
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National Bel-Air

The idea of Gibson providing guitar parts to another prominent guitar maker is laughable today, but in the 1940s and ’50s, relationships were cozier...
Boggs' Quad

Boggs’ Quad

Noted in musical history as one of the players who pushed the steel guitar beyond Hawaiian music to more-complex chording and wild interchanges with...
National-Dobro 6107A

National-Dobro 6107A

Preamp tubes: 56, 57 Output tubes: two 2A3 Rectifier: 5Z3 Controls: Volume Output: 6 watts RMS +/- Speaker: one 10" Lansing Model 112 Why doesn’t this ever happen to us?...
Beyond the Parlor Part Two: Man and Machine

Beyond the Parlor

Ed. Note: In part two of his series on the guitar in 19-century America, Tim Brookes addresses the common belief that the guitar was strictly a ladies’...
Star Board: Rudy Jaramillo

Star Board: Rudy Jaramillo

Rudy Jaramillo is quick to mention that his effects setup is very simple. "I go into my 1) Boss tuner, then to a 2)...

Three Larsons

At first glance, these three guitars appear to be a straightforward collection of different sizes of the same model. A comparable set of three...
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