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Classic Instruments

Classic Instruments

1939 Gibson Super 400 Premier

The Gibson Super 400 debuted in 1935 as the first production-model 18" archtop guitar with f-shaped sound holes; 30 years prior, the company’s Style...

Keith Richards’ 1963 Gibson SG Custom

In 1961, Gibson introduced the double-cutaway Les Paul to replace the original version, which had been endorsed by guitarist Les Paul since being developed...

The Musical Instrument Museum

When traveling the American desert southwest, one should expect the unexpected. Visit in the springtime and you might witness the elusive flowering of the...

A 5E3 Mystery

Readers of Vintage Guitar occasionally stumble on unique, prototype, or otherwise fascinatingly non-standard amps, and it’s a pleasure to share when they’re made available...
Supro’s 600R DeLuxe

Supro’s 600R DeLuxe

In the early days of reverb, no one was thinking about surf music; they were striving instead to replicate the warm, resonant, live sound...

Tonk Brothers/Washburn 5241

From the late 1920s through the early ’40s, Gibson produced instruments under a variety of brand names for retailers like Montgomery Ward and mail-order...

Jim Kelley FACS Reverb

Truly a deserving name in the early era of the “boutique” amp scene, Jim Kelley is also an extremely under-recognized one. After working at...

National Style 3 Hawaiian

Metal-bodied guitars built by the National String Instrument Company before World War II represent a giant leap in guitar design and technology. When they...

Gibson Custom Colors in the 1960s

Unlike its rival from the West Coast, Gibson did not readily embrace the concept of offering custom-color finishes. It wasn’t averse to custom work...
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Fender Custom Colors in the 1960s

In the 1950s, America’s fascination with the automobile was running at a fever pitch. The booming economy of the country’s post-war years pushed the...
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