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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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Gibson 1958-’60 Les Paul Standard

One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twelve. That's the number of Les Paul Standards Gibson produced between 1958 and 1960. Amongst guitar collectors, it means there aren't...
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Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster

In 1949, Gibson did something nifty, introducing the ES-5. The number 5 had special significance for Gibson, dating back to the Lloyd-Loar-inspired master Models...
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La Baye 2X4

1967, the Summer of Love. Everything still seemed possible, and anything went. No more war, racial and gender equality, Fresh Cream, the Beatles best...
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Rickenbacker Electric 12-Strings

George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacher founded Electro String in 1931 to manufacture what everyone would soon call “Rickenbacker” guitars. Success with musicians came early....
Gibson Barney Kessel Custom Prototype Vintage guitar magazine

Gibson’s Experimental Kessel Prototype

This is a guitar which for all practical purposes appears to be a Gibson Barney Kessel Custom model, but the label clearly indicates it...
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Buddy Holly’s ’58 Magnatone 280

When guitarists talk tremolo or vibrato, you can bet the magnificent Magnatone amps will find their way into the conversation. The watery, warbling “true...
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National Westwood

Whether Valco – the company that made National guitars in the 1950s and ’60s – was actually inspired by U.S. geography when it created...
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The Gretsch Round-Up

In 1954, what could possibly be more “contemporary Western” than a Gretsch Round-Up? Introduced in 1954, the Round-Up (listed in Gretsch literature as model...
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