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Classic Instruments

Classic Instruments

Warwick Thumb Bass

Founded in the early 1980s by Hans-Peter Wilfer, Warwick has a familial connection to another well-known German brand from a time when that nation...

Ditson’s Style 11 and the Birth of the Dreadnought

In the early 20th century, any shopper who walked into the Charles H. Ditson & Company music stores in New York, Philadelphia, or Boston...

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...

VG Giveaways

Giveaway #171

Win an autographed edition of “Into The Light” valued at $50! Ace music photographer and VG contributor Jérôme Brunet often shoots images contrary to convention,...
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