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Dallas Shaftesbury 30

We mine the rich seam of obscure vintage American tube amps on a regular basis here in the pages of VG, but less often...

Gibson Wall-Board Guitar

In the world of “guitarcheology,” it’s well-documented that the truly interesting stuff – prototypes, one-offs, custom instruments – usually surface close to the source....

Gibson’s Budget Redux

As the 1960s rolled into the ’70s, Gibson had established itself in the electric-bass market with front-line instruments such as the solidbody EB-0/EB-3 and...

Ampeg’s Jet Reverb Prototype

Ampeg is frequently credited for being not only one of the first makers to put reverb in its amplifiers, but also for producing what...

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...
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