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Classic Instruments

Classic Instruments

Greg Lake’s 
Zemaitis Doubleneck

With progressive-rock juggernaut Emerson, Lake & Palmer, bassist/vocalist Greg Lake (1947-2016) played more than one instrument made by the renowned British luthier Tony Zemaitis. Known...

Martin Bodies in the 19th Century

Exactly when did C.F. Martin begin formally using the two-part system indicating size and level of ornamentation on his instruments? Nobody knows for certain. Martin...

Fender’s 1960 Bandmaster

The earliest renditions of our gear icons are often the most valuable, but on many occasions it’s the transition models – those that bridged...

The Micro-Frets Saga

Had fate been just a notch kinder, Ralph Jones might today be a ’60s counterculture icon alongside Bob Dylan, Muhammad Ali, and Steve McQueen. Hyperbole?...

The Watkins Dominator

Is there any more stylish vintage amp than the V-front Watkins Dominator? This creation is delightfully twee yet utterly enticing – the allure of...

The Fender AA165 Pro Reverb

Fender’s “blackface” amplifiers made from late 1963 through ’67 have earned enduring “classic amp” status. Simultaneously collectible, they’re desired for their rich vintage tones...

The Audiovox 736 Electric Bass and 936 Amp

Eight decades ago, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer revealed the story of Paul H. Tutmarc debuting his latest invention – a solidbody electric bass. The 1935 article...

The Story of Albanus Guitars

“Art for art’s sake.” The expression is common. But how often is it practiced? In a basement studio on Chicago’s North Side, Carl Johnson epitomized...

Dumble Overdrive Special OD150 WR

Alexander Dumble’s creations were already established as legendary when we probed our first example in this space back in early 2011. Since that time,...

Gospel Guitars

When he wasn’t crafting Mosrites, Semie Moseley could often be found on the road, providing music for evangelists. It makes sense that his aspirations and beliefs were manifested in these instruments.

VG Giveaways

Giveaway #169

Enter to win a Schertler Giulia acoustic amp valued at more than $600! Equipped with a 1" dome tweeter and 5" woofer, GIULIA offers...
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