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Classic Instruments

The G&L El Toro

At the beginning of 1983, Leo Fender was just more than three years into his last guitar-manufacturing venture when he decided to diversify the...

Tele of Two Legends

One day in the mid 1950s, up-and-coming thoroughbred jockey Bill Shoemaker – long before he gathered 8,833 career wins (including 11 in Triple Crown...
Peter Green

Peter Green

Establishing the provenance of a vintage guitar can be a daunting task, even for a seasoned pro. In the case of one particular 1960...
Gibson EH-150

An Odd Gibson EH-150

Lap-steel guitars were the first commercially available electrics – ancestors of the guitars we plug in today, regardless of their shape. The popularity of...
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Alvino Rey’s “Mini” Gibsons

Alvino Rey's 1936 Gibson mini guitar. From its beginnings, Gibson has built custom orders and unique instruments for specific artists, sometimes by request, other times...

National N-275

Gibson is widely known for its guitars, mandolins, and banjos, but many are unaware the company built instruments for nearly 30 brands for several...
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Gibson Tal Farlow

The Tal Farlow is one guitar in a quartet of full-depth Gibson Artists models first cataloged in the early 1960s. Introduced in ’62, it was...

Robin’s ’80s Import Basses

While the Robin guitar brand's reverse "imported then domestic" chronology has been documented in this space, the basses shown here are the first import...

Hofner 185

Have you heard the line, “If Hendrix had a Magnatone, Strats would be worth $200 now?” A highly debatable proposition, for sure! But if...
Gibson Grenada Five-string

Gibson Grenada Five-string

The Gibson Granada five-string banjo is primarily known for being played by Earl Scruggs, who had an enormous impact on the sound and style...
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