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VG Approved Gear

VG Approved Gear

Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO

In the early 1950s, the grand old luthiers like Epiphone and Gibson couldn’t believe there would ever be a market for solidbody guitars. In...

Strobel Rambler Travel Bass

As a rule, travel guitars and basses are intended to help one keep up their chops while on the road for work or vacation....

Mack Atomsmasher DB-40

What do you get when you have a rockin’ pair of 12AX7 tubes and a pair of EL34 power tubes? You get the tonal...

Jim Kelley Reverb Model

Jim Kelley began making his highly acclaimed guitar amplifiers 1978. His big revelation came while he was still doing mods and repairs. A customer...

Full Dozen, Semi-Hollow

To complement our February 2016 issue survey of the semi-hollow electric guitar, we tested 12 examples of the form as it exists today. Plus,...
Relic Guitars The Hague T-Style

Relic Guitars The Hague T-Style

Relic Guitars The Hague is a Dutch builder that produces, obviously, relic’d guitars. Mostly using the archetypal Strat and Tele shapes, the company sells...

Black Cat’s D&S and N-Fuzz

Located in south-central Connecticut, Black Cat blends an ear for vintage tones with an eye toward modern function and bulletproof construction. On the fuzz...

Walrus Audio’s Bellwether Dela

The Bellwether from Walrus Audio is a high-end analog delay notable for its tone, adaptability, and depth of control. The pedal’s capabilities will exceed...

Weller Guitars’ Stageliner

More and more, guitar designers are digging deep, thinking out of the box, and using their imaginations to conjure hip, nontraditional designs. Strat, Tele,...

Novax Sweet Annie

Remember chuckling at the Rick 481 slant-fret guitar? Or wondering about those fret intervals on Joni Mitchell’s dulcimer, or the flying frets on Ravi...
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