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VG Approved Gear

VG Approved Gear

Brown’s Guitar Factory Lap Steel

At the beginning of amplified music, one of the first instruments to get a magnetic pickup was the Rickenbacker “frying pan” lap steel –...

Valvetech Suplex

Used by rock royalty, the 100-watt Marshall Model 1959 Super Lead unleashed hellacious tones. Problem was, it was ridiculously loud and lacked a master...

MOD Kits DIY 102+ Amp Kit

A good friend jokingly remarked that building tube amps is the legal equivalent of taking opiates – instantly gratifying yet highly addicting. If so,...

DiMarzio’s Black Angel Pickup

Back in the old days, adding a pickup to an acoustic guitar was a major operation that required a luthier’s services. There was one...
Fishman Fluence Classic Humbucker Set

Fishman Fluence Classic Humbucker Set

Fishman recently released the revolutionary Fluence series pickups that utilize an active, hum-canceling pickup design. Following our review of their Single-Width pickups (VG, March...

Reverend Descent H90 Baritone

Electric baritones have increased in popularity for the last 20 years. Filling the gap between standard-tuned electric guitar and bass, these solidbodies are useful...
Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931

Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931

If you’ve ever played a fine vintage guitar, you know how two things jump out at you immediately: 1) they’re often quite light, and...
Ibanez M522S

Ibanez M522S

Thanks to acts such as the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and the Punch Brothers, the mandolin is suddenly hip again, particularly among guitarists...
Eastwood La Baye 2x4 Devo Signature Model

Eastwood La Baye 2×4 Devo Signature Model

For decades, guitarists have lovingly referred to their solidbody guitars as “planks.” In the mid ’60s, a small builder called LaBaye upped the ante...
E.W.S. BMC2

E.W.S. BMC2

As mini-sized pedals continue to gain in popularity they are also becoming increasingly refined and versatile in their layouts. One of these, the popular...
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