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Category Archives: Issue Archive

September 2010

 

  FEATURES In Detail The Gibson ES-5 When it came to Spanish-style electric guitars, Gibson was a reluctant participant, wading into the market in 1936. After WWII, it was (more…)

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August 2010

 

FEATURES Steve Miller Some People Call Him Rock Icon From a fabled upbringing that included being shown chords by Les Paul and Mary Ford to getting lead-lick lessons (more…)

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July 2010

 

FEATURES Gretsch’s “Golden” Tenors Tenor guitars were popular in the ’20s, when musical tastes motivated a move away from the banjo. But major companies were still making (more…)

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June 2010

 

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May 2010

 

FEATURES The Beatles’ Casinos Of all the guitars made famous by the Beatles, the only one that John, Paul, and George had in common was the Epiphone Casino. Each owned one and used it for countless recordings (more…)

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April 2010

 

FEATURES Bruce Kulick Wielding Power on bk3 On his new album, the former Kiss guitarist raises the bar and offers songs diverse in terms of style, tone, and personnel. And to make it, (more…)

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March 2010

 

FEATURES The VG Hall of Fame ’09 Time for the annual selection of inductees. This year’s field of nominees was as strong as ever, and voters clamored by the hundreds to let their choices be known. The Silvertone 1304 Well before founding Danelectro, Nat Daniel was making amps for department stores. This one is the […]

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February 2010

 

FEATURES Billy Sheehan New Music, Old-School basses Accompanied by a 1970 Fender Precision Bass, he has been a standout in four decades, including tapping toe-to-toe with Steve Vai. He harbors a special love for baritone instruments, which have become the musical foundation for his solo work. By Lisa Sharken The Supro S6651 Big Star When […]

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January 2010

 

FEATURES Holy Cripes! The Story of Jerry Garcia’s Last Guitars Steve Cripe was not a guitar player, not a songwriter. But the cabinet maker became part of the fabric that makes up the story of the Grateful Dead when he built guitars for the legendary Jerry Garcia. By Steve Armato and James D. McCallister The […]

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December 2009

 

FEATURES Jay Geils Blues & Archtops His name is most associated with ’70s party rock. But for the last 15 years, Jay Geils has immersed himself in the jazz and swing of the 1940s and ’50s – and the guitars required to purvey the form. By Tom Guerra The Fender Tremolux Most amp nuts are […]

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