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Category Archives: Issue Archive

November 2009

 

FEATURES Remembering Les Paul As news of his recent passing spread, reaction was swift and heartfelt. His name is synonymous with Gibson’s early solidbodies, and for a time he was one of America’s most popular, accomplished electric guitarists. We recount his history and gather thoughts from notable players. The Epiphone Pacemaker Before you label this […]

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October 2009

 

FEATURES In Detail The Gretsch 1955-’61 White Walcon When it came to fancy electric guitars in the ’50s, Gibson and its Super 400 were ensconced as the undisputed King of the Hill. Through the years, though, others did pose the occasional challenge. This hotrod designed by Gretsch and Jimmie Webster is one example. By Ward […]

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September 2009

 

FEATURES Mick Mars… …Shows off a piece of his action Fueled by his powerhouse riffage, Mötley Crue defined the heavy metal that emerged from L.A. in the early ’80s. An astute collector of vintage guitars, we take a look at an alluring dose of his eye candy. By Lisa Sharken Creative Head An inside look […]

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August 2009

 

FEATURES DAD’S DAY ’09 VG’s annual ode to fathers who inspire THE VOX AC10 Anything from the ’60s bearing its three-letter logo will get a Beatles fan wound up, though “real players” typically withhold adulation from models below “15.” Truth is, though, this is one gargantuan tone machine. By Dave Hunter GRAMMER GUITARS Made in […]

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July 2009

 

FEATURES Steve Earle Guitar Talk His life has seen peaks and valleys usually reserved for a soap-opera script. Now ensconsed in a comparatively laid-back life, his music is nonetheless punchy and opinionated, while his attitude toward guitars is evermore informed. Plus, we take a close look at his Martin M-21 signature model. By Dan Erlewine […]

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June 2009

 

FEATURES King’s Ransom Seagal, Gibbons, and Albert King’s Flying Vs United by their devotion to a musical form and a deep respect for one of its legends, an action-film superstar and rock-and-roll icon spend some quality time with three guitars made famous by blues royalty. By Wolf Marshall The Airline 62-9015A From Montgomery Ward’s Airline […]

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May 2009

 

FEATURES GIBSON ES-175 SPECIAL WURLITZER Through the 1960s, Gibson made many custom instruments that mixed and matched specifications from various models. Few have been as intriguing as this custom thinline from 1955, made for musician Andy Nelson. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter SINGING COWBOYS, FANCY ACOUSTICS Autry Museum Highlights Early Guitar Heroes The fruition […]

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April 2009

 

FEATURES RICKY PHILLIPS Alll About Sound He has shared time with the Babys, Bad English, and Coverdale/Page. Now a member of Styx, his instrument collection includes vintage Fender Precision basses and five late-’60s Telecaster basses. By Willie G. Moseley THE GIBSON GA-50T Get your classic ’50s electric jazz guitar tone right here – warm, smooth, […]

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March 2009

 

FEATURES KEY COLLECTION Nashville Pro Dave Gant Fosters Impressive Gathering of Amps When he’s not serving as musical director for country superstar Garth Brooks, Dave Gant spends time lovingly “tending and lending” his collection of amplifiers. By Ward Meeker AMP-O-RAMA The Fender “High-Powered” Twin Tweed-o-philes know the format is ubiquitous, like Kleenex or Band-Aid. But […]

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February 2009

 

FEATURES Cool Rockin’ Daddy From the Bushmen to the Bis-Quits, solo work to his gig as Rodney Crowell’s lead guitarist, the multi-talented player, producer, and songwriter can do everything. It all started at a Springsteen concert in ’76! By Rick Allen AMP-O-RAMA The 1963 Gretsch 6156 Playboy Gearheads do love an occasional epiphany like this […]

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