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Category Archives: Issue Archive

March 2008

 

FEATURES JOHN SHANKS Six-String, Sound Maker He grew up in a house where music was a constant and “show business” paid the bills. His career a producer/songwriter has him working with big names – and he knows about vintage axes and tones. By Ward Meeker THE VG HALL OF FAME Class of 2007 Whether it’s […]

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February 2008

 

FEATURES JOHN PORTER A Life in Guitar: Producing, Picking, Collecting Player, producer, unabashed guitar enthusiast and astute collector, his professional credits are diverse and voluminous and include Clapton, Hooker, Santana, Stephen Stills, and more. By Wolf Marshall AMP-O-RAMA The Gibson GA-79RVT Gibson amps from the 1950s and ’60s are generally seen as “poor man’s Fenders.” […]

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January 2008

 

FEATURES IN DETAIL The 1958-’62 Gibson ES-335TD A true benchmark, the first semi-hollowbody was the result of inspiration derived from the willingness to listen to players while devising a guitar that resonated like a hollowbody while sustaining like a solidbody. By Ward Meeker EMMYLOU HARRIS One Beautiful Voice, a Cavalcade of Great Guitarists Her new […]

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December 2007

 

FEATURES ST. BLUES GUITARS Then and Now St. Blues is the epitome of a brand with a unique niche in guitar lore. Born in a Memphis music store where notable guitarists often took instruments for repair, it now ranks among the revitalized. By Willie G. Moseley AMP-O-RAMA 1964 Fender Super Reverb Although plenty of players […]

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November 2007

 

FEATURES 50 YEARS OF VOX Any design that remains the kid to beat for 50 years deserves its own chapter in the annals of tone. Mention “class A” and Vox’s AC30 and AC15 amplifiers come to mind first every time. Plus, an exclusive first look at the Vox AC15H1TVL. By Dave Hunter AMP-O-RAMA The Kustom […]

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October 2007

 

FEATURES Robben Ford The One and Only These days, young guitar phenoms are promoted more for their age than their playing. The early work of Robben Ford puts all the hubbub in perspective. We talk with him, and take a look at his favorite vintage axes. By Dan Forte JERRY & GORDON KENNEDY “It’s a […]

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September 2007

 

FEATURES GARY MOORE Still Got the Blues – Again! His style is as distinct and identifiable as his career is varied. After rocking (with Thin Lizzy and solo) in the 1980s, he discovered his true calling – the blues. And his new album proves he’s truly one of the greats. By Lisa Sharken RANGER DOUG […]

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August 2007

 

FEATURES 44 JOE BONAMASSA Young Gun, Old Guitars At just 30, he is already a veteran who for years has been sharing stages and jamming with the likes of Buddy Guy, Stephen Stills, Robert Cray, Danny Gatton, B.B. King and many others. By Willie G. Moseley BRYAN SUTTON Solo or Session A talented multi-instrumentalist, Bryan […]

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July 2007

 

FEATURES TELE OF TWO LEGENDS The Amazing Story of One Unique Fender One day in the mid 1950s, up-and-coming thoroughbred jockey Bill Shoemaker was playing host to his friend, bandleader Hank Penny, who had come calling with a special gift in a brown case. By Ward Meeker DAVID BROMBERG Bandleader Turned Shopkeeper Tries One More […]

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June 2007

 

FEATURES RICH ROBINSON Back on the Wing As the co-founder of the Black Crowes preps a new album, we speak with him about the band, its classic sound and style, and the vintage electric and acoustic instruments he has used to record its many hits. By Ward Meeker AMP-O-RAMA The Fender Deluxe Reverb If guitarists […]

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