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Carlos Santana

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Carlos Santana is illustrating a point. "Most people play like this - around the note," he says, making a fist with his left hand...

A Hero’s Gretsch 6117

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In the 1960s, the astronauts were bigger cultural icons than the Beatles. And no, that’s not the Colorado-based surf band that hit with songs like...

Tokai Talbo

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For aficionados of copy guitars - replicas of mostly American classics that give U.S. manufacturers apoplectic fits - perhaps no company is more respected...

Gibson J-200 Rosewood

The Gibson company was founded on the belief that carved-top guitars were superior to flat-top designs, and consequently, Gibson was a reluctant entrant in...

Keith Richards’ 1963 Gibson SG Custom

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In 1961, Gibson introduced the double-cutaway Les Paul to replace the original version, which had been endorsed by guitarist Les Paul since being developed...

Gibson Les Paul Juniors

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Guitar dealers tell guitar stories much like anglers tell fish stories. There are those they “got” and those that got away, and either can...

Six-String Basses from the 1950s and ’60s

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Electric bass, bass guitar, baritone guitar; four, five, or six strings – many varieties of low-tuned instruments are available today. In the 1950s, however,...

The Slingerland May Bell

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It’s hard to imagine a more poorly “documented” guitar brand than Slinglerland. The company has been around since before World War I and made...

National-Dobro Model C

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We’ve seen some pristine vintage pieces in these pages over the years, but as far as time-capsule amps go, when you consider age-to-condition ratio,...

Festive Frets

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Listen to VG’s "Festive Frets Holiday Play List" on Spotify! From the two-string refrain that kicks off Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” to the rejuvenated...