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A.J.’s 1950 Fender Broadcaster

In 1950, A.J. Custer traded his triple-neck steel for a white-guard Broadcaster. Total cost was around $300, which he paid in $10 installments over three years. Fifty years later, we tell the story.

Epiphone Crestwood

Gibson’s acquisition of Epiphone in 1957 presented a tremendous challenge to guitar designers and marketers at the company. One challenge was to design a...

The Peoples’ Guitar

Many aren’t aware that some of the archtop guitars Gibson produced during the Depression were marketed under different brand names, including Kalamazoo, Recording King,...

The Fender Stratocaster

In 1953, Leo Fender started planning a new standard guitar – the Stratocaster. His partner, Don Randall, who headed Fender Sales, Inc., came up...

The Komet Constellation

Amid the general run of vintage amps we have explored in this space, the occasional “modern classic” has proved itself worthy through sheer quality...

Fender’s Mid-’50s Precision Bass

In the world of electric basses, the 1952 Fender Precision is the one that started it all. While it's true that Gibson, Rickenbacker, and Audiovox...
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