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August 2017 VOL. 31 NO. 10
Dan Auerbach’s fixation with B-list guitars began when he was a kid, and his new solo album is a showcase made with help from guitar icons. Plus, we look at a very special addition to his collection. We also speak with Richie Kotzen about his amazing new album, and visit Songbirds Guitar Museum, the newest guitarhead-gotta-see joint in Memphis. Our world-class staff digs into the classic Fender Super Reverb, Gower guitars, and the Guyatone SG-22T. Then, we check in with Reggie Young, country superpicker Marty Stuart, Punky Meadows, Glenn Phillips, and Gretchen Menn. All this, along with our “VG Approved Gear” reviews, “Hit List” music reviews, our annual “Dad’s Day” pictorial, our latest “Guide to Accessories,” and much more!


Japanese Flower
The Guyatone SG-22T
In the middle of Japan’s progress from making idiosyncratic guitars of the early ’60s to copies of American models then original designs, there appeared a few head-turners like this. | By Michael Wright

First and Last
Fender Super Reverbs from 1963 and ’68
Fender’s blackface models are loved for their elegant control panels and toothsome, versatile tone; one in good original condition is a thing of beauty. We examine early and late examples of one of the most storied models of the era. | By Dave Hunter

Startup in Music City
The Story of Jay Gower
For Nashville players in the ’50s, he offered repairs with less hassle and short turnaround compared to the big factories. Later, he designed and built custom guitars like a glorious acoustic made for A-list picker Fate Vanderpool. | By George Gruhn and Staff

Dad’s Day 2017: VG’s Annual Ode to Fathers Who Inspire

Dan Auerbach
Nashville Collaborative
His fixation with B-list guitars began when he was a kid and served him well on the road to fame. His new solo album is a showcase for his work as producer, his recording studio (with its classic amps and effects), and some of the most iconic names in the realm of the guitar. We also take a close look at a recent – and very special – addition to his guitar collection. | By Ward Meeker

Richie Kotzen
Solo and Salty
His new solo album is a showcase for guitar sounds and styles ranging from edgy, anthemic rock to funk-jazz swing revealing acoustic runs, all mixed with vocals that would serve well fronting nearly any rock band. | By Ward Meeker

Treasures in Tennessee
Songbirds: Museum with a Mission
A fantasy land created by David Davidson and Memphis businessman Johnny Smith, it’s home to a stupefying gathering of Les Paul Standards, custom-color Fenders, classic flat-tops and jazz boxes, historic Gretsches, prototypes, one-offs, and period-correct memorabilia. | By Rusty Russell

Behind the Curtain
The VG Guide to Accessories
Before any guitarist or bassist can experience the joy of playing an instrument – whether in a bedroom, home studio, or onstage in front of thousands – they need the “little things.” From picks and strings to cables and capos, we offer a look at some of the newest accessories.


Reader Mail

News and Notes
Blues Foundation Names Winners; Belmont University Opens GIG Exhibit

Marty Stuart
Country Roots Master

Ask Zac

Steve Hillage
Echoes of Earlier Times

Punky Meadows
Heavenly Guitar

Gretchen Menn
Abandon All Hope

Glenn Phillips
Cult-Guitar Icon

Reggie Young
Never Too Late

The Fast and the Friendly
L.A. Guitar Show ’17


Vintage Guitar Price Guide
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The (Way) Back Beat
Dual Singularity: The Enduring Enigma of the Larson Brothers | By Peter S. Kohman

Jan Akkerman | By Wolf Marshall

Buyin’, Not Lyin’ | By Steven Stone

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Return of the King: New Lesson in an Old Build | By Dan Erlewine

Shop of Hard Knocks
Little Off The Ends | By Will Kelly


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The VG Hit List
Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, George Barnes, Coco Montoya, Roy Orbison, more!

Check This Action
The Blue Horizon Story, Part II | By Dan Forte

VG Approved Gear
Epiphone Masterbilt Century Deluxe Classic, Fryette Valvulator GP/DI Carvin VLD1, B&G Little Sister, Danelectro ’66, EHX Canyon/Blurst, Fire Custom Shop Sweet Chilli/Carpe Diem, Fender American Professional Jazzmaster, Ball Amps 1950s GE TV, Zerberus Nemesis Stone-Top, more!

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