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IN THIS ISSUE… Walter Carter talks about the recent surfacing of the first Les Paul given a sunburst finish! Plus, we dig into Booker White’s 1933 National Duolian, speak with June Millington (of the ’70s all-girl rock band Fanny), as well as Tinsley Ellis, Nancy Wilson, Arlen Roth, and many others.

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The Ovation Breadwinner
The first solidbody electric offered by the truly innovative Ovation, it stands as exemplary of a brand that often polarizes players. Whether or not our eye finds beauty in it, there’s no denying this guitar was ahead of its time. | By Michael Wright

Border Crossing
C.F. Martin and the Influence of German and Spanish Guitar Designs
Though his first guitars bore heavy influence of German-made Stauffer instruments, in a creative burst lasting five years, he shifted to a design influenced more by Spanish builders – specifically, the squared peghead, heel shape, body shape, and other features associated with modern Martins. | By George Gruhn and Staff

The Matchless Superchief 120
Made by a latter-day master of tone, this amp caters to players whose groove relies on being backed by at least 100 watts. With four EL34s running in Class-AB, it generates an awe-inspiring playing experience. | By Dave Hunter

Fanny’s June Millington
Grrrl Power’s First Flash in Rock
Before The Runaways, Go-Go’s, and Bangles, there was Fanny, an all-female quartet that played danceable, boogie-based rock and roll, and scored a couple of minor hits. What it lacked in commercial successes it made up for with an impressive list of high-profile fans. | By Kathleen Johnson

First ’Burst
The Les Paul Standard bearing serial number 8 3087 stayed out of the public eye for nearly six decades. It was also one of two guitars to serve as a trial run for the sunburst finish – the final improvement in Gibson’s efforts to keep the model alive. | By Walter Carter

Booker White’s 1933 National Duolian
Mark Knopfler (left) and Derek Trucks with Booker White’s National Duolian. Mark Knopfler and Derek Trucks courtesy of Keith Perry. Read Hard Traveled for more

Hard Traveled
Booker White’s 1933 National Duolian
The Mississippi legend used this guitar during the blues revival of the 1960s/’70s, on stages from the Avalon Ballroom to both Fillmores. Together, they helped inspire today’s appreciation for resonators as played by heavy hitters like John Hammond, Jr. and Mark Knopfler. | By Michael Dregni

Soup To Nuts
The VG Guide to Accessories
From strings to cables to capos to preamps and all the “tools” required to be a musician, we offer a look at less-heralded gear.

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News and Notes
Ride for Ronnie; Les Paul Foundation Honors Bob Weir; In Memoriam

Tinsley Ellis
Screaming On The Inside

Ask Zac

Ace Frehley
Ace Frehley: Dove Shore.

Ace Frehley
The Space Man’s Cover Plan

Toronzo Cannon
Blues The Chicago Way

Arlen Roth
No Stone Unturned

The Steepwater Band
More Players, More Music

Buzz Osborne
Heavy Bass

Nancy Wilson
Beautifully Unbroken

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The (Way) Back Beat
Solid Comparisons, 50 Years On: Fender, Gibson, and the Electric Market in 1966 | By Peter S. Kohman

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