We welcome Eddie Van Halen, Wes Montgomery, Ernie Ball, and the Gibson Firebird to the VG Hall of Fame. Also, we present Mark Knopfler’s Privateering with the reader-chosen Album of the Year. We also speak with Bryan Adams sideman Keith Scott about lending his tasteful playing and tones to all those mega-hit songs and albums, and highlight the guitars and amps he used along the way. Jake E. Lee, Black Joe Lewis, James Elkington, and Gregg Lewis sit to talk about their latest projects, we pay our respects to Billy Mure, and get the lowdown on the latest creation by Mu-Tron inventor Mike Beigel. There’s also a look at The Silvertone Legacy, and this month’s top-notch instrument profiles focus on Fender’s 5E7 Bandmaster amp, the Gibson F-7, Ibanez‘s Steve Lukather guitar, and Kay‘s Jazz Special and Value Leader basses. Wolf Marshall breaks down a few of John Mayer‘s licks, while Peter Kohmann offers an in-depth look at the guitar as it was in 1949. Our music-review staff talks about good new stuff from Uncle Tupelo, Pierre Bensusan, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, The Strypes, Ten Years After, and the gear guys do likewise with the Alairex H.A.L.O. OD, Grammatico’s LaGrange, Knaggs’ Chesapeake Severn Tier 2 Trembuck, the Music Man JP13, Ruppert’s Acouswitch/Basswitch IQ DIs, the Moniker Dixie Solid, and TWA’s GD-02 Great Divide Analog Synth Octaver.
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The Ibanez Steve Lukather Model
Ibanez collectors are generally drawn to instruments from the 1970s, but when the brand grew more popular in the early ’80s, it attracted a handful of high-profile players, including Toto guitarist Steve Lukather. We take a look at his role in its creation.
By Michael Wright
The Fender 5E7 Bandmaster
Wedging between the narrow-panel Bassman or 5E3 Deluxe and the 1×15 Pro or 2×12 Twin, this three-speaker combo offers a strangely glorious configuration. For Leo Fender in the mid 1950s, it perfectly filled a gap in his product line.
By Dave Hunter
1934 Gibson F-7
Orville Gibson’s guitars and mandolins were revolutionary, but as this one proves, the company that assumed his name was open to experimentation in the pursuit of better tone.
By George Gruhn
The Kay Jazz Special and Value Leader
One represents the evolution of Kay’s offerings for the “beginner” market, while the other is the epitome of the aesthetic excess for which its electric basses became known.
By Willie G. Moseley
Orange, Green, and Gold
As a kid immersed in music, he was “pulled in all directions.” But, like most of his generation, when The Beatles played Ed Sullivan, the desire to play guitar became all-consuming. Good fortune found him early in his career, when an up-and-coming singer/songwriter realized what he could bring to a song with his tasteful playing and tones.
By Ward Meeker
The Silvertone Legacy
A Brief Historical Perspective
Though the brand has existed since 1916, it didn’t start “making” guitars for the Sears catalog until the late ’30s. Along the way, it offered some of history’s most significant guitars and amps. Plus, a look at the key models and vital players who know the joys of the brand.
By Vaughn Skow
The VG Hall of Fame
We asked, and once again, readers made their voices heard. We welcome Eddie Van Halen, Wes Montgomery, Ernie Ball, and the Gibson Firebird to the VG Hall of Fame. Also, we present Mark Knopfler’s Privateering with the reader-chosen Album of the Year.
News and Notes
LP Foundation Grants, Yamaha Acquires Line 6, Haynes and Trucks Set Departures from ABB; In Memoriam
Jake E. Lee
The Legend Returns
By Zac Childs
Black Joe Lewis
VG on Facebook
Resurrection of the Mu-Tron III
Windy City Diversity
Supersonic Guitarist Remembered
King of the Rockin’ Blues
Vintage Guitar Price Guide
Vintage Guitar Classified Ads
The (Way) Back Beat
Waiting for the Solidbody Sunrise: The Realm of the Guitar in 1949
By Peter S. Kohman
Do You Have a Hydration System?
By Steven Stone
By Wolf Marshall
Dan’s Guitar Rx
Lefty Finds a Friend, Part Two
By Dan Erlewine
Shop of Hard Knocks
Push/Pull Your Way to New Tones
By Will Kelly
The VG Hit List
Uncle Tupelo, Pierre Bensusan, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, The Strypes, Ten Years After, more!
Check This Action
Big City Blues
By Dan Forte
Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Alairex H.A.L.O. OD, Grammatic LaGrange, Knaggs Chesapeake Severn Tier 2 Trembuck, Music Man JP13, Ruppert Acouswitch/Basswitch IQ DIs, Moniker Dixie Solid, TWA GD-02 Great Divide Analog Synth Octaver
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