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Vintage Guitar magazine April 2014 VG Readers' choice Awards Butch walker Winter Burton Smith Clapton Bonamassa

In this issue… We announce inductees to the VG Hall of Fame and winners of our Readers’ Choice Awards. Learn why James Burton, Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Randall Smith, the Fender Princeton and Eric Clapton and Friends’ The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale all gained honors. We also interview renowned performer/producer Butch Walker, whose new album is laden with haunting, vintage tones helping render its gritty folk, pop, and rock. George Gruhn studies a Martin plectrum guitar from the 1930s, Willie Moseley takes a look at Fender’s ’57 Precision Bass, Peter Kohman looks at Gibson’s competition in the days of the Master Models, Dave Hunter tells why the Sound City L/B 120 Mark V was nearly ubiquitous in London in the early ’90s, and Michael Wright explains why the Alvarez-Yairi CY116 pioneered a non-traditional approach to the classical guitar. We talk new music and the latest goings-on with Mike Rutherford, Eric Krasno, Jeff “Jabo” Bihlman, Nili Brosh, Ellen Harper, and Julian Lage. Dan Erlwine puts the wraps on his kit-guitar upgrade, Will Kelly walks us through an electronics upgrade on an electric guitar, and Wolf Marshall breaks down the story and a few licks of Jerry Miller. Our gear-review staff digs into Blackbird Guitars’ Lucky 13, the Orange TH-30, Real McCoy wah pedals, the Durham Electronics ReddVerb, Epiphone’s 1966 SG-400 PRO, and the GizmoAudio Ripsaw/Sawmill Jr. pedals, while our music gurus offer their thoughts on the latest offerings by Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Jeff Beck, The Mavericks, Steve Earle, Deep Purple, and others.

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Vintage Guitar magazine Features
The Alvarez -Yairi CY116
While fairly traditional in the composition and application of its tone woods, it is a fine example of a guitar that pioneered a non-traditional approach to the appearance of a classical guitar. By Michael Wright

The Sound City L/B 120 Mark IV
Built in the ’70s, it offers a ready taste of what tone was like when players were expected to crank it up. In the ’90s, its quality and low cost (compared to vintage Voxes and Marshalls) gave it stalwart status in rehearsal rooms and live venues throughout London. By Dave Hunter

1931 Martin OM-18P
When the Martin brand is mentioned, most think “six-string.” But, the company has made a number of historically noteworthy four-strings, including tenor and plectrum guitars like this, designed to appeal to banjo players seeking alternative sounds. By George Gruhn

Fender’s 1957 Precision Bass
When an instrument maintains the same basic design and profile for more than a half-century, it’s safe to say that in terms of design and execution, it was “done right.” This is one of several such works of genius from the mind of Leo Fender. By Willie G. Moseley

Butch Walker
Hummingbirds and Ghosts
The Georgia native who began making music professionally when “big hair” was everywhere has spent nearly three decades carving a unique path as a performer, songwriter, and a producer who has worked with some of the highest-profile artists of a generation. His new album, which represents everything that has been his musical diet, offers gritty folk, pop, and rock. By Ward Meeker

The VG Readers’ Choice Awards
Our annual induction of legends, as chosen by readers. We welcome Johnny Winter, James Burton, Randall Smith, and the Fender Princeton to the VG Hall of Fame. We also introduce a new reader-chosen honor – Artist of the Year, with Joe Bonamassa grabbing the initial prize, and we present Eric Clapton’s tribute to J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, as Album of the Year. CLICK HERE to Read!

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