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Vintage guitar magazine March 2016 John Fogerty John Jorgenson

We interview John Fogerty, who is happy, healthy, and back to playing classic songs on classic instruments, having looked past his experiences with the pitfalls and dangers of the rock and roll business. We talk new music with John Jorgenson, Joe Louis Walker, Mark Dutton, Dave Alvin, Thomas Nordegg, and Eric Schenkmann. Then, Andre Duchossoir continues his in-depth look at classic custom colors, this time focusing on Gibson’s offerings in the ’60s. We also tell how Bobby Whitlock discovered his famously inlaid Martin D-35, give you a guided tour of the Musical Instrument Museum, and profile the Jim Kelley FACS Reverb amp, the Tonk Brothers/Washburn 5241, a classical guitar built by Enrique Coll in 1933, and Supro’s 600R Deluxe reverb unit. Wolf Marshall analyzes the impact of Jerry Garcia‘s guitar playing, Dan Erlewine restores a 1953 Gibson ES-295, and Will Kelly builds a slide guitar for Rick Vito. If you’re on the hunt for new gear, check out our honest reviews of the PRS CE 24, EHX’s Bad Stone/C9/Pitch Fork, the Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II-Pro, Gibson’s L-5S Ron Wood, Homestead Amps’ HS50, MXR’s Sub Machine, and Phantom Guitarworks’ Teardrop. Plus, our music-review staff takes a listen to new releases by Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West, the Wrecking Crew, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Pat Metheny, the Doobie Brothers, and more.  

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Vintage Guitar magazine Features
The Jim Kelley FACS Reverb
Though under-recognized among amp builders, his work has shared stages with some of the highest-profile guitarists. Known for lacking a Master Volume control, their attenuator helped players reel-in output while enjoying lush, touch-sensitive tone from hot-running 6V6 tubes. By Dave Hunter

Tonk Brothers/Washburn 5241
From the late 1920s through the early ’40s, Gibson produced instruments under a variety of brand names for retailers and mail-order houses. This one is in some ways typical, but far more rare. By George Gruhn and Staff

Supro’s 600R Deluxe
Supro and Fender were pioneers of guitar reverb. Who came first? Hard to say, but with this unit, Supro offered a suprisingly different take. By Michael Dregni

Burning Embers, Chilled Whites
Gibson Custom Colors in the 1960s
While Fender, Gretsch, and Rickenbacker were offering many colorful finishes, Gibson held off until it introduced the Firebird in ’63. Then, it was all-in… for awhile. By André Duchossoir

John Fogerty
Fortunate, Son
His is a cautionary tale of the pitfalls and dangers of the rock and roll business. These days, though, he’s happy, healthy, and back to playing classic songs on classic instruments. By Michael Dregni

Blooms in the Desert
The Musican Instrument Museum
A trip to the American desert southwest can be full of surprises. One is the Musical Instrument Museum, in Phoenix. Surrounded by sand, cacti, camelback mountains, and palm trees, it showcases instruments from every country. Plus, up-close looks at two special pieces from the MIM collection. By Michael Wright

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News and Notes
Benefit for Tony MacAlpine, Vaughan Marches On; In Memoriam

John Jorgenson
Stringed-Instrument Ecstasy

Mark Dutton
A.K.A. “Muddy”: Vintage Vibes, Retro Grooves

Storied Board
The Tale of Bobby Whitlock’s D-35

Ask Zac

Joe Louis Walker
Indisputable Cred

Dave Alvin
Return of the Battlin’ Brothers

Eric Schenkmann
Funk, Blues, and Thunder

Thomas Nordegg

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Vintage Guitar magazine column
The (Way) Back Beat
The Fewer-String Theory
By Peter S. Kohman

Jerry Garcia
By Wolf Marshall

Guitars With Guts
1933 Enrique Coll “Sinópoli Model”
By R.E. Bruné

Q&A With George Gruhn

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Old, Wrinkled, Still Going Strong
By Dan Erlewine

Shop of Hard Knocks
Puzzle Box
By Will Kelly

Vintage Guitar magazine reiews
The VG Hit List
Jimmy Bryant/Speedy West, Wrecking Crew, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Pat Metheny, Doobie Brothers, more!

Check This Action
Even More Confessions of a Folkaholic
By Dan Forte

VG Approved Gear
PRS CE 24, EHX Bad Stone/C9/Pitch Fork, Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II-Pro, Gibson L-5S Ron Wood, Homestead Amps HS50, Echopark Traditional American Acoustic, MXR Sub Machine, Phantom Guitarworks Teardrop

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