We take an up-close look and dig deep into the stories behind Brian May’s Red Special and Brian Setzer’s ’59 Gretsch 6120. Though their colors are complementary, two guitars couldn’t be more different in origin or their roles in helping to create legendary sounds. We interview Steve Morse, Dale Watson, Brian Tarquin, and Malcolm Brickhouse. We pay homage to Jack Bruce and Stan Jay. Wolf Marshall breaks down key licks from Sal Salvador. George Gruhn tells of an oddball Gibson EH-150 with 10 strings, Dave Hunter digs into the history behind the Delta Labs Concept 1 amplifier, take a look at 14 signature-model guitars, let Peter Kohman unleash his knowledge of the Harmony H-75, and Michael Wright reminds us that not all classical guitars in the ’60s – even if they had Spanish-sounding names – were made in Spain! Does your guitar have a busted-up truss rod? Will Kelly walks you through a fix. Speaking of “fixin’,” Dan Erlewine continues to inch a DIY semi-hollow kit guitar to playability! Our music-review staff offers its thoughts on new music/video by George Harrison, Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, Nili Brosh, Yes, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Frisell, and others, while the gear reviewers grab the latest goodies Fender, PRS, Roland, Alday, Immix, and Tech21!
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The Federico Garcia Model 453
By the 1960s, flamenco-dance studio Casa Sherry-Brener was branching out to music instruction – and instrument distribution, using Spanish-style names on guitars, like this one, made in Japan. By Michael Wright
The Delta Labs Concept 1
Developed in 1974, it was arguably the most advanced and fully-featured guitar amp of its day – 300 tube-powered watts, tape echo, tremolo, distortion, analog tone modeling, and a list of high-profile players waiting to get one. So, why didn’t it become a household name? By Dave Hunter
10 Strings, Lap-Style
An Odd Gibson EH-150
Gibson began offering electric lap-steel guitars in the mid ’30s – mostly six-string models. It also fielded orders for versions with greater harmonic potential (via more strings). This 10-string has an interesting history beyond the fact it was one of only 11 made. By George Gruhn
14 Stellar Signature Guitars
Instrument builders have long been aware of the power of endorsements. Even before Gibson’s Les Paul, axes attached to big-name players were vital parts of many companies’ offerings, in part because they give player-fans a way to connect to their heroes. Here are some of the latest models to continue the tradition.
Iconic Axes of Different Hues
Though their colors are complementary, Brian May’s Red Special and Brian Setzer’s ’59 Gretsch 6120 couldn’t be more different in terms of their origin or their roles in helping to create legendary sounds. Here are their stories. By Michael Dregni
News and Notes
Johnny A. in Boston Music HoF; Hendrix-Themed Bus Shelter; In Memoriam
Jack Bruce 1943-2014
The Wizard of Strings
By Zac Childs
Keep On Truckin’
VG on Facebook
No Idle Hands
A Guitar Hero Shows His Colors
Free As You Wanna Be
Bishop, Cale, and Fulson Enter Oklahoma Music HoF
Vintage Guitar Price Guide
Vintage Guitar Classified Ads
The (Way) Back Beat
The H-75: Unnamed But Well-Loved
By Peter S. Kohman
By Wolf Marshall
Dan’s Guitar Rx
Easier Said Than Done, Part 2: Better Safe Than Sorry
By Dan Erlewine
What is a Great-Sounding Guitar?
By Steven Stone
Shop of Hard Knocks
The Straight and Narrow: Fixing an Inoperable Truss Rod
By Will Kelly
The VG Hit List
George Harrison, Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, Nili Brosh, Yes, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Frisell, more!
Check This Action
Country-Rock’s Other Sweethearts
By Dan Forte
Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Fender Classic Player Strat HH, PRS Alex Lifeson Signature, Roland Blues Cube Artist, Alday B-Blender, Immix Eleven V-Series 30, Tech21 Fly Rig V
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