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Monthly Archives: August 2001

Howard Roberts – Various Albums

 

Mention “the ’60s,” and the sounds that invariably spring to mind (along with images of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and the moon landing) are psychedelia and the British Invasion – maybe surf music, and Motown. But another institution essential to the soundtrack of that decade was the “Guitar Album” – wherein a […]

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The Kinks – BBC Sessions, 1964-1977

 

Dave Davies is a great rock and roll guitar player. There, I’ve said it. And it’s high time he got the long-overdue recognition his talents deserve. I mean, put yourself in Dave’s place. He formed the Kinks when he was in his mid teens. When his older brother, Ray, joined, his distinctive singing and uncanny […]

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Gibson J-185

The Gibson J-185 Revisited
 

One of the most-fabled flat-top guitars Gibson ever produced is the Gibson J-185. Introduced in 1951, and discontinued in ’59, only 270 natural-finish and 648 sunburst J-185s were made. Guitarists from delta bluesman Skip James to Sons of the Pioneers guitarist Ken Curtis played it as their instrument of choice. Why? In the words of […]

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Gibson J-185

The Gibson J-185 Revisited
 

One of the most-fabled flat-top guitars Gibson ever produced is the Gibson J-185. Introduced in 1951, and discontinued in ’59, only 270 natural-finish and 648 sunburst J-185s were made. Guitarists from delta bluesman Skip James to Sons of the Pioneers guitarist Ken Curtis played it as their instrument of choice. Why? In the words of […]

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Fender Headless Bass

Forgotten Prototype
 

Reflecting back through my years in the guitar industry, much of my time has been spent in product development, prototyping, and the making of specialty guitars. In recent years, quite a bit has been written about the prototypes of instruments that made it to the marketplace. But what about the ones that didn’t, and the […]

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Fender Headless Bass

Forgotten Prototype
 

Reflecting back through my years in the guitar industry, much of my time has been spent in product development, prototyping, and the making of specialty guitars. In recent years, quite a bit has been written about the prototypes of instruments that made it to the marketplace. But what about the ones that didn’t, and the […]

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Newport Folk Festival

 

Bluegrass/Blues Elementals Before Farm Aid, Telluride, or even Woodstock, there was the Newport Folk Festival. Begun in the late ’50s, this yearly gathering molded and defined a generation’s tastes in music. It was the all-star event of roots music. Vanguard’s just-released pair of three-CD sets, one for blues and one for bluegrass, let us hear […]

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August 2001

 

FEATURES Lee Roy Parnell New label, new guitar, new style He has foregone country hits to play new, rootsy blues/rock, and his new album has 10 songs of smokin’ slide, blues-influenced stringbending, and the talents of Bonnie Bramlett, Delbert McClinton, Jack Pearson, and Keb Mo. By Guy Lee Brad Gillis Weekends and warriors The Night […]

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Danelectro Innuendo

Flash and panache, Danoblaster-style
 

In the realm of “…can you top this?” so frequently found in the world of musical instruments, which has in the past produced such luminary items as the four-pickup Guyatones and the Oliver “levitating powered head,” Danelectro has revisited the realm of the fantastic “How many effects can we actually put inside a guitar” question, […]

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