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Monthly Archives: November 2001

Lloyd Jones – Trouble Monkey

 
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Greg Rzab

 

On a warm summer’s night fifteen years ago, I met Greg Rzab for the first time. I sat on his backporch steps and listened to this 19-year-old kid play a solo on an old Fender fretless Jazz Bass. His hands moved like lightning across the fingerboard. Each note he played was focused and packed a […]

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Steve Zook – Transporter

 

Longtime VG readers will recognize Steve Zook’s name. He’s been advertising for years. I’ve acquired some nice jazz boxes from him in the past. But unlike many dealers who are primarily buyers and sellers of instruments, Zook is a very serious jazz player. Transporter is a self-produced CD that showcases both his prodigious composing and […]

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Rickenbacker’s Bakelite Spanish Vs. Fender’s Esquire

Fender Myth Debunked! (Part II)
 

Even if Rickenbacher’s 1935 Bakelite Spanish model wasn’t the first solidbody electric, it would still be important in the evolution of modern guitars as the inspiration for Fender’s 1949 entry into the world of Spanish-neck instruments. During WWII, a crude test model was made in Leo Fender’s radio shop, using a prefab fingerboard and a […]

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Rickenbacker’s Bakelite Spanish Vs. Fender’s Esquire

Fender Myth Debunked! (Part II)
 

Even if Rickenbacher’s 1935 Bakelite Spanish model wasn’t the first solidbody electric, it would still be important in the evolution of modern guitars as the inspiration for Fender’s 1949 entry into the world of Spanish-neck instruments. During WWII, a crude test model was made in Leo Fender’s radio shop, using a prefab fingerboard and a […]

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Bramhall – Jellycream

 

Doyle Bramhall II has a pretty good pedigree. His dad played and hung out with the Vaughan brothers in Texas. Doyle II started his career playing with Jimmie’s Fabulous Thunderbirds, then formed Arc Angles with the Double Trouble rhythm section and Charles Sexton, and issued a solo release in ’92. This album is a perfect […]

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Hadden Sayers Band – Swingin’ From The Fabulous Satellite

 

If tasteful, solid, rock is your thing, this band is for you. Storming out of Texas and led by guitarist Hadden Sayers, they blend blues, classic rock, country, and good old-fashioned pop music into a satisfying stew. The rhythm section, Steve Will (bass), and Eric “Magic Baby” Hansen (drums), propels Sayers on cuts like “Trippin’ […]

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The Surf Box – Cowabunga!

 

Here it is, the history of surf music on four hot CDs that no self-respecting rocker could live without. Starting with 1960s sides by The Fireballs, The Gamblers, and, of course, Dick Dale & The Del-Tones, this box set traces surf music to its current reincarnation with Jon & The Nightriders and, of course, the […]

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TonePros System II

Happenin' Hardware
 

If you have a Les Paul or any guitar with a separate tune-o-matic-style bridge and stop tailpiece, you’ve probably discovered that the simple act of changing strings can turn into a disastrous task, especially when you want to take all of the strings off your guitar at once. If you remove all the strings together, […]

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Don Rigsby – Empty Old Mailbox

 

From Jerry Douglas’ opening dobro licks to the last ensemble G chord, Empty Old Mailbox is a nearly perfect bluegrass album. Nearly perfect because it lacks the late great fiddler Randy Howard, to whose memory this CD is dedicated. Backed by a stampede of steller players including Gabe Witcher on fiddle, Ron Stewart, J.D. Crowe, […]

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