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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 (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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