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Monthly Archives: May 2002

Morley Sapphire Flanger

Flanger
 

Morley’s Sapphire Flanger is a cute little box driven by wallwart or 9-volt battery. The box itself is a bit clunky and odd, but klunky and odd are “in” right now. Our model did indeed deliver a “warm, fuzzy” kinda tone. The finish was a glittery blue, quite attractive. The speed setting was best left […]

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Jon Butcher

Shifts Gears
 

Veteran guitarist Jon Butcher is changin’ with the times. Interviewed in Vintage Guitar‘s October ’95 issue, he was at the time recording, performing, and hoping for a sophomore effort from a band called Barefoot Servants, which he helped organize; the quartet recorded a self-titled album, and had toured as part of the Southern Spirit promotion. […]

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Mathew Ryan – Concussion

 

I’m a big fan of un-slick, direct acoustic music. Mathew Ryan’s Concussion is just that – country music in the mold of Steve Earle, not Garth Brooks. Ryan’s music has the grit of rural red dirt, not the glint of Nashville rhinestones. Ryan is aided by Richard McLaurin on pedal steel, acoustic guitar, and percussion, […]

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The History of Hamer, Part One

Part One
 

“We didn’t quite get it,” explains company cofounder Jol Dantzig, discussing the birth of Hamer Guitars. “It was kind of a mistake. When we created Hamer, we created the high-end boutique guitar category, but we didn’t intend it that way. We were seeing vintage ’50s Les Pauls selling for $3,000. We thought we could make […]

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Muddy Waters & Big Bill Morganfield – Rollin’ Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection &

 

These two CDs mark two generations of bluesmen covering the roots and the future of the blues. McKinley Morganfield, better known by his grandmother’s nickname for him as Muddy Waters, is the father of Big Bill Morganfield, who has recently burst onto the blues scene with a debut album and this sophmore effort. Muddy Waters […]

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G&L SC-2

A Tele That's Not...
 

When is a Tele not a Tele? Well, when it’s a Leo Fender-made SC-2, among other things. This is a neat guitar my favorite repairman, Doug Lawrance, found here in Texas. This guitar is similar to an ASAT, but has a different body shape and feel. Best of all, these guitars don’t cost what an […]

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G&L SC-2

A Tele That's Not...
 

When is a Tele not a Tele? Well, when it’s a Leo Fender-made SC-2, among other things. This is a neat guitar my favorite repairman, Doug Lawrance, found here in Texas. This guitar is similar to an ASAT, but has a different body shape and feel. Best of all, these guitars don’t cost what an […]

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Kim Wilson – Smokin’ Joint

 

This CD, recorded over a two-year period, spotlights the world class work of the legendary T-Birds frontman, but of interest to the readers of this publication would be the four – count ‘em, four – great guitarists lending support. You kind of get the feeling that this level of musicianship is hiding around every corner […]

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Steve Howe

Fill in the Blanks
 

In our preliminary discussion with respected British guitarist Steve Howe prior to going “on the record,” the interviewer noted that the main focus of the questions he’d prepared were oriented at accomplishing the, …um, “concept” that’s the subtitle of this article, because guitar lovers and music fans around the globe are probably familiar with the […]

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Wilco – Being There

 

I really didn’t think this kind of band and album existed anymore. Or at least, they sure seem few and far apart. Jeff Tweedy and his cohorts make very catchy pop/rock mixed with country. It brings to mind people like John Lennon, the Replacements, the Kinks, and some really good country/rock bands. If you don’t […]

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