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Monthly Archives: May 2002

PAF Test Run

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Sorry the shop is a little crowded today, but I’ve invited some friends over to listen to a few PAFs. I have some Gibsons, Tom Holmes, and Lindy Fralins loaded into some really cool Les Pauls. Before we get loud, let me introduce my friends. Terry Oubre, from Kendrick Amps, Dave Hazlett, from Guitar Resurrection, […]

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Eric Johnson – Austin City Limits Episode # 2614

 

OnEric Johnson’s forthcoming fourth headlining appearance on PBS’ “Austin City Limits” (taped in late 2000) the Texas tonemaster breaks out an original and innovative set. Show-cased are five of Johnson’s more eclectic songs, each a gem from his catalog that proves his skills as a composer, vocalist, and guitarist. While the guitar is what has […]

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Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Jools Holland’s Big Band Rhythm & Blues

 

If the term “big band,” especially tied to a pop star, conjures the dreaded image of one of those zoot-suited groups with the word “Daddy” in its name, fear not. Ex-Squeeze keyboardist Holland’s 16-piece outfit (give or take) churns out an eclectic mishmash that rarely resorts to nostalgia, and in fact shows that the roots […]

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César Diaz

Amp Doc Sounds Off!
 

Ed. Note: César Daz, the renowned guitar amp builder, restorer, and technician, passed away on April 26, 2002. This interview originally appeared in VG‘s Dec. ’00 issue. For over 30 years, César Daz has been building, modifying, repairing, resurrecting, loving, and pouring his very soul into the equipment of some of the most famous rock […]

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Joe Pass – The Best of Joe Pass

 

Here’s a set of music from the early ’60s from the brilliant Joe Pass. It starts with some tunes recorded with fellow musicians from the drug rehab center Synanon House and carries through to some nice work with Les McCann. Throughout, the late guitarist shines. Whether he’s tearing things up on the likes of “C.E.D.,” […]

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Jim Beloff – Jim’s Dog Has Fleas

 

Jim Beloff has a love affair with the ukulele. Ever since he stumbled on one at a flea market, he has devoted his life to the instrument’s legacy. Beloff has organized several collections of ukulele songbooks and a single method book. In addition, his colorful, stylish, and thoroughly enjoyable history, The Ukulele: A Visual History, […]

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Monster Mike Welch – Ax To Grind…

 

As a parent of a 15-year-old boy, I would hope that “Monster” Mike’s music packs a message that belies his 17 years. Perhaps he has a ghost writer lurking nearby with 40 years or so of heartbreak to his/her credit. I certainly hope so, if that’s not the case, it will be very interesting to […]

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Fender Ltd & Montego

Jazz Guitars
 

The Ltd was introduced as CBS Fender’s entry into the archtop jazz guitar market. It was to be a prestigious example of Fender’s ability to produce a highly crafted, handmade, unique jazz guitar to stand up to the long-established archtops of the day, particularly the Gibson Citation. The Ltd was the most expensive guitar Fender […]

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Fender Ltd & Montego

Jazz Guitars
 

The Ltd was introduced as CBS Fender’s entry into the archtop jazz guitar market. It was to be a prestigious example of Fender’s ability to produce a highly crafted, handmade, unique jazz guitar to stand up to the long-established archtops of the day, particularly the Gibson Citation. The Ltd was the most expensive guitar Fender […]

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Chuck Berry – The Millennium Collection

 

MCA has released a treasure trove of “millennium collection” greatest hits discs just in time for the new century. This guitar hero gets his due recognition with single-CD package that do justice in a dozen or so cuts. There’s nothing new here – no previously unreleased versions or alternate takes – just the classic recordings […]

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