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Monthly Archives: July 2002

Larrivee C-09

The Larrivee C-09

The acoustic guitar wars are heating up, with wonderful instruments from Martin, Gibson, and upstarts like Taylor. Bill is making superb instruments down in Texas, and way up in Vancouver, Jean Larrivee and family are doing the same, producing a full range of body styles (from 00 sizes to Jumbo and Dreadnoughts). Their cutaway models […]

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Ry Cooder et. al. – Buena Vista Social Club


Ry Cooder has big ears. He hears music from far away, music that most of us never even sense. And he brings it to us. Spreading the gospel, as it were. Through his collaborations with Mali’s Ali Farka Toure on Talking Timbuktu and India’s V. M. Bhatt on A Meeting by the River, Cooder has […]

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July 2002


FEATURES The World’s Greatest Guitar Factory? Gibson Kalamazoo There is but one guitar factory that has produced more classic vintage guitars than any other. By Gil Hembree The Different Strummer Stratospheric Variations, Part II First cousin of the Stratocaster, the “Superstrat” represents an interesting subtheme in the exploration of guitar archetypes. By Michael Wright Vinnie […]

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Hipshot Products

Bass Extenders, Stealth Slide, and B Bender

What do Will Lee, Leland Sklar, and Bunny Brunel all have in common? Besides being bassists, they all use Hipshot Bass Extender keys, a nifty device that drops the E to a D with precision, and dare I say it, gusto (hey, what do John the Divine, Vlad the Impaler, and William the Conqueror all […]

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Various Artists – A Twist of Marley


Sort of the second in a series of “twist” tributes, this is an all-star tribute to Bob Marley. It was put together by guitarist Lee Ritenour, and features the likes of Jonathon Butler, Marc Antoine, Patti Austin, Rick Braun, Dave Grusin, Michael Brecker, and many more. Something should be noted before delving into this. If […]

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The History of Hamer, Part Four

Part Four

Well, we near the end of the long tale of Hamer USA Guitars, a saga that began in the early 1970s and is today a great success story in American guitardom. For this installment we bring the litany of Hamer guitars up to date… Eclipse Not resting on its laurels, yet two more new Hamer […]

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