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Monthly Archives: September 2002

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks – The Most of…

 

For most of my generation, Dan Hicks was our first exposure to swing music that was anywhere near cool enough to be palatable. That he could slip into progressive rock radio playlists surrounded by the likes of Led Zeppelin and Cream is a tribute to the zany power of his music. While most of his […]

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Paul Reed Smith Guitars

The World of Paul Reed Smith
 

Just after we entered the small, crowded office, the door burst open and an intruder blurted out, “Excuse me. Check this out. Is it right?” The company’s R&D chief handed Paul Reed Smith a freshly carved neck over the cluttered desk. Smith ran his hands over the slender sliver of red mahogany. His R&D guru […]

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Paul Reed Smith Guitars

The World of Paul Reed Smith
 

Just after we entered the small, crowded office, the door burst open and an intruder blurted out, “Excuse me. Check this out. Is it right?” The company’s R&D chief handed Paul Reed Smith a freshly carved neck over the cluttered desk. Smith ran his hands over the slender sliver of red mahogany. His R&D guru […]

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The Meters – Trick Bag

 

Sundazed has done it again. This particular release is only one in a large series of CDs released by this fine band. And they did a great job with them all. Original liner notes mix with recollections by the band, and who can doubt the music? If you’re not familiar with the major-league funk and […]

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Antique Guitar Amps 1928-1934

Which came first - electric guitar or amp?
 

The influence and restraints of technology on amplifying the guitar Let’s pretend for a moment that former Gibson historian Julius Bellson misinterpreted stories of Lloyd Loar’s experiments with electrified instruments during his brief stay in Kalamazoo. After all, there was 10 years between Loar’s departure and Bellson’s arrival, and almost another 40 before he wrote […]

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Antique Guitar Amps 1928-1934

Which came first - electric guitar or amp?
 

The influence and restraints of technology on amplifying the guitar Let’s pretend for a moment that former Gibson historian Julius Bellson misinterpreted stories of Lloyd Loar’s experiments with electrified instruments during his brief stay in Kalamazoo. After all, there was 10 years between Loar’s departure and Bellson’s arrival, and almost another 40 before he wrote […]

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Chet Atkins – Ten Different CDs

 

This is the kind of thing that really excites me. One Way has taken 20 Chet Atkins albums from the early ’60s through the late ’70s and put them on 10 CDs. Two albums to every CD. A lot of this stuff I have on vinyl, but it’s been purchased at garage sales and such, […]

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Motorhead – Hammered

 

In these uncertain times, thank goodness for reassuring constants: mom’s home-cooked meals warming the belly, the Red Sox not winning a World Series… and Motorhead frying eardrums. Like the Ramones, Motorhead does one thing, and does it extremely well, again and again (in this case, a take-no-prisoners amalgamation of speed/punk/metal). Forget reinventing the wheel, Motorhead […]

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Supro Guitars and Amplifiers Part I

Supro Part 1
 

Some of the earliest electric guitars, amps-in-cases, pickups under the bridge, fiberglass guitars, built-in electronic vibratos. Sound curious enough for you? The subject of Supro guitars and amplifiers represents a profitable avenue for exploration by collectors and enthusiasts interested in the many curious and significant byways off the guitar superhighway, which can be enjoyed without […]

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Supro Guitars and Amplifiers Part I

Supro Part 1
 

Some of the earliest electric guitars, amps-in-cases, pickups under the bridge, fiberglass guitars, built-in electronic vibratos. Sound curious enough for you? The subject of Supro guitars and amplifiers represents a profitable avenue for exploration by collectors and enthusiasts interested in the many curious and significant byways off the guitar superhighway, which can be enjoyed without […]

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