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Monthly Archives: October 2002

Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers – Drive to Survive

 

Jimmy Thackery may hold the record for having played the most bars and clubs ever. After years propelling that quintessential bar band, the Nighthawks, and now with his power trio, the Drivers, this new album’s title has deep meaning. Thackery’s scorching tone and gritty guitar work are instantly identifiable. His rhythm grooves are grinding and […]

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Vintage Gibson Amplifiers

EH-100 and 125
 

“No longer is the electric Hawaiian Guitar restricted to professional players – here is a genuine Gibson instrument that costs only $100, complete with instrument, case, amplifier with slip cover, and cord.” So introduced in Gibson’s Catalog X of very late 1936, the EH-100 Hawaiian set cost a third less than the company’s EH-150 set, […]

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Vintage Gibson Amplifiers

EH-100 and 125
 

“No longer is the electric Hawaiian Guitar restricted to professional players – here is a genuine Gibson instrument that costs only $100, complete with instrument, case, amplifier with slip cover, and cord.” So introduced in Gibson’s Catalog X of very late 1936, the EH-100 Hawaiian set cost a third less than the company’s EH-150 set, […]

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Baker B1H and BJH

Top quality looks, playability, and tone
 

This month, the VG Product Advisory Council received a pair of Baker guitars, a B1H and a BJH, from new-kid-on-the-block Gene Baker, in California. Both guitars are mid-sized semi-hollow designs that offer a lot of eye candy, not the least of which is beautifully matched deep flame-maple tops. Our testers had sunburst finishes, but others […]

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Ronnie Montrose

Motor Scooters and Rifle Guitars
 

Veteran guitarist Ronnie Montrose is still rocking and still recording. The renowned player’s fret efforts first came to public attention with Van Morrison over two decades ago, and his further ventures are probably known to (and have probably been heard by) many Vintage Guitar readers. Recently VG had the opportunity of talking with Montrose; we […]

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Bob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind

 

Bob Dylan’s always been one of my favorite artists. But, while I liked his albums that covered folk songs the past few years, and I thought 1989′s No Mercy was a decent album, I thought he was well past his prime as a singer/songwriter of powerful, moving songs. Well, this album – easily one of […]

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Richard Thompson – Industry and Watching the Dark

 

Richard Thompson has always been an idiosyncratic musician, and the release of this CD finds him at perhaps his most eccentric – and creative. In fact, this CD was too far out for Capitol, who has released several of Thompson’s recent…err, mainstream, discs; Capitol passed on it, and Hannibal/Rykodisc happily snatched it up. Teamed with […]

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G&L SC-2

When is a Tele not a Tele?
 

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

When is a Tele not a Tele?
 

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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Elvin Bishop

Havin' the Cake...
 

Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura, California – is Elvin Bishop the infamous Pigboy Crabshaw? Well, many agree he is the guitar and the soul behind the birth of country rock – and he’s also one of the most instrumental instrumentalists in the spread of electric blues. One thing for sure, if he was the person resurrected as […]

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