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Monthly Archives: October 2002

Tab Benoit – Live: Swampland Jam

 

I was familiar with Benoit (pronounced Ben-wah) from a killer blues tune called “Nice and Warm” a few years back. The Louisiana guitarist recorded this, his fourth album, live in a couple of spots in that state. The lead cut, “Let Love take Control,” showcases his strong points. He’s a wonderful player who can blend […]

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Jerry Miller – Life is Like That

 

Let me preface this review with a personal note; Jerry Miller is one of the finest guitarists on the planet. A rough-hewn gem from the Pacific Northwest, Jerry was the fire behind the incredible guitar-driven Moby Grape, and returns to the spotlight this year with not only a wonderful solo album but a re-formed Moby […]

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Lucky Peterson

 

Plain and simple, this is a monster album. Lucky Peterson sings, plays great guitar, a lot of keyboards, and covers a lot of great songs. The rockin’ wah-drenched cover of Ernie Isley’s “Deal With It” opens things and sets the tone. From there, things don’t let up. The minor-key funk/rock of “The Otherside” showcases Peterson’s […]

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Bigsby Merle Travis Electric Guitar

In it's original configuration
 

Longtime vintage guitar enthusiasts are probably familiar with one of the icons of solidbody electric guitars – the late 1940s Bigsby instrument built for legendary picker Merle Travis. The guitar now sits on permanent display (alongside Les Paul’s “log,” another icon) in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The Bigsby’s single-cutaway body and […]

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Bigsby Merle Travis Electric Guitar

In it's original configuration
 

Longtime vintage guitar enthusiasts are probably familiar with one of the icons of solidbody electric guitars – the late 1940s Bigsby instrument built for legendary picker Merle Travis. The guitar now sits on permanent display (alongside Les Paul’s “log,” another icon) in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The Bigsby’s single-cutaway body and […]

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Breedlove C25 and Custom XII

Beauty, brains, and brawn
 

Breedlove Guitar Company is a small, independent gui-tar and mandolin builder in Oregon’s high desert region east of the Cascade Mountains. Started in 1990 by Steve Henderson and Larry Breedlove, the company boasts of being “…pioneers in melding the best aspects of traditional guitar making with new ideas, appropriate technology and master luthier skills to […]

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Robbie McIntosh – Widescreen

 

Perhaps Eric Clapton does think of himself as a “journeyman.” The truth of the matter is that he has, practically from day one, been a front man. Robbie McIntosh, on the other hand, has actually made a career of being the guy behind the stars, a real journeyman. Working with Paul McCartney and the Pretenders, […]

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Ampeg Dan Armstrong Bass

1969 Revisited and Improved
 

I remember the first time I saw a ’1969 Dan Armstrong lucite bass. I was in awe of the materials and its cool shape and sound. Over the years I had a few in my possession and they were always the hit of the party. One of the true tests of the attractiveness of the […]

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October 2002

 

FEATURES Guitars With Guts Antonio Emilio Pascual Viudes Aznar There’s no doubt he has the longest name of any guitarmaker. His actual surname is Viudes, and he is related to the Spanish guitar-making dynasty of that name. By R.E. Bruné Harmony Guitars The Early Depression Era (1931-’33) By 1930 or so, Harmony began to become […]

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