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Monthly Archives: November 2002

Martin D-28 and D-45

Definitive Flat-tops
 

Prior to WWII, only three dreadnought guitars were featured in the Martin catalog – the D-18, D-28, and D-45. The two models with rosewood back and sides, the 28 and 45, have both been inducted into the Vintage Guitar magazine Hall of Fame. Dreadnought-sized guitars were first made by Martin for the Oliver Ditson Company, […]

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Martin D-28 and D-45

Definitive Flat-tops
 

Prior to WWII, only three dreadnought guitars were featured in the Martin catalog – the D-18, D-28, and D-45. The two models with rosewood back and sides, the 28 and 45, have both been inducted into the Vintage Guitar magazine Hall of Fame. Dreadnought-sized guitars were first made by Martin for the Oliver Ditson Company, […]

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Laney VC30-212

Contemporary Classic
 

Laney’s VC30-212 is a 30-watt Class A tube combo amp available in 2×10, 1×12, and 2×12 configurations. We tested the 2×12 version, which is loaded with two HH Invader Vintage 35 12″ speakers. The VC30 uses four EL-84 power tubes and three ECC83 or 7025 preamp tubes. The cabinet is covered in classic black tolex […]

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Charlie Daniels

Same Ol' CD
 

There are more facets to veteran Charlie Daniels’ entertainment enterprises than many of his fans may realize. Not only has the affable guitarist released 29 albums since 1971, he’s also an author, host of a Nashville talent search television show (on TNN), and even a college commencement speaker! But most people probably know about Charlie […]

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Elmore James – The Complete Fire and Enjoy, and Tribute

 

Elmore James made a career from one slide lick – but oh, what a lick! In his ruthless, overdriven slide work, James’ electrified blues evoke the spirit of Robert Johnson and send a shiver down your spine. Collectables has collected all of James’ 1959-’63 sides for the Chicago Fire and Enjoy labels, the last songs […]

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Nickel Creek – Nickel Creek

 

Nickel Creek is a of (primarily) musical whiz kids. Three of its four members are under 23. Two are siblings, Sara Watkins (19) on fiddle and vocals, and Sean Watkins (22) on guitar, mandolin, and vocals. The other two are father and son. Chris Thile (19) plays mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, and vocals, while his father, […]

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Burton Gaar – Mighty Long Road

 

This is one of those releases that makes it exciting to be a reviewer. Gaar is a blues vet with highly seasoned vocal chops, and I’d be willing to bet (and I’m not a betting man) that every reader of this magazine of baby-boomer age would dig this effort just as much as I! There’s […]

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Epiphone Excellente

Sonny James' Epiphone Excellente
 

The Epiphone Excellente was the Fanciest flattop Gibson made in the 1960s, and (with its Brazilian rosewood square-shouldered dreadnought body) to some ears it was Gibson’s best. But in its seven-year life span, from late ’63 until the last ones were shipped in ’70, only 141 Excellentes were sold. We almost found out; the Excellente […]

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Epiphone Excellente

Sonny James' Epiphone Excellente
 

The Epiphone Excellente was the Fanciest flattop Gibson made in the 1960s, and (with its Brazilian rosewood square-shouldered dreadnought body) to some ears it was Gibson’s best. But in its seven-year life span, from late ’63 until the last ones were shipped in ’70, only 141 Excellentes were sold. We almost found out; the Excellente […]

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John Mayall

Godfather "Original Re-importer"
 

For decades, he’s been called the grand old man of British blues, which might indicate such a descriptive phrase was first applied to singer/guitarist/keyboard player John Mayall when he was fairly young. And the venerable English musician has indeed championed the songs of American blues performers for many years, and such is still the case. […]

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