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Monthly Archives: December 2002

Yamaha DG Stomp

Plug 'n' Play Preamp for Recording
 

It’s always been a struggle for home recordists to capture a good guitar tone on tape or hard disk. Yamaha, however, wants to cure that often aggravating dilemma. To that end, its new DG Stomp guitar preamplier is intended to be the “magical box” that can do it all – just plug in your guitar, […]

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Dick Dale – Better Shred than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology

 

Well, what needs to be said about this? The King of the Surf Guitar at his finest. This covers 1959 to 1996 and hits all the high points. All the tunes are here, even some rare stuff. And, as usual, Rhino’s packaging is exquisite. Great liner notes, plus track-by-track notes. If you are a fan […]

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Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley

Flying Vs, Les Pauls, Laneys and Marshalls
 

Paul Stanley Paul Stanley shakes his groomed mane, peering into the sea of smiling facing as he rises from the smoke and shadows to strike an A chord. The arena shakes. This is the Paul Stanley we’ve come to know. Rock and roll’s glittering Adonis a monument to the fading tradition of larger-than-life musicians. Offstage, […]

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Boxed Set

 

This arrived just in time for me to program “Graveyard Train” to play over and over on Halloween, scaring (or at least bewildering) unsuspecting trick-or-treaters, wondering, “What’s with that old coot handing out the Twix bars?” Which illustrates one of the beauties of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Sure, everyone’s familiar with (and probably tired of) bouncy […]

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Alamo Guitars and Amps: Remember the Alamo

Part II
 

This month we wrap up our saga of the Alamo by picking up with the new guitar line offered in 1965. Alamo, as you recall, was originally set up by Southland Music and Charles Eilenberg after World War II (ca. 1947), making record players and battery-powered radios. Music instrument cases followed, and about 1949 or […]

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Elliot Easton

Lefty Goes to the Left Coast Part 1
 

Last month, former Cars guitarist Elliot Easton conversed with Vintage Guitar about his experiences prior to the formation of the platinum-selling quintet that cruised out of Boston in the mid-Seventies, as well as his sojourn with that now-defunct band. This month, Easton brings us up-to-date on what he’s been up to since the Cars called […]

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David Grisman and Doc Watson – Doc and Dawg

 

Let’s face it. If David Grisman’s name is attached, and it’s put out by his label, it’s going to be a great listen. This one’s no exception. Grisman, along with the legendary guitarist Watson, and guests including Jack Lawrence on guitar, breeze through cuts you know, like “Summertime,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Kentucky Waltz,” and lots […]

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Dr. Harmonica and Rocket 88 – Swingin’ Easy Live

 

Yow! Dr. Harmonica (Mark Kenneally) and the boys swing, jump, shuffle, and do everything in between on this wonderful live effort. You’ll know some of the tunes – there are nice remakes of “Turn On Your Lovelight,” and “Help Me.” There are also some very cool originals, like “Bad Habits.” The band plays blues, and […]

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Frank Frost with Sam Carr and Frank Frost – Keep Yourself Together and Jelly Roll Blues

 

X Frank Frost’s two recent CDs are time machines, transporting you to a hot, sweaty night in a Mississippi Delta juke joint. Frost is a true Mississippi Delta bluesman. Throughout his career playing with the Jelly Roll Kings, and later on his own, he has largely stayed in the Delta and his music is true […]

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Jim Marshall

Father of the Mighty Marshall Stack
 

When it comes to guitar amplifiers, two names stand tall beyond the others: Leo Fender and Jim Marshall. Even “civilians” recognize these names. Two names, from two different countries, with two very individual sounds. Although Marshall’s original amplifier designs were largely influenced by Fender’s original Bassman, the resulting amplifier later took on a whole new […]

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