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Monthly Archives: February 2003

Fender Bass VI

Rare Miss Proves Leo Was Ahead of His Time
 

Fender broke new musical ground in late 1951 with the introduction of the Precision Bass. This archetype of amplified music’s bottom-end set the stage for rock and roll, and transformed everything from recording to concert performance. The Jazz Bass of 1960 was an important next step in moving the electric bass into an even more […]

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Fender Bass VI

Rare Miss Proves Leo Was Ahead of His Time
 

Fender broke new musical ground in late 1951 with the introduction of the Precision Bass. This archetype of amplified music’s bottom-end set the stage for rock and roll, and transformed everything from recording to concert performance. The Jazz Bass of 1960 was an important next step in moving the electric bass into an even more […]

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Reverend Avenger

Tough, Bold, and Fun
 

Our first entry this month is a new line of instruments, Reverend Guitars, from veteran inventor Joe Naylor, a graduate of the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie, and well-known maker of Naylor amplifiers. Joe’s guitar designs have been cooking for about 10 years, and he has come with an innovative line offering affordable, fun to play […]

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David Grissom and David Holt

Two-Guitar Story
 

When Austinites entertain music-loving friends from out of town the typical question is, “Who should we go see while we’re here?” And in a city loaded with good bands, the most repeated answer was always, “Storyville!” Austin’s version of a supergroup (a label the band hated) was fronted by singer Malford Milligan – one of […]

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Chet Atkins – Me and My Guitars

 

Chet Atkins has a deserved reputation as a great gui-tar player and all-around nice guy. So it’s a pleasure to see a book that is part biography and part history of his personal guitars. Atkins is no guitar collector. He owns, and has owned, a number of nice instruments over the years, but they are […]

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The Jimmy Bruno Group – Midnight Blue

 

I dunno… sometimes it seems silly to review things like this. Everyone who follows jazz guitar knows Jimmy Bruno is a knock-down monster player with both chops and soul. In fact, technically, he’s about as good as it gets. So you see what I mean… it’s hard to come up with superlatives to describe him, […]

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Steve Trovato – About Time

 

Yikes! Talk about your chops, Steve Trovato’s got ‘em. Known best on the West Coast as an instructor (Studio Jazz Guitar at USC) and for his work on movie and TV themes, Trovato can certainly play jazz But don’t let the “J” word fool you; here he proves himself more than adept at pretty much […]

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Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers – Beyond The Source

 

There is no group more dedicated to the blues idiom then Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers. And they are a group. You can rest assured this it not some off-the-cuff aggregation. These riffs and arrangements are thought out and articulated to the nth degree, without contrivance or any loss of emotional edge. Over 30 […]

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J.J. Cale – Live

 

J.J. Cale is one of rock’s greatest guitarists, and would probably be recognized as such if his six-string abilities weren’t so overshadowed by his songwriting. “After Midnight,” “Cocaine,” “Call Me The Breeze” and “Crazy Mama” are just a few of his compositions that have proved classics in his catalog, hits when covered by others, and […]

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Fender Telecaster, Part II

Go Tele It On the Mountain, Part II
 

Given the simplicity of its design, it’s truly remarkable how much staying power the revolutionary Telecaster has exhibited in the half-century since its introduction. Especially for a slab of wood that only nods to the traditional profile of a guitar, a neck bolted on (no fingerboard, just pound the frets into the neck), with a […]

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