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Monthly Archives: March 2003

Oliver Sound, Inc.

"Flex" beyond Ampeg
 

Introduction If you’ve read Gregg Hopkins and Bill Moore’s new book, Ampeg: The Story Behind The Sound, you know that Jess Oliver played a major role in the success of Ampeg. Oliver Sound Company, Inc. is to Ampeg what MusicMan and Randall are to Fender, and since space for non-Ampeg items was justifiably restrained in […]

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Kid Ramos – Greasy Kid Stuff

 

The Kid’s got it goin’ on here; 17 cuts steeped in the blues, but sounding as fresh as the day T-Bone Walker first strapped on an electric. The concept here finds Ramos with lots of harp-playing buddies. Guesting on various cuts are the likes of Rod Piazza, James Harman, Lynwood Slim, Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Estrin, […]

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Link Wray and The Wraymen – Slinky: The Epic Sessions ’58-’61

 

It’s true, Link Wray isn’t exactly a household name. Hit-wise, his biggest charter was “Rumble,” which was a hit before he signed on with Epic. Of the 46 songs (including alternate cuts and out-takes) here, only one charted – “Rawhide,” with its pounding beat and nasty double-stops, hit #23 in ’59. But to guitarists, Wray […]

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Ampeg A-2

Compressor Pedal
 

When it comes to effects pedals, compressors and sustain ped-als usually fall into the “love it or hate it” category. Aside from a graphic equalizer, it is probably the least pronounced effect there is. Most purist guitarists, who prefer to plug straight into the amp, would never dream of using a compressor. But there are […]

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National Westwood and Glenwood

'60s alt-materials make short run
 

Westwood 75 While the mantra for 21st century “alternative material” guitars focuses on carbon fiber (i.e. Rainsong acoustics) and wood/glass/carbon fiber/epoxy composites (i.e. Ken Parker’s Fly line), electric guitars made of things other than wood go way back. And one of the first companies to venture away from wood construction was Valco, which in 1962 […]

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Ampeg A-2

Compressor Pedal
 

When it comes to effects pedals, compressors and sustain ped-als usually fall into the “love it or hate it” category. Aside from a graphic equalizer, it is probably the least pronounced effect there is. Most purist guitarists, who prefer to plug straight into the amp, would never dream of using a compressor. But there are […]

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Javier Batiz

The Mexican Mentor
 

The profile subject’s ingles was definitely better than the writer’s espaol! Guitarist Javier Batiz, 56, hails from Tijuana, B.C., Mexico (he still resides in the house where he was born), but doesn’t play stereotypical Latin American music (terms such as norteo, ranchera, and banda might come to mind). Instead, the veteran player has been dubbed […]

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Vince Gill

Picker's Pinnacle
 

These days, it’s pretty much the best of all worlds for singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Vince Gill. The Norman, Oklahoma, native has seen his career develop to the point where he can taper back just a bit and go at his own pace. That’s particularly important for the award-winning artist as of late, as he and his wife, […]

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Tony Bacon – 50 Years of Fender – Half a Century of the Greatest Electric Guitars

 

In 1950, Leo Fender began production of the first solidbody electric guitar, and music hasn’t been the same since. Celebrating the anniversary of the event, this book provides a year-by-year chronicle of the evolution of Fender and its world famous guitar models. The book highlights the process of reevaluation and reinvention, noting Fender’s focus throughout […]

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Pee Wee Crayton – Pee Wee’s Blues: The Complete Aladdin and Imperial

 

Pee Wee Crayton learned his lessons well. Moving from Texas to California during the Depression, he slaved away in Navy shipyards until some buddies dragged him along to a T-Bone Walker show. Pee Wee was floored by T-Bone. He bought a guitar and literally made T-Bone teach him the tricks of the trade. In the […]

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