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Monthly Archives: April 2003

Seymour Duncan

Story of an Electric Guitar Guru
 

Seymour Duncan is one of the most unassuming human beings on the face of the Earth, bar none. His name is held in high regard in many circles, especially those musical, and his life is (more…)

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Virtuoso Polish and Cleaner

Easy on, easy off, UV protection
 

Virtuoso Polish and Cleaner Easy on, easy off, UV protection Virtuoso Polish and Cleaner, prominent features at vintage guitar shows a few years ago, were recently reintroduced after a not-so-brief hiatus. Virtuoso’s bragging rights come from the fact (more…)

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Luther Allison – Luther’s Blues

 

Originally released by Motown in 1973, Luther’s Blues was not a big seller. Not that it’s not a great album. It is. But maybe Motown at that time wasn’t the best place to sell a blues record. The young Luther definitely bares (more…)

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Zinky True Grit Pedal

Tone charismatic enough to thrill the Duke
 

Yeah, we know! You’re thinking, “Wha? Another overdrive pedal?” It seems that one thing guitar players will forever be in search of is the ultimate dirty tone, and few players admit to being (more…)

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Joe Goldmark – Strong Like Bull… But Sensitive Like Squirrel

 

God, you’ve got to love Joe Goldmark. A pedal steel player who is willing to tackle pretty much any style of music, and not only tackle it, but do a bang-up job on (more…)

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Buck Dharma

Steinbergers and stilts
 

In the hyped-up worlds of entertainment and professional sports, most so-called “comebacks” usually aren’t. Often, veterans stay in the public eye (or attempt to) much longer than they should, subjecting themselves to detraction or ridicule. But what if a legendary guitar-based aggregation (more…)

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Marty Robbins – Live Classics from the Country Music Hall of Fame

 

Nowadays, Marty Robbins is more respected than appreciated. Much of his studio material sounds dated because of syrupy string arrangements and slick backup singers. But a new release (more…)

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The George Benson Quartet – It’s Uptown, The George Benson Cookbook

 

George Benson was another of A&R legend John Hammond’s famous discoveries, alongside the likes of Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Bruce Springsteen. This put Benson in a tough position when he (more…)

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Custom Pearl

PH-44 Phaser
 

This month, our “Little Known Wonder” is the Pearl PH-44 Phaser. The Pearl Instrument Company made a series of effects in the early ’80s called Sound Spice effects pedals. Although the company only manufactured them for a brief period, it produced some (more…)

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David Clayton and Todd K. Smith – Free: Heavy Load

 

This epic chronicles the story of the seminal British blues/rock band Free. Leaving no stone unturned, and with the help of more than 400 photos, authors David Clayton and Todd K. Smith have painstakingly detailed (more…)

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