Monthly Archives: September 2003

Electro-Harmonix Tube Zipper

Exotic Tones For Eclectic Players

Hailed by its creators as the greatest product introduced by Electro-Harmonix in over 20 years, the new Tube Zipper was developed jointly by E-H’s legendary stompbox guru, Mike Matthews, and the mad scientists at E-H, in collaboration with (more…)

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Gary Duncan

Millennium Mercury Man

One of the more respected musical aggregations to emerge from the fabled San Francisco “psychedelic music” era in the late ’60s was Quicksilver Messenger Service, a guitar-based quartet that offered a slightly more intricate sonic excursion in its extended jams. Such (more…)

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Rick Derringer – Guitars and Women


I was quite enamored in the ’70s with Derringer’s All-American Boy. It was a heady mixture of all the kinds of music I liked. For some reason, I thought most of the stuff he did after that was more metalesque. (more…)

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Gretsch Model 40 Hawaiian

Short-Lived Flat-top

The Hawaiian guitar style came to the American mainland during the Pan Pacific Exposition of 1915. And while the popularity of Hawaiian music and playing faded in the ’40s, the effects of the movement continued to be felt. Students of the guitar (more…)

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Carl Martin Hot Drive’n Boost

Hot Drive'n Boost

We grabbed a Danish-made Carl Martin pedal for a test drive, just to see what was going on across the Atlantic. Carl Martin shares many of the qualities of the Fulltone pedals in terms of quality of construction (aluminum cases) and high-quality stomp (more…)

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Robby Krieger

Psyche Soundtracks and SG necks

Veteran rock guitarist Robby Krieger is as busy as ever these days. The legendary fret-meister first garnered international acclaim in the turbulent ’60s decade as the guitarist for the Doors, one of the few bands that could (more…)

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David Wilcox – Live Songs and Stories


David Wilcox is arguably the most sensitive of all sensitive singer/songwriters. For those afflicted with terminal cynicism, he is either a welcome balm or an insufferable irritant. His live shows are even more intimate and confessional than his (more…)

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Mossman Guitars

Triumph over Tragedy

The story of Mossman guitars is one of both tragedy and triumph. Often forgotten in the rejuvenated interest with acoustic guitars of the 1990s, Mossmans are best known for their craftsmanship, high-quality tonewoods, and attention to detail from a period when (more…)

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Fender Telecaster Custom

Classic tones for little coin

Many players search for that one guitar that can “do it all.” You know what I’m talking about – the axe that covers both single-coil and humbucking tones, and sounds great doing so. In past columns, (more…)

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September 2003


FEATURES NEIL GIRALDO Guitarist, Producer, Partner The Cleveland native paid his dues on the Midwest circuit before nearly hitting the big time with Rick Derringer. Then came the call to be the musical director for an up-and-coming female rocker… By Ward Meeker BRYAN LEE Have Blues Guitar – Will Travel Hearing him play the blues […]

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