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Monthly Archives: May 2005

Bad Cat Mini Cat

Little Kittie With Bite

The Bad Cat amplifier company’s Mini Cat is a small unit designed for many things, including practice, recording, or use as a preamp. Bad Cat has established itself as one of the leaders in class A amplifier design. In August ’02, we reviewed Bad Cat’s Hot Cat, and found it to be superb in every […]

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The Pretty Things – Come See Me: The Very Best Of The Pretty Things

Come See Me: The Very Best Of The Pretty Things

England’s Pretty Things are probably best known to American audiences as the answer to the trivia question, “Who was the Rolling Stones’ original bassist?” (The Pretty Things’ lead guitarist, Dick Taylor.) This 25-song, career-spanning retrospective fleshes out the rest of the story of this criminally overlooked, great band. Their beginnings as a Stones-ish R&B band […]

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The Blasters – Live: Going Home

Live: Going Home

The Blasters were one of the greatest American rock bands ever. I’m also of the opinion that their lead guitarist and main songwriter, Dave Alvin, is one of today’s finest writers. That started with some great songs he penned with the Blasters in the early ’80s. As one look at this DVD will show you, […]

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Dick Boak – Martin Guitar Masterpieces

Martin Guitar Masterpieces

Martin guitars are revered, collected, and played by performers, singers, songwriters and by legions of avid collectors and enthusiasts. If there has been a hallmark for Martin guitars over the years, it is that the guitars were plainly adorned. No expense was spared on achieving the best sound, but no extra expense was deemed necessary […]

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The Bottle Rockets – Brand New Year and Leftovers

Brand New Year and Leftovers

If you didn’t know better, you’d swear after hearing the first few bars of “Nancy Sinatra,” the opening song on the Bottle Rockets’ Brand New Year, that you were listening to an unearthed early recording from ZZ Top. The Bottle Rockets have an uncanny ability to create the kind of raunchy electric guitar wall of […]

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Epiphone Deluxe Archtop


Webster’s latest defines the word “deluxe” as “…notably luxurious, elegant, or expensive.” The Epiphone Deluxe archtop guitar was certainly luxurious. When introduced in 1931, it sported a triple-bound top with rope-pattern purfling, fancy diamond-and-triangle position markers on the neck, a bound “Masterbilt” headstock inlaid with flowers, gold-plated parts, curly maple back and sides, and a […]

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Scotty Moore

Can't Keep a Good Man Down

As the world marks the 50th Anniversary of the recording of “That’s Alright Mama,” one can’t help but wonder what life would be like today if Scotty Moore had told Sam Phillips he didn’t think much of Elvis Presley during their fateful audition. Who would have become the King of rock and roll? Moore recently […]

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Bernie Williams – The Journey Within

The Journey Within

Yes, Bernie Williams plays center field for my beloved New York Yankees. And while many revel in the fact they were defeated in the World Series, Bernie can take solace in the fact that he has released a pretty good record, and is a very fine guitarist. For those not familiar, Bernie grew up in […]

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The Yardbirds – Birdland


It’s hard not to be skeptical over every “reunion” that comes along when you’ve got Toad The Wet Sprocket reuniting after all these years – five to be exact. If that’s a reunion, then ZZ Top reunites every time they put out an album. That skepticism can turn into fear when the group in question […]

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Tom Principato – Anniversary DVD: Celebrating 40 Years

Anniversary DVD: Celebrating 40 Years

Tom Principato is one of those guitarists who has been around for a long time. He’s on the fringe of lots of stuff, has played with tons of great guitarists, and makes pretty darn good records. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the instructional books he’s done. So, this DVD is a lot of fun for […]

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