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Monthly Archives: June 2005

Andre Segovia’s Hauser

Built in 1937
 

While visiting the Spanish guitar exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City during the fall of 1991, I had the opportunity to measure and photograph, in great detail, the 1937 Hauser that belonged to Andrés Segovia, and had been used by him in numerous recordings and concert appearances. Shortly before his […]

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Girl Brand Crossroads

One Devlishly Sweet Axe
 

Girl Brand Guitars… No it’s not a clearing house for sparkley pink and purple guitars with short-scale necks and small bodies. Rather, Girl Brand is the brainchild of Tucson-based luthier, musician, and artist Chris Larsen. In basic guitar terms, Larsen’s one-off creations are single-cutaway semi-hollow guitars with a 25.5″-scale bolt-on maple necks and two single-coil […]

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The John Scofield Band – Up All Night

Up All Night
 

Scofield drives some folks crazy. His last few records have stretched the boundries of funky jazz about as far as they can go. And with this one, he’s added more electronic flourishes and hip-hop rhythms that make some old fans clamor for a lightly-chorused be-bop solo. I’m not one of those. I’ve been a Scofield […]

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Robert Cray – Time Will Tell

Time Will Tell
 

Can “Young Bob,” who slyly boasted about being a “Strong Persuader,” the proverbial back door man, be turning 50? Well, the good news is that Robert Cray hasn’t lost any of the original slant on blues and R&B that made his early-’80s rise such a breath of fresh air, and he wears his maturity well. […]

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Jimi Hendrix Experience – Paris 1967/San Francisco 1968

Paris 1967/San Francisco 1968
 

Got to hand it to the folks at Experience Hendrix, who keep coming up with good Hendrix music and packaging it in fine releases. This new work, on its Dagger Records subsidiary label, is a typical audience recording that has been tweaked by the master hands of Eddie Kramer. There’s still evidence of its origin, […]

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Yamaha SG

The Classic
 

Of all the excellent – and generally unheralded – guitars built by Yamaha over the years, none has achieved quite the legendary status as the Yamaha SG-2000 (SBG-2000), based primarily because of its association early on with Carlos Santana. Most sources cite 1976 as the debut date of this model, however, as usual, there’s more […]

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The Hacienda Brothers – Hacienda Brothers

Hacienda Brothers
 

Take one of the most road-tested rock-a-bluesy guitarists in the game, the Paladins’ Dave Gonzalez, and add country/conjunto/Cajun soul man Chris Gaffney, and you’ve got the makings of something special. Add David “D.B.” Berzansky’s pedal steel, bassist Hank Maninger, and drummer Richard Medik to the mix, and things really start to gel. Bring in Memphis […]

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Rob McNelley – On

On
 

I love it when this happens. Totally out of the blue comes a CD, by an artist I am unfamiliar with, and it blows my socks off. Rob McNelley has been kicking around Nashville for awhile. He’s played guitar with the likes of Wynonna Judd, Lee Ann Womack, and Allison Moorer. He’s currently working with […]

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Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez – The Trouble With Humans

The Trouble With Humans
 

Some famous musical duos originate in the womb, like The Louvin or Everly brothers. Others are created by love, like Ian and Silvia, Richard and Mimi Farina, and Buddy and Julie Miller. Finally there are musical combinations that seem to occur by lucky happenstance. Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez were born at least a generation […]

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1965 Gibson Thunderbird

Cardinal Red Rarity
 

In spite of its laudable history, the Gibson company’s solidbody electric basses have never been much of a factor in the market. Sure, it built a couple of electric uprights in the late 1930s and the semi-hollow EB-2 in ’58, but all too often its solidbody basses played catch-up with Fender instruments. Fender introduced its […]

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