Monthly Archives: July 2005

Hard-rockin’ blues

By integrating traditional blues with heavier, more flamboyant rock styles, Eric Sardinas has carved a raw, fiery sound, favoring electric and acoustic resonator guitars...

The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo – Deluxe Edition

With the exception of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper or Dylan's' Another Side of Bob Dylan, few albums were as influential to future trends...

KR Musical Purple Pedals

Efects builder Kevin Randall has done his homework on what makes vintage pedals sound the way they do. But most guys who build...

Charlie Musselwhite – Sanctuary

With his debut album in 1966, harmonica vanguard Charlie Musselwhite met and set the standard for authenticity and adventurism in blues. But in...

Alvin Youngblood Hart – Down in the Alley

I wasn't prepared for how good this disc is. Hart's mostly known for his work in country blues. Here, he does a program...
Stromberg Master 400

Stromberg Master 400

The Stromberg Master 400, measuring a gigantic 19", is considered by many to be the ultimate orchestral rhythm guitar. The instrument of choice for...

Joe Perry

Although Honkin' On Bobo has been labeled by some as a blues record, Aerosmith views its new release as being a true rock record...

Son House – Revisited

There were blues guitarists before him - such as Charley Patton - and perhaps better blues guitarists that followed him, but there were few...

Eric Bibb, Rory Block, Maria Muldaur – Sisters and Brothers

I like this one for a couple of reasons. The first is it's a perfect example of some vets getting together and just...

July 2005

FEATURES 76 WATTS THE HARD WAY The VG Low-Watt Tube Shootout ’05 For guitarists, the richness and warmth of tube saturation is the key to nirvana. But...
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