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Monthly Archives: March 2006

Floyd Rose Model One

Redmond Model One
 

With his 1977 introduction of the Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo, Floyd Rose, the man, revolutionized the guitar tremolo and added a new dimension to a guitar player’s arsenal of tricks and licks. Over 25 years (and a million divebombs) later, he may be set to (more…)

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Jazz Pharaohs – Old Man Time

 

The Jazz Pharaohs jokingly refer to themselves as “Austin’s Best Wedding Band” – and they may well have fans crashing wedding parties just for the music. They’re a more traditional American jazz band, kissing kin of Austin’s Asylum Street Spankers. On Old Man (more…)

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Barry Melton

Singular Fish
 

One of the most indelible images from “Woodstock,” the documentary of the legendary 1969 rock festival, is that of Country Joe & the Fish guitarist Barry Melton flashing a big grin – and a joint – at the camera just before he charges to (more…)

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Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, Gerry Beaudoin – New Guitar Summit

 

The great stuff continues to flow from Duke Robillard. The man makes great solo records, produces records, and makes special appearances, always adding great parts to records for friends everywhere. Here is more of the same. Yes, he gets equal billing, and (more…)

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1988 Guild Liberator Elite

 

Every once in awhile you find a guitar that’s almost too beautiful to play. It’s just enough to sit there and admire it, not risking a ding. A good case in point is this drop-dead gorgeous 1988 Guild (more…)

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Steve Smith – Hard Road

 

Not all great pickers and songwriters live in Nashville, L.A., or New York. Some reside in far off places such as Las Cruses, New Mexico. Steven Smith is a case in point. His fourth solo release, Hard Road, features more of his vocal abilities (more…)

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Gurf Morlix – Cut ‘N Shoot

 

Is Gurf his real name? I don’t know. What I do know is he’s produced excellent records in the past few years for other artists, and in the past couple has started putting together some pretty good ones of his (more…)

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Faces – Five Guys Walk Into A Bar…

 

I ran into a guitarist and fellow Faces fan recently and mentioned the new boxed set, and he marveled, “Isn’t Woody amazing on there?” I agreed. But if I’d run into a bassist, he probably would (more…)

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Guild Liberator Elite

 

Every once in awhile you find a guitar that’s almost too beautiful to play. It’s just enough to sit there and admire it, not risking a ding. A good case in point is this drop-dead gorgeous 1988 Guild Liberator Elite, one of the last guitars to be produced before Guild got out of (more…)

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1965 Epiphone Emperor

 

The Epiphone Emperor has a long, convoluted history. It first appeared in Epiphone’s catalog in late 1935 as a response to Gibson’s Super 400, which was introduced in late 1934. Epiphone went one better on Gibson’s 18″-wide Super 400 by making the Emperor 181?2″ wide. This was (more…)

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