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Monthly Archives: May 2006

Linc Luthier Impression

Sculpture With Strings

Sure, it’s great to pick up a vintage Strat or Les Paul and marvel at its aged patina. It’s also a wonderful feeling to pick up a customized, totally handcrafted guitar. And I can’t think of many custom guitars that are as hip and original as the Linc Luthier Impression – it’s a singular playing […]

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Ritchie Blackmore

From "Temple of the King" to King Alphonse X

“Renaissance,” “Medieval,” “Baroque,” and other musical terms are applicable to the unique modern-day efforts of the most recent aggregation that counts legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore as a member. Along with partner/singer/lyricist Candice Night and other associates, the combo known as Blackmore’s Night has released four albums since its inception in the mid 1990s: Shadow of […]

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Richie Hart – Blues In the Alley


It’s become obvious to me that a certain style of jazz guitar will never go out of style. Blues-based jazz nuts who can really swing like Wes Montgomery and Grant Green will be around no matter the prevailing tastes. Problem is, some guys get it and some don’t. Some have the soul, and some don’t. […]

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Fleetwood Mac – Tusk


Considering Fleetwood Mac’s enormous popularity in the 1970s, which can be traced to the moment Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the waning band, Buckingham would have to rank as one of the most underrated guitarists in rock. He is also one of the more unorthodox. An ex-folkie who displays his acoustic fingerpicking on “Landslide” […]

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Peter Case – Who’s Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile? Selected Tracks


Peter Case is one of those “folky” types who deserve more than a trite description. Yes, he plays acoustic guitar, occasional harmonica, and writes great songs. But he shows a background that encompasses rock and soul, too. This compilation of his work on Vanguard puts that element in the spotlight. “Crooked Mile” is the perfect […]

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1939 Martin D-45


From 1933 to ’42, Martin produced a total of 91 D-45 guitars. At the time, the model was the most deluxe and highest-priced flat-top guitar in the Martin line. Today, these instruments are among the most sought after of all steel-string flat-tops, and without doubt bring the highest prices of any vintage American-made acoustic guitars. […]

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Groove Tubes Soul-O Single

Soul-O Single

Groove Tubes founder Aspen Pittman is a tube connoisseur. For 24 years, he has listened to, tested, designed, and manufactured many variants of the familiar glass bottles that melt the hearts of guitar tone aficionados. The latest outgrowth of Pittman’s passion for tubes and their many tones is his company’s new class A all-tube single-ended […]

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Analog Man’s Guide to Vintage Effects Pedals – Tom Hughes


“Analog Mike” Piera was one of the first to recognize the power of the internet to disseminate information and as a tool for commerce. Peira’s background as a software engineer with a degree in computer science made him ideally suited to explore the possibilities of the new medium. His original website, on the earliest version […]

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Paul Curreri – The Spirit of the Staircase


I was a big fan of Curreri’s Songs for Devon Sproule. That record, produced by guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps, was a solo acoustic country-blues effort that took the form places it hadn’t yet gone, or at least not often. On his new record, Curreri takes a band route. Things are quiet, and in some respects […]

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Cheryl Wheeler – Defying Gravity


After 11 releases in 22 years, you might assume Cheryl Wheeler has written songs about nearly everything. But her latest release proves she still has plenty of fresh insight. In the last two decades, Wheeler has had her songs recorded by major artists including Suzy Bogguss, Garth Brooks, Bette Midler, Dan Seals, and Linda Thompson. […]

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