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Monthly Archives: August 2006

Rowan Cimarron

Amazing craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal
 

Michael Rowan operates a one-man custom gui- tar shop in Garland, Texas, and he recently submitted for review one of the most appealing guitars we’ve grabbed, groped, and fondled in quite some time. The Rowan Custom Guitars “Cimarron” is a hybrid double-cutaway acoustic/electric “stage” guitar. The small (about 7″ x 16″) super-light, one-piece mahogany body […]

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Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie's New Attack!!
 

As one of the most fiery players on the planet, Yngwie Malmsteen developed an identifiable style and tone that blends classical music and heavy metal. VG sat with Malmsteen following his stint on the 2003 G3 tour with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, and Malmsteen filled us in on what made the tour so different […]

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Stratospheric Variations

A History of offset double-cut guitars
 

When you think about it, it’s quite remarkable how few guitar archetypes there really are. By “archetypes” we’re referring to aesthetic design, or shapes. If you pull back and squint, there are basically only about half a dozen categories. The most basic is the Spanish guitar, that lovely, feminine figure-eight from antiquity. A Ramirez classical, […]

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Taylor Big Baby

Acoustic bargain of the millennium
 

When I review a guitar or amp for Vintage Guitar, the manufacturer usually sends a “loaner” to evaluate for a set period of time… say, 30 to 60 days. With Taylor’s Big Baby acoustic, however, I broke all the rules and took a different approach – I bought that sucker right off the rack! A […]

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Aerosmith

Rockin' on Bobo
 

Although Honkin’ on Bobo was labeled by some as a blues record, Aerosmith views its new release as being a true rock record – and perhaps the most rockin’ record they’ve made in years! Bobo marks a return to the high-energy blues-influenced rock sound that launched the group’s career over 30 years ago. Featuring covers […]

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Peter Green – Man Of The World: The Anthology, 1968-1988

 

It’s difficult to write about Peter Green without accidentally lapsing into past tense, as though the founder of the original Fleetwood Mac were no longer here. He is, of course, very much in the present tense, touring and recording with Peter Green’s Splinter Group after long periods of inactivity in the grips of mental illness. […]

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Kid Andersen – Rock Awhile

 

You listen to music long enough, and you end up seeing the damnedest things. Take, for instance, this record. Who is Kid Andersen? Well, let’s see. He’s a Norwegian bluesman. No, really. He’s been in the U.S. for about three years, and seems to have absorbed the blues. Now when I say absorbed, you might […]

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August 2006

 

FEATURES BILLY SQUIER Emerging from the East Coast pop-music scene, he rose to fame in the early 1980s playing cool guitars and making full use of vintage tones, Zeppelin-like licks, and the mega-hit “The Stroke.” By Ward Meeker ICON CORNER The Peter Green/Gary Moore Guitar We take a life-size look at the 1959 Gibson Les […]

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