Monthly Archives: September 2006

Valley Arts Brent Mason signature model

Pro-Level Versatility

With a client list that included a who’s who of West Coast guitarists – Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Tommy Tedesco, to name a few – Valley Arts gained a reputation in the 1980s for its custom guitars and professional repairs. Then, on the day (more…)

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Eric Sardinas

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 to deliver the appropriate vibe. Growing up, Sardinas was exposed to everything from early Delta blues to Chicago blues to R&B, (more…)

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Epiphone Model M Steel

Misjudged Beauty

The Epiphone company already had a long history when it hit big with banjos in the early 20th century. And it was quick to change with the times as musical tastes and the needs of musicians changed. For example, in response to Gibson’s violin-like L-5 archtop guitar, Epiphone fired what could only be termed a […]

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September 2006


FEATURES LEFTY FRIZZELL’S GIBSON/BIGSBY J-200 Lefty Frizzell was one of country music’s most influential artists, and a true honky-tonker. With his first royalty checks, he bought a diamond ring, a Nudie suit, and this SJ-200, and took it straight to Paul Bigsby. By Dan Forte GUILD STRATFORD X-350 Few companies have successfully marketed both acoustic […]

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