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Monthly Archives: October 2006

Rahbek Standard

A fine custom guitar, Danish-style
 

Rahbek Guitars hail from Copenhagen, Denmark, hotbed of electric guitar production. Huh? Okay, so that ain’t the case. But those who would rush to judgment over the thought of buying a custom-made electric guitar from someone other than any of the multitude of U.S. builders may just be missing out on something special. Because Rahbek […]

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Johnny Hiland

The eagle has landed
 

For an artist who hadn’t yet seen his first solo release when VG spoke with him 18 months ago, Johnny Hiland had made a lot of inroads. His well-deserved reputation as a downright dangerous force on the Telecaster was earned through master classes, NAMM appearances, session work, and a number of high-profile performances. Now, that […]

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The Ramones – End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

 

There’s an anachronism at the heart of this excellent, engrossing documentary. Few people will argue The Ramones’ influence on punk and post-punk rock, and the footage here from their heyday at CBGB and other venues is a time machine back to the early-’70s punk explosion. Simply put, the Ramones made some great noise. The anachronism […]

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Bill Perry – Raw Deal

 

This record, plain-and-simple, cooks. Perry’s mix of rock and blues lands right in that perfect area that highlights the attraction of both kinds of music without being too self-conscious. He and producer Popa Chubby sink their teeth into the grooves and don’t let go. What does that mean? Well, check out a couple of tunes […]

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Gibson 1938 Electric Bass

Likely The First!
 

Gibson 1938 Electric Bass This interesting piece of fretted Americana can be appreciated by any vintage instrument aficionado – particularly bassists – as it was probably the first instrument of its type ever built or marketed by Gibson. A 1976 letter by Julius Bellson, Gibson’s first company historian, says two examples of an early electric […]

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October 2006

 

FEATURES IN DETAIL The Gibson “Les Paul SG” Entering the 1960s, Gibson saw the continuing potential in the market for solidbody guitars – but not for its single-cut Les Paul models. The resulting changes created a new legend amongst collectibles. By Ward Meeker ORVILLE GIBSON LYRE MANDOLIN It represents everything that is Orville – not […]

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