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Monthly Archives: November 2006

The Pixies

Alternative Godfathers
 

In the late 1980s, the Pixies’ unique brand of punk, pop, and guitar rock almost singlehandedly created the alternative music movement that flourished in the early ’90s. Its sound served as the blueprint for a host of new artists including Nirvana, and was cited (more…)

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Tokai Talbo

 

For aficionados of copy guitars – replicas of mostly American classics that give U.S. manufacturers apoplectic fits – perhaps no company is more respected than Tokai, whose 1970s and early-’80s Love Rock and Breezy Sound models are among the most desirable of that breed and command (more…)

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Electro-Harmonix 16 Second Digital Delay

From Practice to the PA
 

On several occasions, we’ve chronicled the story of Electro-Harmonix, from its first heyday in the 1970s, through the ’80s, and its resurgence in the ’90s. No doubt about it, company founder Mike Matthews is a survivor. And one (more…)

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Vivian Campbell

Blues Beyond Belfast
 

Considering his lengthy resumé, one might expect Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell would have released a solo album long before September of 2005. And Campbell’s efforts in bands such as Dio, Whitesnake, and Def Leppard might create a stereotype among listeners about the (more…)

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Buck Page – Right Place To Start

 

There have been more than one group known as the Riders Of The Purple Sage (not counting country-rock’s New Riders Of The Purple Sage). In 1936, Buck Page was a founding member of the original Riders, at age 13. In (more…)

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Various artists – Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar

 

Here’s a capital idea executed brilliantly: 13 inventive acoustic guitar arrangements of Mancini classics – 12 solo and one bonus duet – by a dozen top-flight pickers. Even though this already won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the (more…)

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Doublenecks and Triplenecks

California Weird Factor - Doublenecks, Triplenecks
 

If you mention doubleneck or multi-neck guitars to your average guitar player, the first thing they’ll likely think of is Jimmy Page playing his Gibson EDS-1275 with Led Zeppelin, or Rick Nielsen and his floor-length five-neck Hamer with Cheap Trick. But few people, even amongst guitar players, realize that the multi-neck guitar has a storied […]

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G.L. Stiles Solidbody

 

Every once in awhile, a guitar comes out of left field. In the case of this solidbody electric labeled “Lee Stiles,” the throw came from West Virginia by way of Miami! It was in many ways primitive, but at the same time it was also clearly (more…)

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Carvin Belaire 212

A Classic, Re-Voiced
 

When Lowell Kiesel started Carvin in 1946, his focus was on electric guitar pickups and lap steels. He had a fair amount of initial success, as many top country and surf players of the day (including the Ventures) used Carvin pickups. As (more…)

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J.J. Cale

Up Close & Personal
 

J.J. Cale is the last person you’d expect to get the up close and personal “Behind The Music” treatment. Interviews with him are rare, and for years most of his fans only had a vague idea what he looked like, (more…)

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