Monthly Archives: June 2007

Pete McCann – Most Folks


Pete McCann is not one of those jazz guitarists who can be placed in a column and left there. For instance, the title cut of his new disc, Most Folks, is a fine bopper that lets McCann show his chops, at full speed. There (more…)

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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – Souls’ Chapel


Marty Stuart evolved from a precocious musical whiz kid into a complicated renaissance man. He’s known for his music, colorful personal style, documentary photography, and comprehensive collections of cowboy boots, guitars, and country-western memorabilia. Lately, he has turned his keen curatorial eye toward what (more…)

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Andreas öberg – Solo


Swedish guitarslinger Andreas öberg is a firebrand, playing mainstream jazz and Gypsy jazz with a fury. His style is ultra-modern – fast and driving, with a rock and roll-inspired intensity. Fronting the Hot Club of Sweden, öberg has released several albums, sometimes joining forces with (more…)

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Peterson VS-S

Fast, Accurate Sour-Note Killer

Peterson Electro-Musical Products may not have invented the strobo-tuner, but since the early 1950s, it has been a major player in the electronics field as it relates to instrument tuning devices. In the late ’60s, its Model 400 strobo-tuner was (more…)

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Larry Carlton


The buzz about Fire Wire, the new record by guitar legend Larry Carlton, was that he was going to rock more than he had in years. Yes, the guy who played incendiary guitar on Steely Dan cuts like “Kid Charlemagne” and “Don’t Take Me Alive,” (more…)

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Roger Mayer

Straight-shooting Effects Builder to the Stars

In the early 1960s, a young Research Laboratory engineer named Roger Mayer filled his “spare time” hanging out with a jaw-dropping collection of up-and-comers on the fledgling London blues-rock scene, and building effects pedals for these (more…)

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Reverend Rick Vito

Tone, Style

Reverend Musical Instruments head honcho Joe Naylor began playing guitar in 1982, graduated from the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, started and ran an amp-building company, and in 1996 fired up the highly touted Reverend company in his home state of Michigan. Readers of VG (more…)

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PRS Modern Eagle and SE Soapbar II

From "10" Top To Bottom

Gee, I have to review two Paul Reed Smith guitars today… I know – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Today’s subjects are the top-end, USA-made Modern Eagle and the lower-end, Korean-built SE Soapbar II. The (more…)

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June 2007


FEATURES RICH ROBINSON Back on the Wing As the co-founder of the Black Crowes preps a new album, we speak with him about the band, its classic sound and style, and the vintage electric and acoustic instruments he has used to record its many hits. By Ward Meeker AMP-O-RAMA The Fender Deluxe Reverb If guitarists […]

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