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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Little Richard

 

Some 14 years after blasting out of AM radios with hits like “Long Tall Sally,” “Tutti-Fruiti,” and “Slippin’ And Slidin’,” the wildest of rock and roll’s architects enjoyed a resurgence in visibility, when his spangled outfits, over-the-top vanity, and trademark “Shut up!” made him a staple of latenight talk shows. But he was more than […]

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Voodoo Amplification V-Plex

Plexi Tone, Nailed
 

Voodoo Amplification V-Plex Marshall’s famed 1960s “plexi” and early-’70s 50-/100-watt amps gained notoriety for their fantastic tones. Of course, the downside was that they had to be driven hard to sound their best, which to the player (and anyone else in a mile-wide radius) meant volume – a lot of volume. And that sometimes meant […]

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Susan Tedeschi

Crackin' the boys club
 

Susan Tedeschi For someone who first came into prominence after being nominated for Best New Artist at the 2000 Grammy awards, Susan Tedeschi has firmly established herself as one of the most electrifying talents to emerge on the blues scene since the heyday of Bonnie Raitt, an artist to whom she has drawn frequent comparisons. […]

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Kawai MS-700 MoonSault

 

1982 Kawai MS-700 MoonSault. Photo: Michael Wright/The Different Strummer. Most of us tend to think of guitars made in Japan as dating to the 1960s, when Japanese manufacturers began supplying instruments to meet the seemingly inexhaustible demand created by teenaged babyboomers. Fuelled by trends like the “folk revival” and the “British Invasion,” Japanese guitarmaking took […]

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Collings SoCo Deluxe

Super Semi-Hollow
 

Collings SoCo Deluxe Super Semi-Hollow The Collings SoCo Deluxe – Phil Feser Whether you’re a fan of the flat-top or simply appreciate a good archtop, chances are you’re familiar with Collings Guitars. The Texas-based builder is one of the most recognized and respected names amongst aficionados of modern acoustic instruments. Bill Collings and his crew […]

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Kim Lenz – It’s All True

 

Describing Kim Lenz as a “female Elvis” is narrow-sighted, as there are few musical similarities between the two, particularly in the fact Lenz writes a good chunk of her own material and, more significantly, she’s a much better guitar player. Like Elvis, she is a dynamic live performer, with stylistic similarities to Chris Issak and […]

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Steve Hackett

No pigeonholes, please!
 

Photo coutesy Steve Hackett. It’s been said that musicians often “follow their muse” at certain points in their careers, but Steve Hackett, who is entering his fourth decade as a professional musician, is taking the term almost literally. His latest album, Metamorpheus (InsideOut), is a mythology-based work, and one of the central characters in its […]

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Ray Benson’s Gibson ES-355

 

Photo: Dale Haussner. Anyone with a taste for real country music – in particular, Western swing – will recognize the guitar pictured here. Even though Asleep At The Wheel leader Ray Benson quit using this early-’60s Gibson ES-355 in about 1985 (and eventually sold it), it’s the guitar fans inevitably associate with him – and, […]

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Jinx Jones – Live in Finland

 

San Francisco’s Jinx Jones teams with two terrific Finnish musicians for the making of this fine live record. Henry Valanne (drums) and Ari Sjöblom (bass) are both adept at the various forms of Jones’ music, and they are many. Primarily a rockabilly guitarist, he stays true to form here on tracks like “Double Talk Baby,” […]

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Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville 7660

 

1972 Gretsch Chet Atkins Nashville 7660. Photo: Michael Wright. In many ways, the storied past of Gretsch guitars is a microcosmic reflection of the many twists and turns of the American guitar industry, from early immigrant success story to classic American guitars to big corporate buy-out to looking for cheaper labor to foreign imports, with […]

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