Monthly Archives: March 2010

Steve Cropper

Before they were called Booker T. & The MGs, the first song the house band for Memphis' Stax label cut on their own was...

Martin D-18 1937 Authentic and OMC-1 Fingerstyle

Martin D-18 1937 Authentic The first thing that catches your eye as you open the case of Martin's D-18 1937 Authentic is the guitar's unmistakable...

Ricky Phillips’ Fender Custom Shop five-string

Ricky Phillips with his Fender Custom Shop bass in 2008. Photo: Willie G. Moseley. Most professional guitarists or bassists, upon reaching a certain level of...

Dunlop MXR Carbon Copy, ’74 Phase 90 and Buddy Guy Signature Wah

Legendary pedal builder MXR/Dunlop recently introduced a sweet trio of effects; something new from its Custom Shop in the form of the Carbon Copy...

Mark Selby – Nine Pound Hammer

What may be Mark Selby's best album earns the title in part because his guitar playing is more prominent than it was on his...

Redd Volkaert

For Redd Volkaert, 2008 has been a good year. His band, Heybale, released an excellent debut in the spring, and with summer came his...

West, Bruce, & Laing – Why Dontcha

When one third Cream and two thirds of Mountain joined to form West, Bruce & Laing in 1972, expectations were not exactly high. This,...

Carl Martin Vintage Series Pedals

If you're the type of hardcore gear geek who spends as much time evaluating guitarists based on what's in their hands, rigs, and pedalboards...

Hughie Thomasson

The Outlaws. Photo: John Gellman. (Ed. Note: This article originally appeared in VG's October '06 issue. Hughie Thomasson passed away in September, 2007.) Hughie Thomasson...

Gibson R&D Electric Guitar

Alvino Rey and the prototype lapsteel he has kept for more than 61 years. Photos: Lynn Wheelwright Talk about skeletons in your closet!! Believe...
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