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Monthly Archives: April 2010

VVT Lindy Fralin Model amplifier

Toneful Tag-Team
 

Maryland-based amplifier builder Vintage Vacuum Tube Amplifiers (you may know it as VVT) recently fielded a request from renowned pickup winder Lindy Fralin. He wasn’t looking for advice on wire or how hot to wind a pickup for best interaction with a particular VVT; rather, Fralin wanted an amp built to his specs and taste. […]

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Country Style U.S.A.

Pickers In Their Prime
 

The peacetime U.S. Army in 1957 had a steady stream of new recruits due to the draft and ongoing promotional efforts to encourage enlistments. Among those projects – 52 filmed segments of “Country Style U.S.A.,” were made available to local TV stations from ’57 to ’61. A bit over 14 minutes, each program featured two […]

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D’Addario/ Planet Waves Accessories

Goodies Galore
 

The D’Addario family has been making musical-instrument strings since before brothers-in-law Rocco and Carmine moved to the U.S. from Italy in the early 1900s. A longtime music-industry fixture, D’Addario & Company long ago branched out from strings into other areas, like a recent crop of cleaning gear, tuners, and assorted goodies. Tuners The guitar-pick shaped […]

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Ro-Pat-In Electric Spanish

Granddaddy to the Stars!
 

The story of George Beauchamp’s invention of what would become the first commercially successful electric guitar is shrouded in the mist of murky memory. But one critical element of the story – the first Spanish-neck electric guitar sold by Ro-Pat-In – has recently become more clear. As the first electric Spanish with a modern, string-driven, […]

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Chris Thile

Thile's New Loar
 

Photo: Steven Stone. While Chris Thile may well be the best mandolin player in the world, he couldn’t care less. Other musicians might worry about their place in the hierarchy of “good,” “better,” or “best”; Thile is too busy playing music. Even on a “light” day, he practices at least two hours, and has since […]

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Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell

A Bushel of Berry
 

There was no single architect or originator of rock and roll; there were several. Any serious discussion would have to include Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ike Turner, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, and a few others. And, of course, Chuck Berry. In his essay on allmusic.com, the late Cub Koda is careful not […]

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Gibson EB-0F

 

Circa 1964 Gibson EB-0F, serial #234684. Photo: VG archive. Instrument courtesy of Guitar Center Hollywood. “Fuzztone.” The term conjures memories of the buzzing, snarling, barely-musical sound from the 1960s that inspired hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of aspiring rock guitarists. The Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone was a wedge-shaped gizmo with germanium transistors made […]

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Taylor T5 Thinline Fiveway

Six-Song Minimum?
 

Taylor T5 Thinline Fiveway For years, people continually asked Bob Taylor, “When are you going to come up with an electric guitar?” Taylor’s answer was always, “Somewhere between never and when we come up with a guitar that’s actually unique.” That “somewhere” arrived in 2005, with the birth to the Taylor T5 Thinline Fiveway. One’s […]

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Jon Butcher

Back to Barefootin'
 

Photos courtesy Jon Butcher. A little more than a decade ago, guitarist/vocalist Jon Butcher described his affiliation with the then-new quartet Barefoot Servants as, “The best thing I ever did.” The band, featuring co-guitarist Ben Schultz, bassist Leland Sklar, and drummer Ray Brinker, released one album and toured before its members went their separate ways. […]

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June 2010

 

    This month in VG We speak with world-famous guitar builder Paul Reed Smith. Influenced by music early in life, instead of writing “Born To Run” or playing the lead on Tom Petty’s “Refugee,” guitar history will recall him as the Ted McCarty (or Leo Fender) of his generation. Then, Dave Hunter tells us […]

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