Monthly Archives: April 2010

VVT Lindy Fralin Model amplifier

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...

Country Style U.S.A.

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....

D’Addario/ Planet Waves Accessories

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...

Ro-Pat-In Electric Spanish

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....

Chris Thile

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...

Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell

There was no single architect or originator of rock and roll; there were several. Any serious discussion would have to include Fats Domino, Little...

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...

Taylor T5 Thinline Fiveway

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,...

Jon Butcher

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...

June 2010

//     This month in VG We speak with world-famous guitar builder Paul Reed Smith. Influenced by music early in...
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