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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Buddy Guy

Living Proof
Silvertone
 
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As he did on Guy’s Skin Deep, drummer/producer Tom Hambridge co-wrote all but one song, with Guy or Gary Nicholson; he penned the title track by himself. But whereas the 2008 effort called in a relatively small cast of session players, here the ensemble (more…)

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Schaller Offers New Da Vinci Tuning Machines

 

Schaller’s new Da Vinci tuning machines use a redesigned worm gear the company says offers the precision normally associated with enclosed/greased machine heads, and has a “window” made of scratch-proof UV-resistant polycarbonate. They’re available in a variety of (more…)

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Hot Club of Hulaville

Django Would Go
Hulaville Recordings
 
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When they hand out the Grammys for CD packaging, the Hot Club of Hulaville should have their acceptance speech ready. The deluxe edition comes in an air-mail-styled folder with separate replica Django Reinhardt passport, fan-letter reproduction, and an “issue” of the Waikiki (more…)

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Lace Intros Matt Pike Signature Pickups

 

Lace Music’s Matt Pike Model signature pickup set is designed to Pike’s specs. They can be split for single-coil tones and measure 15.8k in the neck position and 19k in the bridge. Learn more at lacemusic.com. (more…)

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Ernie Hawkins

Whinin' Boy
Corona Records
 
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Ernie Hawkins is a genius of the acoustic guitar who has mastered the country-blues stylings in the vein of Reverend Gary Davis. On Whinin’ Boy, he finds himself in a band setting more than on past records. His guitar is the foundation for fine playing (more…)

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Ron Dziubla

Some Strange Blues
Wabi-Sabi
 
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Lately, Dziubla (pronounced JOObluh) has become the saxophonist of choice for everyone from Ricky Martin to Duane Eddy – with sessions with Deke Dickerson, Elmore James, Jr. and the soundtrack to Burlesque along the way. If this were Vintage Saxophone magazine, it would only be (more…)

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John McCutcheon

Passage
Appalsongs
 
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John McCutcheon is one of a small minority – an unabashed folk singer. On Passage, he performs 14 new original tunes that demonstrate his mastery of the idiom known as “folk music.” McCutcheon’s subject matter touches the usual folky bases – love, social injustice, the (more…)

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Johhny A Victimized in Burglary, Guitars Stolen

 

Boston-based musician Johnny A told VG that upon his return November 12 from a tour overseas, he discovered that three guitars had been stolen from his home in Salem, New Hampshire. The thieves broke a window then escaped through a door as the house alarm sounded. The instruments included a ’68 Gibson EB-2D in Burgundy […]

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Various Artists

35 Years
Bear Family Records
 
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Richard Weize and his Bear Family Records are based in Germany, but few have done more to preserve American roots and other world music. Weize is dedicated to seeking out and reissuing (more…)

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National Guitar Museum Exhibits Eight-Necked “Rock Ock”

 

The National Guitar Museum recently unveiled what it is calling “the world’s largest fully playable multi-necked stringed instrument” as part of its permanent collection. Called the Rock Ock (a nod to the “Spider-Man” villain with eight arms), it weighs 40 pounds, has 154 frets, 51 strings, and 51 tuning pegs. Comprised of a mandolin, ukulele, six-string, […]

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