Mike Auldridge, widely acknowledged as one of the premier resophonic guitar players of his era, died December 29 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 73. Auldridge was a founding member of the Seldom Scene, which fused bluegrass with other forms of pop music, and more recently was a member of the touring bands [...]
Monthly Archives: December 2012
Kay Vintage Reissue Guitar Company’s K775V Double Cutaway Electric is a reissue of the 1961 model. It has 15 1/4” body with a maple veneer, two Gold K pickups, Bigsby vibrato, adjustable set neck, nickel Grover tuning machines, Kay “Kelvinator” headstock chevron, rosewood fingerboard with sharkfin inlays, and a scalloped acrylic pickguard with the Kay [...]
Dwight Twilley writes perfect power pop songs with hints of the Beatles and other ’60s rock bands. He also has a knack for writing lyrical hooks – try to sing his ’70s hit “I’m On Fire” then get it out of your head… Here, he casts more hooks on songs like the hard-driving power-chord rocker [...]
Weber Speakers recently moved into a new building in its home town of Kokomo, Indiana. The building has 12,000 square feet dedicated to manufacturing, speakers, cabinets, and amps, and – for the first time – a place where customers can give a good listen to their product. “This is really the first time we’ve had [...]
The T-Rex Effects Møller 2 analog overdrive has a more-durable Voice toggle switch and easier-to-read control knob graphics. The Sweeper 2 chorus gives bassists easier-to-read control graphics and an upgraded algorithm. Visit t-rex-effects.com.
The Audio Electric Research (AER) Compact-60/3 has a cabinet made of 12-millimeter Finnish birch plywood and has slightly re-voiced overtones compared to earlier models. See more at musiquip.com.
There’s never been a time when Jim Hall wasn’t at the top of his game. From his days as a member of the Jimmy Gi uffre 3 and Chico Hamilton Quintet, collaborations with Bill Evans, and sideman stints with Ella FitzgThis article originally appeared in VG‘s June ’11 issue. All copyrights are by the author [...]
Gruhn Guitars is preparing to move. In early 2013, the company will begin renovations on new space at 2120 8th Avenue South in Nashville, with plans to open in late spring. Until then, the store will remain open at 400 Broadway. “We are looking forward to a larger building with a better layout and ample parking,” said [...]
Premier Builders Guild (PBG) announced today that Art Esparza has joined the company and will work with Gene Baker and his team at its workshop in Arroyo Grande, California. He will focus on the USA Masterbuilt reissues PBG is producing for D’Angelico Guitars, the first of which will be introduced at next month’s NAMM Show. Esparza [...]
Harmonica whiz Dermody is the honcho on this tribute to the real roots of modern blues and popular music, and he employs a host of ﬁne guitarists to help. Dermody is smart enough to make sure things work organically; no one crowds anyone else. The arrangements and instrumentation are sparse, and though the overall tone [...]