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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Vic Flick Honored by National Guitar Museum


The National Guitar Museum has announced that Vic Flick, the guitarist who played on hundreds of London sessions and is best know for playing the guitar on the James Bond theme, will receive its “Lifetime Achievement” Award for 2013. Flick’s work spans four decades of popular music, from movie soundtracks to jazz to rock and […]

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Jay Geils

Blues and Archtop

If you grew up listening to music in the ’70s, you probably associate the name J. Geils with a five-piece band that played raucous rock and roll to hip-shaking partiers. Led by guitarist John “Jay” Geils, the group toured the world and recorded more than a dozen albums, selling millions through the early ’80s. Originally […]

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Gretsch Jet Firebird

One of the flashiest Jets in the Gretsch Company’s Air Force

Given the number of jet-related model monikers in Gretsch’s 1950s and ’60s catalogs, one might get the impression the company built airplanes. There were the flashy “fighters” like the Duo-Jet, Silver Jet, and Jet Fire Bird. Then there were the sturdy, reliable “tankers” represented by laminated archtops like the Corsair and the seldom-seen Jet 21. On the “commercial” […]

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The Drew & Sebastian Avenger


  At first glance, the D&S Avenger looks like a long-lost prototype from Leo’s shop, with its offset-waist shape and familiar pickup/hardware/control setup. The Avenger’s two-piece alder body sports a well-executed tobacco-sunburst finish and deep contours. Its one-piece 25.5″-scale bolt-on maple neck has a vintage C profile, aged/tinted poly finish with modern 9.5″-radius fretboard and […]

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Spectrum 5


Joining playful mid-’60s cultural icons such as the Ford Mustang, NBC’s “The Monkees,” the Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” and Cassius Clay, the Teisco Del Rey Spectrum 5 was the high-water mark of original Japanese design from the era. It’s also one of the most sought-after import guitars – with good reason. Debuting circa 1966 and lasting only a […]

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Billy F Gibbons

Return of the Revvvv

Every time Vintage Guitar sets up an interview with the redoubtable Billy F Gibbons, lead guitarist/vocalist of the legendary Texas trio ZZ Top, it’s always a matter of “expect the unexpected.” The L’il Ol’ Band from Texas has been going strong for 30 years, and their latest studio release is the 17-track Mescalero (RCA), which […]

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Widman Set Neck

An Eye For Detail

Widman Set Neck Price: $3,900 Info: John Widman is a custom guitar builder whose artistic leanings began while he worked as a graphic designer and photographer. After building bolt-neck instruments using off-the-shelf parts, he began crafting instruments from scratch, and recently introduced the Set Neck. A chambered single-cut, the Set Neck is built from […]

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Black Cat Pedals Introduces Mona Wah


Black Cat Pedals’ new Mona Wah uses a custom-tuned inductor and newly engineered wah pot the company says yields a subtly not possible with other wahs and a sweep that covers the entire range of the pot. The Mona Modern uses Dale resistors and Wima film capacitors, and is optimized for a clean, full frequency […]

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Electro-Harmonix Releases Soul Food OD


The Electro-Harmonix Soul Food overdrive pedal is designed to produce a range from clean boost  to heavy amp saturationwithout adding coloration. Its Volume control sets overall output, Drive adjusts saturation and gain, and Treble helps create upper harmonics. An internal switch allows the the player to run the pedal in high-quality buffered or true-bypass modes. […]

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AweSome Musical Instruments Releases T4 Switch


AweSome Musical Instruments’ T4 Pickup Switch Upgrade for Les-Paul-style guitars is designed to generate 68 tones from two four-wire humbuckers. The switch replaces two Volume and Tone controls and disables the standard three-way toggle. Learn more at

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