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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Yamaha Image


Some years back, an insurance company promoted itself as “the quiet company.” While they probably wouldn’t like to hear it, in many ways that description fits Yamaha guitars. Whether you say acoustic or electric, Yamaha is almost never the first name that leaps to mind. Nevertheless, since the mid 1960s, Yamaha has been quietly turning […]

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Brad Paisley

Two Vital Guitars From the Collection of a Modern Superpicker

Brad Paisley’s 2011 book, Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me, is essentially an autobiography. But really, it’s not so much about him. Anyone who has ever spoken with Paisley will tell you the “aw shucks” humbleness he exhibits on awards shows, in concert, and in the […]

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3rd Power Amplification’s Solo Dream 1, Solo Dream 4, and Switchback 112

Dream Babies

3rd Power Solo Dream/Switchback amps Price: $1,899 (Dream Solo 1 combo); $1,699 (Dream Solo 4 head); $699 (Switchback 112) Info: Recording/touring guitarist, studio engineer, and industry veteran Jamie Scott made the metamorphosis into amp designer by learning to repair and modify Marshall heads. He quickly realized that he wanted amps to sound full, responsive, […]

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Pete Anderson

Birds Above Guitarland

Most listeners became fans of Pete Anderson during his stint as Dwight Yoakam’s guitarist and producer. During his tenure, he put on record some of the finest and most original country licks that had been heard in decades. His solo career has moved him in the direction of other styles of roots music — and […]

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Custom Kraft Red Fury


Most guitar aficionados are comfortable with the notion of guitar brands being made by the company of the same name. But when it comes to guitars made by one company and sold by another, we frequently stray out of our comfort zone. Yet, some of the most significant players in American guitar history never actually […]

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Eastwood Adds Airline H77 and H78


Eastwood Guitars’ Airline H77 and H78 guitars serve as tributes to the ’60s Harmony H78. Both have a laminated maple body with f-shaped sound holes and Honeyburst finish, bolt-on maple neck, roller bridge, three Airline Gold Foil Argyle SC pickusp, Gotoh-style tuners, and a rosewood fretboard. Both use a center block to add stability and […]

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Molly Maher and Her Band of Disbelievers

Merry Come Up
Real-Phonic Records

Molly Maher is blessed. She writes songs that ring true. Her singing is a fine balance of deep and soulful, somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. And to top it all, she picks a mean guitar. On her fourth release, she leads her loose-knit Disbelievers through a sweet blend of folk, bluesy, and countryfried […]

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Gibson Firebirds


Say the words “custom color” to a collector or enthusiast and most will think of “Fender.” But Gibson had its own multicolored baby – the Firebird. Born in 1963 and put to rest in ’69, the Firebird was Gibson’s third full-line attempt at the solidbody market. While it did not do as well as the […]

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Split Personality

PRS P22 Price: $6,092 (as tested, retail), $3630 (street) Info: While PRS has for several years offered a piezo bridge-pickup system in its Hollowbody models, it recently worked with LR Baggs to improve their collaborative piezo, and the end result is being offered for the first time on a production PRS solidbody. The P22 […]

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Gibraltar Guitar & Music Equipment Swap


December 21 & 22, at the Gibraltar Trade Center, 15525 Racho Road, Taylor, MI. Show hours 10-6. For more info, contact Mickey (734) 287-2000,

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