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Monthly Archives: February 2014

22nd Annual Chicago Vintage Guitar Expo

 

February 23, at the Doubletree Hotel, 5000 W 127th St., Alsip, IL. Show hours 10-4. For more info, contact Beverly Bakes, R&B Productions (847) 931-0707, bakesguitar@aol.com. (more…)

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Railhammer Launches Tel 90 Pickup

 

Railhammer’s Tel 90 pickup uses 43-gauge wire and dual Alnico 5 magnets. A hybrid design, its designed for cleaner tone, with more treble/upper mid twang and less lower-mid response. It’s available in bridge and neck versions, the neck model with fewer windings, reverse-wound/reverse-polarity to cancel (more…)

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Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock

Bridge the Gap
 
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Despite Michael Schenker’s infamy as a member of the Scorpions, UFO, and MSG, he seems to have put his demons behind him. On this new album, Schenker is a clean, mean, guitar-playing machine. Continuing the fiery trajectory of 2011’s Temple Of Rock, he reunites Scorpions (more…)

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John Thomas

Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s Banner Guitars of WWII
 
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Intrigued by that “Only A Gibson Is Good Enough” decal on the headstock of his World War II-era Gibson Southern Jumbo, musician and writer John Thomas began delving into the story behind the famed Banner guitars. What he discovered is part thrilling mystery, part pure (more…)

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Angeltone Offers Stannard Set, VS Pickups

 

Angeltone Musical Instruments and guitarist John Stannard have developed a set of pickups for Telecaster-style guitars. The company says its Stannard Set will allow for both pickups to be on at the same time while staying tonally balanced. Made with vulcanized fiber bobbins,  nitrocellulose-lacquer coil (more…)

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Joe Walsh

Life’s Still Good
 
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Whether coughing up the second-most-memorable talk-box lick of the ’70s, kicking the Eagles into overdrive, or wryly expressing his views on subjects ranging from rock-and-roll excess to lawn mowers to a good ol’ set of double Ds, Joe Walsh has earned a rep for delivering a message, usually sans musical nuance. The guitarist/songwriter/ producer/actor who […]

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John Jorgenson

John Jorgenson’s Gypsy Jazz Orchestra
 
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Call it a “Gypsy jazz wall of sound.” John Jorgenson’s new album, Istiqbal Gathering, features the master guitarist backed by the full Orchestra Nashville – strings, woodwinds, brass, even percussion. The result would make Django Reinhardt himself envious. For Jorgenson, it all came naturally. “Recording solo guitar with a full orchestra is very different than […]

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Gibson J-200 Rosewood

 
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  1940 Gibson SJ-200 The Gibson company was founded on the belief that carved-top guitars were superior to flat-top designs, and consequently, Gibson was a reluctant entrant in the rising flat-top market of the 1920s. Add the fact Gibson, more than any other company, was (more…)

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Vox Pacemaker V-3

 
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1965 Vox Pacemaker v-3 Preamp tubes: three Mullard ECC83 (12AX7) Output tubes: two Mullard EL84, cathode-biased, no negative feedback Rectifier: Mullard EZ81 Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Speed, Depth Speaker: gold 10″ Oxford “Vox Bulldog” Output: approximately 17 watts RMS No doubt the mere appearance of that Vox logo and the diamond (more…)

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Buck Owens and The Buckaroos

“A Bunch of Twangy Guitars”
 
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Buck Owens’ track to stardom had an unorthodox start and believe it or not, his singing didn’t launch that journey as much as his guitar skills; it started when another singer needed a lead guitarist on short notice. With his second Capitol recording session looming in September, 1953, Tommy Collins, a cast member of (more…)

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