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

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

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

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

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


  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


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”

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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