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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Orange Amps, Primus Donate to Little Kids Rock

 

Orange Amplification and Primus have teamed up to donate two customized Orange Dual Terror guitar amps to Little Kids Rock, the non-profit provider of free musical instruments and teacher training to U.S. public schools. The two (more…)

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Johnny Smith

An American Treasure
 
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Jazz guitarist Johnny Smith died at his home June 11, 2013, two weeks shy of his 91st birthday. Arguably the most respected and revered guitarist of the modern era (1950 to present), Smith was sincerely humble and reserved about his extraordinary talent. In 1999, his peers and friends celebrated his career with a gala at […]

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The D’Angelico Excel Mandolin

 

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The 1,164 archtop guitars made by John D’Angelico have brought him great renown as the finest individual archtop guitar builder in the history of the instrument. His mandolins, however, are seldom talked about, even though – if this particular example from the early 1940s is any indication – they are worthy of the same attention. […]

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Joe Louis Walker

Hornet's Nest
 
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Joe Louis Walker’s latest covers a lot of ground and proves once again that he can’t be pigeonholed like some of the straight blues players of his generation. The title cut kicks things off with a pure shot of rock and roll suffused with loud, (more…)

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DiPinto Mach IV

Garage Days
 
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DiPinto Mach IV Price: $560 (street, with stop tailpiece); $654 (street, with tremolo) Contact: www.dipintoguitars.com There are times when a traditional Strat or Tele won’t scratch a particular itch, and you need a retro plank with a specific look and sound to get the job (more…)

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Daredevil Pedals Introduces Nova

 

Daredevil Pedals’ Nova silicon fuzz pedal is based on an original design. Hand-wired with true-bypass circuit, it has controls for Volume and Saturation that the company says offer a range of tones that retain distinction and clarity, even at high gain settings. Its small box uses (more…)

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PRS Offers SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel Basses

 

PRS Guitars’ SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel basses have neck-through construction, use proprietary pickups, and will be offered in a variety of finishes. The Kingfisher has an ash body, 24-fret maple/walnut neck, and 34” scale. The Kestrel has an alder body, 22-fret maple/walnut (more…)

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Hank Williams

The Garden Spot Programs, 1950
 
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In 1950, Hank Williams and fellow Grand Ole Opry stars George Morgan and Milton Estes recorded programs in Nashville for Garden Spot, a Texas-based plant-nursery company. Most recently released Williams radio and stage performances were known to historians and collectors, but these four programs, in (more…)

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NRBQ

Brass Tacks
 
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How many times and in how many ways can you call a band charming? Doesn’t matter who the players are, that word describes the ’Q to a T. This is the second record by this version of the band, which features founder and keyboardist Terry Adams, Scott (more…)

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National N-275

 
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Gibson is widely known for its guitars, mandolins, and banjos, but many are unaware the company built instruments for nearly 30 brands for several distributors and music store chains, primarily from the 1920s through the early ’40s. Some of the best-known names include Kalamazoo, distributed by Gibson, and Recording King, which was distributed by Montgomery […]

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