The model 4000 was not only Rickenbacker's first foray into the electric-bass market, it was decidedly different from Fender's Precision — the original electric bass. Beyond frets, four strings, and their role in a musical combo, they have little in common.
In the 1950s, F.C. Hall forged Rickenbacker into a modern guitar manufacturer. Striving to avoid having its instruments look, play, or sound like those from any other builder, he enlisted German luthier Roger Rossmeisel, who delivered several key elements. Click to read more
When pop-music fans in the U.K. talk about guitar heroes, they tend to put more stake in the way a player's work fits, contextually, into that of his band. To wit, in a 2006 poll, BBC listeners were asked to choose the best guitarist to emerge since 1980, and many of the 30,000 who responded picked Johnny Marr.
Co-founder of and co-songwriter in '80s alt-rock legends the Smiths, Marr became a guitar hero in the U.K. thanks to his jangly style and the fact he and vocalist/frontman Morrisey rendered some of the most critically acclaimed music of its time. Post-Smiths, Marr stayed busy in groups like Electronic, The The, and helped create music with Bryan Ferry, Talking Heads, Crowded House, and many others. More recently, he emerged as a cohort to Isaac Brock and helped write songs for the 2007 Modest Mouse album We Were Dead Before the Ship Sank. His work in that band and the Cribs was laden with Jaguar-through-a-Super-Reverb tones, so it was only natural that he teamed with Fender to create a version of that guitar with his name on the headstock. VG recently sat with Marr to talk about it. Click to read more
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For guitarheads, October is a very special time for a couple of reasons. One is the Arlington Guitar Show, which happens the third weekend. The other is the release of The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide. You know it as the industry's leading source of pricing information on vintage and recent-model guitars, amps, basses, effect pedals, mandolins, lap steels, ukuleles, and banjos.
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