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Rickenbacker 4000Rickenbacker 4000

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


Johnny MarrJohnny Marr

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


The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2013GET IT FIRST & SAVE!

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.

If you order the Price Guide 2013 before it arrives in our warehouse October 15th, we will ship it to you first (even before we send it to stores)! Get your Guide Now for $24.95, you will save $5.00 off the regular price and we'll pay shipping (Free Shipping in U.S.; $5.95 in Canada, $7.95 in all other countries). Click here to order

VG Hall of Fame

VG Hall of Fame

Vote in each category and you could win a D'Angelico NYSD-T Classic Sunburst valued at $1,495 from GTRSTORE.COM

Players: Charlie Christian, Gary Moore, Billy Gibbons, or Joe Walsh

Innovators: Nat Daniel, Randall Smith, Mike Matthews, or Larry DiMarzio

Instruments: Epiphone Casino, Gibson Hummingbird, Dumble Overdrive Special, or Gibson Les Paul Junior

Album of the Year: Joe Walsh - Analog Man, Chickenfoot - Chickenfoot III, Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards the Daylight, or Slash - Apocalytic Love

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Log on to and register for a chance to win an AWESOME JAZZ PICKUP SWITCH UPGRADE valued at $139!

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This pre-assembled Jazz Bass control plate upgrade gives six Pure Analog pickup tones on a Jazz Bass with two pickups. It uses Awesome's T2 Pickup Switch Upgrade.

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