Budda Verbmaster 112
As part of its Hand-Wired series, Budda has reissued the tube-rectified Verbmaster 1x12 combo that differs from similarly powered amps because it's a two-channel with reverb and a second (hotter) input. The Verbmaster uses the same A/B high-gain, low-wattage circuit as Budda's Twinmaster, but with a three-spring Accutronics reverb tank and a Phat 12 speaker. Impedance is switchable for four or eight ohms, and the amp uses a 5U4 rectifier, two EL84 power tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes. Click to read more
Gibson EDS-1275 and EMS-1235
It's hard not to associate doubleneck electric guitars with images of Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page or fusion guru Mahavishnu John McLaughlin in the '70s; however, the fact is that by the time the Big Js were stopping shows with these multi-headed beasts, they were already relics of the past. Doubleneck Spanish guitars got their first widespread exposure thanks to the mid-'50s TV high-jinks of country ace Joe Maphis and his young sidekick, Larry Collins, who would simultaneously play each neck of a doubleneck guitar/octave neck custom made by Semie Moseley. Click to read more
In deciding who to hit up to play on his new album, Unusual Suspects, Leslie West put a lot of thought into his musical and personal connections. And he's justifiably proud of the recruits; decades-long friend Steve Lukather, Billy Gibbons, Slash, Zakk Wylde, who affectionately refers to West as "Dad," and labelmate Joe Bonamassa, who so dug the West, Bruce and Laing version of the Willie Dixon/Eddie Boyd blues standard "Third Degree" that he asked West to cut it again for Unusual Suspects. Click to read more
Help VG Fight Cancer
Enter the Team Josie Relay For Life Raffle
Team Josie is an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team sponsored by Vintage Guitar and is named in memory of Josie Alise Greenwood, who died in April of 2007, after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). She was three years old. Josie was the daughter of VG webmaster Joe Greenwood and grand-niece of VG founder Alan Greenwood. To date, the team has raised more than $46,000 via pledges and an annual raffle of guitar-related gear. This year, the raffle will feature a Fender American Vintage '59 Stratocaster in Sonic Blue, with a rosewood fretboard, mint-green pickguard, alder body, and vintage-accurate pickups. It's valued at $2,300! The raffle winner will also receive a Fulltone Tube Tape Echovalued at $1,300, and a Poerava Wing Tip Strap valued at $400.
One winner gets it all! Raffle tickets for the June 1 drawing are available for $25. Entry deadline is May 24. Readers can support Team Josie, view the prizes and purchase raffle tickets by Clicking Here.