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Gretsch Jet Firebird
Given the number of jet-related model monikers in Gretsch's 1950s and '60s catalogs, one might get the impression the company built airplanes. There were the flashy "fighters" like the Duo-Jet, Silver Jet, and Jet Fire Bird. Then there were the sturdy, reliable "tankers" represented by laminated archtops like the Corsair and the seldom-seen Jet 21. On the "commercial" side were the Jet Airliner, Jet Mainliner, Jet Twin, Astro-Jet, and the Roc Jet. Click to read more
Peavey Forum Basses
In his 2003 book, American Basses, author Jim Roberts noted that for all of Peavey's innovative offerings in the 1990s, "...the company hadn't forgotten their regular customers," specifically citing the company's mid-'90s Forum as a "good old meat-and-potatoes bass."
The Forum series did indeed exemplify the builder's efforts to adhere to founder Hartley Peavey's mantra of "quality equipment for working musicians at fair prices." Click to read more
When Luther Dickinson isn't writing and performing with the North Mississippi Allstars or on the road with The Black Crowes, he plays the acoustic guitar — and lots of it. He recently released an acoustic instrumental record called Hambone's Meditation, a project called The Wandering featuring female singers from North Mississippi and Memphis, and the latest from the South Memphis String Band — an album called Old Times There, which features Dickinson, Jimbo Mathus, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. He's also releasing a 78-rpm record on the Tompkins Square label with the songs "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah"/"Beautiful Dreamer" on the A-side, and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen"/"Peace in the Valley" on the B. Click to read more.
As a rule of thumb, practice amps are a compromise. Blissfully portable, they typically lack tone and features. Yet whether in a bedroom or hotel room, a practice amp should help inspire an artist by making practice more pleasure than chore. Yamaha's THR10 is a definite step in the right direction. Click to read more.