190

Tag Archives: features

Popa Chubby

Head, Heart, and Hands
 
PAPACHUBBY_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Popa Chubby is back on the road again, preaching the gospel to blues fans around the world. His new album, Universal Breakdown Blues, is a rollercoaster through the many facets of blues and rock. His stamp on tradition brings new life to the genre with a combination of tongue-in-cheek humor and mean guitar. Chubby plays […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Gretsch’s #1 Country Gent

 
COUNTRY_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

The Gretsch Country Gentleman 6122 was the third of four Chet Atkins signature guitar models created for the legendary guitarist in the ’50s. The little-known truth is it was also a response to all the things Atkins did not like about the first model Gretsch conjured for him – the 6120 Hollowbody. The reality is […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Electro-Harmonix 45000 Multi-Track Recorder

Gettin’ Loopy!
 
MULTITRACK_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Electro-Harmonix 45000 Multi-Track Recorder Price: $476.21 (street); $119.25 (foot controller) Info: www.ehx.com. Looping has a rich history, with roots tracing to modern classical composers like Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, and John Adams, as well as rock musicians like Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, David (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Humble Pie At the Fillmore

Frampton Reflects
 
FRAMPTON_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

By the time Humble Pie reached “breakthrough” status in the U.S. thanks to its live album, Performance – Rockin’ the Fillmore, Peter Frampton had departed and begun to beat the odds by forging a successful solo career. “When the album started selling like hotcakes, I wondered if I’d (more…)

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Premier Twin 12

 
TWIN12_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Sometimes it takes just the slightest aesthetic twist to get an amp nut all worked up. This 1960 Premier Twin 12 is a case in point; over the years, Premier also made these amps with a straight-edged front fascia, but somehow we’re much more excited to dive into this one, with the “widow’s peak” front […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Budda’s Baby Budda Amp Head

Big-Boy Tone
 
BUDDA_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Budda’s Baby Budda Amp Head Price: $1,199.99 (retail) Info: www.budda.com. Budda Amplification staked its claim in 1995 with the Twinmaster boutique amplifier. Its hand-wired construction and user-friendly tones were hits in the guitar community and led to a broader line of amplifiers that catered to (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Michael Schenker

Temple Of Rock
 
SCHENKER-HOME-MAIN-BIG

Michael Schenker has had the kind of stormy past that could give Keith Richards a run for his money. He will forever be tied to iconic bands such as The Scorpions, UFO, and The Michael Schenker Group, but he’s his own man. Along with newfound sobriety, Schenker’s latest (more…)

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Gibson SG Les Paul

Classic shape that filled big shoes... for awhile
 
GIBSON-SG-HOME-MAIN-THUMB

In 1961, Gibson replaced its Les Paul series with a new line of lightweight, ultrathin, all mahogany, double-cutaway solidbodies the SG (for solid guitar). Developed under the aegis of Ted McCarty and introduced as the “new Les Paul,” the SG heralded new directions (more…)

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | 1 Response

The Carvin LB70

Höfner Hybrid
 
CARVIN-LB70-HOME-MAIN-BIG

When a Carvin instrument has been featured in this space over the years, it was a either a doubleneck or an unusual custom instrument. And while the 1977 LB70 featured this month was a production bass, it was still unique. Carvin was founded in the mid (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Jerry Douglas

Slide Ruler - Jerry Douglas’ Love Affair with the Dobro
 
DOUGLAS_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

You know, it’s the coolest-looking instrument that ever was made!” It should come as no surprise that Jerry Douglas is speaking about the Dobro and the various other resonator-equipped guitars in orbit around the Dopyera brothers’ creation. As probably the world’s most famous dobroist – and certainly the most recorded – he knows a thing […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment