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Recording Acoustic Guitars

Recording a solo fingerstyle-guitar performance, a singer/songwriter with acoustic accompaniment, or an acoustic rhythm track in a band is very different from recording an...

Built to Survive

In our nation’s darkest economic times, one of its most-revered guitar manufacturers was treading headlong toward extinction before an unlikely hero started placing big orders.

Prince

A year after his death, VG remembers Prince, a musical revolutionary, whose emergence was jarring, even for the most youthful and open-minded. Supremely talented on several instruments, guitar was an early and obvious love.

Jay Geils

Guitar maestro Jay Geils is a musical chameleon. In the ’70s, the J. Geils Band kicked out nine records that sent killer blues/R&B licks...

Vega De Luxe Electric Plectrum Banjo

Billed as “the latest orchestral sensation... unparalleled for versatility,” Vega’s electric banjos – developed to compete with one being made by Gibson – were...

Vega Model 120

Viewed from our contemporary perspective, it’s difficult to fully appreciate how different the music scene in general – and the guitar scene in particular...

Hallmark Swept-Wing

Bob Shade exemplifies the adage “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” The guitar builder has an enviable assortment of ’60s Hallmark guitars and...

Ronnie Earl

Ronnie Earl is one of the most prolific blues guitarists working today. And though his solo career now spans almost three decades, he shows...

Xaviere XV-950

Gibsonguildgretsch! Cumbersome as it may be in word form, Xaviere’s XV-950 gracefully combines attributes from the “big trio.” The XV-950 employs a classic Florentine...

Black Cat Vibe and TWA’s Triskelion Mk. II

In today’s world of proliferating boutique pedals, guitarists have a staggering array of divergent options. Case in point, the Black Cat Vibe and TWA...
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