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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 2

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled the first three installments...

Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 1

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled the first three installments...

The Ibanez Black Eagle

Sure, it oozes coolness. But ornate instruments are sometimes about more than aesthetics, and this one represents a turning point in the history of Japanese guitars.

5 Basses That Shook the World

In the 1930s, few bassists in popular forms of music felt the need to extract more volume from their uprights. Then came rockabilly and rock and roll - two forms where the stationary “doghouse” didn’t fit the dynamic. Fortunately, Leo Fender knew just what was needed.

The Beatles’ Casinos

Of all the guitars made famous by the Beatles, the only one that John, Paul, and George had in common was the Epiphone Casino. Each owned one and used it for countless recordings and performances.

D’Angelico New Yorker

Having earned its place in the VG Hall of Fame as one of the finest guitars in the history of the instrument, the New Yorker is significant primarily due to its superb quality and aesthetic artistic appeal, rather than being an innovative instrument.

National Dueco

Blues man Charlie Parr recently philosophized in VG that National resonator guitars are as much mechanical creation as musical instrument, which is why maintaining...

Soul Tramp Tweed 12

Soul Tramp Amps are builder Don Hill’s take on classic amp circuit designs... for instance, his Tweed 12 offers a spin on Fender’s Deluxe...

Magnatone Panoramic Stereo

Magnatone amplifiers date back to the 1940s and ’50s – the era of Hawaiian-steel guitar – and boasted pearloid-covered casework befitting the silky, exotic...

David Allen Fat ’59 Tele Pickups

At their best, Tele pickups deliver unparalleled twang – versatile and fat. Conversely, poor T-style pickups are flat and screechy or thin and brittle....
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VG Giveaways

Giveaway #166

Enter to win a Seaverb Reverb by Andrew Green Pedals, valued at $160! The Seaverb was designed to replace an onboard spring reverb with a...
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