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    Powered by Vintage Guitar magazine Store. Originally appeared in Vintage Guitar magazine in the 1993. No. 026 Check out more great content at VintageGuitar.com BUY, SELL, TRADE From the staff of Vintage Guitar, best wishes for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! The Guitar Hot Sheet is on a new schedule and is emailed on the 2nd and

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    John Jorgenson’s Gypsy Jazz Orchestra

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    Still Climbing

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    Classic British Tone

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    50 Years in Fusion

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    Crucial Audio Echo-Nugget

    Things Just Got Serious

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    Nuge Redux

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    Al Di Meola

    Still Elegant

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    Single-Cut Shuffle

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    1978 Dean Z

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    Don’t Call It a Comeback

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    From Jimi to Eric to Angus

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    The C.G.P. Connection

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    Michael Staertow

    Gramm Backer

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    Relentless Persistence

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    Wild Cat

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