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    Billy Sheehan

    To highlight VG’s “Pop ’N Hiss” feature on the ’80 classic “Eat ’Em and Smile” by David Lee Roth, Billy Sheehan offered to give a guided tour of the famed “Wife” bass he used on the album. He also digs into the Yamaha BB3000 he used on that tour and for Roth’s next album. Read the piece in the January issue. READ NOW!!

    Popa Chubby

    Popa Chubby and his famed ’66 Fender Strat/’65 Princeton Reverb (with an Eminence Lil Buddy) team up to play “Angel On My Shoulder” from his new best-of, “Prime Cuts.” His wicked tone is built with help from a Wampler Faux Tape Echo V2, a TC Electronic Vortex Flanger, Maxxon OD808, J. Rockett Archer Ikon boost, and a Dunlop Cry Baby Mini. Read our interview with Popa in the January issue. READ NOW!!

    Intended to be the masterpiece of a titan in guitar-amp design, Music Man amps of the mid/late ’70s are all too easily mistaken for copies or wannabes chasing a market leader. Far from it, however, this flagship model really is the final evolution in a sonic goal Leo Fender had been working toward for three

    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 Triskelion Mk. II make for a pair of pedals, which couldn’t be more different. The Black Cat Vibe is based on the original Uni-Vibe of the 1960s and ’70s, evoking that

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd

    Labor of Love

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd called his latest record, Goin’ Home because, he says, “It was another opportunity for me to share with music fans my love and appreciation for the genre of music that inspired me to pick up the guitar in the first place.” That music is the blues, and the disc features tunes associated


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    Chris Poland

    Metal Fusion Equinox

    Chris Poland’s signature legato was born from tragedy. As a teen, his left hand accidentally punched through a plate-glass window and cut tendons in his fingers. He lost the ability to bend his index finger, and lost feeling in his pinkie. As a result, he learned unique fretting techniques that set the bar for inventive

    Gov’t Mule featuring John Scofield

    Gov’t Mule featuring John Scofield


    Fans have begged for this music to be released for a long time. For the most part, it’s two concerts recorded in September 1999 featuring the original Gov’t Mule lineup along with John Scofield on guitar and the Aquarium Rescue Unit’s Dan Matrazzo on keyboards. Given the degree of talent put together here, it shouldn’t

    Vintage guitar magazine Silvertone’s 1449 and 1423

    Silvertone’s 1449 and 1423

    Classic Comeback

    Silvertone’s 1449 and 1423 Price: $739 list/$479 street (1423); $629 list/$399 street (1449) Info: www.silvertoneclassic.com With an up-swell of interest in vintage Silvertones, current parent company Samick has begun to reissue some of the most requested models. The first offering, the 1303/U2, with its famous “coke bottle” headstock and lipstick pickups, was followed by a

    Lamar Sorrento

    When I Lived in a Small Apartment in Memphis

    As the title of his latest might just hint, Lamar Sorrento isn’t expecting to break into the big time or sweep the Grammys with this disc. That’s OK, because it’s all too good for mainstream. Sorrento is a Memphis-based folk artist, guitarist, and songwriter with a healthy history of self-released albums. And this collection is

    FireBelly Amplifiers’ Tweed 1955SE, PR3512SE

    FireBelly Amplifiers’ Tweed 1955SE, PR3512SE

    Tale Of Two Princetons

    FireBelly Amplifiers’ Tweed 1955SE, PR3512SE Price: $949 (Tweed 1955SE); $1,595 (PR3512SE) Contact: www.firebellyamps.com The quest for vintage tone continues, and while budgetary concerns might keep many guitarists from owning the real deal, the demand has created a market for affordable hand-built amplifiers with old-school sounds and specs. The father-and-son team of Steven and Scott Cohen

    Magnatone Varsity

    Magnatone Varsity

    Less is More, Plus

    Magnatone Varsity Price: $1,699 (list); $1,799 (as tested) Contact: www.magnatoneusa.com Magnatone earned a cult of admirers in the mid 20th century. Buddy Holly and Lonnie Mack used the company’s amps, and Neil Young still has a 280 Stereo model in his live rig. The company went out of business in the ’70s, but the beloved

    Hall of Fame – Players

    From 1994 to the present — read about each Readers’ Choice Awards Players.

    Doyle Bramhall II

    Rich Man

    In the 15 years since his debut album, Welcome, Doyle Bramhall, II has been in great demand. Along with a decade working with Eric Clapton in the studio and onstage, he’s has collaborated with a lengthy list of artists including Elton John, Roger Waters, Sheryl Crow, and on the Tedeschi-Trucks Band’s last three albums. This

    Giffin Vikta

    Feelin’ Special

    Giffin Vikta Price: $2,295 Contact: www.premierbuildersguild.com Roger Giffin is a guitarmaker to the stars, having built for Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle, Mark Knopfler, Andy Summers, David Gilmour, and many others. He also ran the Gibson Custom Shop in California for many years before striking out on his own. Now producing his own

    The Guild Starfire Bass

    In the mid ’60s, Guild took its knocks for making guitars that looked “inspired by” Gibson models. Fans of the brand think the sterotype is unfair, of course, and certainly, many Guilds from the era have their own intrigue. One very good example is the Starfire Bass. Guild was founded by musical-instrument importer/distributor Al Dronge

    Supro’s 600R DeLuxe

    Supro’s 600R DeLuxe

    “The Magic of Concert Hall Sound”

    In the early days of reverb, no one was thinking about surf music; they were striving instead to replicate the warm, resonant, live sound of a concert hall. So, when Supro launched its two reverb-unit models in 1961, not only did the company’s catalog promise “The Magic of Concert Hall Sound,” the pledge was prominent

    Maestro Rover R0-1

    The UFO of Rotating Speakers

    To record “Little Wing,” Jimi Hendrix plugged his Stratocaster into his usual amplifier, then did the unthinkable; he ran guitar signal into an organ speaker – a Leslie rotating-speaker cabinet. Inventor Donald Leslie had designed the unit for Hammond organs, offering a swirling, otherworldy sound ideal for church services, scary or watery sonic effects for

    Jack White

    The Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016

    These 26 recordings delve into the heart of the prolific song-smithing of Jack White, providing an eye-opening retrospective of B-sides and re-imaginings, and insight into White’s muse. It also features the previously unreleased “City Lights” and “Love Is The Truth.” Filled with tuneful performances, the collection begins in chronological order (by conception) with songs made

    Jim Peterik

    Of the Bard, Brian Wilson, Buddy Guy and "Butt-Ugly" RDs

    Veteran guitarist/songwriter/vocalist/keyboard player/producer Jim Peterik’s career has taken yet another intriguing turn in its long and ever-active history. The Chicago-area musician first sprang to prominence over three decades ago as the vocalist/guitarist for one-hit-wonder combo the Ides of March (“Vehicle”), and went on to further success in the ’80s with the original lineup of Survivor.

    Toy Caldwell Jim Summaria, http://www.jimsummariaphoto.com

    Toy Caldwell

    Marine and Marshall Tucker Guitarist Toy Caldwell

    One of the earliest VG interviews Willie G. Moseley did with a veteran “Southern rock” musician was a conversation with erstwhile Marshall Tucker guitarist Toy Caldwell in 1992. Toy was just embarking on a solo career, on his own terms. Willie had no idea at the time that he and his brother Tommy were both