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David Hidalgo Plays Joe Walsh’s ’59 Les Paul

The video that helped convince Joe Walsh to reunite with his (now favorite!) ’59 Gibson Les Paul. Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo did this impromptu jam on Freddie King’s “Hideaway” (straight from the Clapton ’burst-hero playbook!) through a ’55 Fender Deluxe at Willie’s American Guitars. Be sure to read our feature story in the July issue. Read Now!


Dennis Johnson’s “Revelation”

“Revelation” is the title track from slide-guitar master Dennis Johnson’s new album of blues-rock, set for release July 15. “The song is a spiritual journey of the challenges of evolution,” Johnson says. “The good and bad times sometimes have purpose and put you on a better path. When we go through tough times, we often don’t understand why. But as time goes by, we understand the purpose. That is the revelation.

“In the past few years, I have focused on articulations with a slide – types of vibrato, moving up or down to a note, and connecting notes like a lap-steel player, which has made my playing way more expressive.”

The album is anchored by drummer Anton Fig, with Bob Fridzema on piano and B3, and bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff.

https://www.dennisjohnsonslide.com

Keep up with Dennis HERE!


David Hidalgo Plays Joe Walsh’s ’59 Les Paul

The video that helped convince Joe Walsh to reunite with his (now favorite!) ’59 Gibson Les Paul. Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo did this impromptu jam on Freddie King’s “Hideaway” (straight from the Clapton ’burst-hero playbook!) through a ’55 Fender Deluxe at Willie’s American Guitars. Be sure to read our feature story in the July issue. Read Now!


Dennis Johnson’s “Revelation”

“Revelation” is the title track from slide-guitar master Dennis Johnson’s new album of blues-rock, set for release July 15. “The song is a spiritual journey of the challenges of evolution,” Johnson says. “The good and bad times sometimes have purpose and put you on a better path. When we go through tough times, we often don’t understand why. But as time goes by, we understand the purpose. That is the revelation.

“In the past few years, I have focused on articulations with a slide – types of vibrato, moving up or down to a note, and connecting notes like a lap-steel player, which has made my playing way more expressive.”

The album is anchored by drummer Anton Fig, with Bob Fridzema on piano and B3, and bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff.

https://www.dennisjohnsonslide.com

Keep up with Dennis HERE!


Ep 78 of “Have Guitar Will Travel” is a three-fer with host James Patrick Regan interviewing Matt Stell, Ian Flanigan, and Erin Kinsey. Stell is an Arkansas native who grew up hearing an array of music – everything from Patsy Cline to Alanis Morissette. His music has garnered 500,000,000 streams. Flanigan was raised in a […]

In the ’60s, Gibson strived mightily to meet the demands of players of all levels while also working to maintain its image as industry leader. One of its primary attempts at the latter involved the Firebird guitars and Thunderbird basses introduced in ’63. Marked by innovative neck-through construction, unique features and looks, the Thunderbird’s full-size scale […]

Jack Casady

Hot Tuna, Part II

Jazz bass great Anthony Jackson once told Bass Player magazine he was drawn to Jack Casady’s “big, rich, metallic sound with a full bottom and a curious, guitaristic way of playing.” When Jackson saw Casady perform live, he was “struck by his dignity and serious mien.” For about 45 years, Casady has been regarded as […]

Jeff Waters

Canadian Thrash-Metal Veteran

Trends come and go, but Canadian rockers Annihilator always deliver crushing speed metal. Their newest release, Triple Threat, is aimed at the serious fan. We recently spoke with guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters to learn more about it. Triple Threat is hefty. It’s an idea that came when we touring for our last studio record, Suicide Society. […]

The MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion

Company Hot Rod

Dunlop Custom Badass ’78 Distortion Price: $79 Info: jimdunlop.com Custom Badass is a new division of MXR that offers the company’s engineers’ hot-rodded takes on popular designs. Packaged in MXR’s classic small housing, the ’78 Distortion is a bit lighter and has a more squared look compared to most MXR units. It has 1/4″ in/out […]

Carvin Audio VLD1 Legacy Drive

Legend In A Box

When Steve Vai needed a portable preamp to take on the road to emulate his signature amp tones, Carvin Audio obliged. Their VLD1 Legacy Drive is Vai’s Legacy amplifier in a box – and it travels a whole lot easier than a half stack. Using 12AX7 tubes and circuitry found in Vai’s signature amps, the […]

Keeley Engineering Compressor Pro

Keeley Engineering Compressor Pro

Game Changer

Keeley Engineering Compressor Pro Price: $299 (list) Contact: www.robertkeeley.com Studio-quality dynamic control at your feet is a luxury that guitarists haven’t seen before. With the Compressor Pro, Keeley Engineering has managed the impressive feat (sorry) of stuffing a studio compressor’s performance and feature set into a stompbox. Thoughtful design choices make this ideal for guitarists […]

The Charvel Model 4

Certain guitar brands develop a mystique among aficionados – sometimes it’s even deserved! Somewhere on this continuum lie Charvel USA guitars made in the early ’80s in San Dimas, California. Curiously, that “San Dimas guitar” mystique didn’t rub off to its foreign cousins like the Model 4 – the fine Japanese-made Charvels produced beginning in […]

Gibson Basses in The ’70s

Gibson Basses in The ’70s

Plucky Trio from the “Downer Decade”

Guitar enthusiasts have long heard that the 1970s were the “downer decade” for Fender and Gibson, both of which introduced a few duds and struggled with quality control. Their travails continued until both were sold to new owners – Fender in ’85, Gibson in ’86. Exemplary of those unsuccessful instruments was a trio of solidbody […]

Butch Walker

Butch Walker

Hummingbirds and Ghosts

Butch Walker readily admits that when it comes to his life as a musician, performer, and producer, he has some decidedly “first-world problems,” like when a guitar he’d like to use on a song (or to photograph for a magazine spread!) happens to be at his Nashville studio instead of his other one, in L.A. […]

Lyle Workman

Orchestral Maneuvers

You might not recognize his name, but in the last 30 years, Lyle Workman and his guitars have backed Sting, Todd Rundgren, and Frank Black. He was also a member of Bourgeois Tagg, co-wrote its 1988 hit “I Don’t Mind At All,” and has scored soundtrack music for films like Superbad and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. […]

Electro-Harmonix Epitome, Tone Tattoo

Tone to the Third Squared

The Electro-Harmonix Epitome, Tone Tattoo Price: $491.84 list (Epitome) and $292.35 list (Tone Tattoo) Info: www.ehx.com The concept is smart yet so obvious it’s a wonder no one came up with it sooner. With both the Epitome and the Tone Tattoo, Electro-Harmonix manages to cram three effects into a single housing. Did life just get […]

Brimstone Audio Crossover Distortion XD-1

Bi-Amping in a Box

Brimstone Audio Crossover Distortion XD-1 Price: $299.95 Info: www.Brimstoneaudio.com. Brimstone Audio is a relatively new company that hit the ground running, entering the stomp-box arena with some innovative ideas that offer tone geeks unparalleled aural flexibility. The XD-1, for example, is essentially two amps in a box. It allows the user to generate the kind […]

Ray Cummins – Guitar Tutorial 5

Ray Cummins – Guitar Tutorial #5

In his fifth exclusive lesson for www.VintageGuitar.com, Ray Cummins demonstrates and explains his use of harmonics on Gibson Country Gentleman plugged into a Boss DD 2 and a Lexicon reverb through his ’89 Roland JC 77 amp running direct to the console. Keep up with Ray at http://raycummins.com.

Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini Distortion Pedal

Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini Distortion Pedals

Face Lift

Dunlop’s Fuzz Face Mini Distortion Pedals Price: $129.99 (Germanium, street);$99.99 (Silicon and Jimi Hendrix, street) Contact: www.jimdunlop.com. When it comes to fuzz pedals, the one that comes to mind for most players is the iconic Fuzz Face. With its cool, round spaceship design and classic fuzz tone, it’s been a favorite of legends like Jimi […]

Brad Paisley

Keep Pushing Play

Ten years into what has become a stellar career, when Brad Paisley hits your town to play a show these days, it’s with nine semi tractor-trailer rigs and a fleet of buses. His five studio albums have all reached multi-platinum status and he has volleyed 12 songs into the #1 position on the country charts. […]

Check out Micki Free’s bad-boy swagger!

Rockin’ with conviction on “Heavy Mercy” Take in allll the vibes as Micki Free uses his Fender Monterey Strat to play “Heavy Mercy” using just one of his Marshall 1974x Handwired amps. “I didn’t want to blow up the camera mic!” he laughed. The track is from his latest album, “Turquoise Blue,” which we review […]

Dean Zelinsky Tagliare Z-Glide Custom

Dean Zelinsky Tagliare Z-Glide Custom

Future Tense

Every so often, a builder gives the art of guitar design a firm shove into the future. The Dean Zelinsky Tagliare Z-Glide Custom certainly fits into that category. On the surface, it’s a high-performance “super Strat” with basic features that should seem familiar, but this solidbody aims to pack the features of two or more […]

Tom Feldmann And Noah Levy

Brothers in the Mud

Spoiler alert: While it’s early in the year, this album is already a shoe-in as one of the best blues offerings of 2021. Tom Feldmann should need little introduction here, as VG called him “a jewel of American guitarmanship,” thanks to his past albums, a range of stellar how-to DVDs, and his fingerpicking lessons at […]