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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

    Dave Alvin

    Return of the Battlin’ Brothers

    “The title says it all,” explains Dave Alvin of his reunion with older brother Phil on Lost Time. Known for a long-standing sibling rivalry, they hadn’t recorded new music together in 30 years prior to last year’s Big Bill Broonzy tribute, Common Ground. But a near-death experience brought them back together. “I’ve lost so many

    Movie Star, Rancher

    Mid-’50s Muse of Wire and Wood

    In the years immediately after World War II, Americans were settling into a new way of life, and plunging headlong toward an economic prosperity never before experienced by everyday people. Change was also afoot among the nation’s guitar manufacturers. Having been restricted by materials shortages and/or re-tooling to bolster the war effort, guitar makers like

    Alter Bridge

    Last Hero

    Since 2013’s Fortress, Alter Bridge has lost no momentum. They’ve focused their talents to create a successful formula that highlights the strongest elements of its individual members. This latest is packed with high-altitude modern hard rock with just the right amount of bait to seduce even the most discerning heavy rocker. With the kind of

    The Epiphone Excellente

    The Epiphone Excellente

    When Gibson acquired Epiphone in 1957, the plan was to introduce a new line of Epis that would be made in the Gibson factory but designed to be slightly less expensive than the equivalent Gibson model. It worked out that way in the electric line of the 1960s, where the more expensive Epis had mini-humbuckers

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    ToneConcepts’ The Distillery

    100-Proof Tone

    While many pedal makers tinker away on effects that exhibit their personal tonal philosophies, the fact is that most don’t play gigs or compose music. Seraphim Marcopoulous of ToneConcepts was keen enough to take advantage of his professional relationships with some of the finest guitarists in the industry, asking, “What’s missing?”

    Redplate Amps’ BluesMachine66

    Redplate Amps’ BluesMachine66

    Welcome to the Machine

    Redplate Amps’ BluesMachine66 Price: $2,799 (list) Contact: www.redplateamps.com Redplate builds boutique amplifiers with point-to-point wiring and meticulous hands-on attention to detail. Their BluesMachine66 1×12 was created for the discerning guitarist with a predilection for British flavors. Its 12AX7 preamp tubes run at 50 watts using KT66 power tubes. The BluesMachine66 has knobs and switches galore,

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    25 Most Valuable Basses

    Vintage Guitar is marking 25 years of publication with a year full of features. This month, using data compiled for The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2011, we continue the celebration with a list of the 25 most valuable basses. 1. 1960-’62 Fender Jazz Bass ($25,000 to $38,000 in custom-color finish) The holiest of Fender

    Strobel Rambler Travel Bass

    Traveling in Style 

    As a rule, travel guitars and basses are intended to help one keep up their chops while on the road for work or vacation. But Florida-based Strobel Guitars strives for something a bit more on the professional end of the spectrum – a travel bass that easily breaks down to fit into carry-on luggage, yet

    Providence Anadime Chorus ADC-4

    Providence Anadime Chorus ADC-4

    Don’t Call It a Comeback

    Providence Anadime Chorus ADC-4 Price: $249 (list) Contact: www.providence-ltd.com The chorus pedal holds the distinction of once having been extremely popular, becoming dated and undesirable, then enjoying a resurgence of popularity. This classic stompbox chorus reached its peak in the mid ’80s, with bands like The Fixx and The Police before fizzling again by the

    Uwe Kruger

    Swiss Precision for Americana

    Uwe Kruger’s professional musical career began at age 15, when he and his brother, Jens, left their small town home in Switzerland to busk in the cities of Europe. Quickly, the Kruger Brothers developed enough following to host a radio show on public broadcasting. In 1995, bassist Joel Landsberg joined them to form a trio.

    Rybski Cougar

    Wild Cat

    Rybiski Cougar Price: $3,850 Info: www.rybskiguitars.com. Before moving to the United States, Rybski founder Slawomir Waclawik repaired and built upright basses and violins for top jazz and fusion players in his native Poland. With newfound digs in the States came a newfound focus on crafting cutting-edge basses and guitars alongside builder Benjamin Harrison. Though the

    Louis Electric Buster

    Beyond Deluxe

    Louis Electric Buster Price: $1,595 (street) Contact: louisamps.com. Lou Rosano has been building amps in the Fender vein for more than 17 years. His first build wound up in the hands of the late Danny Gatton, and other greats who have played through his Louis Electric amps include Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Jorma Kaukonen, and

    Fender Competition Mustang

    Little Deuce Coupe. T-birds. Cars and the California lifestyle are inextricably intertwined… and of course, guitars figure in, too – just flash back to those mid-’60s Fender ads showing surfers and guitars on the beach. So it should come as no surprise that Fender would market a guitar – entry-level, of course – to potential

    Wolf Strat

    A Legend’s Guitar, Discovered

    After possessing it for several years, curiosity finally got the best of the owner of this 1963 Stratocaster. He had to know: Who is Lil’Bill?

    Gretsch 6119 Tennessean

    Gretsch 6119 Tennessean

    Chet Atkins was the most important endorser ever employed by the Gretsch company. When introduced in the 1950s, models bearing his name were admired and played by many artists including Hank Cochran and Duane Eddy, both of whom helped drive their popularity. And while The Beatles played a huge role in driving the sales of

    Mark Bosch

    New York State of Mind

    As the longtime lead guitarist for Garland Jeffreys and Ian Hunter, Mark Bosch’s resumé reads like a who’s who of the rock and roll world. Over the past four decades, he has made a name as a fiery yet tasty player supporting Louise Goffin, Benny Mardones, Elliot Easton, Carole King and a host of other

    Shooter Jennings, Ryan Bingham, and Various Artists

    Outlaw: Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings

    Waylon Jennings, who died in 2002, would have turned 80 in 2017. He and compadre Willie Nelson still personify country’s early-’70s Outlaw movement, focused on gaining creative control of their records after years of letting Nashville producers call the shots brought only middling success. Given a chance to record their way, they finally found the

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    Avid Technology Eleven Rack

    Rack and Roll

    The proliferation of digital guitar gear grows by leaps and bounds every year as more players learn to love the world of tones and effects offered by the technology. You’ll obviously get no argument from us that tube amps and analog stompboxes are great, but for more and more musicians, digital is here to stay.