Dusty Hill Dead At 72

    ZZ Top’s foundational bassist, Dusty Hill passed away today. Everyone at Vintage Guitar extends their condolences to his family, those in the ZZ universe, and especially his bandmates, Frank Beard and Billy F Gibbons. Thank you for holding down that groovin’ low-end in a lot of great music, Dusty! Photo courtesy of Ralph Arvesen/Wikimedia Commons. Please Leave your comments at facebook or instagram.

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    The new episode of “Have Guitar Will Travel” features guitarist, composer and producer Mark Goldenberg, who studied with Ted Greene and has backed icons including Linda Ronstadt, Peter Frampton, Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne, Al Stewart, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and many others. Host James Patrick Regan asks Mark about his early influences, his

    The Selmer Zodiac 50

    The Zodiac Twin Fifty

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    Roy Orbison

    The Ultimate Collection

    Playing the role of a lonely, heartbroken teen, Roy Orbison was the Enrico Caruso of early ’60s pop, his voice gracing more than a few torchy hits. “Oh Pretty Woman” from 1964 remains his greatest moment and it has a riff for the ages: the session featured multiple guitarists, but you can hear Roy at

    The JangleBox J-Boost

    Seamless Sheen

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    Jim Dunlop BG95 and EVH95 Signature Cry Baby Wahs

    Voodoo Chasin’

    Wah users needn’t settle for stock tonal options like those heard on the “Theme From Shaft” or “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” That’s because Jim Dunlop offers recreations of the classic Cry Baby with additional tone-shaping options, boost features, and improvements to potentiometers, all to help you replicate the wicked sounds you hear in your brain,

    Lipe Guitars Maestro

    Lipe Guitars Maestro

    Whole Lotta Mahogany

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    Peerless Retromatic

    Peerless Retromatic

    Modern Vintage

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    Readers’ Choice Awards Inductees 1990-Today

    Vintage Guitar magazine has been honoring those who inspired and awed us as guitar players, fans, and listeners by inducting great players, instruments, and innovators into the VG Hall of Fame. We also choose Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Players of the Year. Who and what goes into the VG Readers’ Choice Awards has always been determined by the readers of VG.

    Alvino Rey’s 1936 Gibson mini guitar Vintage Guitar magazine Home Main Big

    Alvino Rey’s “Mini” Gibsons

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    Nili Brosh Vintage Guitar magazine

    Nili Brosh

    A Matter Of Perception

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    Holbrook TS50 Tommy Skeoch Head

    More Than Modded

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    Recording Acoustic Guitars

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    Gibson Super 400 PN

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    Marty Friedman

    Wall of Shred

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    Ampeg VT-22

    Ampeg VT-22

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    Gibson’s Mastertone Banjos

    Gibson’s Mastertone Banjos

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    Darryl Jones photo: P. Baumbach

    Darryl Jones

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    Wheelie Machine

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