April 2010

Vintage Guitar Reviews


Bruce Kulick
Wielding Power on bk3
On his new album, the former Kiss guitarist raises the bar and offers songs diverse in terms of style, tone, and personnel. And to make it, he used an arsenal of vintage treasures, including his beloved ’53 Gibson Les Paul. By Lisa Sharken

The Rickenbacher M11
The name “Rickenbacker” conjures images of John Lennon’s 325, George Harrison’s 360/12, or Pete Townshend’s smashed guitars. Probe Rick’s earlier history, however, and you find a company at the forefront of electrification and amplification. By Dave Hunter

Martin 0-42
Through the years, Martin’s dreadnought, OM, and 000 guitars may have gained the most notoriety. But for the sweetest and best-quality sound, Martin itself recommends the size 0, exemplified by this 0-42. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Fender Amps, by the Number
The sixth installment in a series inspired by a “call to action” from the mid ’90s, the author tracks the serial numbers of Fender tube amps made between 1946 and 1984. By Greg Gagliano

The Applause by Ovation
The word “budget” has been part of its identity from the very beginning. But the Applause, conceived circa 1973, was also something entirely new to the guitar world. By Michael Wright

Black Holes in the Sky
Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd’s Psychedelic Avatar
After guiding Pink Floyd to early acclaim, he was dismissed from the band. Then, in June, 1975, he appeared outside the studio where the band was mixing “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” – a song with lyrics written in tribute to him. By Pete Prown

The Mosrite Standel
Though labeled “Standel,” this guitar is a rare example of one built for another company by Semie Moseley’s Mosrite. By Willie G. Moseley


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Well… All Right
Buddy Holly’s Complete Studio Recordings
By Dan Forte

Paul Bremner
The Wizard of IZZ
By Pete Prown

Ask Zac
By Zac Childs

Steve Rothery
Melodic Ace for Medallion
By Pete Prown

Kirby Kelly
Back At It
By John Heidt

Jim Campilongo
Orange Peels
By John Heidt

Larry Gatlin
Pilgrim’s Progress
By Rick Allen

Leslie West
Still Climbing
By John Heidt


The (Way) Back Beat
$100, 50 Years Ago
By Peter S. Kohman

Q&A With George Gruhn

Neal Schon
By Wolf Marshall

Surprise! You’re Busted
By Steven Stone


Talkin’ Amps…
Sleeper Amps: The Silvertone Twin Twelve
By David Jung

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Custom Saddles for a Rick Bass
By Dan Erlewine

Shop of Hard Knocks
A DIY Stompbox Kit
By Will Kelly


The VG Hit List
CD, DVD, and Book Reviews: Paul McCartney, Love, Buck Pizzarelli, Nick Curran, Smokey Hormel, Jimi Hendrix Gear, more!

Check This Action
R&B Royalty
By Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Fender Bassman TV amps, Frenzel FM-DP1, TWA LD-01, ToneCandy Spring Fever, Kramer Disciple, MXR Fullbore Metal, Way Huge Angry Troll, Seymour Duncan Phat Staple/Phat Cat, Vintage Vibe HS-90A, KAM Plug & Play

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