February 2010



Billy Sheehan
New Music, Old-School basses
Accompanied by a 1970 Fender Precision Bass, he has been a standout in four decades, including tapping toe-to-toe with Steve Vai. He harbors a special love for baritone instruments, which have become the musical foundation for his solo work. By Lisa Sharken

The Supro S6651 Big Star
When it comes to ’60s kitchen kitsch, this amp, with its Formica styling, gas-cooker knobs, chrome, and an emblem seemingly lifted off a fridge door, is hard to beat. And being a Valco product, it naturally sounds great. By Dave Hunter

The Rosewood Dobro In the ’30s, Dobro went through a series of ownership changes and did not strictly follow specifications. So it’s not surprising to find birch, mahogany, walnut, spruce, or faux-grain wood on its pre-war models. But rosewood is out of character! By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Dennis Kager
techy’s brain, musician’s heart
Amplifiers became his passion 45 years ago, and he has witnessed the zeitgeist surrounding the combination of guitar and amp. Player first, then builder, the duality strengthened and shaped his concept of sound and how to achieve it. By P.J. Cotroneo

Tiny Moore’s 1952 Bigbsy Mandolin
Born into a musical family, as a child he played fiddle. But as a young man, he saw Leo Raley and his electric mandolin in the Texas Wanderers – and his focus then changed! By Deke Dickerson

The Guild M-85-II
Founded by a “jazz guy,” Guild’s early guitars were designed to suit the form, so it didn’t begin making solidbody electrics until the early ’60s. In ’67, it launched this instrument, sibling of its popular M-75 BluesBird. By Willie G. Moseley

The B.C. Rich Seagull
Until companies like B.C. Rich came along,electric guitars were mostly just ergonomically stretched Spanish-style guitars. But this guitar fits a continuum that mirrors a wider evolution. By Michael Wright


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