June 2009



King’s Ransom
Seagal, Gibbons, and Albert King’s Flying Vs
United by their devotion to a musical form and a deep respect for one of its legends, an action-film superstar and rock-and-roll icon spend some quality time with three guitars made famous by blues royalty. By Wolf Marshall

The Airline 62-9015A
From Montgomery Ward’s Airline range, this gem was manufactured by Danelectro and defines the glories of the ’60s-department-store tube amplifier. By Dave Hunter

Gibson’s Mastertone banjos
Gibson knew the tenor banjo would be popular when it made its first one in 1918. But one model in particular is representative of the company’s desperate attempt to develop a five-string that could compete in the market. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Paul Gilbert
All About Vintage – Import-Style!
A teenager when he hit the scene, he unveiled the heavy metal band Racer X in the mid ’80s and made his mark as a top player in the genre. A longtime Ibanez enthusiast, his collection includes some early gems. By Lisa Sharken

Höfner’s Fledermausgittarre
A Bat By Any Other Name
Pure Höfner showpiece in concept and execution, only 12 were made. And for as pedestrian as it may be in terms of materials, its design was a radical departure. Today its sole purpose is to entice aficionados and collectors! By Ward Meeker

The Teisco SD-4L
Time was, it mattered where a guitar was built. Like in 1963, when this Teisco was made in Japan. In the minds of the Americans for whom it was created, that meant “cheap.” But was it really that bad? By Michael Wright

The Carvin DN440T
A veritable poster child for the custom-build ethos on which Carvin was founded, this unique doubleneck bass from the late 1980s combines the company’s stock offerings with a couple of one-off twists. By Willie G. Moseley


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Larry Coryell
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Guy King
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Busy in the Bay
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Andreas Oberg
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The (Way) Back Beat
The Burns Story, 1964: Solid Heyday
By Peter S. Kohman

Q&A With George Gruhn

Great “Truths” of Collecting
By Steven Stone

“401K” Guitars
The Guild Starfire III
By Gil Hembree

Surf’s Up!
By Wolf Marshall


Dan’s Guitar Rx
Fretless Finish Fix-Up
By Dan Erlewine

Talkin’ Amps With…
Cabinet Building 101
By David Jung

Shop of Hard Knocks
Top 10 $10 Tricks, Part Two
By Will Kelly


The VG Hit List
CD, DVD, and Book Reviews: Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, David Grissom, Nick Lowe, Tennesse Ernie Ford, Bryan Clark, Neptune Bound: The Ultimate Danelectro Guitar Guide, more!

Check This Action
R&B Royalty
By Dan Forte

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Fender Road Worn guitars, Stromberg Newport Hollowbody, Blackbird Rider, Centrance AxePort Pro, Retro-Sonic pedals, Dan Armstrom Green Ringer/Orange Squeezer, Lindy Fralin Hum-Cancelling P90s

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