February 2008



A Life in Guitar: Producing, Picking, Collecting
Player, producer, unabashed guitar enthusiast and astute collector, his professional credits are diverse and voluminous and include Clapton, Hooker, Santana, Stephen Stills, and more. By Wolf Marshall

The Gibson GA-79RVT
Gibson amps from the 1950s and ’60s are generally seen as “poor man’s Fenders.” But this tone machine stands alone as the last truly groovy amp of the golden years to wear the Big G logo. By Dave Hunter

Highly specialized instruments, Weissenborns were made for guitarists who played Hawaiian music in the late 1910s and ’20s. With their koa construction and square, hollow necks, they were unsuitable for virtually any other style. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Three Decades of Reverb-Drenched Instrumentals
One of surf rock’s most innovative heroes, his work blends ferocious double picking, chilling glissandos, and vibrato bends with a reverb-drenched twang that ricochets between serene and menacing. By Damian Fanelli

The historical guitar landscape is littered with brand names most of us know little or nothing about. In 1933, Slingerland (known for making drums) offered this guitar, which appears to be a resonator guitar, but carries a story with interesting context. By Michael Wright

The Martin EB-18
Martin’s solidbody E series guitars debuted in 1979. Among them was the company’s first venture into the electric bass market. Unfortunately, despite being well-made, it didn’t set the world ablaze. By Willie G. Moseley


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Paul BollenbackTribute to Those Who Came Before
By John Heidt

Joe Friedman Stops and Starts By John Heidt

Seth Walker
Plenty of Ways to Play the Blues
By John Heidt

Patterson Barrett
Austin Fixture Finally Goes Solo
By Willie G. Moseley

Ask Zac
By Zac Childs

Leslie West
Master of Tone
By Lisa Sharken

Damon Johnson
Cooper to Country
By Steven Douglas Losey

Mem Shannon
NOLA Funkmeister
By Willie G. Moseley


The (Way) Back Beat
Fab Gear, Pre-“Invasion”
By Peter S. Kohman

Q&A With George Gruhn

Arlington ’07
By Steven Stone

Guitars With Guts
An Early Manuel Ramirez
By R.E. Bruné

“401K” Guitars
1955 Gretsch White Falcon
By Gil Hembree

Rory Gallagher
By Wolf Marshall


Guitar Shop
Built For Comfort
By Tony Nobles

Dan’s Guitar Rx
What’s Up With That?: “F Stamp” Tuners on a ’62 Telecaster
By Dan Erlewine

Talkin’ Amps With…
Roy Blankenship: Regulating Power to Your Amplifier
By David Jung


The VG Hit List
Tom Petty box, Neil Young, Song of America, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, The Soul of Tone, more!

Check This Action
Dynamic Duo of the Blues
By Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Composite Acoustics GX Performer, Trinity College TG-100/TG-222, Smit Boosted Classic and Bucker Lite pickups

Gearin’ Up!
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