March 2008



Six-String, Sound Maker
He grew up in a house where music was a constant and “show business” paid the bills. His career a producer/songwriter has him working with big names – and he knows about vintage axes and tones. By Ward Meeker

Class of 2007
Whether it’s Les Paul being inducted for the second time (this time as Player), or Dick Denney and his AC15, the VG Hall’s latest group of inductees stands as one of its strongest.

Traynor YBA-1 Bass Master
Robust and solid of tone, it just ain’t a “classic.”But almost any solder junky with two beers’ worth of parts can turn this underdog into an alpha-dog rock machine that abides way high up the tone ladder. By Dave Hunter

Seldom listed among Gibson’s classics and devoid of the notoriety of the J-200 and AJ, it has been the company’s “workhorse” flat-top since its introduction during World War II. And it’s a deserving inductee to the VG Hall of Fame. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Axes, Amps, Bikes, and Tats
Half of the creative force in one of the best rock bands on the scene today, he employs a truckload of vintage guitars and amplifiers while pursing kick-ass tones and keeping up with rock-and-roll stardom. By Ward Meeker

By 1988, the Swedish neo-classical heavy metal pioneer was popular enough to warrant his own signature model Fender Strat. But it wasn’t his original namesake guitar; custom-builder Schecter Guitar Research was the first to help him create a musical form. By Michael Wright

Zemaitis Acoustic
Cabinet maker-cum-luthier Tony Zemaitis built four acoustic basses, the first for Mike Oldfield, of Tubular Bells fame. This one, from 1972, may have been the second. By Willie G. Moseley


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To Sing Or Not To Sing?
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Fifty Years of the Spotnicks
By Pete Prown

Bernie Pearl
Better Late Than Never
By John Heidt

Ask Zac
By Zac Childs

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“Lazy” Covers By a True Original
By Dan Forte

Van Hunt
Pinning Down the Puzzle
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Bob Spalding
The 5th Venture
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The (Way) Back Beat
More Fab Gear, Invasion-Style: Mid-’60s American Guitar Marketing in the U.K.
By Peter S. Kohman

Q&A With George Gruhn

A Mandolin Story: Or Why I Bought Another One
By Steven Stone

“401K” Guitars
Market Composition
By Gil Hembree

Herb Ellis
By Wolf Marshall


Dan’s Guitar Rx
What’s Up With That?: “F-Stamp” Tuners on a ’62 Femder Tele, Pt. 2
By Dan Erlewine

Talkin’ Amps With…
Andrei Federov: Amplifier Cabinets
By David Jung


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Check This Action
Putting the Rhythm in Rhythm & Blues
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