April 2008


Shedding Light on the Genius
As young musicians in the U.K. began to channel American blues in the ’60s, guitarists emerged with names like Clapton, Beck, Green, and Page. These days, one name often tends to be forgotten… By P.J. Cotroneo

The Fender 5E3 Deluxe
The details of its ubiquitous design is hardwired into every guitarist’s genetic memory. Still, it’s too delectable a morsel to resist nibbling. Plus a few pointers on modifying yours for more headroom. By Dave Hunter

When introduced in 1934, it seemed more appropriate for the opulent 1920s than the economically shell-shocked ’30s. But it became the archtop for players and industry leader for a new era of super-sized “jazz” or “orchestral” guitars. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Flourishing After Adversity
His recent spate of creativity would be impressive regardless. But in the context of the life-altering events that befell him in ’98, it’s a wonder he’s able to get out of bed every day – and testament to the human spirit. By Dan Forte

Secrets of a SoCal “Parts” Guitar
The story of a California family whose father brought home a box of parts from Fender’s plant in Fullerton. They heated up a soldering iron on the kitchen stove and started assembling a guitar on the kitchen table… By Willie G. Moseley

It’s hard to imagine an instrument that has undergone more innovation through its modern history. And while some guitar innovations are wonderful and remarkable, others leave you scratching your head. One of the latter can be found on the 1975 Rickenbacker 481. By Michael Wright

Fender’s Telecaster Thinline
A two-in-one response to the trends that favored lighter, natural-finished instruments, the Thinline put a twist on the Fender company’s oldest (and still best-selling) model. By Ward Meeker

The Rickenbacker 4005
Rickenbacker has a tradition of doing things a bit differently. So it’s no surprise that in 1965 it melded a hollowbody electric guitar with a bass, possibly as a response to Gibson’s EB-2 and Epiphone’s Rivoli. By Willie G. Moseley


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