June 2008



Voice of a Guitar Great
One of rock’s greatest keyboard players, he also possesses one of the great singing voices in the genre. But when even longtime fans see him play guitar, they’re invariably amazed. By Dan Forte

The 1968 Marshall JMP50 “plexi”
Earlier Marshalls were indeed hallowed for their tone, but the late-’60s “plexi” typifies the Marshall sound more than any other amps the company ever produced. Plug in and bow to the mighty crunch! By Dave Hunter

Carl and August Larson had been building remarkable guitars for nearly 50 years by the time the famed WLS yodeler ordered this one. Its steel strings and built-under-tension top made it louder than most other contemporary instruments. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Rarities From the Pacific Northwest
They may be the furthest thing from a household name, but the saga behind this obscure line of electric guitars that originated just prior to World War II offers a rather interesting story. By Peter Blecha

Tom Principato
Potomac Picker
Inspired by names like Buchanan, Gatton, Atkins, Paul, and Christian, he and his Fender Telecaster have been a fixture in the Washington, D.C. area for more than two decades. By Willie G. Moseley

The Rico family’s roots were in building flamenco and classical guitars. So it was a bit of a surprise that when son Bernie – whose buddies included Paco de Lucia and Carlos Montoya – started building solidbody electrics, he created some unusual shapes. By Michael Wright

The Fender Mustang
In the early 1950s, Fender set the pace in the solidbody electric bass market. It also was key in developing the student market, and in ’64 began offering the now classic two-pickup/24″-scale Mustang. By Willie G. Moseley


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The (Way) Back Beat
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Q&A With George Gruhn

Mental Games Collectors Play
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“401K” Guitars
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Buddy Holly
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By David Jung


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Free Willie
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