August 2008


Retro-Inspired Basses
As with fashion, cars, music, and other elements of pop culture, today’s electric bass market is chock full of instruments designed to look, sound, and play like classics from decades past. By Willie G. Moseley

Early-’70s WEM Dominator MkIII
Frumpy and dated though it may look, this is one righteous little beastie. And any vintage combo you can bag for $250 or under that has its own distinct character is a winner. By Dave Hunter

Introduced in 1954, it gave the appearance that Guild was competing head-to-head with Gibson’s Les Paul. But with its hollow body and spruce top, it was quite a different animal altogether. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Folk Music’s Super Sideman
He broke barriers between black and white, old and new, traditional and innovative, and between folk and rock, not to mention various other styles of music. That his isn’t a household name seems an injustice. By Dan Forte

It dates from the golden age of Valco – a time when cars had 3,000-pound steel grills and there weren’t no jaywalking problems! With the right amp, it’ll deliver enough wallop to blow the doors off your local waterin’ hole. By Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate

Through the years, we’ve solved a lot of guitar mysteries. But here’s one that has us stumped. While we certainly know plenty of the details surrounding this guitar, getting to the whole “truth” has proven to be another, much more challenging matter. By Michael Wright

The Gibson EB-0F
Gibson first offered the EB-0 in 1959 and in ’62 introduced the Maestro FZ-1 Fuzztone effect. Always looking to offer something no other instrument builder did, it combined them in this bass. By Willie G. Moseley


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The (Way) Back Beat
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Talkin’ Amps With…
John Nelson: Why Vintage Amps Sound Better
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