December 2008



Nashville Trail Blazer
The studio vet has worked with everyone from George Jones to Robert Plant. A strong religious upbringing kept him from listening to pop music in his youth, but taught him much about how music can affect people. By Zac Childs

The “Silverface” Fender Princeton Reverb
The definitive “student amp,” this diminutive wailer has long been the secret weapon of elite guitarists at the other end of the scale. And it lost very little in the transition from “blackface” to “silverface.” By Dave Hunter

Guitar enthusiasts often consider the finish Fender applied to its early Teles and Esquires to be quintessential “blond.” But those were not the original blond guitars. Behold this extremely rare offering from the house of Orville! By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Heart-Less But Guitar-Laden
He was an integral member of Heart when “Barracuda” swam up the charts, and helped the band achieve superstar status. These days he jams with Paul Rodgers, is recording a solo album, and builds custom guitars. By Wolf Marshall

Early Country Guitar’s Last Man Standing
Widely credited as the first country guitarist to infuse jazz and pop harmonies into the genre, he’s the last living link between pre-World-War-II country music and the 21st century. This December, he turns 100. By Rich Kienzle

Its brand may not be on a top-flight list of collectibles, but there’s much to this humble instrument that makes it special, not the least of which is the fact it’s technologically innovative and, well… it was actually made by Gibson! By Michael Wright

The Turner Model 1
Rick Turner, former guitarist for Ian and Sylvia, built the first Alembics before founding his own company and offering some of the most unique axes to come out of California. This was his first bass. By Willie G. Moseley


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The (Way) Back Beat
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Play Nice!
By Steven Stone

Guitars With Guts
1918 Enrique Garcia No. 195
By R.E. Bruné

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The Price Point of Change
By Gil Hembree

Buck Owens and Don Rich
By Wolf Marshall


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Big Blues Setup
By Dan Erlewine

Talkin’ Amps With…
George Metropoulos: Building a Kit Amp, Part 3 – The Test!
By David Jung


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