January 2007


In Detail
Fender’s 1962-’81 Jazz Bass
Introduced in 1960 to provide players with a feel and sound that varied significantly from Fender’s Precision, the Jazz Bass was intended to be the more tonally diverse, slicker-playing descendant. By Ward Meeker

A Long, Twisted Trip
His musical roots were established amidst the sounds made by folkies and mid-’60s American blues, but he became famous for playing anthemic ’80s rock. Today, he tends a fine collection of guitars. By Ward Meeker

Fender‘s 1958-’60 Bassman
Though the Bassman debuted in 1952 as a 1×15″ combo with a semi-closed back, the 5F6 version introduced in 1955 has long been seen as a significant improvement in its form. By Dave Hunter

Gibson’s F-5 is today considered the ultimate mando. But through the first quarter of the 20th century, the F-4 was considered by most players – including Lloyd Loar himself – to be the finest mandolin available. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

It’s no secret that the supply of N.O.S. vacuum tubes is drying up faster than petrol in a ’56 Caddy. And if you’re a fan of the 6V6, now’s the time to secure a supply of your own before they’re only for the wealthy. Here’s what to look for… By Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate

One prominent thread in the story of the guitar is a quest for more volume effectively achieved with the electric guitar but actually started in the 1890s, when guitarists replaced gut strings with wire – and began using instruments like this. By Michael Wright

Kiss-able EB-0
The Gibson EB-0 debuted in 1959 with a double-cutaway body and a silhouette inspired by second-generation Les Paul Juniors. In the mid 1970s, Kiss’ Gene Simmons may well have played this one. By Willie G. Moseley

Semie Moseley: The Lost Interview, Part One
From a 1981 interview that has never been published, the hugely influential guitar builer provides fascinating reminiscences about his early days, and some of his adventures in the 1970s. By Michael Wright


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