September 2007



Still Got the Blues – Again!
His style is as distinct and identifiable as his career is varied. After rocking (with Thin Lizzy and solo) in the 1980s, he discovered his true calling – the blues. And his new album proves he’s truly one of the greats. By Lisa Sharken

Thirty Years on the Trail
Through 30 years of playing Western swing, blues, and jazz, “Ranger Doug” Green has chugged away on his Strombergs and other guitars, laying a foundation on which songs glide smoothly along the trail. By John Heidt

The Mesa/Boogie Mark I
High-gain lead tones are so commonplace today it’s difficult to recall the revolution created by the sound of that square little Mesa/Boogie combo some affectionately call “the Godfather of Gainsville.” By Dave Hunter

Conceived as Hawaiian guitars, virtually all Gibson HG-24s that have survived were set up Spanish-style. Sixteen inches wide and easily identified by its four f-holes, this was not a conventional flat-top. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

From the mid ’80s, when PRS guitars had a growing reputation for their playability and figured tops, the Metal Series was a response to musical trends and guitars with flashy finishes to match flashy playing styles. By Ward Meeker

It’s not made by Harmony, and everything about it screams “early Japanese” – the label even says “Facta Japanico.” This is all complicated by the fact that it appears to be all original. So, what can we make of this? By Michael Wright

Mark Egan’s 1983 Pedulla doubleneck
In the mid 1970s, Mark Egan had luthier Michael Pedulla touch up a bass neck. That led the builder to develop his popular Buzz Bass model, followed by this unique, custom-made instrument. By Willie G. Moseley


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