October 2007



Robben Ford
The One and Only
These days, young guitar phenoms are promoted more for their age than their playing. The early work of Robben Ford puts all the hubbub in perspective. We talk with him, and take a look at his favorite vintage axes. By Dan Forte

“It’s a Two-Man Collection”
Guitarist/producer Jerry Kennedy and his three sons are all music-industry professionals. His oldest, Gordon, may be most like his dad, given his Grammy Award and the gathering of vintage guitars in his studio. By Willie G. Moseley

The 1959 Ampeg Jet 12
Ampeg didn’t make “rock and roll amps,” because Everette Hull built gear for jazzers. But this amp, with its 6V6 tubes, will churn it up with many of the best classic Fenders, Gibsons, and Valcos. By Dave Hunter

1923 Gibson F-5
Most American mandolin players consider Gibson F-5s signed by Lloyd Loar to be the Holy Grail. Within that group of grails, however, are a few that to bluegrass aficionados are the holiest of the holy. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Murph Squire 11-T
One of the more obscure guitars of the “Swinging ’60s,” the Murph Squire 11-T was the brainchild of a veteran U.S. Navy pilot whose children started one of those trendy family singing groups and served as the source of its inspiration. By Michael Wright

The Peavey T-20
Introduced in 1982, Peavey’s T-20 was different from the company’s T-40 and T-45, with a slimmer profile that brought it in line with more contemporary bass body silhouettes. By Willie G. Moseley


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Dan’s Guitar Rx
A Höfner Bass Gets Straight
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“Rewiring” a Fretboard
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Vic Stolpe: Speaker Re-Coning, Step by Step
By David Jung


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