January 2003



Harmony Guitars
End of the Depression By the late ’30s, America’s guitar manufacturers had emerged from the shadow of anonymity of the early 20th century into full brand identity, none more assertively than Harmony. By Michael Wright

Al McKay
The Pocket is the Thing… The five-time Grammy winner has provided an unstoppable groove for many a project and is most famous as a key figure in Earth Wind & Fire. By Oscar Jordan

Kim Simmonds
Solo Albums, Seafood, and Savoy Brown He cranked up the blues-rock aggregation in England in the late ’60s, and has been at the helm ever since. By Willie G. Moseley

Ronnie Montrose
That rarest of guitarists who has experimented with diverse genres while following a creative trail that has led to associations with rock’s most well-known musicians. By Frank Moriarity

Jeff Hanna
Part 1: 36 and Counting For nearly 40 he has been a key part of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which created hit singles and platinum-selling albums like Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy and the landmark collaboration album Will the Circle Be Unbroken. By Willie G. Moseley

Supro Thunderbolt
Designed “…exclusively for the electric Bass guitar,” it was simplicity itself, with no “fancy extra circuits.” But much like with Fender’s Bassman, guitarists had other ideas! By Christopher Tackett

1987 Westone XA-1330
Japan-based Westone’s XA series guitars were high-end Superstrats, and only about 50 received the headstock/body covered with this real snakeskin. By Michael Wright


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Music Stores, Then and Now
By Gene Norman

Executive Rock
Creem Caption Capers Continued
By Willie G. Moseley

Q&A With George Gruhn
Reliable Gibson Dating

Fifty Columns Later
By Steven Stone

Muddy Waters
By Wolf Marshall

Guitars With Guts
Heads Up!
By R.E. Bruné

Little Things
Practice Makes Perfect!
By Lisa Sharken

Bandmates and the Golden Rule
By Riley Wilson


Guitar Shop
Double-Cut Dano Dress-Up
By Tony Nobles

Hot Rodding a Vintage Tube Amp
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber


Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Dr. Z MAZ-18 Junior, Rowan Cimarron

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

The VG Hit List
Record, Video, and Book Reviews

Check This Action
Swingin’ The Blues
By Dan Forte

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