July 2003



Styx strikes back!
An update as the veteran group (FYI, they’re a classic rock band!) heads into a summer tour in support of its latest album, Cyclorama. We also touch on Shaw’s latest solo offering. By Willie G. Moseley

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
Carry the Torch
From The Triumphs through Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, and other musical endeavors, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been partners for over 40 years. By Dan Forte, Ward Meeker, and Frank Falduto

Duke Robillard
Doing things his way
Mix one part blues, one part jazz, and one part swing, stir in some rock and bring to a simmer, and you have Duke Robillard a la mode. Plus, a look at Duke‘s guitar “toolbox.” By Eric C. Shoaf

Glen Burtnick’s Lefty P-Bass
The Styx bassist’s primary instrument is a motley gathering of parts from instruments of various eras. It’s worn and it’s ugly – and Burtnick wouldn’t have it any other way! By Willie G. Moseley

1968 Teisco May Queen
While many Japanese electrics of the late ’60s borrowed heavily from American and European designs, it doesn’t take much to see the essential Japanese character evident in this perennial classic from 1968.
By Michael Wright

Harmony Solidbody Electrics
Harmony’s 84-year history of producing guitars in America should be chock full of solidbody electrics. But it was primarily an acoustic guitar builder; solidbodies made up a small part of its output. By Michael Wright


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First Fret: News and Notes
New Column – “Dealer News,” plus Garrison on Discovery, PRS Forum Event, Stolen Gear, In Memoriam, more!

Vintage Guitar Price Guide

Builder Profile
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Dealer Directory


Executive Rock
Of Carrots and Styx
By Willie G. Moseley

Classic Concerts
The Jefferson Airplane, Clarkson College, 1968
By Glen Anderson

Q&A With George Gruhn

Four “Gotta Have” Gadgets
By Steven Stone

Otis Rush
By Wolf Marshall

An Answer to Transcription Woes
By Riley Wilson

Little Things
10 Easy Ways to Get Inspired
By Lisa Sharken


Guitar Shop
Staying in Tune
By Tony Nobles

The Rap on Caps
By Gerald Weber

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber


The VG Hit List
Music, Video, and Book Reviews: Greg Koch, Robillard/Ellis, John Pizzarelli,Lee Rocker, SRV Signature Licks DVD, and more!

Check This Action
Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Ramones tributes
By Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Mojave Coyote amp, E-H Black Finger, Moonrock, Line 6 Duoverb

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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