January 2002



The Different Strummer
’60s Yamaha Guitars The company demonstrated quality and independent design even when other importers were mostly making cheap copies. It may even have a catalyst for changing the American perception of Japanese guitars in the mid ’70s. By Michael Wright

1921 Santos Hernandez Classical Guitar
A very fine and rare instrument, this guitar was made by one of the most important and talented guitarmakers of the first half of the 20th century. By R.E. Bruné

Rod Prince
Perpetuating the Legend of the Puppy One of the greatest examples of late-’60s “psychedelic” guitar music was “Hot Smoke and Sassafras.” The song featured snarling feedback, abrupt timing changes, and roaring power chords all courtesy of Rod Prince. By Willie G. Moseley

Dweezil Zappa
Sustaining the Zappa Legacy As the eldest son of a legend, Dweezil Zappa followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a talented guitarist and songwriter, albeit one who finds it difficult to relate to today’s pop music and its non-guitar-playing fans. By Lisa Sharken

Bobby Womack
Playin’ With Soul If James Brown is the Godfather of Soul, then Bobby Womack is the Emperor. Gifted with an enviable voice, he’s also an in-demand guitarist who has played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, George Benson, Sly Stone, and many others. By Oscar Jordan

“Play It, Steve!’
Steve Cropper: Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer, Legend One of the most influential players on the scene, his style epitomizes letting the groove do its thang. From his beginnings as a session player with Stax Records to Booker T and the MGs, the Blues Brothers, and countless others, his name has reached household status among musicians. By Guy Lee

Buck Page
“The Longest Endorsement Gap” If there was a Guinness Book record for the longest time between endorsements, he’d be the winner. The guitarist signed with Gretsch in 1940, only to have his musical career cut short by World War II. But he came back to the brand 58 years late. By Willie G. Moseley

Guitars of the Cold War
Part One: Instruments, conditions an extension of life in Russia In 1957, Western musicians brought what were probably the first electric guitars in Russia when Kruschev allowed the staging of Moscow’s first jazz festival. By Edward Pitt


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By Roy Lee Byrd

Executive Rock The Gittler Gets Grounded
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By Willie G. Moseley

Q&A With George Gruhn Necksets and Devaluation

Acousticville “Yeah, I do need more than one!”
By Steven Stone

FretPrints Joe Pass
By Wolf Marshall

Gigmeister The String Thing
By Riley Wilson

Little Things Stringing Up, Stretching Out
By Lisa Sharken


Guitar Shop Six Basics of Guitar Tone
By Tony Nobles

Amps Building a Power Attenuator
By Gerald Weber

Pickup Questions
By Seymour Duncan

Ask Gerald
By Gerald Weber


Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews A whole lot of everything!

Gearin’ Up! All the latest cool stuff!

The VG Hit List Record, Video, and Book Reviews

Spotlight Recommended Contemporary and Reissue Recordings
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