March 2002



The Different Strummer
Stratospheric Variations, Part One The Stratocaster has been in constant production for 48 years, virtually unchanged, and we can safely assert that no other guitar has influenced electric guitar design as much. By Michael Wright

Jimmie Vaughan Asks…
Do you get the blues? You have to hand it to Jimmie Vaughan, a man who goes deep for inspiration, and ignores fads, trends, and a fickle public to keep it real and play what he feels. By Frank Falduto

Ed Littman
New music from an old Kay Born and raised in metropolitan NYC, with its myriad of heritages and cultures, dramatically affected the development of his guitar style. By Willie G. Moseley

Jack Bruce
Shadows and (Erstwhile) short-scale basses Best known for his membership in the legendary British trio, Cream, the veteran bassist has stayed active, sporting and his dynamic bass playing and searing vocal style. By Willie G. Moseley

George Harrison
On November 29, the youngest Beatle died at the age of 58, succumbing to cancer. In this exclusive two-part retrospective, VG takes an in-depth look at Harrison’s musical career. This month, his years as a Beatle. By Dan Forte

Brad Paisley
Country star keeps purist attitude in music, gear choices A platinum-selling star since his debut album, he is a focused player who loves what he does. And as we sat to talk with him, he said, “I’ve been looking forward to this interview. All guitars for once!” By Guy Lee

Will Ray Gets the Blues
And pays homage to his inspirations He’s a Hellecaster, producer, badass session guy, and solo artist with a new album. But for years, he didn’t touch a guitar, until one of his brothers brought home the Grateful Dead’s Live/Dead album. By Ward Meeker

Guitar Trader Les Pauls
The first true reissue? Dissatisfaction with Gibson’s “near miss” Les Paul KM and Heritage 80 reissues prompted the New Jersey dealer to pursue development of a reissue that was closer to the real deal. By Michael A. Slubowski


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