June 2002



The Different Strummer
Kent Guitars In early ’62, distributers Buegeleisen & Jacobson began marketing Teisco guitars re-badged with the Kent name. Soon after, its first full line of solidbody electrics was in stores. By Michael Wright

Gibson’s ES-5 Switch master and ES-350 War
Two blonds? It’s a cinch! By the 1940s, musicians were seeking pure electronic sounds. In response, Gibson introduced several electric guitars. Here are two enduring examples. By Eric C. Shoaf

Tesla’s Triumphant Return
The early ’90s saw changes in the music scene that forced Tesla to break up. But the multi-platinum blues-rock quintet recently returned to the fray, proving its staying power to live audiences worldwide. By Lisa Sharken

Mark Egan
Covering All Basses He has been a favorite of low-end stringed instrument aficionados since the late 1970s, when he was a member of the Pat Metheny Group. By Willie G. Moseley

Kenny Burrell
A jazz guitar legend, his artistry and integrity are unreproachable. A master soloist and perfect comp player, he can do it all. And as head of Jazz Studies at UCLA, he assures jazz’s legacy with a new generation of players. By John Heidt

Jeff Healey
Musical Renaissance Man A virtuoso on many instruments, he was busy through the ’90s, diligently touring and recording. Last year, he opened a live-music club in the heart of downtown Toronto. By Arlene R. Weiss and Ward Meeker

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater
The Chicago resident has been exciting blues audiences worldwide for decades. But he built his reputation working the local club circuit, playing blues for African-American audiences and Chuck Berry-inspired rock for suburban white kids. By Bob Cianci

Todd Rundgren
Aloha, It’s Me A Philadelphia native, he played in garage bands before garnering notice in the Nazz. And despite having taken up permanent residence in Hawaii, his life is still very occupied with music projects. By Willie G. Moseley

Gretsch Model 40
It represents a departure for its maker, which, like most manufacturers of the day, understood the impact of Hawaiian music and sought to fill a market need. By Eric C. Shoaf

Gibson’s Legendary PAF
Seth E. Lover began developing a hum-cancelling pickup in 1953, while under the employ of the Gibson Guitar Company. What he came up with is the most copied electric guitar pickup design ever. By Seymour W. Duncan


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