November 2002



Harmony Guitars
Mid-Depression Years (1934-’36) The era saw significant developments and evolution of the company’s line, including the use of fake wood finishes, the first carved tops, and the debut of its first electric guitars. By Michael Wright

Decibel Level Be Damned In the 25-plus years that Motorhead has been purveying its fast, furious, high-decibel entertainment, there have been changes and there have been constants. Lemmy Kilmister and Philip Campbell exemplify both. By Willie G. Moseley

Jackie King
He played in bars at age 13, jammed with stars in late-’60s San Francisco, and backs music legend Willie Nelson. His latest album is a mix of country and jazz By John Heidt

Gilby Clarke
Rockin’ With Swag Best known for his blues-flavored riffs, he has carved a solo career and a growing resume of production credits. VG recently spoke to him about his musical roots and his latest solo record. By Lisa Sharken

Dealer Profile
Diamond Strings Bruce Diamond has been supplying vintage instruments to customers around the world since 1994. He’s a family guy who, when it comes to music, has pretty much done it all. By Eric C. Shoaf

Les Paul
Birth of An Icon With the recent observation of the Les Paul model’s golden anniversary, we spoke with the instrument’s namesake to find out how it all happened. By Gil Hembree

Black Beauty
The History of the Les Paul Custom While late-’50s Les Paul Standards have gotten the lion’s share of notoriety, the Custom is also worthy of praise as a key instrument in rock history. By Edward B. Driscoll, Jr.

Les Paul Reissues
Gettin’ It Right Another look at Gibson’s successful Les Paul reissues, and the company’s efforts to make them as accurate as possible. By Eric C. Shoaf

Fret Prints
Les Paul
By Wolf Marshall


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