September 2001



Doyle Bramhall II
Welcoming Texas Six-String Prodigy He garnered acclaim ias part of the renowned Arc Angels. He has recently experienced fruitful collaborations with Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, and Double Trouble. By Arlene R. Weiss

The Different Strummer
Electra MPC Guitars Designed in the U.S. and manufactured in Japan, Electra MPCs were played by a host of notables, including Leslie West, Rick Derringer, and Peter Frampton. Now they’re among the coolest and most versatile guitars ever made. By Michael Wright

Reggie Young
Memphis R&B to Nashville Studio He played his first gig at age 15, and is now one of the most recorded guitarists in history. His tasty style has opened doors for him to play onstage and in the studio with every style of music possible. By Guy Lee

Ted McCarty
Musical Pioneer, Part III The final installment of our interview with Ted. In this segment, he discusses his purchase of the Bigsby company and the origins of the PRS McCarty model. By Gil Hembree

Gary Duncan
Millennium Mercury Man In Quicksilver Messenger Service, he and John Cippolina created extended jams that won the respect of other players. In a frank conversation, Duncan discusses the glory days of Quicksilver, and his ongoing efforts. By Willie G. Moseley

Gibson’s 1958-’60 Les Paul Standard
A ’Burst By Any Other Name By 1958 Gibson needed to increase the market share of its Les Paul model. The plan? A sunburst finish! Today it’s the most collectible production solidbody electric guitar ever made. By Ward Meeker

The Guitars of Hank Thompson
Pieces of Musical History His Brazos Valley Boys were country music’s “band of the year” more than any other act. And though he was primarily the vocalist, his guitars played a key role in the history of a musical form. By Willie G. Moseley

Tim O’Brien
Trailblazing Triple-threat A superb songwriter, stellar mando player, unique singer, and powerful performer, Tim O’Brien is a unique talent. In high demand for many years as a sideman, his solo albums show he’s also a truly innovative musical artist. By Steven Stone


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