November 2001



The Different Strummer
Magnatone Solidbody Guitars Few guitar freaks seem to know much about Magnatone solidbody electric guitars, which were made in the U.S. by Magna from 1956 until about ’66. This is their story. By Michael Wright

Dave Mason
The Worcester Warbler Many pop music fans are aware of his work in Traffic and Delaney & Bonnie with Eric Clapton. But who recalls that he was supposed to have been a member of Derek & The Dominoes? And what about his recordings with Jimi Hendrix? McCartney? Harrison? By Willie G. Moseley

Johnny Winter
Still Alive and Well John Dawson Winter is a true original in the Texas guitar slinger tradition of T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, and Albert Collins. His instantly recognizable style and gravely vocal roar have gained him a worldwide following and reverence in the rock and blues communities. By Tom Guerra

Gibson’s Firebird
Radical design, loads of tricks, cool colors In the early ’60s, Gibson faced continual challenges in the solidbody guitar marketplace. Looking for a spark after its Les Paul, Flying V, and Explorer all crashed and burned, Gibson president Ted McCarty hired an automobile designer to create its next big thing. The result was different, flashy, and colorful. By R.K. Watkins and Ward Meeker

Bill Kirchen
Tele Twang, Straight Up! He rose to prominence with Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, a band that garnered respect for its ability to mix rock and roll, hardcore country, boogie, and rockabilly. And amongst guitarists, he has a reputation for his barn–burning live licks and impressive stylistic diversity. By Ward Meeker

Redd Volkaert
“Have Tele, Will Travel” His command of the Telecaster is rooted in years of experience, learned by listening and honed by doing. And he recently released his second solo record – a compendium of hard country, classic honky tonk, Western swing, hot jazz, and bluegrass, with a pinch of blues, rock, and surf. By Baker Rorick


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