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Vintage Guitar magazine Announces Readers’ Choice Winners
Ward Meeker, Editor, Vintage Guitar magazine
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Readers of Vintage Guitar chose guitarist Joe Walsh for induction to the magazine’s Hall of FameVintage Guitar Readers Induct Joe Walsh to Hall of Fame
Vintage Guitar magazine is set to reveal inductees to its Hall of Fame, including Joe Walsh in the Player category. Walsh, along with winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, are featured in the magazine’s April issue, hitting newsstands this month.

Beyond his ability to shift musical styles and the company he has kept while doing it, Walsh has continually pushed himself as a songwriter, composer, singer, producer, and player on his own work as well as that for others including John Entwistle, Don Henley, Ringo Starr, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Steve Winwood, and Richard Marx.

In 1975, Walsh became keyboardist/guitarist in the Eagles, and immediately impacted the band as it recorded Hotel California; on the title track, he went lick-for-lick with lead guitarist Don Felder, contributed the riff on Glenn Frey’s “Life in the Fast Lane” and brought the ballad “Pretty Maids All in a Row.”

The band’s breakup in 1980 pushed him back into life as a solo performer, and he scored several hits with a decided anti-rock-star theme – “A Life of Illusion,” “Life’s Been Good,” and “Ordinary Average Guy.” He twice toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band and stayed busy further exploring a mix of styles in various acts. The 21st century saw him perform at Eric Clapton’s first Crossroads Guitar Festival, reunite with the James Gang, and reflect on life with his 2012 album, Analog Man, which was Vintage Guitar’s first Album of the Year.

Readers’ Choice winners include Brian Setzer as Artist of the Year, Joe Bonamassa for Blues Player, Vince Gill for Country Player, Jeff Beck for Rock Player, Robben Ford as Jazz Player, and Eric Clapton’s I Still Do for Album of the Year, while Carlos Santana was also inducted to the Hall of Fame alongside Rockman inventor Tom Scholz as Innovator and the Gibson Explorer as Instrument. Winners in all categories are determined by a vote of the magazine’s readership. For more information on Vintage Guitar, the Readers’ Choice Awards, the magazine’s subscriptions (print and digital), and e-newsletters, visit VintageGuitar.com.


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Vintage Guitar Readers Induct Tom Scholz to Hall of Fame

Readers of Vintage Guitar chose guitarist Tom Scholz for induction to the magazine’s Hall of Fame, in the Innovator categoryVintage Guitar magazine is set to reveal inductees to its Hall of Fame, including Tom Scholz, founder of Rockman Amplifiers, in the Innovator category. Scholz and winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards are featured in the magazine’s April issue, hitting newsstands this month.

Personifying the do-it-yourself grit required to learn an instrument and create music, Scholz taught himself guitar while studying at M.I.T., then – in off time from his job as an product-design engineer for Polaroid – wrote and recorded the songs that would become Boston’s record-breaking first album.

The process taught Scholz to appreciate the sounds made by a 100-watt Marshall amplifier turned up to its “sweet spot.” Problem was, that required deafening volume. So he built a device that let his amps produce great sound in a quieter setting, and soon after invented an amp that maintained highly consistent guitar tone. The devices led to the founding of Scholz Research & Development, which developed more amps and a modular line of rackmount effects. All told, Scholz’s name is on the patents of 34 devices. Today, he continues to play almost every instrument while writing and recording Boston music. When time allows, he takes the band out for summer tours.

Other Readers’ Choice winners include Brian Setzer as Artist of the Year, Joe Bonamassa for Blues Player, Vince Gill for Country Player, Jeff Beck for Rock Player, Robben Ford as Jazz Player, and Eric Clapton’s I Stll Do for Album of the Year, while Carlos Santana and Joe Walsh were inducted to the magazine’s Hall of Fame in the Player category alongside the Gibson Explorer as Instrument. Winners in all categories are determined by a vote of the magazine’s readership. For more information on Vintage Guitar, the Readers’ Choice Awards, the magazine’s subscriptions (print and digital), and e-newsletters, visit VintageGuitar.com.


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Caption (READERSCHOICE2016PR_TomScholz.jpg): Readers of Vintage Guitar chose guitarist Tom Scholz for induction to the magazine’s Hall of Fame, in the Innovator category.
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