July 2017

July 2017

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July 2017 VOL. 31 NO. 09
After four decades on the road, Mike Campbell still loves being onstage, creating magic with Tom Petty and Heartbreakers. Plus, we speak with David Bromberg and highlight the instruments that have helped him make stunning music for 50 years. We also interview Michael SchenkerGeorge Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Max Cavalera, and Allen Hinds, reveal the story behind Martin’s dreadnought guitars, then profile Gibson’s earliest electrics, the ’59 Vega Director A-60 amp, the Quest Atak 2 A-2TX, and the Warwick Thumb Bass. All this, along with our “VG Approved Gear” reviews, “Hit List” music reviews, and much more!


Read about the Quest Atak 2 A-2TX on page 32.

Collectosphere Quandry
The Quest Atak 2 A-2TX
Most Japanese guitars present a dilemma for collectors because their brands rarely reflect the name of their builder. This is one good example, from the height of Japanese guitar making in the mid ’80s. | By Michael Wright

Enticing Extras
The Vega Director Model A-60
A worthy vintage combo in all regards, there’s sad irony in this amp represents the downward trajectory of a company founded in 1881. | By Dave Hunter

Martin’s Big Step
Ditson’s Style 11 and the Birth of the Dreadnought
Ditson’s partnership with Martin and the Hawaiian-music craze led to the creation of this guitar, which paved the way for history-changing bigger (and better) things. | By George Gruhn and Staff

Generational Innovation
The Warwick Thumb Bass
With an industry stalwart father and sculptor mother, its little wonder Hans-Peter Wilfer’s basses stand apart as displays of beauty and innovation. | By Willie G. Moseley

Mike Campbell
Still Thrilled
After auditioning for Tom Petty on a cheap import, he went on to help forge one of the most recognizable sounds in rock and roll, along the way creating solos that are prominent but perfect, laden with emotive note choices. We gather Campbell’s thoughts on the Heartbreakers’ 40 years on the road. | By Ward Meeker

David Bromberg
Testifying for the Blues
Described by Jerry Jeff Walker as “the reason man created stringed instruments,” the gifted multi-instrumentalist has released a score of stunning solo albums eclipsed only by his work as a sideman and producer – positions in which he has swayed the course of music. | By Michael Dregni

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The Latest in New Amps
For most, the chase for tone never ends, and can involve major investment of both time and money. To help in your aural pursuits, we offer this look at the latest in new amps for guitar and bass.


Reader Mail

News and Notes
AFME Honors Burnett; Fogerty Reunited with Rick; In Memoriam

In First Fret, we talk with Michael Schenker (page 28). Michael Schenker: Emili Muraki.

Allan Holdsworth, 1946-2017
Lion of Legato

Ask Zac

Allen Hinds
Finding His Spot

Max Cavalera
Roots Revisited

George Lynch
The Return of KXM

Michael Schenker
Rocking Reunion

Jeff Pilson
Definitive Diversity

Lonnie Brooks


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The (Way) Back Beat
Early Electric Tangents: Gibson’s Amplified Curiosities | By Peter S. Kohman

Chuck Berry | By Wolf Marshall

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Get Aboard: Radical Repair on a P-Bass Special | By Dan Erlewine

Shop of Hard Knocks
Pagey Scheme: Humbuckers Wired Just Like Jimmy’s | By Will Kelly


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The VG Hit List
Roy Buchanan, Tommy Emmanuel, Gretchen Menn, Stephane Wrembel, The Move, Marty Stuart, Eric Gales, Elvin Bishop, more!

Check This Action
Bill Frisell: The Movie | By Dan Forte

VG Approved Gear
Carr Amps Mercury V, Elektron Analog Drive, Strymon Riverside Multistage, Volt Electrics #004 Reverse, Jim Dunlop BG95, EVH95 Signature Cry, Supro Comet 1610RT, BC Audio Grand Prix 100, Heritage H-157W, Rick Turner Model 1 Deluxe LB, Fender PM-2

Gearin’ Up!
The latest cool new stuff! To be included in Gearing’ Up, contact us at vguitar@vintageguitar.com.

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Read this issue’s Reader Mail letters on page 14. Illustration: Sean Thorenson

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