September 2010



September 2010


In Detail
The Gibson ES-5
When it came to Spanish-style electric guitars, Gibson was a reluctant participant, wading into the market in 1936. After WWII, it was more enthusiastic, though it didn’t get really serious until ’49, when it launched this guitar. By Ward Meeker

Joe Negri
Royal Handyman, Jazz Legend
Long before becoming Handyman Negri on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” he had already been a teen guitar prodigy, first-generation bopper, and a peer of the giants of jazz guitar. Though New York beckoned, he stayed home and became a star, anyway. By Rich Kienzle

The Recording King Ray Whitley
Gibson was hit hard by the Depression in the 1930s, when president Guy Hart diverted some production to budget-priced instruments and took on contract work for outside distributors. The company made several archtop acoustics under other names, including this instrument. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Steve Miller
Some people call him rock icon, Part 2
Last month, we talked with the renowned songwriter/performer about his fascinating musical pedigree. This time, we discuss how he came to possess a small army of recent-issue Gibsons, the indie luthiers who have helped him build a guitar collection, and a few other “interests.” By Ward Meeker

The Westone Padauk II
For vintage-guitar enthusiasts who like puzzles, there’s nothing better than trying to solve the mazes that are Japanese-guitar history. One of the more popular involves Matsumoku Moto, whose vast repertoire included this guitar. By Michael Wright

Drake Levin’s Epiphone Sheratons
Guitarist for the classic/mid-’60s lineup of Paul Revere and the Raiders, the late Drake Levin used these guitars to record many of the band’s hits and for years played them onstage. By Willie G. Moseley

The Sonola Reverb Amp 98-RT
A prime example of how an obscure vintage amp can be a true hero in the recording studio, the Sonola further proves that “classic amp tone” isn’t always best served by the amps on the A list. By Dave Hunter


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By Will Kelly

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A Vintage LP Junior Gets “Right”
By Dan Erlewine

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