January 2011

January 2011


Ron Wood
Stone Solo
The longtime guitarist for the Rolling Stones has also collaborated with legends ranging from B.B. King to David Bowie to Aretha Franklin. He recently released his seventh solo album, complete with no-frill rock-and-roll guitar sounds and an impressive cast of fellow rock renegades. By Elliot Stephen Cohen

Movie Star, Rancher
Mid-’50s Muse of Wire and Wood
After World War II, change was afoot among the nation’s guitar manufacturers, who were quick to take advantage of changes in popular music. One result was the guitar that would become Gretsch’s most popular acoustic. And this one is a movie star! By Ward Meeker

The Epiphone Coronet
In 1959, this guitar was quite a sight. Not only was a solidbody out of character for its builder, but most thought Epiphone had gone out of business years earlier. Ironically, the company had been raised from the dead by a former arch rival! By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

The Ibanez Concord
Guitar historians love solving the puzzles presented by copy guitars – and guitar players often end up with interesting alternatives! Both circumstances are embodied in this instrument. By Michael Wright

The Guild Starfire Bass
In the mid ’60s, Guild took its knocks for making guitars that looked “inspired by” Gibson models. Fans of the brand think the sterotype is unfair, of course, and certainly, many Guilds from the era have their own intrigue. One very good example is the Starfire Bass. By Willie G. Moseley

The Vox Pacemaker V-3
Though U.S.-made with two EL84 output tubes, crank up this mid-’60s offering and you get plenty of juicy sag. With the right guitar and attitude, it’ll tease out an accurate “Day Tripper,” “I’m Down,” or “Ticket to Ride” tone. By Dave Hunter

Reassessing Gibson Shipping Numbers
Part 3: The Pre-War Super Jumbo
Recent research on Gibson electric steel guitars has raised doubts about the accuracy of the company’s oft-referenced shipping totals. Our final essay on the subject takes a closer look at the pre-war Super Jumbo models. By A.R. Duchossoir


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The (Way) Back Beat
Solid Eccentricity, 1963
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By Peter S. Kohman

Q&A With George Gruhn

Fire!: A Close-Call Reminder
By Steven Stone

John Fogerty
By Wolf Marshall


Shop of Hard Knocks
Six Plus Six Equals Eighteen
By Will Kelly

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Pretty as a Picture, Full of Surprises, Part 2
By Dan Erlewine

Talkin’ Amps…
Doug Anderson: Vintage Vox Restoration
By David Jung


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