February 2011



Gretsch Gets With It!
The Birth of the Duo Jet
After Leo Fender introduced the Broadcaster and Gibson with the Les Paul, Gretsch quickly jumped aboard the solidbody bandwagon with the “Gretsch Electromatic Solid Body Guitar,” a.k.a. the 6128 Duo Jet. By Edward Ball

Mary Osborne
Charlie’s Angel
Citing Charlie Christian as her mentor, she is the only female guitarist to make a significant impact on jazz in the 1940s and ’50s. Historians also cite her as one of the early architects of R&B and rock and roll. By Jim Carlton

The Dobro Model 156
John Dopyera’s goal in forming the Dobro company was to make a resonator that undercut National’s tri-cones. He accomplished that goal, then quickly introduced more-ornate models like the No. 156 from 1931. By George Gruhn and Walter Carter

The Kazuo Yari Model AR300
Adjustable necks that use a truss rod to control relief are today a given on virtually all guitars. While there may be more contemporary examples of this technology, this guitar’s neck-tilt capability embodies more curiosities than just its neck-to-body connection! By Michael Wright

The Eko 995
The Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” is a seminal moment in the history of rock, and many budding bassists wanted an instrument like the one Paul McCartney played on the show; his was a Höfner, which was out of reach, cost-wise, for most at the time. But there were cheaper alternatives… By Willie G. Moseley

the fender princeton
For years, the Fender Deluxe of the ’60s and early ’70s held the title of “favorite small vintage combo.” But the smaller Princeton has some singular sonic virtues, and recent trends behoove a look at a lesser-seen “tweeny” that offers an alternative flavor. By Dave Hunter


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By Rusty Russell

Dream Date
Hendrix Strat Helps Kenny Wayne Shepherd Transcend Mere Mortals
By Ward Meeker

A True “World” Musician
By Willie G. Moseley

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Psychedelic Hero of the Canterbury Scene
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Getting Up Close with Eric Johnson
By Oscar Jordan

Re-Cutting Apple
EMI Reissues Music From One-Time Beatles Label
By John Heidt

Marty Stuart
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By John Heidt

Lucky Peterson
Turning the Blues Around
By Dan Forte

Billy Sherwood
From Yes to Yoso
By Pete Prown

Market Rebound?
Sights at/Thoughts on Arlington 2010
By Lisa Sharken


The (Way) Back Beat
Vintage Electric Adventures: Magnatone Moments, Part One
By Peter S. Kohman

Q&A With George Gruhn

No-Flare Photo Share
By Steven Stone

Mick Mars
By Wolf Marshall


Shop of Hard Knocks
String Theory
By Will Kelly

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Rottin’ Deal
By Dan Erlewine

Talkin’ Amps…
Doug Anderson: Vintage Vox Restoration, Part Two: The Cab
By David Jung


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CD and DVD Reviews: Junior Wells, Jefferson Airplane, Michael Schenker, Rush, Rolling Stones, holiday music, Stevie Ray Vaughan – Day by Day, Night After Night, more!

Check This Action
A Comfortable Crossroads?
By Dan Forte

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Guild Standard Series Acoustics, Electro-Harmonix Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi, Grace Designs m103, Pigtronix Envelope Phaser 2, Swell Pedals B-TOD V2/B-Pro 2

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