March 2011

March 2011


25 Great Guitar Songs of the ‘60s
We asked readers to interact via and tell us which songs from the 1960s stand out in their minds for great guitar parts. Here’s what they told us! By Alan Greenwood and Ward Meeker

Bud-Electro Serenader Guitars
Rarities from the Pacific Northwest
Produced by the Seattle-based Bud-Electro Manufacturing Company, Serenader was essentially the “Son of Audiovox,” given that the man behind the brand, Bud Tutmarc, was also the namesake son of the man who made and marketed those trail-blazing Audiovox instruments. By Peter Blecha

Hall of Fame
Whether by traditional mail-in ballot or online, voters by the thousands made their voices heard, and we welcome new inductees to the VG Hall of Fame. This year, the honors go to Robert Johnson, Paul Smith, and the Gibson Byrdland.

The Guild S-100NB Standard Carved
Some guitars just don’t seem to be in the right place at the right time. Here’s a good example. Meant to be quintessentially ’70s, it felt more ’60s and didn’t truly find its place until the ’90s! By Michael Wright

’50s Kay Basses
Among collectors of vintage electric guitars and basses, the terms “kitsch” and “tacky” are often applied to Kay instruments. But are such derogatory terms fair? By Willie G. Moseley

The Matchless Spitfire
How many knobs does stellar tone require? When an amp packs all the juicy good stuff of this little wonder, two will do for most occasions. By Dave Hunter


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Steve lukather
The Humble Hero Returns
By Pete Prown

Rik Emmett
Ecletic Virtuoso
By Oscar Jordan

Ask Zac
By Zac Childs

“Why Does My Wrist Hurt”
Advice on Treating CTS, Courtesy of the Rock Doc
By Stephen Patt

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Frank Marino
The Father of Fast
By James Byrd

Tony Savarino
Long Road to Twang
By John Heidt

Jerry Jennings
Not Exactly Deja Vu
By Willie G. Moseley

Jose Neto
From Belafonte to Winwood
By Will Kelly

Vince Martell
Fudge Forever
By Willie G. Moseley

Bird Bath
PRS Guitars’ Tech Center Applies Shine, Spruces Up Sounds
By Ward Meeker


The (Way) Back Beat
Vintage Electric Adventures Magnatone Moments, Part 2
By Peter S. Kohman

Q&A With George Gruhn

Guitars With guts
1927 Francisco Simplicio No. 161
By R.E. Bruné

Stick ’Em in Your Ear!
By Steven Stone

By Wolf Marshall


Shop of Hard Knocks
Re-Carving a Neck
By Will Kelly

Dan’s Guitar Rx
Making Binding
By Dan Erlewine

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


The VG Hit List
CD and DVD Reviews: Steve Lukather, Mike Eldred Trio, Kevin Eubanks, Rick Holmstrom, Mountains Come Out of the Sky, more!

Check This Action
World Series
By Dan Forte

Vintage Guitar Gear Reviews
Dagmar, DiMarzio pickups, Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster, Godin Shifter, Hottie 429, Sadowsky LS-17, Shaw Tone Rod, Simple Amps Student SE, Voyage-Air Belair

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