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Classic Instruments

Classic Instruments

Pieces of a Prototype

  If you were a guitar – particularly one with a natural or translucent finish – your “fingerprint” would be the grain of the wood...

Rickenbacker 481

It’s hard to imagine an instrument other than guitar that has undergone more innovation through its modern history. Perhaps we do an injustice to...

Gibson Super 400

Much of America was still recovering from the Depression in 1934 when Gibson introduced a guitar at a price that was almost $100 higher...

Rickenbacker 4005

California’s Rickenbacker guitar company has a tradition of things a bit differently. One of the earliest electric guitars was their “Frying Pan” solidbody Hawaiian....

The Collings SoCo Deluxe

Whether you’re a fan of the flat-top or simply appreciate a good archtop, chances are you’re familiar with Collings Guitars. The Texas-based builder is...

Fender 5E3 Deluxe

Fender 5E3 Deluxe Preamp tubes: one 12AY7, 12AX7 PI Output tubes: two 6V6GT, cathode-bias Rectifier: 5Y3 tube Controls: Independent Volumes for each channel, shared Tone. Output: 15 watts RMS...

Mosrite Joe Maphis

The 1960s were arguably the most memorable decade in the history of American guitar manufacturing. True, some legendary electric guitar models and enduring sonic...

Guild S-200 Thunderbird

Back in 1958, when Gibson introduced its revolutionary Explorer, Flying V, and mysterious Moderne, the public – rather like Queen Victoria – was not...

Tom Petty and Mike Campbell

Remember the first time you strummed a D chord or fumbled your way oh-so-slowly through “Walk Don’t Run”? Chances are you wanted to be...

The BBE Soul Vibe

The original Shin-Ei Uni-vibe became hugely famous after Jimi Hendrix used it with Band of Gypsys (and at Woodstock). Later practitioners like Frank Marino...
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