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Tracii Guns

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There’s no denying that with Tracii Guns manning L.A. Guns’ lead-guitar slot, the sleaze veterans become a different animal. Since re-entering the fold in...

Carvin 8-15-B

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In the days when the printed catalog was king, Carvin guitars and amplifiers often boasted a stature that outweighed their in-the-wild availability, while robust...

Dan’s Guitar RX: Reviving a ’56 Duo-Jet

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Blake Burkeholder, a repair expert in my shop, has always wanted a Gretsch. So, when he found a ’56 Duo-Jet fixer-upper at a reasonable...

Jeff Plankenhorn’s “Alone At Sea”

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVlAf9B42Fc?si=pzGFjKMZDADWrsdJ] Tasty slide on a square-neck Oahu Singer/songwriter Jeff Plankenhorn’s music is a rootsy mix that embraces blues and pop while dodging categorization. Here, he...

The Collins Kids

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Siblings Lorrie and Larry Collins sprang into the public eye in the mid 1950s – dawn of the television era – on a program...

Rickenbacker 345

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Rickenbacker guitars have a look, feel, and sound that is remarkably distinct from those made by any other manufacturers. In fact, artists often find...

Ghalia Volt’s Stompin’ slide!

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZRjWN_iu1s?si=btUzIhuyG9hhJVhT] Belgium Born, Delta Fostered Brussels native Ghalia Volt moved to the U.S. in 2013 to busk in music-rich cities like Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis,...

The Höfner Model 485G

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At the end of World War II, the town of Schönbach, in western Bohemia, became Luby, Czechoslovakia, and the people of German ethnicity were...

VG Q&A: A Gilded ’63 Jazz Bass

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I am the third owner of a 1963 Jazz Bass with a neck stamp “7Jan63A,” pots dated that May, and serial number from that...

The Guitars of Ernst Heinrich Roth

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Now just a sleepy town in Germany, over the last 200 years, Markneukirchen has been home to countless luthiers ranging from brilliant to brutish,...
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