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Classic Instruments

Classic Instruments

The Sammick Viper

Some guitars hit the market at the perfect time to becom e classics – think Les Paul and Stratocaster. Some experience brief popularity, then...

The Burke Guitar

For more than 60 years, aluminum has been used as a component in guitar construction. Exactly whose idea it was originally has never been...

The Murph 12-String

Here’s a story that has “Hollywood blockbuster” written all over it. It’s got so many cinematic staples, you can almost hear “Oscar” murmured in...

MXR Custom Shop GT-OD Overdrive

From its early days with the script-logo Distortion + to the modern Zack Wlyde overdrive, MXR has been a mainstay in the overdrive/distortion pedal...

Two Tickets to the Top

Any gearhead who’s been paying attention the last seven years knows the name Robert Keeley. Since 2001, he and his staff at Keeley Electronics...

Fixing a faulty pickup selector lever

When I use the pickup  selector lever switch on my Fender Strato-caster, one of the pickups cuts out. What could be the problem? There could...

Alive! Guitar Revived

Gifted to Peter Frampton after a 1970 Humble Pie concert at Fillmore West in San Francisco, for years, this ’54 Les Paul Custom made...

The Original ES-150

The story of the ES-150, Gibson’s first commercially successful electric guitar, has been told many times, and its association with legendary jazz pioneer Charlie...

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...
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