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In Detail: Gibson’s 1954-’58 Les Paul Junior

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In 1952, Gibson’s Les Paul model guitar was brand spanking new.  But it wasn’t cutting-edge. True, it was the company’s first solidbody electric guitar,...

Dan’s Guitar RX: A New Tool Makes Luthiery Easier

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I recently discovered a sturdy pedestal stand that holds a guitar by its neck and makes repair, builds, and setup jobs better, safer, and...

Classics: August 2021

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John Wiley couldn’t have known it then, but when his parents rewarded two years of applying himself to guitar lessons by giving him a...

The Rickenbacker B14A

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  For most guitarists today, glimpsing a vintage Rickenbacker combo elicits a response like, “Wait... Rickenbacker made amps?” But remember, the brand evolved out of...

A Hero’s Gretsch 6117

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In the 1960s, the astronauts were bigger cultural icons than the Beatles. And no, that’s not the Colorado-based surf band that hit with songs like...

Dad’s Day 2021

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Marty Ashby’s very musical family has been playing together since he was a little kid. Here’s a shot of them in 1969; dad Jim...

Tokai Talbo

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For aficionados of copy guitars - replicas of mostly American classics that give U.S. manufacturers apoplectic fits - perhaps no company is more respected...

Classics: July 2021

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Warren Garstecki is a collector who keys on vintage Gibsons with interesting histories, like the HG-22. Introduced in 1929, the “Hawaiian Gibson” was offered in...

The Birth of the Gretsch Duo Jet

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In 1950, Leo Fender introduced the Broadcaster. The first solidbody electric Spanish guitar to bear his soon-to-be-famous name, its thin profile, light weight, and...

The Marshall Major

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Any player who shows up these days with a 200-watt guitar amp will elicit a hearty, “Are you out of your mind?” But when...