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United They Stood, Part 2

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In the history of guitars, the tale of United Guitar Corporation is a ghost story – little documented and lost in partially self-imposed obscurity. Operating...

The Leo Krebs Tape Echo Amplifier

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If you have no recollection of the revolutionary amplifier with 19 knobs, 23 tubes, and built-in tape echo created by Leo in California, chances...

Fender Palomino

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Whether all collectors are as attached to nicknames as guitar enthusiasts is unclear. Do salt-and-pepper shaker collectors have fond shortcuts for, say, a Popeye...

David Hidalgo Plays Joe Walsh’s ’59 Les Paul

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhGH6CQ0MMk] David Hidalgo Plays Joe Walsh’s ’59 Les Paul The video that helped convince Joe Walsh to reunite with his (now favorite!) ’59 Gibson Les...

Match Game

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“There’s no telling how much time I spent at the library, looking at books about cars,” says Steve Evans of his years spent researching...

Gibson SG Les Paul

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In 1961, Gibson replaced its Les Paul series with a new line of lightweight, ultrathin, all mahogany, double-cutaway solidbodies the SG (for solid guitar)....

Kevin Keaton’s 1958 Esquire

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June 10, 2020, was a summer night like most in the life of Kevin Keaton, a postal mail carrier and guitarist who gigs in...

Christopher Thorn

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Best known as half of the guitar tandem in the ’90s alternative-rock band Blind Melon (that’s his rhythm on “No Rain,” using his Gibson...

Ted Newman Jones’ West-Texas Guitars

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Boxcars Among the vast papers, drawings, photographs, and tapes at Texas Tech’s Crossroads of Music Archive is a guitar beloved by the late Jesse “Guitar”...

Classics: October 2021

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Pete Prown’s obsession with the Ibanez Iceman began when the company’s 1978 guitar catalog landed atop dealer display cases; the teen rocker dreamily eyed...