His tone and playing provided the Big Bang of guitar rock – his first single blasting from radios in 1955 spurred many to grab a guitar. We pay homage to Chuck Berry. Plus, we profile legendary session player/producer John Leventhal, interview Greg Martin, Eric Gales, Scott Gorham, and others, offer a study of the Gibson SJ-200 played by Rosalie Allen, remember Larry Coryell and Tommy Allsup, and proffer great histories on the super-rare Supro 1600R and 600 Reverb and Peavey’s T-27. All this, along with our “VG Approved Gear” reviews, “Hit List” music reviews, a new effects special feature, and much more!
IN THIS ISSUE…
› Best of Both Worlds
The Peavey T-27
Peavey solidbodies don’t always fit into collectors’ notions of “vintage,” but this was one of the first guitars that combined two super-popular pickup configurations. | By Michael Wright
› Toneful Twosome
The Supro 1600R Supreme and 600 Reverb
Vintage Supro amps are some of the most stylish classics, and boast circuits that generated famous tones at the hands of a young Jimi Hendrix, along with Alvin Lee, Jimmy Page, and countless Chicago blues stars. But good luck finding a set like this. | By Dave Hunter
› Trophy Flat-top
Rosalie Allen’s SJ-200
Big, fancy, and loud, the “king of the flat-top guitars” was inspired by Hollywood’s singing cowboys and made to compete with Martin’s D-45. This one was made specially for recording star Rosalie Allen, “Queen of the Yodelers.” | By George Gruhn and Staff
› Larry Coryell, 1943-2017
The “Godfather of Fusion” was a pioneer of jazz-rock, noted for being comfortable in almost every style. He was 73 when he passed away in February. We pay remembrances, with help from noted fellow jazzers.
› John Leventhal
Tele-Singing Architect of Americana
Producing Shawn Colvin’s 1989 album, Steady On, moved him beyond first-call status on the NYC session scene. His work has since garnered 16 Grammy nominations (along with a couple trophies) to go with a catalog of hit songs as a writer, and guest pickin’ spots with artists ranging from Rodney Crowell to Donald Fagen and Marc Cohn to Dolly Parton. | By Zac Childs
› That Brown-Eyed Handsome Guitar-Playing Man
A Tribute to Chuck Berry
The notes of his first Chess single blasted from radios in 1955, inspiring many a youngster to not only turn up the volume, but grab a guitar. Hard-charging and with luscious distortion, his tone and playing were the Big Bang of guitar-powered rock. Plus, a special tribute by players and VG contributors. | By Michael Dregni
› Small Boxes, Big Impact
Though tiny in stature and mostly unnoticed by audiences, effects play a vital role in the sound, style, and approach for most guitarists. We offer a closer look at some of the best new entries in the field.
News and Notes
Benefit for Jerry Donahue; Blues Foundation Hall of Fame; Dad’s Day Call for Entries
Fab Four Gypsy of Tone
Tommy Allsup, 1931-2017
From Buddy Holly to Bob Wills
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Alex Haddad and Kyle Lewis
Two Times the Vibes
Canadian Thrash-Metal Veteran
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Vintage Guitar Price Guide
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The (Way) Back Beat
Selling the Body Electric | By Peter S. Kohman
Larry Coryell | By Wolf Marshall
Guitars With Guts
Words of a Master | By R.E. Bruné
Dan’s Guitar Rx
Cuttin’ Blues | By Dan Erlewine
Shop of Hard Knocks
The Path to Tonal Clarity | By Will Kelly
“E-Town,” In Color | By Steven Stone
The VG Hit List
Robert Cray, John 5, The Doors, Allen Hinds, Nathan East, Brad Paisley, Rodney Crowell, more!
Check This Action
The Blue Horizon Story, Part One | By Dan Forte
VG Approved Gear
Henriksen The Bud, Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Treasure Firebird-I, Hi-Tone JP-30, Mooer Slow Engine, Zemaitis CAG-200HS, Epiphone Electar Century, Gretsch Cliff Gallup Duo-Jet, Tech 21 Cali and Brit Fly Rigs, Wampler Ego Mini Compressor and Faux Tape Echo, Winfield Dust Devil
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