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June 2017 VOL. 31 NO. 08

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 MartinEric GalesScott 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!

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› 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

Read about Rosalie Allen’s SJ-200. Rosalie Allen courtesy of Douglas Green Collection.

› 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.


Reader Mail

News and Notes
Benefit for Jerry Donahue; Blues Foundation Hall of Fame; Dad’s Day Call for Entries

Greg Martin
Elder Statesman

Ask Zac

Paul Mehling
Fab Four Gypsy of Tone

Tommy Allsup, 1931-2017
From Buddy Holly to Bob Wills

Ronnie Baker Brooks
The Bridge

Scott Gorham
Heavy Fire

Alex Haddad and Kyle Lewis
Two Times the Vibes

Eric Gales
Reinvigorated Blues

Jeff Waters
Canadian Thrash-Metal Veteran


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Read Guitars With Guts – Words of a Master now

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


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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
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