As a high-school kid, Jeff Hanna learned to play folk tunes on a Goya before starting a jug band that evolved to become Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. This month, he digs into its story, raps about guitars, and reveals why NGDB’s new album is an homage to Bob Dylan.
When an excited new guitar-shop owner visited the Gibson factory in 1969, he left with a handful of guitars including an Epiphone Les Paul prototype. Oh, what might’ve been!
As the skiffle craze in Britain segued into rock and roll frenzy, instrument makers jockeyed for position. London-based Dallas Music Ltd. made its case with fascinating amplifiers like the Rangemaster and Scala combos.
As a youngster, Glenn Holley became infatuated with rockabilly, and later, a devout fan of Danny Gatton. Now, he owns Gatton’s ES-295 and loves lending it to gigging players.
A touring guitarist who befriended Leo Fender in the early ’50s, Bill Carson was the “test pilot” for the Strat. Eventually, he assembled this one-off for himself.
“Pop ’N Hiss” revisits how the dissolution of two bands led to the creation of Bad Company, Wolf Marshall’s “Fretprints” sheds new light on bebop guitarist Arv Garrison, and Dan Forte’s “Check This Action” joins Folkways in revisiting the ’60s Folk Boom.
When it comes to new gear, we all appreciate solid advice from knowledgeable players. This month, our staff plugs in (and into) the Boss DD-200, Electro-Harmonix Ripped Speaker, Keeley Dark Side, Category 5 Samantha, Guitarfetish Slick SL-52 and SL-56, Kiesel Solo, Eastwood Black Box pedals, and the PRS Custom SE 24-08.
Our “Hit List” staff talks about great new stuff from Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Walter Trout, Skunk Baxter, Eric Clapton, Montrose, Barney Kessel, Megadeth, and more! Plus, we sit with DaShawn Hickman, Albert Cummings, Duke Levine, Richie Furay, and Snowy White to discuss their latest work.
It’s all in the September issue of Vintage Guitar!
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