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New Lease on Life

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If restoring dusty, neglected old tube amps built more than half a century ago isn’t challenging enough, restoring amps with delicate built-in tape-echo units,...

The Bass That Waited

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In the January and February installments, we looked at Gibson’s Thunderbird, an instrument condemned by its maker to a quick demise only to be...

The Burke Guitar

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For more than 60 years, aluminum has been used as a component in guitar construction. Exactly whose idea it was originally has never been...

Vic Flick

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You may not know the name Vic Flick, but you know his signature motif–that reverby lick from the James Bond theme, recorded in 1962...

Eric Clapton

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In many ways, 2004 marks a return to the crossroads for Eric Clapton. With his latest disc, Me And Mr. Johnson, the guitarist pays...

Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster

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In 1949, Gibson did something nifty, introducing the ES-5. The number 5 had special significance for Gibson, dating back to the Lloyd-Loar-inspired master Models...

Gibson Tal Farlow

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The Tal Farlow is one guitar in a quartet of full-depth Gibson Artists models first cataloged in the early 1960s. Introduced in ’62, it was...

Hofner 185

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Have you heard the line, “If Hendrix had a Magnatone, Strats would be worth $200 now?” A highly debatable proposition, for sure! But if...

Lyon and Healy

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So what is it? Its original black-finished spruce top is simply ladder-braced from within, but its back and sides feature Brazilian rosewood with dramatic...

The Rickenbacker 4000

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The model 4000 was not only Rickenbacker’s first foray into the electric-bass market, it was decidedly different from Fender’s Precision – the original electric...