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Stop...Smell the Tone Roses

December 20, 2011
Our breed is a little different: We covet old equipment! Our fixation with vintage gear is testimony to that fact.
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Context is Everything

December 20, 2011
By now you may be thinking, “What is this story doing in a column about acoustic amplification?” It has everything to do with understanding and choosing the right gear for the job.
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Silvertone Amp-In-The-Case

December 20, 2011
This is the same guitar that Lenny Haise (played by Steve Zahn) plays in the movie That Thing You Do!, before the fictional band hits it big and purchases more expensive instruments.
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Finding the Right Partner(s)

December 20, 2011
Waiting for my flight, I pondered the concept of multiple guitar ownership and how it has passed from the domain of touring or recording musicians into the garages, basements, and bedrooms of so many.
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My $15 Arbor

December 20, 2011
It was around 6:30 a.m. and still dark, so I didn’t get a good look at the guitar, only what I could see with a flashlight.
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Venturing Inside A Vintage Carlsbro

December 20, 2011
Carlsbro amps were built in Nottingham, England, and seem to be more rare in the USA than any other British amp.
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Lemons to Lemonade

November 15, 2011
I have touched on the many challenges we and most other builders face every day, so when you’re at your job thinking, “I’d give anything to be making guitars all day long,” you will know that though it has its moments, it also has its moments—if you know what I mean.
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Harmony Archtone H1213

November 15, 2011
There are hundreds of thousands of Harmony guitars out there, and though these are mostly entry-level instruments, they’re very much a part of guitar history.
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Hush Up!

November 15, 2011
This month, let’s take a look at things we can do to reduce noise after it’s been recorded into our guitar tracks.
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Does This Guitar Make Me Look Fat?

November 15, 2011
My career as a guitar tailor to the stars has taught me that even platinum-selling artists check the mental mirror when making instrument choices.
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