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Gear Galleries

1968 Fender Stratocaster and 1969 Kustom K 100 2

March 9, 2012
A swinging ’60s couple: 1968 Fender Stratocaster and 1969 Kustom K 100 2 head and cab. By the mid 1960s, the Stratocaster— Fender’s top model of 1954—had taken a
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Gretsch Bikini Bass and Guitar

March 9, 2012
LEFT: Introduced in 1961, the Gretsch Bikini features removable and interchangeable guitar and bass necks rigged with onboard electronics. MIDDLE: To facilitate travel, the Bikini’s body is cut in
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GALLERY: Mike Robinson’s Wacky 1960s Electric Collection

February 28, 2012
A sampling of Airline, Domino, Eko, Kustom, Hagstrom, and more from the collection of Eastwood Guitars founder Mike Robinson.
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1957 Gretsch 6022 Rancher

February 10, 2012
The Rancher was a 17"-wide jumbo acoustic with a triangular soundhole based on Gretsch’s earlier 125F, but with Western-themed decorations similar to the Chet Atkins 6120, 6121, and the 6130 Round Up.
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Restoring a Prototype Gibson Cello Bass, Pt. 2

February 10, 2012
Though the groundwork was laid by Gibson, I still faced many questions and had to work through a number of mechanical designs.
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GALLERY: Gear Ads of the 1980s, Volume II

February 1, 2012
No, this isn't déjà vu, take another trip back in time to see the gear, hair, and clothes that made the '80s most excellent—party on, dudes!
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NAMM 2012 Editors' Picks: Day 4

January 23, 2012
Anaheim, CA (January 21, 2012) -- The final day of the NAMM show found our editors tracking gear and traveling, while traffic on the floor slowed and manufacturers prepared to
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NAMM 2012 Editors' Picks: Day 3

January 21, 2012
What PG''s editors found particularly intriguing on the third day of NAMM.
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GALLERY: NAMM 2012 Day 3

January 21, 2012
Photos from the floor of NAMM on day 3.
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GALLERY: NAMM 2012 Day 2

January 20, 2012
Pictures from the floor on the second day of NAMM.
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NAMM 2012 Editors' Picks: Day 2

January 20, 2012
Our editors pick their favorites from the second day of Winter NAMM.
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NAMM 2012 Editors' Picks: Day 1

January 19, 2012
PG Editors pick the cream of the crop from the first day of Winter NAMM 2012.
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GALLERY: NAMM 2012 Day 1

January 19, 2012
Everything PG editors saw at NAMM on Thursday.
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Eight Decades of Rickenbacker

January 10, 2012
There is no denying Rickenbacker’s status as one of the four or five most important electric guitar companies of all time.
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1965 Fender Precision Bass and '70s Ampeg B-15 S

January 10, 2012
When the Fender Precision bass was introduced in late 1951, almost immediately it had a dramatic and lasting effect on how music was heard and played.
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GALLERY: Guitar of the Month 2011

January 4, 2012
All 12 axes featured as Guitar of the Month in 2011.
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GALLERY: Stevie Ray Vaughan Gear

December 28, 2011
A look at some of Stevie's guitars, amps, and effects from the book, Stevie Ray Vaughan Day By Day, Night After Night His Final Years, 1983-1990.
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1969 G&L Leo Fender Tri-Sonic Prototype

December 20, 2011
In the case of Leo Fender and G&L, a 1969 Tri-Sonic R&D prototype covered in 20 years of dust, dirt, and grime.
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Book Excerpt: Stevie Ray Vaughan Day By Day, Night After Night His Final Years, 1983-1990

December 20, 2011
An exclusive book excerpt detailing the legend’s final years.
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Restoring the Neck on a 1965 Shoreline Gold Fender Strat

December 20, 2011
You may recall that a previous owner had decided to install a Floyd Rose locking nut and tremolo. My job will be to replace missing wood, patch various holes, and re-install the original Fender trem, which fortunately stayed with the guitar.
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