August

Gear Galleries

Drew & Sebastian Guitars

July 19, 2011
Graham Drew, master luthier at Drew & Sebastian Guitars in Virginia, says his company offers various options for every detail on their instruments, all the way down to how the pickups are wound.
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1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body Model 6120

July 19, 2011
The 1955 Model 6120 included features requested by Atkins, as well as a 22-fret neck (a few early examples had only 21 frets) and a 24.5" scale.
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1983 Alembic Spoiler

July 19, 2011
Sporting high quality woods, neck-through bodies, brass hardware, silent single-coil-style pickups, and active electronics, early handmade Alembics were comparatively quite expensive to other products at the time.
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1958 Fender Precision Bass

July 19, 2011
You could make the case that popular music fans over the last 60 years are as much indebted to Leo for the Precision Bass.
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Gibson J-160E “Norwegian Wood”

July 19, 2011
The famous Beatles song off of Rubber Soul—as well as many others—was played on a J-160E during the mid ’60s.
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The Gibson Thunderbird—One of the Greatest!

July 19, 2011
The Gibson Thunderbird is the crazy drunk chick you won’t bring home to meet your mama.
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GALLERY: Randy Rhoads' Original Jackson Concorde Vs

June 22, 2011
A look into the inspection and measuring process of Randy Rhoads'' original Concordes.
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Michael Dunn Guitars

June 14, 2011
Canadian luthier Michael Dunn has spent most of his life experimenting with interior resonators.
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2011 Dustin Wallace Signature Guitar

June 14, 2011
Engraved with the names of 100 donors who made the guitar possible
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1964 Gibson Firebird I

June 14, 2011
In an effort to go head-to-head against Fender’s Jazzmaster, Gibson turned to Ray Dietrich, a famous Detroit automobile designer, to help create an entirely new line.
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1968 Fender Paisley Telecaster and Telecaster Bass

June 14, 2011
In the late 1960s, Fender decided to go straight to the heart of the popular psychedelic aesthetic, and, in 1968, the Paisley Red and Blue Flower Telecasters were born.
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1930 Gibson L-1

May 17, 2011
The iconic Delta-blues guitar: Gibson’s L-1. With its plain headstock and simple one-ply body binding, this L-1 projects an understated—even utilitarian—vibe. The L-1 began as part of Gibson’s archtop
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1953 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent

May 17, 2011
Building off of the popularity of their banjos in the 1920s, as well as lessons learned from a brief experiment in the guitar realm with their smaller Recording models,
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1969 Guild Duane Eddy 400

May 17, 2011
Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duane Eddy first lassoed radio waves with his influential spaghetti-western style, single-note melodies, and eerie, low-string bends using a Gretsch Chet Atkins
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Laplante Guitars

May 17, 2011
Around 1994, chemistry professor and longtime guitarist Jean-Pierre Laplante, frustrated by the dearth of decent left-handed instruments available on the market and tired of playing converted right-handed models, decided to
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Circa-1830 French-style Gut-string

April 19, 2011
At nearly 200 years old, this small-bodied gut-string is still touring.
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Peter Malinoski

April 19, 2011
“I never wanted to make someone else’s instrument any more than I wanted to copy someone else’s painting,” says artist and luthier Peter Malinoski.
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1966 Fender Telecaster and 1969 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Amp

April 19, 2011
By 1966, the Telecaster had changed considerably from its early ’50s incarnation, while still retaining the same basic layout and function.
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1964 Fender Bassman Head and Cabinet

April 19, 2011
A late blonde-era Fender Bassman and cabinet, which were famously used by the likes of Pete Townshend, George Harrison, and of course, Brian Setzer.
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GALLERY: Guitars of the Stars, Volume I

April 8, 2011
See what guitars national touring acts rely on on the road. Photos by Chris Kies, Joe Coffey, Jason Shadrick, and Rebecca Dirks.
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