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Gear Galleries

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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GALLERY: Golden Era of Gretsch

March 30, 2011
The guitars conceived and produced by the Gretsch Company after WWII represent some of the more unique sounding and visually dynamic models available during the ''50s and into the mid-''60s.
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Guitar of the Month: 1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 Hollowbody

March 15, 2011
“Chet signed the guitar 1 in ’91 and added ‘CGP’ after his signature,” says Fred Stucky, owner of April 2011’s Guitar of the Month. “I always thought it meant
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Vintage Vault: 1964 National Glenwood 98

March 15, 2011
Left: A 1964 National Glenwood 98 in all its glory. The guitar’s unusual cutaways suggest a map of the continental United States. Right-Top: Sporting seven knobs and a 3-way
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Gear Search Gallery: 1970 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Guitar

March 15, 2011
In 1968, when representatives from Ampeg, the iconic bass-amp company, came to famed New York City session player/guitar repairman Dan Armstrong for advice on a line of acoustic guitars it
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Modern Builder Vault: Hanson Guitars

March 15, 2011
It all started with pickups for John and Bo Pirruccello of Hanson Guitars—bass pickups to be specific. In 2005, John—who’s also CEO and co-owner of Lakland Basses— wanted to
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Vintage Vault: 1967 Gibson EB-2 With 1967 Sunn 200s

February 15, 2011
Gibson''s second bass shared its its double-cutaway, semi-solid design with the ES-335 unveiled that same year.
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Guitar of the Month: 1.5 Millionth Martin

February 15, 2011
For the recent 1.5 millionth Martin, the company went with a Leonardo da Vinci theme—complete with a Last Supper pickguard inlay, da Vinci artwork-inspired inlays, a Mona Lisa headstock, and a Vitruvian Man design on the back.
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Modern Builder Vault: Bell Custom Guitars

February 15, 2011
Bell Custom Guitars builds classically-shaped instruments using a combination of acrylic and wood.
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