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Gear Galleries

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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Trash or Treasure: The Dump Master

February 15, 2011
A severely beat Jazzmaster found in a dumpster with mojo to spare.
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Gear Search Gallery: 1990 Warwick John Entwistle Custom Buzzard

February 15, 2011
This Explorer-inspired, North America-shaped bass was the brainchild of Who bassist John Entwistle and Warwick’s President and Founder Hans Peter Wilfer back in 1985.
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GALLERY: Eric Clapton's 2011 Crossroads Centre Auction Highlights

February 9, 2011
Highlights from Clapton''s March 2011 auction of 150+ guitars and amps to benefit the Crossroads Centre Antigua
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GALLERY: Show Us Your Gear - Unique Instruments

February 3, 2011
Oddball, one-off, custom, and handmade guitars, amps, and effects
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The Pinkburst Project

January 17, 2011
Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French commissions a who’s-who of guitar and bass manufacturers to create 25 custom “pinkburst” guitars and amps to benefit research into uveitis—a disease responsible for 10 percent of blindness in the US.
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1952 Gibson Goldtop Les Paul

January 17, 2011
A fully-gold Goldtop in impeccable shape from the latter half of 1952
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Mesa/Boogie Mark IIB Combo Amp

January 17, 2011
An early 1980s Boogie Mark amp
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Encounters With The Mad Professor

January 17, 2011
It’s amazing how unusual circumstances can connect players with great guitar equipment.
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Hand Guitars

January 17, 2011
Hand guitars use polymer clay and other alternative materials to create psychedelic designs
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Finishing A Neck Reset On a 1952 Goldtop Les Paul

January 17, 2011
In this, the third and final phase of our adventure, we complete the very challenging repair and restoration job.
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