August

Vintage

Refretting a '72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

October 18, 2011
If you’ve been reading this column recently, you’ll recall we’re in the middle of restoring a ’72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe.
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Let's Make a Deal!

October 18, 2011
Whether by phone or email, I’m most frequently contacted with this question: “I have three basses sitting in front of me, and I’m trying to decide which one I’m going to buy. What’s the best deal?”
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1979 Gibson RD Artist

October 18, 2011
Introducing the RD series (short for Research and Development), this line of guitars and basses were equipped with electronic circuitry for the first time in Gibson’s history.
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1937 Martin D-28

October 18, 2011
More than 70 years after its first appearance, the dreadnought remains the most popular flattop body style among acoustic guitarists.
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The Mighty Morley Evo-1

September 20, 2011
What, a single pedal that measures 18" x 7 1/2"? Well, this is understandable when you consider this ’70s device features an AC motor, an oilcan drum, and a burly Morley Expression pedal housing.
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Restoring a ’72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

September 20, 2011
This time around, we’ll begin restoring the guitar based on last month''s diagnoses.
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1950 Fender Broadcaster

September 20, 2011
Most modern Telecasters have changed very little from the 61-year-old Broadcaster spotlighted this month.
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5 Surefire Ways to Vintage Bass Tone

September 20, 2011
Vintage bass tone comes from a combination of three things—the bass, the amp, and the player’s hands.
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1966 Mosrite Mark XII

September 20, 2011
The revitalized Mosrite Mark XII model featured here has a two-tone sunburst finish on an alder body, boasting the “German carve” perfected by Mosrite founder Semie Moseley.
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Ampeg Lee Jackson VL502

September 20, 2011
The Ampeg VL502, along with all the amps in the VL Series, was designed by amp guru Lee Jackson.
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Gibson Basses—A Primer in EB (That’s Electric Bass to You)

August 16, 2011
The EB line consisted of the EB-0, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 and EB-4L basses.
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Evaluating a '72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

August 16, 2011
Every guitar that comes into our shop is first thoroughly examined using an assortment of tools and techniques.
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Early-'60s Kay Value Leader

August 16, 2011
For several years, I’ve been Jonesing for an old blonde Kay Value Leader triple-pickup guitar.
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1952 Gibson L-5

August 16, 2011
From the time of its introduction in 1922 until today, the L-5 has been considered one of the finest jazz guitars.
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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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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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Bridge Work On A ’74 Gibson Flattop

July 19, 2011
I was concerned that the wafer-thin bridge would develop cracks between each bridge-pin hole—and also possibly bust out at the front.
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Replacing the Bridge on a '74 Gibson Flattop

June 14, 2011
As I was examining the guitar, my eyes were drawn to six black bridge pins protruding from its wafer-thin rosewood bridge and strings that were sloping over a rickety, bottomed-out plastic saddle.
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