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Vintage

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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Amp Brand Bass Amplifier

June 14, 2011
AMP brand amplifiers seem to have a cult-like status and a small, but loyal following.
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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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Is this Gibson ES-335 legit?

May 17, 2011
Hi Zach, I’m the owner of a beautiful ES-335 I purchased in the early ’90s, and I’m trying to identify it. I don’t know anything about its history and would
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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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Rockin' A Bassman 50

April 19, 2011
Can you apply our original Bassman mods to a ''70s Bassman 50?
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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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Guild G-1000 — The First Acoustic Guitar Amp?

April 19, 2011
A solid-state acoustic amp, with built-in cushion!
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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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Ask Amp Man: Bringing A Gibson Duo-Medalist Back to Life, Pt. 2

March 15, 2011
Last month we began renovating and modding a late-’60s Gibson Duo-Medalist combo belonging to Tommy Kirst. (You’ll find the first installment of this series, along with the amp’s schematic and
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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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Restoring an Original: Potentiometer Restoration, Pt. 2

March 15, 2011
Last month, we started an unusual project—restoring a vintage IRC pot that had originally been installed on a stunning 1954 Gibson Les Paul. This pot had been replaced with a
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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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The Low End: Milestones in Vintage Bass Evolution

February 15, 2011
Kevin''s personal top items that influenced the evolution of today’s vintage bass, in no particular order of preference.
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Ask Amp Man: Bringing A Gibson Duo-Medalist Back to Life, Pt. 1

February 15, 2011
Raising the cool factor and tone of a lackluster Duo-Medalist
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