October 2016

Gear History

How to Buy a Used Amp

July 22, 2016
Tim Schroeder—amp builder for Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline—offers seven tips for avoiding the post-purchase blues.
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom

July 20, 2016
A close-up look at a classic Black Beauty, with all the appointments.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Aspirational Guitarist

July 19, 2016
Is that beautiful, expensive piece of gear performing to its potential in your hands?
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Trash or Treasure: Epiphone EA-28RVT Pathfinder

July 18, 2016
A classic 15-watt Epi combo that needs a tune-up might soon be ready for action again.
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Vintage Vault: 1978 Hamer Sunburst

June 27, 2016
A vintage-inspired design reflecting the best features of classic ’50s and ’60s electrics.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Dollars in the Details

June 20, 2016
Aesthetically pleasing guitar details that blend high and low art with the bottom line.
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Dave Rusan: Building Prince’s Cloud Guitar

June 10, 2016
For his career-defining film Purple Rain, Prince envisioned a strange new guitar to announce his arrival. The Minneapolis luthier who was hired for the job shares the story of how it was made.
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Vintage Vault: 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard

May 10, 2016
A historic ’burst that’s worth the price of a Bentley Continental Supersports!
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Arched, Carved, and Laminate Tops

May 8, 2016
Is that guitar in the window really an archtop or is marketing speak just telling you it is?
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Axes & Artifacts: 1959 Fender Jazzmaster and 1971 Super Reverb

May 2, 2016
In this episode, PG's ace demo man John Bohlinger works out one of the earliest production models of the popular offset-bodied guitar through a classic silverface 4x10 combo.
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Trash or Treasure: A Pre-Fender Fender

March 24, 2016
A visit to a yard sale and $50 yield a rare amp with some very cool history behind it.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Originality Quandary

March 7, 2016
“All original” is a desired trait in a vintage guitar, but what if that guitar is essentially unplayable?
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Fender Electric Mandolin

March 1, 2016
Fender’s electric mandolin was endorsed by leading musicians of the day, yet it never achieved the popularity of traditional Gibson acoustic mandos.
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Vintage Vault: 1962 Gibson ES-175D

February 9, 2016
Though introduced 67 years ago, this classic archtop is still embraced by professional jazz guitarists.
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SIMO: New Interview and Exclusive Full Album Stream

January 25, 2016
To set the vibe for his power trio’s second album, JD Simo headed to the Allman Brothers’ Museum in Macon and got his hands on Duane Allman’s ’57 goldtop.
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Vintage Vault: 1965 Foam Green Fender Stratocaster

December 28, 2015
In excellent condition, this handsome instrument can fetch up to $25,000 today.
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Ask Amp Man: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Break It!

December 22, 2015
Sometimes “improving” a funky vintage amp can ruin its sonic charm.
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Axes & Artifacts: 1957 Gretsch 6120 & 1961 Fender Bassman

December 14, 2015
In this episode we spotlight an iconic cowboy guitar that has DeArmond single-coils and we hear it through an early ’60s blonde head piggybacked on an unusual 1x15 cab.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Building a Literal Museum Piece

November 24, 2015
How a historic 5-necked wonder came to life in Hamer’s shop.
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