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Gear History

Beef. It’s Watt’s for Dinner

July 17, 2015
Buying a bass amp? Nothing’s more confusing—nor more critical—than understanding power classes and wattage specs. Here, we demystify the lingo and gross math to help you find the right amp for your needs.
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Axes & Artifacts: 1968 Gibson Trini Lopez & 1962 Ampeg Reverberocket

July 1, 2015
In the debut episode of our new video series, Gruhn Guitars' Greg Voros gives us the lowdown on an ultra-rare guitar and amp, while John Bohlinger demos their luscious tones as only he can.
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Trash or Treasure: 1927 Gibson L-0

April 28, 2015
A closeted-for-decades pre-war Gibson flattop might find new life.
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Vintage Vault: 1967 Gibson ES-335TD Pelham Blue

April 20, 2015
The classic double-cutaway thinline in glorious Pelham Blue.
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Gibson EB-1

March 22, 2015
Gibson’s first solidbody bass guitar.
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Esoterica Electrica: Hi-Tech from 1878

March 18, 2015
It’s no wonder something as mundane as the lowly output jack might go largely unnoticed by innovators.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Dawn of the Specialists

March 8, 2015
Guitar collecting is alive and well, but the game has changed.
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Vintage Vault: 1962 Gretsch 6196 Country Club

February 16, 2015
Gretsch’s first cutaway electrics made their debut in 1951. Discover when the Cadillac Green 6196 joined the Country Club line.
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Trash or Treasure: Magnatone Custom 440

December 25, 2014
True treasures can literally be found in the trash.
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Vintage Vault: Gibson ES-335TN 1959 and 1960

December 14, 2014
An intimate look at one of Gibson’s most cherished vintage models.
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Esoterica Electrica: Bending to Your Will—The Simple Little Rod, Pt. 2

November 23, 2014
Ponder the pros and cons of common truss-rod designs.
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Vintage Vault: 1961 Gibson Hummingbird

November 20, 2014
Gibson’s first “square shoulder” flattop was a warm-toned classic.
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Esoterica Electrica: Bending to Your Will—The Simple Little Rod

October 26, 2014
Simple in design yet crucial to a guitar’s playability, the truss rod gets its just due.
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Bass Bench: How Headless Hardware Works

October 3, 2014
Discover the advantages of a straight-pull tuning system.
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Trash or Treasure: A Look at the National Newport 50

September 16, 2014
A reader scores a $50 treasure at a rummage sale.
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Bass Bench: Why Headless?

August 29, 2014
What makes a headless design better than a traditional headstock?
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Echoes of the Past and Future

August 27, 2014
Effects guru “Analog Tom” Hughes chronicles music’s most influential time machines—from rockabilly echo chambers to space-rock oil cans, ’80s racks, and modern stompbox marvels.
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Vintage Vault: 1965 Gibson Firebird III

August 25, 2014
Discover how classic Detroit auto design influenced one of Gibson’s now-iconic solidbodies.
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