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Gear History

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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