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Trash or Treasure: Fender Bassman 20

December 31, 2013
A historical look at one of Fender's rare amplifier models.
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Guild M-75 Aristocrat

December 15, 2013
This vintage Guild Aristocrat M-75 borrows design elements from both upscale archtops and Gibson Les Pauls.
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Lust for Power

November 28, 2013
How Marshall went to hell and back to create their first 100-watt amp.
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24 Windy City Gems

October 17, 2013
For much of the 20th century, Chicago was the epicenter of musical instrument manufacturing and distribution. Here, guitarist Daniel Ivankovich shares two-dozen favorites from his personal collection.
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A Brief History of Tremolo

October 10, 2013
Tremolo is as old as the human voice. But how and when did it become a guitar effect?
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Three’s Company: The Pickup Placement Paradigm

July 18, 2013
Why do guitars have two or three pickups? Why not four, or even six for that matter?
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The North American Guitar Amplifier Museum

July 17, 2013
Invisible Sound Studios has collected so many rare and amazing amps—Marshalls, Fenders, Gibsons, Ampegs, Voxes, Hiwatts, and more—they decided to designate part of their studio as a museum. Here, East Amplification’s Jeff Bober gets their story.
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GALLERY: Mike Robinson’s Wacky 1960s Electric Collection

February 28, 2012
A sampling of Airline, Domino, Eko, Kustom, Hagstrom, and more from the collection of Eastwood Guitars founder Mike Robinson.
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GALLERY: Gear Ads of the 1980s, Volume II

February 1, 2012
Check out our first gallery here!
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Eight Decades of Rickenbacker

January 10, 2012
There is no denying Rickenbacker’s status as one of the four or five most important electric guitar companies of all time.
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