Samick Motherlode

December 2014

Gear History

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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Steinberger Prototype: The Missing Link

December 20, 2011
How scouring the internet led me to the long-lost first Steinberger prototype— perhaps the most revolutionary bass of the last 40 years.
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GALLERY: Rickenbacker Factory Tour

December 6, 2011
Go inside Rickenbacker’s Santa Ana facility and see how their guitars are made and see some of the historic instruments in their collection.
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Forgotten Heroes: Paul Bigsby

November 17, 2011
Although Paul Bigsby isn''t known as much for his luthiery as his vibrato, his early instruments had a profound impact on iconic designs by Leo Fender and Gibson—and thus on the evolution of the electric guitar in general.
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GALLERY: Vintage Epiphones of the 1930s

November 2, 2011
In the early 20th century, Epiphone was known as one of New York''s premier archtop builders. See 14 exquisite examples of early works and learn how the company changed in the first three decades of the 20th Century.
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Green Giant: History of the Tube Screamer

October 18, 2011
A historical account of guitardom’s most iconic overdrive pedal—the Ibanez Tube Screamer. Photos courtesy of Ibanez
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B.C. Rich Beginnings

September 20, 2011
How a small retail shop in L.A. morphed into becoming a builder of the most radical designs of the 1970s and ’80s—and then managed to redefine Reagan-era metal guitar.
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Inseparable: Alf Binnie And His Archtop

July 19, 2011
Guitars often help their owners get through tough times, but few have seen times as tough as those faced by British Royal Air Force pilot and prisoner of war Alf Binnie and his 1940s German archtop.
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