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Gear History

Tales from the Six String Nation

September 18, 2009
Canada''s national guitar contains parts from all around the country, representing pieces of the country''s rich history.
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Escape From the Dog House: Fender's Bass Revolution

August 19, 2009
When Leo Fender invented the instrument he called a Precision Bass, he had modest goals. As he later told music journalist Tom Wheeler, “We needed to free the bass player from the big doghouse, the acoustic bass. That thing was usually confined to the back of the band, and the bass player couldn’t get up to the mic to sing. And … guitar players would have an advantage if they could have an instrument with frets that would make doubling on bass easier for them.”
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Cigar Box Nation: The Modern Cult of the Cigar Box Guitar

July 22, 2009
Bob Cianci takes us on an investigation into the culture surrounding the guitar in its most stripped-down, primal form - the homemade cigar box guitar.
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After the Fall: The State of the Vintage Guitar Market

July 22, 2009
At the vintage market’s peak, guitars were one of the sexiest investments around. Now, two years later and 30 percent lower, what’s in store for the vintage market?
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Interview: The Burst Brothers on Today's Market

July 22, 2009
To evaluate the state of the vintage guitar market, Adam interviews the Burst Brothers, experts on the subject.
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The Mysterious Gibson Moderne

May 20, 2009
The search for the vintage world''s holy grail
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Gallery: Gibson Moderne Through the Ages

May 12, 2009
Tracing the evolution of the guitar world''s biggest mystery: the Moderne
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Trem Wars: The Whammy Arms Race

March 17, 2009
We take a look at the history of the whammy, from Bigsby to Fender, Floyd Rose and Kahler. A look at the origins of each major type of trem, and what each offers your playing.
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History Detectives Journal: The Josh White Guild Mystery

February 23, 2009
Stan Jay and Jay Pilzer recount their experience with a mysterious Guild on PBS'' History Detective show.
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The Return of the Hot Rod Guitar

January 15, 2009
As the modern custom shop comes full circle with its hot rod beginnings, we take a look at the movement’s early years.
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