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August Issue

Articles by Michael Ross

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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Avant Guitar 101: Alternate Attacks

September 20, 2011
Five of the freakiest, most out-there experimental guitar pioneers talk about wielding bizarre implements— everything from chopsticks to electric fans—in a tireless quest to discover new modes of 6-string expression.
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Dingwall Custom I Electric Guitar Review

September 13, 2011
A boutique blend of Tele twang with Filter''Tron-style pickups and Bigsby.
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Secrets of Saturation

August 16, 2011
The PG guide to demystifying boost, overdrive, distortion, and fuzz.
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Forgotten Heroes: Cornell Dupree

July 19, 2011
Besides playing on so many sessions and hits that they called him “Mr. 2500,” Cornell Dupree was a favorite of major-label producers and superstars alike because he could come in and lay down tight, soulful tracks for Aretha Franklin, and then show up the next day to hit a home run for Paul Simon or Miles Davis.
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Paul Trombetta Design Tornita! Pedal Review

July 19, 2011
Trombetta’s work drew the attention of experimental guitarist and soundtrack composer David Torn—or that he and Trombetta would conspire on a pedal to suit Torn’s needs. The result is the Tornita!
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Forgotten Heroes: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

April 19, 2011
The second installment in our new series on players who’ve shaped the history of guitar highlights an incredibly soulful gospel singer who transcended race and gender and presaged rock ’n’ roll with her white Gibson 1961 SG/Les Paul and cranked tube amps.
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Builder Profile: Studio California

March 15, 2011
Paul Wilczynski tells how his industrial design background and love of vintage guitars led him to becoming Rickenbacker’s only licensed electric restorer and their only licensed builder of new Ricky acoustics.
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Koll Tornado Electric Guitar Review

November 16, 2010
A P-90 equipped boutique beauty
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Stomp Under Foot Ram's Head Pedal Review

October 20, 2010
A compact fuzz inspired by the "ram''s head" Big Muff Pi
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