December 2016

Articles by Dave Rogers

Vintage Vault: 1937 Gibson EH-150 Guitar and Amp

September 30, 2013
The ES-150 guitar/amp set was Gibson’s response to the popularity of Hawaiian music—and a growing electric guitar market.
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Danelectro Guitarlin

August 16, 2013
Boasting 31 frets and extreme cutaways, the Danelectro Guitarlin was built to cover the guitar register plus the higher mandolin range.
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1953 Fender Telecaster and 1953 Fender Deluxe

July 15, 2013
For many guitarists and collectors, a 1953 “blackguard” Telecaster is considered the Holy Grail of all Teles.
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1955 Gibson Les Paul Custom and 1956 Gibson GA-70

June 24, 2013
The Les Paul Custom’s sumptuous looks and special low, smooth frets earned it two nicknames: “Black Beauty” and “Fretless Wonder.”
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1961 Epiphone Casino and 1959 Devon

June 10, 2013
This 1961 Epiphone Casino was a near twin to Gibson’s ES-330.
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VINTAGE VAULT

1952 Fender Precision Bass

May 13, 2013
This well-played, yet beautifully preserved 1952 Fender Precision Bass—serial #0215—rests against a 1952 TV front Fender Bassman 1x15 combo.
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1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom

April 15, 2013
The new Les Paul’s double-cutaway and lightweight body with contoured edges were influenced by players’ requests for lighter, more comfortable guitars with easy access to the high frets.
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1983 Fender Elite Telecaster

March 11, 2013
After introducing the Vintage Reissue line of guitars and basses, which recreated the classic designs of Fender’s glory years, Smith developed the Elite series.
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1949 Gibson ES-350N

February 4, 2013
A beautiful 1949 Gibson ES-350N, serial #A4308. Gibson introduced its first electric guitar—the ES-150—in 1936. Its acceptance by influential players like Eddie Durham and Charlie Christian led to the
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1962 Gibson ES-350T

January 9, 2013
With its laminated maple top, back, and sides, the ES-350T was meant to be a more affordable version of the Byrdland.
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1958 Gretsch 6136 White Falcon

December 10, 2012
As far as bright colors and fancy appointments, the Fred Gretsch Company led the way. Gretsch achieved the pinnacle of luxury and style with its pièce de résistance, the White Falcon.
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1955 Fender Stratocaster Serial #7589

November 5, 2012
While the standard finish for a Stratocaster was a deep sunburst, this guitar has the same see-through blonde as a Telecaster.
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1968 Rickenbacker 360/12

October 8, 2012
The 1968 360/12 pictured here has the features most often associated with classic Deluxe Rickenbacker models of the ’60s.
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1962 Epiphone Emperor

September 5, 2012
Originally called the Zepher Emperor Regent, this model name changed to Emperor Electric in 1954.
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1968 Fender Telecaster Custom and 1967 Fender Solid State Super Reverb

August 10, 2012
The 1968 Telecaster Custom pictured this month has a custom olympic white finish with black binding.
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1972 Fender Montego II

July 9, 2012
This 1972 Fender Montego II archtop was designed by Roger Rossmeisl of Rickenbacker fame. In 1962, Leo Fender was continuing to devise ways to expand his company’s line of
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1955 Gibson J-200

May 11, 2012
The guitar featured this month is one of 41 natural-finished J-200s made in 1955
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1962 Fiesta Red Fender Jaguar

April 6, 2012
The Jaguar made its debut in 1962, and with it Fender hoped to attract interest from surf guitarists who were then dominating American popular music.
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1968 Fender Stratocaster and 1969 Kustom K 100 2

March 9, 2012
A swinging ’60s couple: 1968 Fender Stratocaster and 1969 Kustom K 100 2 head and cab. By the mid 1960s, the Stratocaster— Fender’s top model of 1954—had taken a
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1957 Gretsch 6022 Rancher

February 10, 2012
The Rancher was a 17"-wide jumbo acoustic with a triangular soundhole based on Gretsch’s earlier 125F, but with Western-themed decorations similar to the Chet Atkins 6120, 6121, and the 6130 Round Up.
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