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Articles by Laun Braithwaite

Vintage Vault: 1959 Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster

September 22, 2014
One of the finest electric archtops inspired by the L-5.
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Vintage Vault: 1965 Gibson Firebird III

August 25, 2014
Discover how classic Detroit auto design influenced one of Gibson’s now-iconic solidbodies.
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Vintage Vault: Late-’70s Mesa/Boogie Mark I and Mark II Combos

July 28, 2014
Travel back in time to celebrate the birth of high-gain guitar amplification.
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Vintage Vault: 1964 Rickenbacker 325

June 24, 2014
A line of guitars used by John Lennon and John Fogerty was named after the company owner’s cat.
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Vintage Vault: 1959 Gibson ES-225 TDN

May 21, 2014
A look at the most budget-conscious of Gibson’s 1950s thinline hollowbodies.
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Vintage Vault: 1978 Fender Telecaster and 1979 Stratocaster Antigua

April 23, 2014
In 1977, Fender applied the smoky “Antigua” finish to their classic models.
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Vintage Vault: 1967 Rickenbacker 366/12 Convertible

March 18, 2014
Discover how this 1967 Rickenbacker 366/12 can morph from a 12-string to a 6-string with the flick of a handle.
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Vintage Vault: 1955 Fender Bandmaster

February 17, 2014
One of Fender’s great 1950s amps—and a signature sound of Who’s Next.
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Vintage Vault: 1966 Fender Electric XII

February 7, 2014
Fender’s solidbody 12-string was never a big seller, but you’ve heard it everywhere from “Stairway to Heaven” to “Sloop John B.”
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GALLERY: Vintage Vault 2013

January 8, 2014
Drool over the past year's centerfold-worthy instruments.
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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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Vintage Vault: 1966 Fender Jazz Bass in Firemist Silver

November 14, 2013
Leo Fender’s second revolutionary bass guitar design—in a rare custom color.
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Vintage Vault: 1957 Gretsch 6130 Round-Up

October 14, 2013
This cowboy-themed solidbody put the “western” in country and western.
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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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