October 2016

Articles by Laun Braithwaite

1958 Fender Strat & 1959 Fender Twin

October 21, 2009
A look at the evolution of the Fender Twin -- the amp that defined an industry.
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1959 Fender Harvard with 1962 Fender Esquire

September 18, 2009
The magical duo of the sixties: a Fender Esqure and Harvard amp.
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1958 Rickenbacker 330

July 22, 2009
A quick overview of Rickenbacker''s history and the model 330 from Dave''s Guitar Shop.
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1937 Gibson L-Century

June 17, 2009
During the years 1933 and 1934, Chicago held a World’s Fair commemorating the “Century of Progress” since the time of its incorporation. The fair was meant to stimulate the local
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1961 Fender Stratocaster Tahitian Coral

April 21, 2009
A cool custom-color Strat with great natural wear
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1959 Gibson Super 400 CES

March 17, 2009
A look at Gibson''s Super 400 Archtop
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1966 Fender Telecaster: Custom Candy Apple Red

February 16, 2009
This ''66 Tele features a maple cap fingerboard and Candy Apple Red finish
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1955 Gretsch Silver Jet #16622

December 16, 2008
A look at one of Gretsch''s early solidbody electric offerings
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1958 Gibson ES-350T

August 15, 2008
A rare natural finish 1958 ES-350T with PAFs and a Bigsby
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1959 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean 6119

July 10, 2008
In 1958, the Fred Gretsch Company decided to expand the successful Chet Atkins signature guitar line introduced in 1954, which already included the Chet Atkins Hollowbody 6120 and the
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1937 Martin 00-18 and 000-18

June 10, 2008
The 1930s are known in most history books as the Great Depression, a time of great economic hardship and poverty. Ironically, this same period is also known as the
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1964 Gibson J-45 Serial Number 215778

May 12, 2008
Some of the world''s finest artists have recorded on this classic acoustic from Gibson. It features some of the first renditions of guitar production found in today''s market.
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1965 Gibson ES-355 Mono Sparkling Burgundy

April 9, 2008
The Gibson ES-355 has been a favorite of blues, rock and jazz musicians since its introduction in the late 1950s. B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Freddy King and Keith Richards
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1953 Gibson ES-295 #A15572

March 11, 2008
“Let’s get real, real gone for a change,” Elvis said in the introduction of “Milk Cow Blues Boogie” before Scotty Moore ripped into a wild blues/hillbilly guitar riff that
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1965 Rickenbacker Model 1993

February 8, 2008
Nothing says “the sixties” like a Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar. After late 1963, when George Harrison of the Beatles received his first, rock n’ roll would never be the
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1959 Gibson Flying V

January 9, 2008
Competition from other companies always pressed Gibson into coming up with some of its most innovative designs. The rivalry with Epiphone in the twenties and thirties spurred both companies
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1971 Fender Rosewood Telecaster #346098

December 11, 2007
It is widely accepted that the quality of Fender instruments suffered a gradual decline after the CBS buyout of 1965. While this is true, the early CBS period of
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1961 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 6122

May 14, 2007
The Gretsch Country Gentleman debuted in 1958 as the top model of the Chet Atkins line, which included the economy Tennessean 6119, as well as the Chet Atkins Hollowbody
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1960 Fender Telecaster Serial # 60312

March 19, 2007
Why did so many great players choose this type of guitar?
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