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Vintage Vault: 1959 Gibson ES-330TD

January 9, 2017
Introduced a year after the ES-335, this hollowbody has a lot in common with first-generation Gibson thinlines.
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Behind the Bucket Brigade

January 5, 2017
Stompbox guru Mark Hammer reveals everything you need to know about the analog effect chips of yesterday and today.
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Trash or Treasure: Vox Rio Grande V278

January 3, 2017
Vox acoustic guitars are rare birds, but how high do they fly in today’s market?
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Beasts from the East

December 20, 2016
Weird-guitar guru Frank Meyers takes us inside the bizarre and fascinating world of Cold War electrics from the Soviet Union.
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Vintage Vault: 1959 Rickenbacker 360

December 4, 2016
A classic Rick stays sharp thanks to European styling and its historic “glo.”
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: A Wing and a Player

December 1, 2016
If imitation is flattery, there’s plenty of flattery in guitar design. And that’s okay.
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Trash or Treasure: Sunn Solos II

November 21, 2016
Twenty bucks for a 1970s Sunn combo in excellent condition makes for a Saturday well spent!
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Vintage Vault: 1985 Paul Reed Smith Custom

November 3, 2016
A pre-production PRS that foreshadowed the guitar builder’s future successes.
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Fender Top-Loading Telecaster

October 9, 2016
A once unpopular 6-string is now a prized instrument.
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Trash or Treasure: Fender Tex-Mex Stratocaster

September 30, 2016
Identifying a 1990s MIM Strat through the process of elimination.
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How to Buy a Used Amp

July 22, 2016
Tim Schroeder—amp builder for Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline—offers seven tips for avoiding the post-purchase blues.
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom

July 20, 2016
A close-up look at a classic Black Beauty, with all the appointments.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Aspirational Guitarist

July 19, 2016
Is that beautiful, expensive piece of gear performing to its potential in your hands?
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Trash or Treasure: Epiphone EA-28RVT Pathfinder

July 18, 2016
A classic 15-watt Epi combo that needs a tune-up might soon be ready for action again.
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Vintage Vault: 1978 Hamer Sunburst

June 27, 2016
A vintage-inspired design reflecting the best features of classic ’50s and ’60s electrics.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Dollars in the Details

June 20, 2016
Aesthetically pleasing guitar details that blend high and low art with the bottom line.
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Dave Rusan: Building Prince’s Cloud Guitar

June 10, 2016
For his career-defining film Purple Rain, Prince envisioned a strange new guitar to announce his arrival. The Minneapolis luthier who was hired for the job shares the story of how it was made.
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Vintage Vault: 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard

May 10, 2016
A historic ’burst that’s worth the price of a Bentley Continental Supersports!
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Arched, Carved, and Laminate Tops

May 8, 2016
Is that guitar in the window really an archtop or is marketing speak just telling you it is?
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Axes & Artifacts: 1959 Fender Jazzmaster and 1971 Super Reverb

May 2, 2016
In this episode, PG's ace demo man John Bohlinger works out one of the earliest production models of the popular offset-bodied guitar through a classic silverface 4x10 combo.
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