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Gear History


Esoterica Electrica: Building a Literal Museum Piece

November 24, 2015
How a historic 5-necked wonder came to life in Hamer’s shop.
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Vintage Vault: 1974 Rickenbacker 362/12

November 23, 2015
The electric answer to the ’60s folk revival’s acoustic 12-strings.
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Vintage Vault: 1967 Fender Smuggler’s Tele

November 2, 2015
Odds are you’ve never encountered one of Fender’s vintage “weight-relieved” Telecasters.
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Vintage Vault: 1948 Gibson L-5 Premiere Natural

September 28, 2015
Learn the story behind one of the world’s most iconic archtops.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Your Guitar Might Last Forever, But Will Its Parts?

September 8, 2015
Reality check: Does “all-original” even matter when the original parts are disintegrating?
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Trash or Treasure: Langejans Solidbody

September 7, 2015
A rare electric model from a maverick Canadian builder.
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Ask Amp Man: Demystifying the Ibanez GX20's Volume Knobs

August 18, 2015
How to make sense of the cascading gain stages in a 1980s solid-state combo.
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Vintage Vault: 1972 Fender Jaguar

August 12, 2015
In its day, the Jaguar was Fender’s top-of-the-line model.
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Beef. It’s Watt’s for Dinner

July 17, 2015
Buying a bass amp? Nothing’s more confusing—nor more critical—than understanding power classes and wattage specs. Here, we demystify the lingo and gross math to help you find the right amp for your needs.
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Axes & Artifacts: 1968 Gibson Trini Lopez & 1962 Ampeg Reverberocket

July 1, 2015
In the debut episode of our new video series, Gruhn Guitars' Greg Voros gives us the lowdown on an ultra-rare guitar and amp, while John Bohlinger demos their luscious tones as only he can.
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