1962 Wurlitzer Gemini

Many people are unaware that Wurlitzer made guitars—including futuristic, cartoon guitars that look like they’d be in Elroy Jetson’s personal collection. According to the Blue Book of Electric Guitars

Many people are unaware that Wurlitzer made guitars—including futuristic, cartoon guitars that look like they’d be in Elroy Jetson’s personal collection. According to the Blue Book of Electric Guitars (11th Edition), Wurlitzer Guitars were made in Neodesha, Kansas from 1965 until the ‘70s, when the company began to import them from Italy. This guitar’s serial number is 410741; under the neck on the body there is a date stamp of 1962, so we may have a case for Mr. Fjestad.

Loaded with twenty-first century features like true stereo, tremolo bridge, bound fretboard, tone switches (jazz or rock) and a pickup blender, the ’62 Gemini has futuristic retro-cool to burn.

From the collection of Bill Nix and Bill Nix, Jr, Marion, Iowa.
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Whether in the studio or on his solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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