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Articles by Laun Braithwaite

Vintage Vault: 1955 Gibson L-5 CES

July 5, 2018
Marvel at this post-World War II hollowbody, worn by play but still intact and all original.
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Vintage Vault: 1965 Danelectro Model 3923 Doubleneck

March 27, 2018
A classic shorthorn that covers the highs and lows.
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Vintage Vault: 1950 Gibson ES-300

December 14, 2017
A classic double-P-90 model that helped introduce laminated-wood guitar bodies.
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Vintage Vault: Gibson Firebird I Inverness Green

October 27, 2017
A rare custom-finished ’Bird from the Gibson space-age-design playbook.
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Vintage Vault: 1962 Epiphone Crestwood Custom

September 26, 2017
A deeper look at one of Epiphone’s first solidbody production models.
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Vintage Vault: 1966 Rickenbacker 375 Mapleglo

August 20, 2017
A classic Deluxe model, still lookin’ good a half-century later.
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Vintage Vault: 1960 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody Model 6120

July 27, 2017
Get ready to go ga-ga over a pristine specimen of the signature model that helped create "the Nashville sound."
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Vintage Vault: 1966 Fender Jaguar

June 26, 2017
A classic from Fullerton’s transition era.
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Vintage Vault: 1961 Gibson SG Special

May 28, 2017
A first-generation example of the double-P-90 model that Santana played at Woodstock.
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Vintage Vault: 1952 Fender Esquire

May 1, 2017
Spotlighting a pioneering solidbody from Fender’s pre-Strat years.
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Vintage Vault: 1957 Gibson Byrdland Natural

April 5, 2017
Nashville session guitarists helped develop a classy thinline alternative to heavy solidbodies and traditional jazz boxes.
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Vintage Vault: 1964 Gibson Thunderbird Bass

March 5, 2017
How art deco and ’60s marketing meshed in a classic low-ender.
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Vintage Vault: 1957 Fender Pro

February 5, 2017
A close-up look at the original version of a just-reissued Fender amp.
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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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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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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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Vintage Vault: 1965 Gibson J-160E

September 12, 2016
A classic acoustic-electric flattop with a rock ’n’ roll pedigree.
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Vintage Vault: 1974 Gibson L-5S

August 4, 2016
This svelte solidbody pays homage to a classic archtop.
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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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