October 2020

 

Ted Drozdowski

Ted Drozdowski

Senior editor Ted Drozdowski is an award-winning journalist and a musician, songwriter, producer, and film consultant. He’s a maniac for slide and psychedelic guitar, and has toured and taught workshops internationally. Ted is also the proprietor of Coyote Motel, his psych-roots band. Photo by John Thomas Collins

ARTICLES

Reverend John Wilkins Trouble Album Review homepage

Rev. John Wilkins’ Trouble Is Spare and Strong-Boned Perfection

September 7, 2020
Memphis and the Mississippi Hills meet in gospel-blues heaven.
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Vox V90 Bobcat Semi-Hollowbody Review homepage

Vox Bobcat V90: The Premier Guitar Review

August 17, 2020
The featherweight blast from the past boasts smart updates and classic tones.
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Fleetwood Mac Peter Green obit homepage

Peter Green: 1946–2020

July 27, 2020
Remembering the visionary guitarist, songwriter, and psychedelic composer who founded Fleetwood Mac and expanded the realm of blues guitar—and became a legend in just four years.
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1966 Gibson GA-20 RVT Minuteman Love and Sockets Fannys House of Music Nashville homepage

A Rock ’n’ Roll Survivor Beats the Odds Again

July 12, 2020
Time and a tornado can’t stop this 18-watt Gibson GA-20 Minuteman—or the little Nashville guitar shop that’s selling it.
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Prine Gibson homepage

John Prine: 1946–2020

April 10, 2020
One of America’s greatest songwriters loses his life to the coronavirus, leaving a legacy of humor, humanity, and erudite craftsmanship in his indelible work.
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1983 Fender Concert homepage

A High Five for an Underappreciated Fender

March 20, 2020
Handwired by amp guru Paul Rivera, this ’80s Concert rules for everything from blues to rock, and Americana.
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Gary Lucas homepage

36 Must-Hear Gary Lucas Tracks

March 2, 2020
The envelope-pushing former Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley collaborator chooses his finest performances on this kaleidoscopic 40-year retrospective.
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Andy Gill-obit-homepage

Andy Gill: 1956–2020

February 3, 2020
The anarchist king of punk-rock guitar led the Gang of Four with a sound that was equal parts precision and destruction, kicking open the doors for a radical new breed of player.
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lag hyvibe

Lag Guitars HyVibe Smart Guitar Demo | NAMM 2020

January 31, 2020
Do-it-all smartphone-controllable axes with built-in effects invite you to leave your pedalboard—and even your amp—at home.
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Love and Sockets-March-2020-homepage

Peter Green's 1964 Marshall JTM45

January 29, 2020
Which also happened to be used by David Gilmour, Bob Marley, the Police, the Who, the Rolling Stones, and more!
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sterling

Sterling by MusicMan Jason Richardson 7 String Cutlass Demo | NAMM 2020

January 24, 2020
The shredder plays and talks about his new axe—the budget-priced sequel to his Music Man Cutlass HH 7-string—which has custom pickups, a 12 dB volume boost, and coil-splitting.
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oopegg guitars

Oopegg Guitars Trailbreaker Mk I Demo | NAMM 2020

January 24, 2020
A new Japanese guitar maker debuts its all-handbuilt 6-strings, boasting flexible pickup options, out-of-phase switching, coil-splitting, classic tones, and retro-space-age looks.
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Floyd Rose

Floyd Rose Tremolo With Stone Tone Rock Block Demo | NAMM 2020

January 21, 2020
Watch George Lynch put a radical vibrato with a solid granite-block upgrade to the test in quest of maximum sonic mojo, clarity, sustain, articulation, harmonics, and punch.
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L.R. Baggs

L.R. Baggs Soundscape Demo | NAMM 2020

January 21, 2020
With a smartphone and a pedal, you can accurately capture the profile of your acoustic guitar’s tone and use it to replace your pickup’s signal in performance, for a sound that’s truly real.
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Levy's Leathers

Levy's Leathers Right Height Strap with Rip Chord Technology Demo| NAMM 2020

January 21, 2020
Got a 3-hour gig? Swapping instruments with a bandmate onstage? Feeling tonight’s three sets in your back? Now you can adjust the height of your guitar in seconds.
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NAMM 2020

NAMM 2020 Editors' Picks

January 21, 2020
After four exhausting days of scouring the halls of NAMM, we present you with a collection of gear that stood out from the pack.
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falbo

Falbo Guitars Double Cut Boxer & Intuition Bass Demos | NAMM 2020

January 20, 2020
The visionary builder busts out a pair of Fishman Fluence-voiced axes that feature his Intention bridges—a hybrid fretted/fretless bass and a rock-solid cutaway guitar.
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abernethy

Abernethy Guitars Sonic Empress Demo | NAMM 2020

January 20, 2020
Guadalupe, California, luthier Justin Abernethy's lightweight, visually striking creations straddle past and present with painstaking attention to detail.
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ET

ET Guitars Avenger TR6 & Katana TR7 Demos | NAMM 2020

January 19, 2020
How does Australian luthier Ernie Taylor offer a multiscale fan-fret with Frank Falbo's clever new full-range tremolo for less than a grand? We don't know, but it smokes!
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kiesel

Kiesel Guitars Delos HD Headless, Andy James 8-String & Thanos Bass | NAMM 2020

January 19, 2020
Jeff Kiesel gives us a guided tour of the company's latest, including signature models for Marc Okubo and Andy James—plus a cameo appearance by James.
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