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GALLERY: Born in the Fifties: Electric Guitars

A selection of electric guitars entering their seventh decade.

1959 Fender Jazzmaster #38876

1959 Fender Jazzmaster #38876
In late 1958 the Fender Jazzmaster was unveiled to the public. With a price tag of $329, the Jazzmaster's early ad copy read like that era's car commercials: "America's finest guitar... unequaled in performance and design features". One of the early design changes that took place during the Jazzmaster's production was the addition of a nitrate celluloid pickguard, replacing the previous gold anodized unit, featuring a crescent shaped notch at the neck pocket area allowing for easier truss rod access. Custom colors were also introduced, such as Fiesta Red, Blond, Metallic Gold, and San Marino Blue. These colors are rare and fetch a premium on today's vintage market. Fender finally ceased the original production run of the Jazzmaster in 1980. Credit: Tim Mullally & Dave Rogers, Dave's Guitar Shop, La Crosse, WI.

Featuring FET instrument inputs, "Enhance" switch, and innovative input stage, this pedal is designed to solve challenges like poor feel, setting levels, and ease of use.

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Firebirds came stock with a solid G-logo tailpiece, although Bigsby vibratos were often added.

Photo by George Aslaender

The author’s PX-6131 model is an example of vintage-guitar evolution that offers nostalgic appeal in the modern world—and echoes of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young.

An old catchphrase among vintage dealers used to run: “All Gretsches are transition models.” While their near-constant evolution was considered confusing, today their development history is better understood. This guitar however is a true transition model, built just as the Jet line was undergoing major changes in late 1961.

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On her new record with her trio, Molly Miller executes a live-feeling work of structural harmony that mirrors her busy life.

Photo by Anna Azarov

The accomplished guitarist and teacher’s new record, like her lifestyle, is taut and exciting—no more, and certainly no less, than is needed.

Molly Miller, a self-described “high-energy person,” is fully charged by the crack of dawn. When Ischeduled our interview, she opted for the very first slot available—8:30 a.m.—just before her 10 a.m. tennis match!

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DØVYDAS & John Bohlinger Busk in Downtown Nashville
DØVYDAS & Bohlinger Busk in Downtown Nashville Before We Give Takamine Guitar & Fishman Amp to Local

Then we give a Takamine guitar & Fishman amp to an up-and-coming Nashville musician.

Music City is always swirling with top-notch musicians performing anywhere they can, so Takamine and Fishman challenged PG's John Bohlinger to take his talents downtown to—gig on the street—where he ran into YouTube sensation DØVYDAS and hands over his gear to rising star Tera Lynne Fister.

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