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This Guild X-350B is a near-exact replica of the Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent.

Photos by Madison Thorn

Here’s the tale of how the now-Gibson-owned Epiphone company came to be, and its unexpected connection to the birth of this Guild model.

When life gives you lemons, you could make lemonade, but sometimes it’s just too much darn trouble. You don’t have enough sugar at home. You have a paper cut, and nothing is worse than citrus on a paper cut. You might just choose to ditch the lemons and cut your losses.

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Bohlinger Builds a Gig-Ready “Broadway” Pedalboard
Bohlinger Builds the Ultimate Broadway Pedalboard for Gigging in Downtown Nashville

JB gets a little help from his pedal friends and puts together the ideal stomp station for performing in Music City's SoBro district.

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At the time this Jazzmaster was sold, a blonde finish was an unusual alternative on the model to the more typical sunburst.

The famous Jazzmaster bucked conventional Fender design norms at the time it was released, as well as expectations of whom it would appeal to.

Even though the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster were selling well to those playing country, blues, and rock ’n’ roll, Leo Fender wanted to design a guitar that appealed to serious jazz musicians. Fender introduced this guitar in mid 1958. It was optimistically named the Jazzmaster, and while it was quickly embraced by famed, jazz-informed country session player Harold Bradley, its newly designed mellower pickups and floating vibrato still did not appeal to highbrow jazz musicians. The new model was, however, embraced by young players, like the instrumental group called the Ventures, who played a new type of music eventually known as “surf.”

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This rare 1941 Kay Carson Robison guitar bears traces of multiple repairs done over time.

Photo by Madison Thorn

If you were interested in playing guitar in the 1930s and 1940s, you were probably a fan of singing cowboys. The old Western teleplays on the radio were vehicles for marketing all kinds of products, like toys, costumes, and, of course, guitars!

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The Accent vibrato, slash soundhole, and distinctive pickguard and control set make for an iconic and distinctive design.

Here’s how a cat named Capri, a German designer, and a whammy-bar inventor fit into the history of a maple-bodied marvel.

Here’s some Rickenbacker history you might enjoy—especially if you’re a fan of the company’s Fireglo works of art. F.C. Hall, the owner of Radio & Television Equipment Co. (Radio-Tel), purchased the Electro String Company from Adolph Rickenbacker in 1953. Hall revamped the business to focus on standard electric guitars rather than the steel guitars the company began producing in the early 1930s, such as the historic “Frying Pan” lap model.

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