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Scorpions' Matthias Jabs Vintage Gibsons & Gretsch

PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he catches with up Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs. In this segment, Matthias Jabs introduces us to his store MJ Guitars based in Germany and its huge collection of guitars. Here, we get to check out all of Matthias' vintage and rare Gretsch and Gibson guitars, including a J-45, old ES-335s, '50s Les Pauls, original '60s SGs and an original Chet Atkins semi-hollow Gretsch model.



PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he catches with up Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs. In this segment, Matthias Jabs introduces us to his store MJ Guitars based in Germany and its huge collection of guitars. Here, we get to check out all of Matthias' vintage and rare Gretsch and Gibson guitars, including a J-45, old ES-335s, '50s Les Pauls, original '60s SGs and an original Chet Atkins semi-hollow Gretsch model.

With two channels of 100% valve versatility, selectable output wattage, and footswitchable attenuator.

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Slinky playability, snappy sounds, and elegant, comfortable proportions distinguish an affordable 0-bodied flattop.

Satisfying, slinky playability. Nice string-to-string balance. Beautiful, comfortable proportions.

Cocobolo-patterned HPL back looks plasticky.

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Martin 0-X2E
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Embracing the idea of an acoustic flattop made with anything other than wood can, understandably, be tricky stuff. There’s a lot of precedent for excellent-sounding acoustics built with alternative materials, though. Carbon-fiber flattops can sound amazing and I’ve been hooked by the sound and playability of Ovation and Adamas instruments many times.

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The GibsonES Supreme Collection (L-R) in Seafoam Green, Bourbon Burst, and Blueberry Burst.

The new Gibson ES Supreme offers AAA-grade figured maple tops, Super Split Block inlays, push/pull volume controls, and Burstbucker pickups.

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Mdou Moctar has led his Tuareg crew around the world, but their hometown performances in Agadez, Niger, last year were their most treasured.

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

On the Tuareg band’s Funeral for Justice, they light a fiery, mournful pyre of razor-sharp desert-blues riffs and political calls to arms.

Mdou Moctar, the performing moniker of Tuareg guitar icon Mahamadou “Mdou” Souleymane, has played some pretty big gigs. Alongside guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and bassist Mikey Coltun, Moctar has led his band’s kinetic blend of rock, psych, and Tuareg cultural traditions like assouf and takamba to Newport Folk Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, and, just this past April, to the luxe fields of Indio, California, for Coachella. Off-kilter indie-rock darlings Parquet Courts brought them across the United States in 2022, after which they hit Europe for a run of headline dates.

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