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A ’61 Supro That’s Super for Slide

A ’61 Supro That’s Super for Slide

November 22, 2020
This original archtop Coronado’s Vistatone pickups speak the language of Ry Cooder and other tone hounds.
The World's Doomiest SG?

The World's Doomiest SG?

October 25, 2020
Cue metal music for this two-pickup 1962 Gibson EB-6 bass—one of just 68 in existence.
Surf with a Space-Age Samurai

Surf with a Space-Age Samurai

September 14, 2020
Up close and personal with a mint-condition 1968 Yamaha SG-5.
Billy Bought a Guitar ... Company

Billy Bought a Guitar ... Company

August 9, 2020
This is what happened when Nashville hit-maker Billy Grammer decided to fund his own “perfect” flattop.
A Thick Body Rick Classic in Perfect Fireglo

A Thick Body Rick Classic in Perfect Fireglo

June 29, 2020
This 381 from 1970 also features then-new Hi-Gain single-coil pickups.
Walter Becker’s 1968 Ampeg AMUB-1 Bass

Walter Becker’s 1968 Ampeg AMUB-1 Bass

May 31, 2020
We're not sure which recordings the Steely Dan legend used it on, if any, but that doesn't mean it's not a fascinating find!
A Double-Trouble Guitar with a No-Worries Price

A Double-Trouble Guitar with a No-Worries Price

April 29, 2020
The 1965 Gretsch 6117 Double Anniversary makes the most of HiLo’Tron pickups and smooth playability.
A Custom-Finished Fender Worth Five Figure$

A Custom-Finished Fender Worth Five Figure$

March 18, 2020
Ash, rosewood, and factory-original black paint bedeck this beautiful 1964 Strat.
This Colorful Aluminum-Neck Italian Guitar Foreshadowed the Psychedelic Era

This Colorful Aluminum-Neck Italian Guitar Foreshadowed the Psychedelic Era

February 24, 2020
The 1960 Wandré Rock Oval exemplifies its builder’s eye for the artistic and the original.
Identifying a Rare 4-Pickup Baritone

Identifying a Rare 4-Pickup Baritone

January 26, 2020
The Demian VN-4 shares DNA with Teisco, Guyatone, and Kawai relatives.
When Gibson Put the ES-350 on a Diet

When Gibson Put the ES-350 on a Diet

December 22, 2019
Eyeball a shining star from Kalamazoo’s original thinline series.
Vintage Vault: 1937 Gibson L-10

Vintage Vault: 1937 Gibson L-10

October 29, 2019
A classic archtop acoustic that helped define country music resurfaces at the right moment.
Vintage Vault: 1956 Gibson Les Paul

Vintage Vault: 1956 Gibson Les Paul

October 3, 2019
Do you dream of ’50s goldtops? You’re not alone.
Vintage Vault: 1968 Vincent Bell Coral Electric Sitar

Vintage Vault: 1968 Vincent Bell Coral Electric Sitar

August 25, 2019
A sonic touchstone from the psychedelic-rock era.
Vintage Vault: 1961 Fender Stratocaster

Vintage Vault: 1961 Fender Stratocaster

June 25, 2019
It was the Jazzmaster’s year in sales, but the Strat stood strong.
Vintage Vault: 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard “Byrd” Burst

Vintage Vault: 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard “Byrd” Burst

May 28, 2019
Spotlighting a “player grade” classic.
Vintage Vault: 1921 Washburn Model 1915 Style 1222

Vintage Vault: 1921 Washburn Model 1915 Style 1222

April 24, 2019
A little giant of the original parlor-guitar style still has stories to tell.
Vintage Vault: 1962 Gretsch Princess

Vintage Vault: 1962 Gretsch Princess

March 25, 2019
Designed for female players, this guitar had a brief reign but endures as a rare classic.
Vintage Vault: 1960s Silvertone 1446L

Vintage Vault: 1960s Silvertone 1446L

February 25, 2019
A close-up look at the “Chris Isaak” model.
Vintage Vault: 1967 Hagström F-300

Vintage Vault: 1967 Hagström F-300

January 17, 2019
A Swedish gem that's still got tons of rock ’n’ roll swagger—and a lot of switches!