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Rig Rundown: God Is an Astronaut [2021]

February 10, 2021
See the transformation from digital efficiency to a sprawling setup for Ghost Tapes #10 that now includes Gretsches, Jazzmasters, traditional tube heads, and more stomps than a store.
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Nels Cline Calls Shotgun

January 22, 2021
The Jazzmaster blaster strips down his gear to play a supporting role on the new album by his Singers, Share the Wealth, focusing on looping, sound making, and harmony on the fly.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: A National Treasure

January 7, 2021
A reader strikes gold when his mom finds a rare 1955 Town and Country for $40 at a garage sale.
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Resonator Guitars 101

June 5, 2018
The “inside” story of spiders, T-bridges, biscuits, and cones—and how the instruments that incorporate them became the sound of the American dream.
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Trash or Treasure: A Look at the National Newport 50

September 16, 2014
A reader scores a $50 treasure at a rummage sale.
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24 Windy City Gems

October 17, 2013
For much of the 20th century, Chicago was the epicenter of musical instrument manufacturing and distribution. Here, guitarist Daniel Ivankovich shares two-dozen favorites from his personal collection.
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National Style 1 Tricone

National Style 1 Tricone

July 1, 2013
Before the electric guitar and amplifier were invented, the only other way to make the sound of a guitar louder was to make the instrument physically bigger, so the resonator was the first version of guitar amplification.
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Vintage Vault: 1964 National Glenwood 98

Vintage Vault: 1964 National Glenwood 98

March 15, 2011
Left: A 1964 National Glenwood 98 in all its glory. The guitar’s unusual cutaways suggest a map of the continental United States. Right-Top: Sporting seven knobs and a 3-way
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1933 National Duolian Resonator, Part 2

1933 National Duolian Resonator, Part 2

July 22, 2009
John continues his restoration of a 1933 National Duolian Resonator by finishing up on the headstock and repairing the fretboard.
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1933 National Duolian Resonator Repair

1933 National Duolian Resonator Repair

June 17, 2009
A rare resonator with a broken headstock, cracked fingerboard and corroded steel body
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