December 2020

Gear History

ARTICLES

1961 Supro Vintage Vault

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.
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Wizard of Odd Murph Guitar homepage

Meet Murph, My Surf-Rock Friend

November 16, 2020
SoCal in the ’60s was a hotbed of guitar building, but it wasn’t just the big guys equipping aspiring rock stars.
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Logo Advice from a Living Legend

November 8, 2020
For starters, says Hamer Guitars cofounder Jol Dantzig, avoid stock typeface at all costs.
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Spotlighting a Rare Gibson 6-String Bass homepage

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.
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Love & Sockets Fantastic Negrito homepage

"I Don't Have Any Regular Settings"

October 16, 2020
Fantastic Negrito on the “freaky” Orange amp with as many moods as his Grammy-winning tunes.
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How Could Guitars with Names Like These Not Be Amazing?

October 8, 2020
Meet the Custom Kraft Beat Blaster, Agitator, Bone Buzzer, and Groover!
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Esoterica Electrica October 2020 homepage

The Tale of the Hamer DuoTone—an Innovative Model That Satisfied Zero Demand

September 24, 2020
How—despite being embraced by Jeff Tweedy, Stone Gossard, Ty Tabor, Dweezil Zappa, and other luminaries—this acoustic-electric hybrid was somehow DOA.
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When Exactly Did "Boutique Pedals" Become a Thing?

September 17, 2020
Travel back in time 30+ years and meet the circuit-tweakers who started a stompbox craze.
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Surf with a Space-Age Samurai Yamaha guitar homepage

Surf with a Space-Age Samurai

September 14, 2020
Up close and personal with a mint-condition 1968 Yamaha SG-5.
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Freeman Vines homepage

Freeman Vines and the Hanging Tree Guitars

September 10, 2020
How a rural North Carolina luthier’s instruments unearthed a buried story of the American South.
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Yuri Gagarin Guitar Photo homepage

A 6-String Fit for Yuri Gagarin

September 6, 2020
The Soviet-era Jolana Star X does not have a built-in gamma-ray phaser, but the otherworldly solidbody makes up for that with built-in fuzz.
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Grammer Acoustic Richie Owens homepage

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.
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Gibson ES-335, ES-355, ES-150, ES-336 Demos

Iso Lab: Gibson ES-335, ES-336, ES-355 & ES-150

August 3, 2020
The Rig Rundown host offers taste tests from his personal collection of "Electric Spanish" guitars, including pieces vintage and modern.
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Hoyer 725 Wizard of Odd Video homepage

Dialing 9-1-1 for a Hoyer 725

August 2, 2020
Resuscitating a quirky, heavily damaged ’60s-era electric is made possible by a skilled technician and friend.
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Last Call Distortion Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Last Call: Why We Like Distortion

July 30, 2020
While researching guitarists’ obsession with tone, I found a fascinating take on why heightened sound frequencies excite humans.
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1966 Gibson GA-20 RVT Minuteman Love and Sockets Fannys House of Music Nashville homepage

A Rock ’n’ Roll Survivor Beats the Odds Again

July 12, 2020
Time and a tornado can’t stop this 18-watt Gibson GA-20 Minuteman—or the little Nashville guitar shop that’s selling it.
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The Fascinating Peavey T-60 Tone Circuit

July 3, 2020
With out-of-phase and coil-switching options, a treble-bleed network, and individual volume and tone controls for each pickup, this dual-humbucker’s wiring was ahead of its time when it came out in 1978.
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To Wreck or to Rock?

July 3, 2020
How to know when a vintage amp is worth rescuing.
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1966 Fender Deluxe amp iso lab john bohlinger

Iso Lab: 1966 Fender Deluxe Amp

June 29, 2020
Watch John Bohlinger get busy with his light-but-loud blackface amp that has become a favorite for recording twangy tunes.
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Rickenbacker 381 vintage guitar vintage vault dave's guitar shop homepage

A Thick Body Rick Classic in Perfect Fireglo

June 29, 2020
This 381 from 1970 also features then-new Hi-Gain single-coil pickups.
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