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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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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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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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What Will Replace Classic Tonewoods?

June 18, 2020
There are no simple substitutes for beloved and threatened woods, but the guitar industry is responding resourcefully, building extraordinary instruments and new supply and communication networks, and—quite likely—creating new classics in the process.
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1964 Fender Pro Amp

Iso Lab: 1964 Fender Pro Amp

June 1, 2020
PG's John Bohlinger shows off his 1x15 blackface combo with a '61 355, bender Tele, and a '55 Strat.
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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!
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Iso Lab: 1966 Fender Twin Reverb

May 25, 2020
PG's Music City demo maestro uses a bender Tele, a vintage Strat, and an old cherry 355 to get clean, loud, and bubbly with his blackface tonal bedrock.
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Rare '60s Japanese JVC Victor Still Flies Today

May 24, 2020
The flagship model for Japanese electronics juggernaut was here and gone in the blink of an eye, but certainly not because of quality issues.
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Rig Rundown Best Ofs: Most Iconic Guitars

May 22, 2020
From Angus’ SG to Tom’s “Arm the Homeless” axe—the most recognizable 6-strings from our catalog of nearly 500 Rundowns.
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Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate: Classic Guitar & Fender-Amp Pairings

May 21, 2020
Four irresistible combinations every guitar junkie's gotta try.
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Iso Lab: B-Benders

May 18, 2020
PG's John Bohlinger demos a quintet of bending axes, including a custom T-style, a Gibson Music City Jr., a one-off PRS SC-J, a PRS SE One, and a Gibson Les Paul.
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Acoustic

Why Plastic Bridges and Acoustic Guitars Don't Mix

May 14, 2020
Gibson has given many innovative gifts to the guitar universe, but this ’60s bridge wasn’t one of them.
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1964 Vibroverb

Iso lab: 1964 Fender Vibroverb

May 11, 2020
Channeling his inner SRV, John Bohlinger enlists a trio of axes to dance with the blackface combo popularized by Texas Flood.
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1964 Concert Pro

Iso Lab: 1964 Fender Concert Amp

May 4, 2020
PG's Last Call columnist and demo dude stays homes to fire up his blackface 4x10 and works out the classic AB763 circuit with a '60s 355, bari Tele, and a vintage Strat.
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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.
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Iso Lab: 1958 vs 1960 Gibson Les Paul Juniors

April 27, 2020
Our Nashville correspondent has a bash with his vintage single-cuts while staying safe during the pandemic.
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Iso Lab: 1955 vs. 1966 Fender Stratocasters

April 20, 2020
PG's John Bohlinger couch surfs during the quarantine and slugs it out with his vintage Strats.
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1967 Tokai Humming Bird 230S—with Onboard Fuzz

April 13, 2020
Mosrite aesthetics, Japanese flair, and a circuit reminiscent of the Electro-Harmonix Linear Power Booster.
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50s Les Pauls

Iso Lab: 1954 vs. 1956 Gibson Les Pauls

April 13, 2020
PG's demo dude and frequent Rig Rundown host demos his vintage LPs.
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