April 2020

Gear History

ARTICLES

1983 Fender Concert homepage

A High Five for an Underappreciated Fender

March 20, 2020
Handwired by amp guru Paul Rivera, this ’80s Concert rules for everything from blues to rock, and Americana.
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1964 Fender Strat homepage

A Custom-Finished Fender Worth Five Figure$

March 18, 2020
Ash, rosewood, and factory-original black paint bedeck this beautiful 1964 Strat.
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This Bass Might Be Responsible for the Pointy Headstocks of the '80s

March 16, 2020
Guitar hunter extraordinaire Frank Meyers recalls how he found this late-’60s Marlin PB-26—an ahead-of-its-time design so gonzo it left him speechless.
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Acoustic Sounboard April 20 homepage

How Mass Production Has Improved Entry-Level Acoustics

March 3, 2020
Upscale options once reserved for boutique guitars are now within easy reach for just about any budget.
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Wandre homepage

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.
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Esoterica

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Treatments Bound to Please

February 20, 2020
Fretboard edges might not be as sexy as tonewoods or inlays, but they play a vital role in a player’s relationship with a guitar.
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Meet Norma, the 6-String Prehistoric Raptor

February 19, 2020
She's got four pickups and a cornucopia of switches, dials, and pickups on her saber-toothed pickguard.
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Peter Green's 1964 Marshall JTM45

January 29, 2020
Which also happened to be used by David Gilmour, Bob Marley, the Police, the Who, the Rolling Stones, and more!
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March 20 Vintage Vault - homepage

Identifying a Rare 4-Pickup Baritone

January 26, 2020
The Demian VN-4 shares DNA with Teisco, Guyatone, and Kawai relatives.
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Esoterica Mahogany - homepage

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: What’s the Tonewood Equivalent of Gold?

January 17, 2020
Easy to work with, beautiful, stable, and much more, the marvel of mahogany isn’t lost on luthiers. But the price is a different story.
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Wizard of Odd Teisco - homepage

Everyone Knows Guitars Can’t Spell

January 6, 2020
But as the Wizard of Odd shows, this early made-in-Japan Teisco J5 “guiter” speaks the right language.
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Feb20 Last Call - homepage

Last Call: How Signature Guitars Are Like Handwriting

January 3, 2020
An instrument that feels like home? That’s what it’s all about.
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When Gibson Put the ES-350 on a Diet

December 22, 2019
Eyeball a shining star from Kalamazoo’s original thinline series.
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February 2020 - Bass Bench - homepage

Can You Name This Magical Mystery Bass?

December 20, 2019
This incredibly ornate bass is packed with enough electronics to make ’70s-era IBM blush, but it’s origin has our columnist stumped. Thoughts?
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Wizard of Odd: Molto Bene Mustang!

December 9, 2019
It may not be your dad’s ’Stang from the 1960s—unless he’s from Italy—but this axe has a unique look and flavor that’s begging for surf rock.
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The World’s Weirdest Guitar Mods and Builds

December 5, 2019
Feast your eyes and ears on these 6-string mutants, monsters, and mooncalves—approved by Dr. Frankenstein, but ready to make great music.
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Vintage Vault: Reassessing a Rare Semi-Hollow ’73 Les Paul Signature Model

November 25, 2019
After Norlin acquired Gibson, the historic musician lent his name to a new series of guitars, including this goldtop.
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Doina Seranada

Wizard of Odd: Doina Seranada

November 14, 2019
This Romania-built, communist-era axe takes some obvious cues from Italian and Japanese guitars of the ’60s, but has a look all its own.
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Dec19_VintageVault

Vintage Vault: 1937 Gibson L-10

October 29, 2019
A classic archtop acoustic that helped define country music resurfaces at the right moment.
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58 Flying V

Axes & Artifacts: 1958 Gibson Flying V

October 28, 2019
Walter Carter talks about the iconic instrument made famous by Albert King and Lonnie Mack, while John Bohlinger lays down some mean slide to hear how it barks.
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