Saturday, April 20, 2019

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Paging the good Dr. Z, amp guru to Brad Paisley and Joe Walsh

Mike Zaite, the celebrated boutique-amp designer behind the fabled Dr. Z brand, talks 30 years of hand-wired creations, build quality and endorsements from star players.

Could Ed Sheeran’s new guitar brand usher in a new era for signature instruments?

The pop megastar’s Sheeran by Lowden collaboration is the biggest new development in artist endorsement deals, and it shows that the guitar world is learning lessons from the worlds of fashion and beauty…
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“I’m still a self-conscious and insecure guitar player!”: Slash

Slash reveals all about the GN’R reunion, his solo work keeping him grounded, why Gibson is making up for the mistakes of the past, and how he’s discovered a new love for P-90s…
Interview Komet Amp hero

Komet Amplification’s founders have got quality control down to a science

Baton Rouge-based Komet Amplification craft a range of exactingly made and stunning- sounding boutique amps. We hear from the company’s founders about how they’re keeping the traditions and standards of their much-missed mentor alive.

Interview: Justin Abernethy’s guitars fuse offset soul with vintage magic

Californian luthier Justin Abernethy has built a reputation for creating boutique instruments that combine his love for offsets and vintage gear. The man himself tells us all about his journey to boutique guitar nirvana…
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Rare Guitars: Brian Ray’s vintage Teisco Spectrum 5

When it comes to original Japanese guitar designs of the mid 60s, the Teisco Spectrum 5 rules the roost…
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In Pictures: The SoCal World Guitar Show

The SoCal World Guitar Show in Orange County in January exhibited some incredible vintage six-string eye candy, and none other than Joe Bonamassa was even showing off a few choice blonde Gibsons.
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The Money Shot: Booker White’s 1933 National Duolian

A prized instrument steeped in blues history.
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Interview: Emo rockers American Football are back on the gridiron

Mike Kinsella and Steve Holmes from the influential Chicago rock outfit talk about their new album, Telecasters, altered tunings and twin-guitar interplay.
Brian Ray Collection

Check out the amazing collection of Brian Ray, Paul McCartney’s guitarist

As Paul McCartney’s guitarist, musical director for Etta James, songwriter for Smokey Robinson, solo artist, producer and plenty more besides, Brian Ray has a glittering CV. We visit his Santa Monica home to check out some instruments with a similar level of lustre…
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