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Lee Roy’s Abilene Sunset Les Paul

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Oh, we have had some Les Pauls over the past twenty years and you have read about them all right here. Goldtops, bursts, a magic black, some with big necks, some not as big, some were featherweights, others heavier, and they all sounded as different as they played and appeared. And then there were the six ’59 bursts we played …

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Valencia Magic

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Two of Nacho Baños’ Stratocasters arrive from Valencia, Spain and we dig deep into the unmistakable craftsmanship and artful mojo that makes these guitars so stunningly good… Our November 2019 issue on the Stratocaster chronicled the development of the Stratocaster and its uncertain future throughout the ’50s and early ‘60s in great detail. After a tepid reception by working guitarists …

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Dr. Z Resurrects… A Low Power Version Of The Z Wreck

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Ten years ago Dr. Z launched the original Z Wreck amplifier in close collaboration with the late Ken Fischer of Trainwreck Amps and Brad Paisley, who collectively parlayed their deep experience and passion for tone to assist Z in creating the Z Wreck. Even in the midst of our troubles here in America, Z found time to build and ship …

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The White Penguin

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Among the rarest of all truly rare guitars is the Gretsch White Penguin— perhaps the most uncommon and elusive electric guitar ever made. A mere handful were built, no more than fifty or so from 1958-1962, and the guitar never appeared in a Gretsch catalog. Adorned with gold sparkle binding originally borrowed from Gretsch drums, the Penguin featured jeweled G …

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2015 Fender Custom Shop Really Relic Telecaster

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A really reliced Tele… Sometimes, the folks at the Fender Custom Shop create a relic that is entirely believeable as an old road horse guitar. This is one of those…             There are plenty of Fender relic guitars to be had, but once in a while a genuine relic appears out of no where ready to be played and further …

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Compression Is Good, The Demeter Compulator

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We take off with the Demeter Compulator and find our sweet spot. Compression is, in our humble opinion, underrated and probably underutilized. Can’t say for sure, but we don’t recall seeing a compressor on a lot of pedal boards, although we can assure you that Sonny Landreth uses one to smooth those rippin’ slide moves he makes. Maybe the idea …

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The Analogman Comprossor Essential To Your Tone

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In case you forgot, the Analogman Comprossor is unarguably the most toneful and eminently useful pedal you can place on your pedal board. Here’s why… Of all the many guitar effects we have used and reviewed, the Analogman Comprossor is one of the most essential and toneful pedals we have ever put on our pedal board. Compression tightens your sound, …

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We Discover A Heady 1×12 That Renders Inspiring Vintage Tones

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Following the acquisition of our silverface Princeton Reverb, we pondered our next amp to be reviewed in these pages expressly for you. We’ve had a good long run with guitar amps, acquiring and reviewing nearly every Fender ever made, John Mayer’s Dumble, vintage Hiwatts, Ampegs, two old Vox AC 30’s and a head, Magnatones, Traynors, the ’69 Marshall 50 watt, …

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A Super Hard-On For Players With Discriminating Taste… Z. Vex Distortron

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Ya’ll remember the original Z. Vex Super Hard-On dontcha? Well, we do. Granted, it’s, uhm… hard to remember them all, but some definitely linger in the mind, and the original Super Hard-On was a memorable hard-on indeed. We first interviewed Z. Vex founder Zachary Vex in our May 2002 issue, and he’s continued to successfully explore the seductive GSpot we …

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When It Comes To Guitar Speakers We’ve Never Had It So Good

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Warehouse Guitar Speakers operates in Paducah, Kentucky, not so far from the original home of CTS speakers that graced amplifiers in the ‘60s like Ampeg. Warehouse has designed and currently produces over twenty custom Alnico and ceramic speakers, and we consider them to be a premium upgrade in all respects. Our latest reviews simply underscore that fact. You have no …