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CONTENTS
FEBRUARY 2018 VOL. 32 NO. 04
FIRST FRET
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News and Notes
Conan Signs LP for GuitarTown Kids
Project; Musicians HoF Honors Kennedy;
In Memoriam
Greg Howe
A New Wheelhouse
Ask Zac
Brian Tarquin
Music, Books, and Bookings
Marty Friedman
Wall of Shred
Eugene Edwards
Outlaw Twang, Rockabilly Swagger
Cheetah Chrome
The Dead Boys Live Again
Dave Wyndorf
Tab of God
Jackie Venson
Emotional Intelligence

DEPARTMENTS
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Vintage Guitar Price Guide
Gear For Groovin': New Instruments,
Amps, and Effects for Bassists
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Upcoming Events
104 Vintage Guitar Classified Ads
120 Showcase
128 Readers Gallery

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Mundell Lowe with a mid-'70s Ibanez 2470 at the Playboy Jazz Festival in 1987.

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COLUMNS
50 The (Way) Back Beat
Something Borrowed, Something Beatles:
Violin-Shaped Basses in the '60s

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| By Peter S. Kohman

Fretprints
Johnny Moore | By Wolf Marshall
Acousticville
A New Sound: Tenor Guitars Expand the
Tonal Palette | By Steven Stone
Dan's Guitar Rx
Doctor Pepper's Pick-Me-Up

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| By Dan Erlewine

Shop of Hard Knocks
String-Change Checkup | By Will Kelly

REVIEWS
94 The VG Hit List
Montrose, Queen, Deep Purple, Bootsy
Collins, Jerry Byrd, Rolling Stones, more!
95 Check This Action
Hooker: The Man | By Dan Forte
108 VG Approved Gear
BONUS: Basses by Alembic, Kiesel,
Reverend, Supro, and Xotic. PLUS! Andy
Green Pedals Seaverb, JHS Pink Panther,
Rivet 63-64 Pickups, Strymon Zuma,
EHX Good Vibes/Tone Corset, Yamaha
THR100HD, Collings Julian Lage OM1,
Radial Tonebone Hot British V9/NorthStar, Republic 207 Tricone, Tsakalis
Experience, Emma ON-1 Okto-Nøjs, Mad
Professor Twimble
113 Gearin' Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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COLLECTIVE CURIOSITY

The Migma Laute-Guitarre
History may not repeat, but it often
rhymes. Certainly, that's true with
lute-guitars like this, produced shortly
after World War II by the East German
collective Musikinstrumenten-Genossenschaft, a.k.a. Migma.
| By Michael Wright

bodies and fancy glitter finishes taken
straight from... accordions.
| By Willie G. Moseley

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MONSTER MASH

One Unforgettable
'60s-Oddity Magnatone
As mere teens, The Sequins played
Gibson SGs through endorsementdeal amp stacks - and the Magnatone
Monster. World's largest guitar amp,
it was also louder than a high-school
marching band. | By Dave Hunter

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ONE FOR THE "WIZARD"

Roy Smeck's Gibson L-5
Celebrity/player endorsements have
always been important to guitar
builders, and Roy Smeck pimped more
than his share. This one, though, was
arguably his crowning piece.
| By George Gruhn and Staff

COOL OR GAUDY?

Eko's "Celluloid" '60s Basses
Eko was founded in 1959 to make
accordions, but soon jumped into
the guitar market with streamlined

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ERNIE ISLEY

Burning Desire
He did not take lessons from Jimi, but
his surroundings growing up led to
a career as a multi-instrumentalist,
songwriter - and guitar hero in his
own right. | By Oscar Jordan

MUNDELL LOWE

Jazz All Around
Most kids from the Delta didn't follow
the jazz path, but his led to playing
with Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday,
Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, and
many others as well as a life composing
scores and soundtracks, a staff gig at
NBC, and the music director's chair at
Monterey Jazz. | By Jim Carlton

THE YA YA'S OUT!

Mick Taylor's '58 Les
Paul Standard
The Rolling Stones introduced the
world to the trappings and accessories
of rock-and-roll superstardom. The
lore is rich, and in numerous examples
extends to gear like this '58 Les Paul
Standard now in the Vault at Hard
Rock International.
| By Ward Meeker and Jim Carlton

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