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CONTENTS
DECEMBER 2016 VOL. 31 NO. 02
FIRST FRET
12
Reader Mail
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News and Notes

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Charities Aid Louisiana Musicians;
Casady/Kaukonon on "Great
Performances"; MIM Exhibits Inlaid
Guitars
J. Doyle Holopter
Heartland Diversity
Ask Zac
Matt Spinks
Run What You Brung!
Sara Watkins
Authenticity
Pepper Keenan
Down With CoC
Jon Herington
Adult Entertainment
Barry Bailey
Remembering ARS
Roine Stolt
The Progfather
Jim Suhler
Double Duty

96

Bernie
Marsden's '59
Gibson Les Paul
Standard known
as "The Beast."

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THE GRETSCH BST

38

THE WATKINS CLUBMAN

DEPARTMENTS
42 The VG Readers' Choice Giveaway
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130
144
150
154
158

Vote for a chance to win a PRS guitar and
amp worth $2,998!
Vintage Guitar Price Guide
Upcoming Events
Vintage Guitar Classified Ads
VG's Fall Dealer & Product Directory
Builder Showcase
Thompson Guitars
Dealer Showcase
Readers Gallery

COLUMNS
50 The (Way) Back Beat
Every One a "Gibson-Ite"

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| By Peter S. Kohman

Fretprints
Brad Paisley | By Wolf Marshall
Acousticville
Armed and Ready for Arlington

| By Steven Stone

Dan's Guitar Rx
A Bridge Too Far? | By Dan Erlewine
Shop of Hard Knocks
Case Closed | By Will Kelly

REVIEWS
122 The VG Hit List
Chet Atkins, Hound Dog Taylor, Beach
Boys, Bill Kirchen, Ana Popovic, Avett
Brothers, Barney Kessel, Wilco, Kris
Kristofferson, more!
123 Check This Action
The Swinging....'70s? | By Dan Forte
136 VG Approved Gear
Supro Titan 1642RT, Newman Guitars
LPB, EHX Cock Fight/Key9, Yamaha
Revstar RSP20CR, Fishman Fluence Greg
Koch Gristletone pickups, Danelectro '59
Resonator, Earthquaker Avalanche Run,
Kay K161 Thin Twin, Valvetech VAC 25,
Golden Age Pre-73 MkII/Ear Trumpet
Edwina/Avantone CR-14
137 Gearin' Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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Their history is one of derision and
misperception, but among today's
up-and-coming collectors, these
models are cherished for their playability and beastly snarl!
| By Michael Wright
Though its aesthetic screams
"chintzy" and its electronics were
rough by the standards of amps soon
to come, it was nonetheless among
the first British-built amplifiers to
fuel the guitar boom, and played
a major part in pushing skiffle
into rock and roll. As a rule, it also
sounded darn good.
| By Dave Hunter

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BERNIE MARSDEN

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30 YEARS, 30 FAVORITES

SMALL SCREEN, BIG PICKIN'

Crew Strives to Keep it
Real on "Nashville"
It's not often that prime-time network television captures an audience
of working class professional musicians. But this contemporary drama
- recently revived on CMT - has
earned praise not only for exposing
millions to vintage guitars, but for
the way it realistically portrays the
sights and sounds involved in creating music. | By Johnny Zapp

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Brit-List Legend
His career includes stages and
studios shared with some of the most
respected names in the business,
from Jack Bruce and Ian Paice to the
original Whitesnake and UFO, and
he draws respect from contemporaries like the Allman Brothers and
Joe Bonamassa. Here, he reflects on
the highlights of a laudable career
and the gear that carved his sound.
| By David Plues
To help mark its 30th year of publication, VG asked readers to submit a list
of five favorite guitarists via written
ballot in the August issue, and online.
Here, we present the top 30 vote-getters
in order of overall popularity.

FIRST-RATE SECOND FIDDLES

Jimi's Gibsons at the
Hard Rock Cafe
Yes, Jimi Hendrix was a Strat guy. But
he was never completely loyal to any
instrument, and in the final couple
years of his life/career, he occasionally grabbed one of a small handful of
Gibsons in his arsenal. Here, we offer a
close look at two of them.
| By Jim Carlton

THIS MONTH ON WWW.VINTAGEGUITAR.COM
Jim Campilongo | Tom Principato | Five Basses That Shook The World
| Musicvox Space Cadet USB 30" Custom
PHOTOS: COVER: Jimi Hendrix: Petra Niemeier/K&K/Getty Images. Bernie Marsden courtesy of B. Marsden. Aubrey Peeples: Mark Levine. Colin Linden: Laura Godwin. Charles Esten: Mark Levine.

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