Vintage Guitar - February 2017 - Open - 12
Hey guys. Just wanted to drop a line [about
"30 Years, 30 Favorites," December '16] to let
you know there's a phenomenal guitarist who
goes by the name Ynwgie Malmsteen. You
should really check him out. "Top 30," my ass!
What a joke.
Columbia, South Carolina
Ed. Note: While Mr. Malmsteen may not have
reached the top 30 in the eyes of readers, he's
amongst the top 100 included in the full feature
GREW UP ON EUGENE
I really enjoyed Peter Kohman's wonderful
["Way Back Beat: Every One a Gibson-ite," December '16]. I'm already a huge fan of archtops
from the early 20th century and have a 1915
Style 0 as well as a 1918 L-1. I share the author's
bewilderment at the lack of appreciation for
these superb instruments. Based on what I paid
(I'm not telling!), I still can't understand why
Gibson flat-tops built 30 or 40 years later fetch
double the price and are rarely in such good
condition. So, I'll hang on to mine, entertain
audiences with them, and keep my '40s to '60s
flat-tops for the collectors!
HARMONY IN THE GALLERY
The '40 Harmony guitar in Dennis Clark's
impressive collection ("Readers Gallery," December '16) looks to me like a stripped Harmony
Golden Jubilee. The instrument appeared in
the 1936 Sears catalog as part of the company's
50 years in business. The original
finish would've been a
gold tone. The instrument sports
early six-on-a-side tuners and is said to have
a pickup made by Rickenbacker.
Kezar Falls, Maine
Thank you for the feature on Wayne Kramer
and Jail Guitar Doors (JGD )in the November
I [am an inmate at] Lancaster, in Los Angeles
County. When I arrived, the music program
here was just a few inmates who played beat-up
guitars, amps, and drums. So, I wrote a note and
asked our sponsor to send it to JGD, asking if
they could donate a guitar. They donated 10 new
Fender acoustics, and in 2012 hosted a concert
by Matt Sorum, Gilby Clark, Jill Sobule, Corey
Parks, and several other musicians. They played
for five hours and it was fantastic - they ended
with "Kick Out The Jams."
I stayed in contact with JGD and they later do-
SEND LETTERS TO
nated music books and
Now, I teach a basic
guitar class here.
JGD raises funds by putting on concerts where they collection donations.
But, not a lot of people donate to charities that
involve prisoners. If any VG readers would like
to donate to JGD, I'd ask them to please contact
Kat Kambes, Director of Operations, at (323)
852-0457, or email@example.com. Whether
it's gear or study materials, we'll take it. Rock on!
California State Prison, L.A. County
I enjoyed Willie Moseley's interview with
Trey Gunn (November '16). I used to see Trey
when he played the Chapman Stick. In 1971,
I met Emmett Chapman, and he built a Stick
for me, but I couldn't deal with 10 strings.
Instead, I do my two-hand technique on a '50s
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Illustration: Sean Thorenson.
Very enlightening and informative story
on Detroit guitarist Eugene Grew (December
'16). Barrett Strong ("Money") had a cousin,
Nolan, whose band, Diablos, had an early hit
that caught my attention on the "The John R.
Show," on WLAL radio. White teens like me
who tuned in were educated in a whole other
world of music - authentic rock and roll - and
we never forgot it.
The early stars of Motown are not forgotten
in my musical treasure chest of a mind. Barrett,
his cousin, and players like Eugene woke up
some of us in the middle of the night, and we
liked it very much!
North Muskegon, Michigan