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CONTENTS
FEBRUARY 2017 VOL. 31 NO. 04
FIRST FRET
12	 Reader Mail	

News and Notes
Bowl 4 Ronnie Raises $36K; Santana
Plays for Equality; Spector Bass
Auctioned
16 	 Alex Skolnick
	
Bit of Metal, Bit of Jazz
18 	 Al Caiola
	1920-2016
20 	 Ask Zac
20 	 Shane Speal
	
King of the CBG
22 	 Tony Levin
	
Stick Craft
24	 Brian Kahanek
	
Studio Savvy
26	 J.R. Cobb
	
Classic Bands, Classic Songs
27	 Steve Rothery
	
Prog W ith a Purpose
28	 Aaron Eisenberg
	
Tonal Dedication

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DEPARTMENTS
46	 Vintage Guitar Price Guide
96	 VG's New Gear Preview: Electric
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Guitars
Upcoming Events
Vintage Guitar Classified Ads
Builder Showcase
Dealer Showcase
Readers Gallery

COLUMNS	
50	 The (Way) Back Beat
	
Fretted Addities, Part Two: Guitar
Advertising in the '60s
	
| By Peter S. Kohman
62	Fretprints
	
Mary Osborne | By Wolf Marshall
70	Acousticville
	
Handle With Care? | By Steven Stone
72	 Dan's Guitar Rx
	
Big-Apple Pop-In | By Dan Erlewine
76	 Shop of Hard Knocks
	
Some Assembly Required
	
| By Will Kelly
	

REVIEWS
104	The VG Hit List
	
Jimi Hendrix, Jake Shimabukuro, Eric
Johnson, Nels Cline, Doyle Bramhall
II, Mike Neer, more!
105	 Check This Action
	

Regal Indeed: Reflections on B.B. King

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	 THE HEIT DELUXE V-2

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Albanus
Guitars

	 DUMBLE OVERDRIVE
SPECIAL ORDER OD150 WR

In recent years, Dumble amps have
become the hot ticket. The real peaches are those with solid provenance
and an intriguing back story, and few
are more enticing than this example.
| By Dave Hunter

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As the '60s guitar boom
reached its apex, brands
emerged with exotic names like
Audition, Cipher, Zim-Gar, and this
one, which exemplifies how distributors and retailers branded budgetline imports. | By Michael Wright

	 THE COST OF PROTECTION

100 Years of Instrument Cases
Modern guitars are typically sold
with a hard case. But that wasn't
always so. Here, we look at the history
of the relationship between cases,
guitars, and those who've bought
them. | By George Gruhn and Staff

	 WINDY-CITY WONDERS

The Story of Albanus Guitars
In his basement studio, Carl Johnson
built archtops some say rival the
sound and quality of D'Angelico.
Rather than seek fame or fortune,

though, he lived modestly and drew
pleasure watching people play his
instrument. Here's his story.
| By James W. Leckinger

	

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	 DON'T MEAN A THANG IF IT
AIN'T GOT THAT TWANG

	
	

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Eddie Cochran's Gretsch 6120
Despite his matinee-idol looks and
cardigan sweater, Eddie Cochran was
'50s-teen rebellion personified, and
this guitar was a veritable symbol of
his music. | By Michael Dregni

	 RARE PAIR

The Audiovox 736 Electric
Bass and 936 Amp
Paul Tutmarc's company was already
making market headway in 1935,
when it garnered local press with his
latest invention - a solidbody bass
that proved far ahead of its time.
| By Peter Blecha

| By Dan Forte

116	 VG Approved Gear
	
Crucial Audio DUB-1, EHX Mel9 Tape
Relay, Hall & Collins Signature Echo,
JangleBox J-Boost, Blackstar Artist
15, Effectrode Blackbird, Joe Gore Cult
Germanium OD/Filth Fuzz, Fractal
Audio AX8, Red Witch Zeus Bass
Fuzz Suboctave, SoloDallas Schaffer
Replica, Zelinsky Dellatera Custom,
Zemaitis CS
117	 Gearin' Up!
	

	

The latest cool new stuff!

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Each month, subscribers win prizes. Enter for a chance to
win Gretsch G6120 SH valued at $2,999!
PHOTOS: COVER: Eddie Cochran's Gretsch 6120: DPI Digital Content, courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Eddie
Cochran courtesy of Michael Dregni. Alex Skolnick: Tom Couture. THIS PAGE: '57 Albanus courtesy of Michael Gaughan.

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