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FIRST FRET
14	 Reader Mail	

News and Notes
Cropper Guitars to the Smithsonian;
Gill and the Songbirds Museum;
Clapton Sells Guitars; PhD "Guitar
Heroes" Survey
18 	 Greg Lake
	1947-2016
20 	 Ask Zac
20 	 Johnny Nicholas
	
Musical Polyglot
22	 Andy Timmons
	
Back to the Bread 'N Butter
24 	 Jon Butcher
	
Beyond the Axis
26	 Dana Sutcliffe
	
Here's the Scoop
28	 Phil Campbell
	
Motöring Ahead
30	 Jimi Bell
	
Lord of Shred
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DEPARTMENTS
48	 Vintage Guitar Price Guide
110	 Upcoming Events
132	 Vintage Guitar Classified Ads
138	 Dealer Directory
150	 Builder Showcase
156	 Dealer Showcase
160	 Readers Gallery
COLUMNS	
52	 The (Way) Back Beat
Depression, Deco, and the
L-Something | By Peter S. Kohman
60	Fretprints
	
Steve Vai | By Wolf Marshall
68	 Guitars With Guts
	
1926 Domingo Esteso
| By R.E. Bruné
	
76	 Q&A With George Gruhn
78	 Dan's Guitar Rx
	
An "Easy" Repair? | By Dan Erlewine
86	 Shop of Hard Knocks
	
Blending Tones | By Will Kelly
	

Mike Anthony
with his Gibson
ES-775.

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	 NOT A PAUL, NOT A STRAT...

The Electra Omega X230
The mid '70s saw an explosion of
guitars like this, on which designers
gave players more control of their
tones via the instrument itself
rather than forcing them to rely
on pedals or racks full of black
boxes. | By Michael Wright

	 CRYING V

	

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REVIEWS
120	The VG Hit List

Rolling Stones, Don Rich, Eric
Clapton, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker,
Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, more!
121	 Check This Action
	
Jazz: Swinging and Swooning
	
| By Dan Forte
140	 VG Approved Gear
	
John Page Classic AJ, BMF Effects
GeSpot Fuzz, Jon Kammerer Dorado,
Nocturne Dyno Brain Booster, TWA
WR-3 Wah Rocker, Xotic Effects
RC Booster V.2, Yamaha LL-TA
TransAcoustic, Peavey 6505 Piranha,
Gizmotron 2.0, Fender Johnny Marr
Jaguar
141	 Gearin' Up!
	
The latest cool new stuff!
	

	

	

The Watkins Dominator
Delightfully twee, this was the flagship of a pioneering amp maker who,
like Leo Fender, was amongst the first
to address the needs of a new breed of
guitarist. | By Dave Hunter

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	 MIKE ANTHONY

Jazz Big-Leaguer
A protegé of the great Howard Roberts,
he spent decades as a first-call session
player. Lauded by peers for his talent
and work ethic, today he plays to honor
other jazz-guitar greats and teaches the
form to college students.
| By Jim Carlton

	

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	 GENIUS IN MD

The Micro-Frets Saga
Ralph Jones should be listed alongside
Leo Fender and Ted McCarty in the
pantheon of pioneering guitar builders;
when he started making guitars in a
small shop in Maryland, Jones was doing something very different for 1965. |

	 SHARP-SHOOTER SPECIAL

The William Peale, Jr.
Gibson Super 400
Ordered by a genuine Texas cowboy
and inductee to the National Skeet
Shooting Hall of Fame, it needed
an extra something. So, Gibson
customized it with the owner's name
in mother-of-pearl inlay on the fingerboard and a few other decorative
details.
| By George Gruhn and Staff

By Ward Meeker

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	 PAUL IN THE FAMILY

Chris Arena's '59 LP Standard
While parents typically cringe when
a child declares their intent to be a
professional musician, Steven Arena not
only encouraged his eldest son to make
a living by playing music, he unabashedly offered a bribe in the form of a
six-stringed family heirloom.
| By Ward Meeker

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