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Uli Jon Roth

OCTOBER 2017 VOL. 31 NO. 12
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News and Notes
Burton Honored in Shreveport; Heritage
Works to "Save the Stack"
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Laying Down the Blues
Ask Zac
Rex Brown
Still Smoking
Jimmy Nalls, 1951-2017
Guitar Stars Honor a Fallen Hero
Billy Sheehan
Back to Big
Billy Flynn
True Chicago Blues
James Elkington
Alt-Tuned Sojourn
David Ryan Harris
Songs For Other People

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Vintage Guitar Price Guide
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The VG Super Pickup Giveaway 2017
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$3,000 in Prizes!
Upcoming Events
Vintage Guitar Classified Ads
Builder Showcase
Dealer Showcase
Readers Gallery

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HEAVY METAL THUNDER

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SOARING IN BIRDLAND

COLUMNS
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The (Way) Back Beat
The Premier Blond, and Beyond: A Field
Guide to Gibson Archtops, Part 5

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| By Peter S. Kohman

Fretprints
Eric Gale | By Wolf Marshall
Acousticville
Beautiful Wear? | By Steven Stone
Guitars With Guts
1880 Julian Llorente | By R.E. Bruné
Dan's Guitar Rx
Tele Touch-Up: Making Dents and Dings
Disappear | By Dan Erlewine
Shop of Hard Knocks
Insert Solution Here | By Will Kelly

REVIEWS
112 The VG Hit List

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The Isley Brothers and Santana, Sonny
Landreth, Big Star, Alex Chilton, Allman
Brothers, Albert King, Mississippi John
Hurt, Buckingham/McVie, Muddy
Waters and the Rolling Stones, Gov't
Mule, more!
Check This Action
Worth Following | By Dan Forte
VG Approved Gear
EarthQuaker Devices Erupter
Fuzz, Guild Bluesbird, Gretsch
G5622T Electromatic, Gurus Amps
SexydriveMkII, Schertler Magnetico
AG6, Pirate Guitar Effects Plank OD/
Boost, Area 51 The Alienist, Ernie Ball
Music Man Cutlass/StingRay, Wampler
Pedals Bravado
Gearin' Up!
The latest cool new stuff!

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The Fender Performer
Not usually associated with heavy
metal, Fender nonetheless introduced
several models aimed directly toward
the genre's players at the crest of the
New Wave of British Heavy Metal. This
was one of those guitars.
| By Michael Wright
The Bird Golden Eagle 4/25
Most oddballs and also-rans in the amp
world were built with strictly "B-list"
components and features - never
expected to lead the field. British maker
Bird felt otherwise in creating this gem.
| By Dave Hunter

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DOUBLE TIME

The Les Paul Becomes the SG
By the late '50s, the market for
solidbody electric guitars had become
crowded. In Kalamazoo, Gibson officials - weary of its Les Paul's status
as an also-ran - decided to move
beyond small upgrades to more-blatant
changes. Once again, the results were
mixed. | By George Gruhn and Staff

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SOUTHERN GOLD

Two Legendary Les Paul Deluxes
Gibson reintroduced the single-cutaway
Les Paul in the late '60s, and this new
version proved to be the most popular.
Here, we look at two examples heard
on major hit recordings in the '70s and
'80s. | By Willie G. Moseley

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LAST 'BURST?

Single-Cut From the
End of An Era
Certain instruments are nearly as
famous as the heroes who play them -
Blackie, Lucille, Greeny, Number One.
But, not all guitars cool enough to get
names are played in front of the teeming
masses. Gibson Les Paul Standards
from the '50s are often named as they
pass from one collector to the next. This
one is special for finishing "last."
| By Ward Meeker

ULI JON ROTH

Return to Tokyo
In the '70s, rockers cranked out classic
live albums with stunning regularity,
and the Scorpions have a spot on the
list. Often overlooked compared to its
more-commercial later efforts, the band
featured top-tier playing by Uli Roth,
who recently toured behind a set of classic songs from the era. | By Greg Prato

JOEY SANTIAGO

Pixies Repurpose
Guitar in hand, he was there when Black
Francis introduced the world to the
"loud/quiet/loud" songs that influenced
the grunge movement. And he's been
there since, keeping the band at the
ready and doing his part to help its
sound remains relevant.
| By Ward Meeker

TONAL TOUCHSTONES

The VG Guide to Pickups 2017

THIS MONTH ON WWW.VINTAGEGUITAR.COM
Albanus Guitars | Eddie Cochran's Gretsch 6120 | Alex Skolnick
Dumble OD150 WR
PHOTOS: COVER: Last 'Burst" courtesy of Bruce Sandler. Les Paul Deluxes: Willie G. Moseley. Uli Jon
Roth courtesy of UDR Music. Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Kristin Forbes.
THIS PAGE: Uli Jon Roth courtesy of UDR Music.

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