Vol.21 No.11 Sep 2020


From Blackguards To Strats - Nacho's Guitars

Interview Nacho On Strats

The Last Waterhole...

Another Martin Restoration Comes Home

Biscuits, Cookies, And A Perfectly Good Guitar...

Three Essential Tools For Acoustic Guitar...

Two Extraordinary Pedals For Acoustic Guitar

Reverb... Old, But Still Essential

The Grease In The Grind From Clarksdale

Tube Screamers Return


Vol.21 No.9-10 Jul-Aug 2020


Illuminating Interview With Chris Rose Eminence Speakers

An Eminence ToneFest... Sixteen Game Changing Speaker Reviews

Tom Guerra When We Needed It Most... "Sudden Signs of Grace"

Dr. Z Ressurects A Low Power Version Of The Z Wreck!

The Cleanest Blackface Ever Found...

A PAF & Patent Number Conundrum...

The Burst Off Six '59 Les Pauls

The Fuchs ODS Classic, Inspired by Dumble A Virgin Cream Puff Found-1967 Gibson ES335


Vol.21 No.8 June 2020


 White Bird

The White Peguin

A Really Reliced Tele...

The Collings 00 14-Fret Diminutive Masterpiece

Dreadnaught For The Ages

Our 1x12 Extension Cab Rocks

Compression is Good

Reverb In A Compact Pedal Form that Really Works

'60s Fuzz & More

Fender Squire Stratocaster With Fishman Fluence Pickups

A Brown Deluxe Claimed By Bonamassa

The Black Beauty 1972 Was a Good Year

An Encore Performance From A '70s Relic

The Meteor Cool Vintage Tones Abound



Vol.21 No.7 May 2020


 Bryan Kimsey's Blow By Blow Description Of The Martin Restoration

Dirt Bike Inspriration: The Big Jump

Smoking Bridge Plates

Racoon Eyes

Steaming The Neck - Grandma's Pressure Cooker

The Neckset - No Wrong in Right!

The Long Nut Technique

The Gap & Extrapolation Method

A Fabulous Neck

James Pennebaker On Stephen Bruton's 1974 D-28

A Cradle Of Inspiration Returns Home



Vol.21 No.6 Apr 2020


 Seduced By A '76 Martin D-28

Bryan Kimsey Restores Our New, Old Martin

The Kimsey Method

Welcome To Grenville

Martins Only Please

It's The Bridge...

Big Bridge Plates

C.F. Martin The Roaring '70s: Interview With Dick Boak

Boak On Dumpster Diving

Misplaced Bridges

Wedge Fretting


Vol.21 No.5 Mar 2020


 A Visit With A Brilliant Guitarist Steve Wariner

Gretsch & Steve Wariner Create a Keepsake Guitar - Steve Wariner Signature Gretsch Nashville 6120

A Brief History of Epiphone

The Blonde Bomber... Utter Tonal Salvation In A 2010 Casino With a '50s P90

Jim Campilongo Set Us On the Path To Find A Marble Neck Tele & We Did

Neil Young's Tech & Lindy Frailin Wind A Stunner-Larry Cragg Tele Pickup

The Mighty EP-3 Preamp Pedal Catalinbread Belle Epoch EP-3

The Analogman Comprossor Essential To Your Tone


Vol.21 No.3-4 Jan-Feb 2020


 Jim Campilongo Recounts His Guitar Collection, Princetons, Effects And More

Ted Kornblum On The Success of Magnatone Amplification in 2020

Magnatone's Super Fifty-Nine M-80 & Super Fifteen True Performance Amplifiers

We Discover A Heady 1x12 That Renders Inspiring Vintage Tones

The Gibson GA18 The Little Amp That Can

1973 Princeton Reverb The Odyssey Continues

A Custom Built Verilli Tele Grabs Us!


Vol.21 N0. 2 Dec 2019


The Stratocaster A Legendary & Iconic Guitar That Nearly Faded From History

Bill Nash Sends A Brilliant Ocean Turquoise Metalllic Strat

Reviewed The Lollar Special Strat Pickups

Sonny Landreth's Lowdown on His Strats For Stage & Recording

Todd Sharp What It's Like Playing His '59 & A $200 Ivory Mexican Strat

Interview Lindy Fralin & HIs Deep Range Of Stratocaster Pickups

Interview Slider aka Rod McQueen A Fascinating Visit With Slider From Down Under...


Vol. 21 No.1 Nov 2019


Fender Silverface Princeton Reverb

Jim Campilongo Inspires A Tone Quest

Our $164, Thirty Thousand Dollar Telecaster

Review The Brown Jug Is As Good As It Gets-An Instant Classic

Interview Dave Allen Builds Another Stunner

We Find An Extraordinary Classical Guitar For $319

When It Comes To Guitar Speakers, We've Never Had It So Good

Exposing The Dark Art of Speaker Manufacturing With John Sanchez Of WGS...


Vol.20 No.11 Sep 2019


The Strad-O-Lin...

If You Can Handle The Installation & You Have A Preamp The K&K's Are Great

Two Very Old Guitars Become Brilliantly Amplified

ToneDexter Co-Founder James May Lifts The Veil On The ToneDexter

We Audition The ToneDexter With An Assortment Of Guitars, Pickups & Mics

A Historic Brand Just Gets Better

Excellent Volume, Beautiful Tones, The Loudbox Simply Works

An Effective Boost & Tone Enhancing Preamp

A Pedal That Works As Advertised

An Acoustic Wonder... L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic D.I.


Vol. 20 No.12 Oct 2019


 A Collection Of Our Most Intense 20th Anniversary Rants Selected Especially For You!

Cesar Diaz On Stevie and Tone

Hubert Sumlin I'll Play Any Of 'Em

Billy F Gibbons On The 'Burst

Leslie West It Was a Piece Of  Wood With A Microphone On It

Peter Frampton Unveils His Marshall Rig!

Eric Burdon On Hendrix...

Double Trouble, Trouble Indeed

Stephen Bruton The Dumble Is My Voice

Larry Cragg Neil Young's Toneman Speaks

JImbo Mathis Straight (well not really) From Clarksdale


Vol. 20 No.9-10 Jul-Aug 2019


Jay Jay French The Complete, Unabridged, Uncensored Story of Twisted Sister

The Clapton Effect

Guitar Heroes

Jay Jay At The Fillmore



The Beginning of Twisted Sister

Gordon Kennedy On The ToneDexter & The Odyssey of Change The World

Peter Frampton On The ToneDexter

What $774 Buys In The Acoustic World Today - The Farida OT-65 X Wide VBS


Vol 20. No. 8 Jun 2019


Gordon Kennedy On Guitars, Amps & The Mighty Fine Note

Review The Gibson SG As Good As It Gets By Sheer Luck

Review Steady Rocker Dave Allen's Classic 57 Amp

Which Type of Amp Works For You

Review Carr Rockets Another Winning Design With The Telstar

Review The Khan Pak Amp A Monumental Shift In Guitar Amps Is Upon Us!


Vol. 20 No.7 May 2019


 The Beater Les Paul Traditional-An Abused Guitar Gets a Second Chance At Becoming Extraordinary

RS Guitarworks, Roy Bowen On Optimizing Your Guitar

Top Guitarists You Should Know (If Not Study)

Scott Peterson On Winding Better Coils

It Always Comes Down to $200

Dr. Z Reveals The Secret Sauce That Makes The Nova One Of His Finest Works To Date

The New Dr. Z Nova Rocks Our World And It Is Destined to Rock Yours, Too

The Speaker Workshop, Reconing Don Right & Better Than Vintage

The Danelectro Alternative


Vol. 20 No. 06 Apr 2019



Joe Robinson A Magnificent Player With All The Right Tools

Interview Building Extraordinary Guitars One By One A Rewarding Adventure With Chuck Thornton

Thornton Classic II Hot Rod Series How A Small-Batch Custom Builder Surpassed Our Expectations...

CP Thornton Classic III #523 A Stratocaster...Only Better!

The Gibson GA-19 RVT Redux Resurrected, Restored & Reprised

Todd Sharp Resurrects Our Derelict GA-19 RVT


Apr 2019 Vol 20, Number 6


Joe Robinson A Magnificent Player With All The Right Tools

Interview Building Extraordinary Guitars One By One A Rewarding Adventure With Chuck Thornton

Thornton Classic II Hot Rod Series How A Small-Batch Custom Builder Surpassed Our Expectations

CP Thornton Classic III #523 A Stratocaster...Only Better!

The Gibson GA-19 RVT Redux

Resurrected, Restored & Reprised

Todd Sharp Resurrects Our Derelict GA-19RVT


Vol. 20 NO. 5 Mar 2019


Interview Mark Johnson-Sliding All The Way

Interview BarryGrzebik & His Grez Mendocino

Review The Grez Mendocino-A Fine Example Of The Builder's Art

Review Wild & Wooly '60s Gibson GA-19 RVT Amp

Review Making Sweet Music With The PRS Hollowbody II

WGS Creates A Ten Inch Speaker That Simply Rules In a Big, Big Way

Review For Those About to Rock-A Hot Rodded Les Paul Deluxe

Review The ES125T-A Players Guitar

Dialing In Yer Tone

On Tubes & Speakers-The Final Frontier In Chasing Extraordinary Tone


Vol. 20, NO. 3-4 Jan-Feb 2019


The Echoplex EP-2, Still A Classic And In Many Ways An Indespensable Enhancement For Your Guitar

Another Innovative And Truly Stellar Amplifier From Steve Carr

Lone Star Terra Firma By Riverhorse

Buying On The Web

How Larry Progreba Creates Wooden Treasures From The Jungles Of Belize

Zachary Vex, Still Building Truly Great Effects ZVEX '59 Sound Distortion Pedal

Interview Bobby Tyson: The Fine Art Of Winding True PAF Replica Pickups

The Kramer 650G, A Modern Oddity In Guitar Construction


Vol. 20 No.2 Dec 2018


Finally, One of the Greatest Guitar Players We Know Is Building His Own Amps

Beautifully Built & Voiced The JOAT 20W Is a Work of Playable Art

Pedalmania - Cheap Thrills!

Larry Davis On the Remarkable Growth of WD Music Products

The Lollar DB Humbucking Pickup - Bloom, Volume & Definition Personified

Inexpensive Guitars Just Keep Getting Better, The '50s Les Paul Tribute Is A Keeper

The Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster - Excellent In All The Right Ways A Truly Exceptional SG From A Vintage Era


Vol. 19 No.01 Nov 2018


 The Unobtainable Are Obtainable Once More. The Road Worn Series

The Road Worn Stratocaster, The Best Old "Modern" Strat We Have Ever Played

The Road Worn Telecaster, An Exceptional True Keeper (Forever) An Unbelievable Price

Bob Willcutt, An Accomplished Industry Pro Who Plays What He Sells

Ben Fargen Inspired Amp Builder, Guitar Player And Tone Freak

The Fargen 45 Watt Plexi

Benjamin W. LaGrange Handmade Guitars

An Exquisitely Built Guitar Comes To Us From An Unlikely Location...

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