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Northwest Vintage Vacuum Tubes with Dave Baldwin

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The difference in the quality of sound between modern output and preamp tubes and their classic equivalents in direct A/B tests is usually depressing. No contest. For touring pros, burning up rare old tubes really isn’t an option, but for those of us craving tone with a lighter workload, we can still selectively find stellar vintage tubes at less than …

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Lee Roy Parnell on the LRP Humbuckers…

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Lee Roy Parnell has the touch, and we discovered that he has been chasing the sound of those old Gibson guitars for decades. He hooked up with pickup winder Ron Ellis to contrive a new set of Lee Roy’s signature pickups, and Lee Roy describes the process here.  Our review follows Lee Roy’s comments. Enjoy… TQR:  What were you shooting …

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The Great Humbucking Cunundrum: Ron Ellis And Lee Roy Parnell On The Development of the ‘LRP’ Humbuckers

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If you subscribe to the theory that different models of guitars seem to fall in and out of fashion, it seems that guitars equipped with humbucking pickups are experiencing a strong resurgence in popularity. We have recently observed that variations on the Fender offset body design are also hot, usually but not exclusively mounted with fat P90s. Twenty years ago …

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Unleashing Red Dawg…The Epiphone Dot ES-335

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Like the Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster and Telecaster Custom we acquired last month, if you haven’t kept up with what’s been happening at Epiphone, we suggest you get busy. Inspired by our experience with the Squier guitars and Elvin’s lifelong love of cherry red thinlines, we perused the online Epiphone catalog on your behalf, and we discovered that they are …

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Hangin’ With Elvin Bishop

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“I been in the blues all my life. I’m still delivering ‘cause I got a long memory.” — Muddy Waters Half a century has passed since the blues bands of Chicago rocked the smoky clubs and bars crowding the Southside and street players set up to play curbside on Maxwell Street on Sunday afternoons. The blues that migrated north from …

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NAMM and Ampeg

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Will you be at NAMM? We had been answering this question via e-mail for weeks, and no, the annual meeting of the National Association of Music Merchants was not on our agenda this year. We have roamed the cavernous halls of the Anaheim Convention Center at many shows in the past, trudging back and forth on Harbor Boulevard with the …

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Our Interview With Jason Lollar On His Regal ‘Fender’ Humbuckers

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During the past 60 years the Telecaster has been modified in countless ways, at first by players who sought to make the Tele more versatile and later by Fender designers tasked with creating a more diverse range of instruments to sell. We’ve seen many brass nuts on old Telecasters (most since replaced), humbuckers and mini humbuckers in place of original …

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Mr. Sandman Build Me A Dream— A Celebration of Custom Guitar Builders Collings Guitars

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(Singing the circle of 5ths) Bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bumbum-bum… Mr. Sandman, something to hold… Would be so peachy before we’re too old… So please turn on your magic beam, Mr Sandman, bring me, please, please, please… Mr Sandman, bring me a dream.  — The Chordettes, 1954 Do young mothers sing their children to sleep with “Mr. Sandman” anymore? Probably not, but they should. …