Working amidst a pandemic, Slash, Myles Kennedy, and their friends in The Conspirators went to extraordinary lengths to make their new album, 4. The end result was well worth a head-on collision with Covid. We also connect with producer Dave Cobb, whose live-from-the-floor approach to recording in RCA Nashville’s Studio A has drawn artists ranging from The Conspirators, Chris Stapleton, and Brandi Carlile to John Prine and Jason Isbell.
In high school, the late Alexander Dumble modded guitar amps, taking the first steps in becoming a legend in the field whose name now ranks among the truly elite. With help from some of his most-renowned clients and friends, we pay tribute.
Co-founder and last remaining member of The Ventures’ “classic” lineup, Don Wilson influenced the way rock-and-roll rhythm guitar is perceived and played. Fans and friends help us honor his passing.
Birthed before Alexander Dumble’s flagship ODS made him the go-to tone guru, we unearth a 1971 Dumble Special 16 (serial number 0001). To put it mildly, it’s “unusual.”
Through the 1910s and early ’20s, Gibson denigrated flat-top guitars as unworthy of its name. But as the market changed, so did attitudes in Kalamazoo. While still fancy, the 1939-’42 SJ-100 was a budget-friendlier version of the “King of the Flat-Tops.”
We talk new music with J.D. Simo, Isaiah Mitchell, and Luther Dickinson. In this month’s “Pop ’N Hiss,” Joe Satriani reflects on his life as he wrote and recorded Surfing With The Alien, and Wolf Marshall’s “Fretprints” digs into the story and licks of blues legend Earl Hooker.
Craving new tunes for your playlist (and by “playlist” we might mean “turntable”)? Our “Hit List” staff recommend the latest from Tinsley Ellis, Steve Vai, Scorpions, Georgia Satellites, Davey Johnstone Band, J.D. Simo, and more!
If you’re looking for honest, objective product reviews, our “Approved Gear” staff has your back! This month, they take a look at new stuff from Gretsch, Becos, FOMOfx, Fender, Positive Grid, and B&G.
It’s all in the April issue of Vintage Guitar!
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