We go loopy on the Les Paul, with a look at the Last Burst, – a single-cut made after Gibson began shipping the SG-style body in late 1960. Plus, we feature two ’69 Deluxe models made famous on songs you’ve heard a million times, then discuss the model’s transition from single-cut to the double-cut. We honor the late Jimmy Nalls, then discuss new music with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Billy Sheehan, James Elkington, Billy Flynn, Rex Brown, and David Ryan Harris, look at the Cloud collection of Uli Jon Roth, and get an update on the Pixies’ new music and tour with Joey Santiago. This month’s instrument profiles examine the Fender Performer, that company’s toe-dip into heavy metal, and introduce the Bird Golden Eagle 4/25, an amp far cooler than its B-list status. All this, along with our “VG Approved Gear” reviews, “Hit List” music reviews, and much more are in the October issue, available now!