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G&L Opens Custom Shop

G&L Musical Instruments has opened a Custom Shop at its factory in Fullerton, California. Citing the pride he takes in the quality and variety of the company’s instruments, president Dave McLaren said they also realized there were limits to what they could do in a factory setting. “The Custom Shop gives us the freedom to ... ...

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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 1

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled the first three installments for a special edition of VG Overdrive. Watch for the complete history in the upcoming weeks. Before American guitars became obtainable, most guitars supplied to the ’60s “Beat” era players in ... ...

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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 2

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled the first three installments for a special edition of VG Overdrive. Watch for the complete history in the upcoming weeks. James Ormston Burns’ solo foray into the electric-guitar market began at the start of 1960; ... ...

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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 3

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled the first three installments for a special edition of VG Overdrive. Watch for the complete history in the upcoming weeks. The striking Black Bison was Ormston Burns’ flagship instrument, but was expensive and, let’s say, ... ...

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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 4

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled installments 4, 5, and 6 for this special edition of VG Overdrive. Watch for the complete history in the upcoming weeks. In Beat-era England, before The Beatles, one band reigned supreme – The Shadows. Starting ... ...

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Manouche Latcho Drom Swing 42

In the galaxy of Gypsy jazz guitars, the Modèle Special Chorus made by Sicilian-born, Parisian-based Antoine Di Mauro was something special. Departing from the standard Selmer grande and petite bouche models, Di Mauro added stylized f-holes for a unique, transatlantic look – as well as a distinctive voice. Today, vintage Special Chorus guitars of the ... ...

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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 5

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled installments 4, 5, and 6 for this special edition of VG Overdrive. Watch for the complete history in the upcoming weeks. In Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 4, we looked at Burns’ best-remembered instruments – the ... ...

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Guitar Tone Company’s Bloody Finger

While honing his ears at Greene Street Recording Studio in New York, David Harrington was inspired to build studio-quality stompboxes. He must have done something right because as word spread, he amassed a fan base of high-profile guitarists with a predilection for righteous tones. Fast forward a few years and Harrington’s Guitar Tone Company offers ... ...

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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 6

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled installments 4, 5, and 6 for this special edition of VG Overdrive. Watch for the complete history in the upcoming weeks. Recent installments of “The (Way) Back Beat” have followed the London-based Ormston Burns Ltd. ... ...

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Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter

Tremolo is a simple effect: the amplitude, or volume, of an incoming signal is raised and lowered in pulsating waves. With the Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter, the player is invited to manipulate, modulate, or mangle those waves to emulate a variety of trems heard in vintage amps or to produce intense swells, chops, strobes, and ... ...

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