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With a family history that goes back to instruments built in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century, Epiphone made some of the finest guitars, banjos and mandolins of the early to mid 20th century... Continue Reading

02/26/2015 - 11:11am

When Gibson introduced the semi-solid ES-335 in 1958, the intention was to build an instrument that would appeal to tradition-minded players for whom a Les Paul Model was simply too radical of a... Continue Reading

02/19/2015 - 9:18pm

Northern California-based luthier Steve Klein made a name for himself back in the late 1970s when star clients such as Joni Mitchell, Joe Walsh, Steven Stills and J. D. Souther sang the praises of... Continue Reading

02/18/2015 - 11:00am

At the time this gorgeous little guitar was built in 1965, Chicago’s Harmony company was cranking out the largest amount of guitars in the world, and their guitars were built under a number... Continue Reading

02/16/2015 - 11:48am

Some breaking trends witnessed at last weekend’s NAMM, the annual musical instrument trade show held in Anaheim: 1. Fewer scantily clad (and often downright scary) female models handing out... Continue Reading

01/27/2015 - 4:03pm

1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe

The stark, direct and simple design of the Fender Telecaster is seen by many as the ultimate example of the electric solid body guitar, but it... Continue Reading

01/07/2015 - 1:35pm

1932 National Style 2 Plectrum 

In 1920, as I described in this... Continue Reading

01/06/2015 - 4:53pm

1920 Vega Electric 6 String Banjo

Back in the early part of the 20th century, the banjo, the mandolin, the ukulele and the guitar were all racing to be the most popular... Continue Reading

01/05/2015 - 4:14pm

1978 Santa Cruz D-28-R (Tony Rice Model Prototype)

Back in Issue 1 I wrote about Richard Hoover and the history of the... Continue Reading

12/31/2014 - 3:13pm

Circa 1940 Euphonon

Euphonon guitars were made by August and Carl Larson, two brothers who immigrated to America from Sweden in the 1880s. They never used used their own... Continue Reading

12/30/2014 - 5:54pm