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FLASHBACK: The 1964 Fender Jaguar

FLASHBACK 1964 Blonde Fender Jaguar Smells Like Teen Surfers… BACKGROUND First released in 1962, the Jaguar was the ultimate surfer’s guitar. Just picture the Beach Boys cruising down the highway with these in hand. WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. Need we say more? NOTABLE PLAYERS Kurt Cobain brought it back […]Read More »

Natalie Denise Sperl Opens Up About Her Favorite Axe

MY FAVORITE AXE with Natalie Denise Sperl (Kill My Coquette) Natalie Denise Sperl is the front woman of Kill My Coquette, whose self-titled debut EP is out now.  Kill My Coquette is armed with attitude and boasts vital rock and punk with a twist of designer blues. MAKE & MODEL 2014 Gibson SGJ. Slim profile […]Read More »

Behind-The-Scenes with Dr. Z, America’s Premier Boutique Amp Builder

The Doctor Is In!  What’s an electric guitar without an amp? Let’s be honest, rock wouldn’t have been birthed until some crusty bluesman cranked his tiny tube amp to 12 so he could be heard over the blaring horns and drums. The amp is almost as paramount to a player’s tone and style as his […]Read More »

FLASHBACK: 1960 Gibson Byrdland

FLASHBACK 1960 Gibson Byrdland The Axe Of Choice For The Nuge BACKGROUND Named by Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, who contributed in the making of the guitar when Gibson’s president was looking for new ideas, the Byrdland was introduced in mid 1955, making it essentially a custom-built guitar, initially, as it is today. WHAT IT […]Read More »

Looking Back at the 1972 Marshall Metal Face 100w Amp

The Beast That Launched a Thousand Riffs… BACKGROUND Marshall introduced the “metal face” era in 1969 and it lasted through 1976. 1972 is when Marshall began shipping amps with 6550 power tubes instead of EL-34s because they were breaking inside the warranty. I got this amp from a friend who loved his ’80s metal and […]Read More »

My Favorite Axe with Steve Morse

Like Steve Morse needs an introduction? He started the Dixie Dregs in 1970, the Steve Morse Band in the early ’80s, joined Kansas in 1986, joined Deep Purple 1993 and continues to perform with them to this day. This month, you can meet Steve and Joe Perry at Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp at Foxwoods […]Read More »

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