Vintage Guitars – Guitars Gibson Should Never Have Made

Any guitar maker with a 100-year history is going to drop clangers from time to time. Sid Bishop looks at the misses from Michigan… Gibson have been in the guitar-making business for 120 years. They’ve made many iconic, trendsetting instruments and have consistently defined benchmarks for the entire industry; that’s why Gibsons are without More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Friday, September 26th, 2014
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Vintage Guitars – Cherry On The Cake

For any kid who ever pressed a nose against a guitar shop window, there’s one colour that soars above all others. Phil Harris hasn’t lost that feeling yet… If you’ve read many of my columns over the More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Never Left Behind – Vintage Left Hookers

As a lad Phil Harris saw the left-hand fork in the road and turned right instead, but vintage left-hookers are very much in demand… Although it might well be a lot better nowadays than it used to be, left-handed More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Monday, June 30th, 2014
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Vintage: The Cut-Price Collection

In this feature Sid Bishop delves into the world of budget vintage guitars, beginning with Gibson’s changeable Melody Makers, followed by Fender Jaguars, Jazzmasters, and some fascinating though lesser-known Fender More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
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Vintage – Goodbye Not Farewell

In this feature Phil Harris explains how he’s had to lock some old friends in the cupboard lest they tempt him to stray from the path. But they’ll be back… My desire to spend 2014 exploring blues guitar in More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Monday, February 17th, 2014
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Future Proof – Vintage Amps and Basses

A great guitar needs a great amp, and a great band needs a great bottom end. This month Sid Bishop looks beyond the limelight to investigate collecting guitar amplifiers and bass guitars Why would anyone want to More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
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Vintage – Willing and Stable

Tone, weight, looks, comfort, neck feel… many and varied are the reasons that we adore a guitar, but one crucial quality often gets lost in the mix. Phil Harris reminds us of a factor that can often send a guitar More...

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By John Callaghan On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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Hooked On Classics: All Hands On Neck

You can switch your strings, buy new pedals, tweak the settings on your amp and change your sound in many ways, but one thing you can’t easily escape is the feel of a guitar’s neck. Phil Harris ponders More...

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By John Callaghan On Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
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Hooked On Classics: Hurry Up And Weight

The pro musician’s life in the 1970s was both toneful and shatteringly loud but as Phil Harris recalls, there was a high price to pay in pain and sweat F or all my love of vintage equipment, there’s More...

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By Alan Clayson On Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
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Hooked on classics moving to the country

He may be a south London boy born and bred, but Phil Harris is developing a worrying taste for the downhome via the modern resonator makers who combine that old-time twang with a whole new approach Spending so much More...