Joe Bonamassa on his Amos Flying V, ’55 Black Strat and more

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Joe Bonamassa recently talked us through the guitars on his 2016 album, Blues Of Desperation. He also showed us a few very special extras from one of the greatest collections on Earth… Story Chris Vinnicombe | Photography Eleanor Jane Driving away from Joe Bonamassa’s home in the Hollywood Hills down towards the flickering lights of Los Angeles, More...

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By On Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Vintage Time Machines: 1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom

In a new series, G&B goes guitar shopping on, and we might just have blown the whole budget already… Much as the mid-1960s were a ‘transitional era’ for Fender, the first years of that decade More...

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By On Friday, July 15th, 2016

Vintage Bench Test: 1950 5B4 Fender Super & 1956 5E4-A Fender Super

While the Twin and Deluxe grab the headlines, 1950s Fender Supers are among the best-sounding tweed amps of them all. Huw Price sets up an enviable head to head… Regular readers will be familiar with the 1956 More...

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By On Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Vintage Bench Test: 1955-56 Gretsch 6131 Jet Firebird

Some mystery surrounds the exact date that this stunning Oriental Red Jet Firebird was made. Huw Price investigates… Dating this guitar is tricky, because only a small shred of the original label remains More...

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By On Monday, April 11th, 2016

Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Fender Stratocaster

An original custom colour Sea Foam Green Strat is many a Fender collector’s holy grail. Huw Price finds there’s more to this guitar than just a rare finish… It’s always a thrill to play any pre-CBS More...

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By On Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Vintage Bench Test: 1965 Gibson ES-335

With more than 50 years on the clock, this classic semi-acoustic is still in near-mint condition. Huw Price makes a close inspection… It’s never been entirely clear if ‘iced tea’ and ‘honeyburst’ were More...

By On Monday, February 29th, 2016

Vintage Bench Test: 1956 Fender Stratocaster

This barely-played 50s Strat has the unblemished appearance of a modern guitar. However, as Huw Price finds, it plays and sounds like a vintage dream… Originally given to The Music Guild in California by Fender More...

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By On Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Vintage Bench Test: 1978 Zemaitis

Tony Zemaitis’ guitars became iconic thanks to the rockstars of the 1970s. Huw Price takes an in-depth look at a 1978 example… It’s no wonder so many rock stars ordered guitars from Tony Zemaitis back in More...

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By On Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Private Collection: Walter Heale – Alpha Male

Alphabetic guitarist Walter Heale is a big fan of Jazzmasters and Gretsches, often modded. He takes Lars Mullen on a tour of his enviable collection. “I’m happy to say that I am a Jazzmaster guy,” confirms More...

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By On Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Vintage Bench Test: 1967 Fender Custom Telecaster

A special place in guitar history may be reserved for pre-CBS Fenders, but Huw Price finds that this 60s Custom has many of the features of that golden age. A very long time ago, describing a guitar as ‘vintage’ More...