Vintage Guitars – Walk on the Wild Side

Do we pay too much attention to the hallowed classics of the gear universe? Phil Harris loves them, but urges us to keep an open mind… We all know that guitar collecting can be a very serious business, and that some people view old instruments as investments and as antique pieces. But there’s always room, in my opinion, for us to indulge in More...

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By On Monday, March 9th, 2015

Weapons of Destruction – High Volume Gear

The Great Backline Wars of the 1970s led to many a rock band casualty, yet Phil Harris wouldn’t have missed the experience… The inspiration for this feature came while I was trying to find a car parking More...

By On Monday, September 29th, 2014

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 More...

By On Friday, September 26th, 2014

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 On Monday, July 21st, 2014

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 On Monday, June 30th, 2014

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 On Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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 On Monday, February 17th, 2014

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 On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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...

By John Callaghan On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

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...