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    B.B. King: September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015

    b-b-king-the-hooks-brothers-1949"I was at the Apollo Theater one time, and there was a critic there, and to me what he said was one of the greatest compliments that people have given me. The critic wrote: 'B.B. King sings, and then Lucille sings.' That made me feel...

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    New 8W Amp from Mod Kits DYI

    K-MOD102+_anglelightLooking for an excuse to grab the soldering iron, or to use one for the first time? Then check out the Mod 102+ from Mod Kits DIY, a vacuum tube American circuit with a British-style Class A output section. It features a 3-position switch for off/standby/power, plus push-pull...

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    Art Deco Pickguards from Decoboom

    decoboom-engraved-pickguard-spawn_of_paisley-patternAndrew Bingham is obsessed with plastic. But not just any kind—he digs plastic products made in the 1940s and 1950s, things like bakelite radios, celluloid jewelry, and especially guitars. He finds beauty in the Kay Kelvinator headstock and the colorful fingerboard of a National New Yorker...

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    Portraits of Texas Guitar Slingers

    tsoa-coverNow that the crowds have left SXSW 2015,  Austin can go back to being the "Live Music Capital of the World." That's right—even though 2000 bands came from all parts of the world to play the festival, without them, Austin's local music scene is still world...

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    Day of the Dead Strats from Fender

    0141004350_gtr_frtbdydtl_001_nrThe Mexican Day of the Dead festival is known for its colorful artwork of skulls and skeletons, placed on altars to honor those who have died. Made of paper mache, flowers, or even sugar, these ofrendas are meant to be eaten or thrown away once the...

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    G&L Adds 70’s Muscle to its Lineup

    G&L Green Headstock1970 was a golden year for muscle cars in America. Back then, it was all about speed and power. A Dodge Challenger of that year had a sticker price of just $4,056, and it came loaded with a 426 cubic-inch V-8, 425 horsepower engine. So what if...

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    Journey’s Neal Schon Selling “Lights” Strat

    White-Fender-BodyDSC3663100kjpgThe term "prodigy" gets thrown around too much these days, but if anyone deserves the title, it's Neal Schon. He joined Santana at age 17, after rebuffing Eric Clapton's offer to fill the late Duane Allman's spot in Derek & the Dominos. By 19, Schon formed Journey. Today, 40...

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