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    Cool Pickguard Designs from Decoboom

    decoboom-engraved-pickguard-spawn_of_paisley-patternAndrew Bingham has a thing for plastic—postwar plastic, when bakelite, celluloid and acrylic was used to make phones, radios, jewelry and yes, guitars. Last year he launched Decoboom, a pickguard design and manufacturing studio based in Bakersfield, California. Bingham works exclusively with plastic, saying “It is without...

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    Portraits of Texas Tele Pickers

    ut74Austinites can breath a sigh of relief—SXSW 2015 has come to a close. Some 2,000 artists and bands played the festival, but it's worth noting that even after they've gone, local performers still make Austin the "Live Music Capital of the World." For decades, professional photographer Matthew Sturtevant...

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    This Guitar is Built from What?

    DSC_0103The Telecaster is a versatile enough instrument that you can make it out of a variety of woods and it's still a Telecaster. James Trussart makes his with steel, Fender has used aluminum; some TDPRI'ers have even tried carbon fiber and another used Popsicle sticks(!). One material you...

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    Tim Bram’s Archtop T-Style Jazz Boxes

    Tim Bram thumbnailWhen Leo Fender released first released the Telecaster to the world (via the Broadcaster and Esquire), his earliest customers were country and western musicians. Some, like Jimmy Wyble and Jimmy Bryant, came to C&W via the jazz world, where the archtop guitar ruled the roost. Or course,...

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    G&L Guitars Meet Muscle Cars

    G&L R:T Collection colorsGuitars and cars have always gone together. From Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" to Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" to Wilson Picket's "Mustang Sally," if you've got a six string, it's not hard to link it to car culture. In the 1960s and 70s, a lot of...

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    Fender Updates Two Amps for ’15

    highlights-amp-guitar-tube-circuitryFender cranked out many new guitar models for 2015, but when it comes to guitar amps, they weren't so prolific. Rather than introduce new ones, they've chosen to update two solid performers from the stable. So if you're jonesing for more tones, check these out:   First...

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    Custom Shop Tele Lineup for ’15

    Caballo for ThumbnailBy the looks of their new lineup, it's a safe bet the Fender Custom Shop team put in some serious overtime getting ready for 2015 NAMM. There are many models to consider; study them wisely because it's hard to justify more than one $5000 guitar...

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    Fender’s New Teles from NAMM ’15

    SandblastWham, bam, thank you NAMM. Fender is introducing a bevy of Teles at 2015 NAMM, and there's something here that should appeal to just about anyone.  They won't all be available immediately, but you can't start fantasizing right now. And as we all know, there's no bigger...

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    You’ve Never Seen a T-Style Like This

    sf5Perfection has an ugly side, as Phil Sylvester can attest. Dreaming of becoming a “big-time serious jazzer,” he enrolled at Berklee College of Music, but it wasn’t a smooth ride. “I learned so much about theory and technique that my standards were beyond my ears...

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    Fender’s New American Standards

    Fender American Standard SeriesThere will always be a certain allure to pre-CBS Fenders, but post-CBS models have their own cachet, as well. When Fender employees took over the company in late 1984, they started working on a new series of guitars. Released in 1986, these "American Standards" became...

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    Tom Petty’s Custom Shop Kingman

    Tom Petty EditTom Petty's career is going on 40-years strong, and over that time, he's written many classic songs. He's also played many classic guitars. In the '90s, Rickenbacker honored Tom with a signature 12-string. Currently, you can buy a Tom Petty signature Gibson Dove. Now, Fender...

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