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Forgotten Guitar: An Inside Look at the Fender Factory in 1959

Have a look at the video clip below for some fantastic rare footage of the Fender guitar factory in the late Fifties.The clip was shot inside Fender’s original Fullerton, California, home in 1959, according to the uploader, a film-restoration company called CinePost.It’s a unique look into the early days of the iconic American guitar maker, and it even features shots of Leo Fender, Freddie... …

Forgotten Guitar: In-Studio Tips and Performance from Session Giant Dann Huff

Dann Huff is often associated with his session work on Eighties mega-hits, including Madonna’s "Like a Prayer,” Michael Jackson’s "Man in the Mirror” and, of course, that “Danger Zone” guitar solo.But the multi-award-winning Huff has had a seriously varied career, with more than 1,500 song credits to his name. He's played on everything from Michael Bolton to Megadeth.Receiving his first session... …

Forgotten Guitar: Jimmy Page Offers an Up-Close Look at His “Number 1” Les Paul

Once described by Jimmy Page as both his "mistress and wife...except it doesn't ask for alimony," his "Number One" Gibson Les Paul is—without question—one of the most iconic guitars in the history of rock. The guitar, which he purchased from Joe Walsh (who was in the James Gang at the time) in 1969 during one of Led Zeppelin's early U.S. tours, has been closely associated with Page for decades.... …

Forgotten Guitar: A Close-up Look at Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Number One” Strat

In November 2003, Fender announced that 100 Stevie Ray Vaughan “Number One” replica Strats would be made by its Custom Shop (all by John Cruz), priced at $10,000 each.A few months before, Fender (with Stevie’s brother Jimmie overseeing proceedings) was able to get a hands-on look at the original instrument, with the goal of painstakingly matching every minor element of the famous guitar using... …

Forgotten Guitar: Steve Vai's 1990 Appearance on MTV’s 'Headbangers Ball'

In May 1990, Steve Vai guested as host of MTV’s Headbangers Ball. Filmed around the release of Vai’s second studio album, Passion and Warfare, and during his stint with Whitesnake, Vai couldn’t have been more "in demand." His appearance was heavily advertised at the time, with many fans writing in, hoping to get a response from the virtuoso himself. In the three clips below, Vai provides us... …

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