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1967-1969

Duane Allman

Al Di Meola

Jeff Baxter

Robben Ford

Jeff Beck

Jimi Hendrix

Pierre Bensusan

Peter Frampton

Ritchie

John Lennon

Dickey Betts

Ace Frehley

Paul McCartney

Tommy Bolin

Robert Fripp

Blackmore

Rory Gallagher Billy Gibbons Steve Hackett Steve Howe Tony Iommi Terry Kath Alex Lifeson Steve Lukather Brian May John McLaughlin Pat Metheny Glen Campbell

Jimmy Page

Roy Buchanan

Ronnie Montrose

Eric Clapton

Keith Richards

Lindsey

Steve Morse

Jerry Garcia

Carlos Santana

David Gilmour

Pete Townshend

Mike Campbell

Joe Perry

Frank Zappa

Larry Carlton

Nile Rodgers

Ry Cooder

Mick Ronson

1970s

Rick Nielsen

Buckingham

Uli Jon Roth

Larry Coryell Phil Keaggy Mark Knopfler Paul Kossoff

Michael Schenker Neal Schon

Peter Green George Harrison

Gear Innovations and Evolutions BY ART THOMPSO N A ND DAVE HU N T ER IN THE 50 YEARS THAT GUITAR PLAYER

has been printing magazines there have been incredible highlights in the development of gear. Back in 1967 when GP began writing about all things guitar, the equipment landscape was evolving right along with music. Amplifiers were getting bigger and louder as Marshall and Vox vied for arena supremacy, effects took a big leap forward with the advent of the Vox Wah-Wah

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(followed closely by the famous Uni-Vibe), and in 1969 alone, Mesa/Boogie launched its revolutionary Mark I combo, Ampeg went power-mad with the SVT, and Electro-Harmonix etched its place in stompbox history with the Big Muff. Whew! As if a fuse was lit on an innovations skyrocket, the number of guitar-product launches from that point to where we are today has been pretty

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mindblowing—and GP has been along for the ride all the way with in-depth reviews, large-scale shootouts, and all the advertisements that have graced the pages each month. It’s been an honor and a privilege to have helped spotlight some of the most important guitar innovations to come along, and we hope you enjoy looking back on some of those noteworthy releases via this 50-year timeline.

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