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Arguably the most culturally defining and tumultuous era of our nations history, the 1960s was such a cluster of events it's near impossible to summarize in one article. Even CNN’s 10-part miniseries “The Sixties” got flack for glossing over a few things. We won't even pretend to try.
But while the planet was busy tilting on its polar axis, the music world reveled in its new found freedom. Blame it on sex, point a finger at drugs, but the real catalyst of the proverbial trinity is, of course, largely due to a daring music industry and artists at the peak of their game.
So as you sit back and peruse our finely curated collection of "vintage gear porn,” pour a sip on the concrete and take a moment to appreciate the contributions of our forefathers.
While guitarists were basking in their wall of sound, Ampeg Amplifiers responded with a huge display of force, with effects could be felt for generations to come.
The Ampeg SVT 300-watt Bass Amp and its towering 8x10 counterpart terrified the natives much like the black monolith in 2001 Space Odyssey. Thanks to improved speaker technology and the amp wattage arms-race Bass players were suddenly noticed, told to turn their amps down, and once again quickly ignored.
I'm sure we left a few things out. Let us know your favorite ’60s gear!
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Taking a break from his full-time job of being coolest man ever to walk the planet, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons recently took a stroll through our hallowed halls to shoot the breeze and score some killer gear while he was at it!
Billy sampled our collection of Whitfill Guitars, checked out a few amps, and even took a moment to congratulate a customer on his recent acquisition: a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop. As Mr. Gibbons said, "It's one hell of a guitar."
We agree Billy. Oh, do we agree.
Billy went home with a mean little '58 Fender Champ, and a handful of essential pedals and accessories. Come and see us again sir—everyone at Chicago Music Exchange loves a sharp-dressed man!
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In case you weren't aware, Chicago Music Exchange takes guitars very seriously. So serious in fact, we continually send our crew jet-setting across the globe to learn more about the guitars we love.View full article »
In today’s over-populated, jungle of a music scene, it’s rare a new artist makes an immediate, visceral impression on you with just one performance. Colter Wall, with his stripped down interpretation of Americana/Outlaw Country, is causing second glances with every show he plays. His smokey, rusted-out baritone vocals form a unique pairing with the twangy grit of his open-chord acoustic picking.View full article »
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