675

Author Archives: Bob Dragich

deLisle Nickel Box

A Nickel For Your Chops
 
deLisle Nickel Box

deLisle Nickel Box Price: $609 (list); $729 (as tested) Info: www.delisleguitar.com Low-watt amplifiers have enjoyed a run of popularity. Offering saturated power-tube distortion at volumes that should keep the neighbors from showing up at midnight with tallow torches and pitchforks, they can be ideal (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Falbo Alpha Series Hollowbody

Top Dog
 
Falbo Alpha Series Hollowbody

Falbo Alpha Series Hollowbody Price: $3,450 (base); $6,250 (as reviewed) Info: www.falboguitars.com Frank Falbo set the acoustic guitar world on its collective ear in 2012 with a revolutionary string-anchoring design that reduces or eliminates the string pull that attempts to tear the bridge right (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Big Knob Pedals

What’s in a Name?
 
Big Knob Pedals

Big Knob Pedals Price: Tube 808, $139; Echo Flex, $149; Vibe Tone, $159; Octavius, $129 (all list) Contact: www.bigknobpedals.com Gary Kibler started making pedals almost by accident. Originally from Los Angeles, Kibler moved to London when his wife was offered a terrific job. With (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Demeter Mighty Minnie Pedalboard Amplifier

Mighty Fine
 
Demeter Mighty Minnie Pedalboard Amplifier

Demeter Mighty Minnie Pedalboard Amplifier Price: $899.99 Info: www.demeteramps.com Years ago, backstage after a concert, slide-guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth mentioned to renowned amp designer James Demeter that it would be nice to be able to do fly-in dates without having to rely (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Luker Chameleon Combo

True to Its Colors
 
Luker Chameleon Combo

The Luker Chameleon Combo Price: $1,850 (list) Contact: www.lukeramps.com Considering the state of modern vacuum tubes, a surprising number of great tube amps are currently being built. And of those, every once in a while a truly exceptional amp that is also an astonishing (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Gretsch G5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block

Gettin’ Gainy
 
The Gretsch G5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block

The Gretsch G5655T-CB Electromatic Center-Block Price: $1,275.00 (list); $899.00 (street) Contact: www.gretschguitars.com It’s no secret that hollowbodies don’t excel in high-gain situations. Gretsch’s Electromatic line of guitars use a solid-spruce center block designed to cut feedback when things get loud. The smallest of (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Traveler AG-105EQ

Savvy Traveler
 
Traveler AG-105EQ

Traveler AG-105EQ Price: $499.99 (street) Info: www.travelerguitar.com When it comes to “travel guitars,” players are often forced to sacrifice size for portability and even functionality. Unlike many travel instruments that are simply miniaturized six-stringers, the Traveler AG-105EQ is a useful and playable instrument featuring a (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Gries 5

Champ of Champs?
 
GREIS5_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Gries 5 Price: $879 Info: www.griesamps.com The Fender Champ is one of the most popular amps of all time. Offering great tone at low volumes, it’s ideal for both practice and recording. Many of today’s top builders offer accurate-sounding replicas. One of them, Dave Gries, came up (more…)

Posted in Gear | 1 Response

Ronnie Earl

Stratocaster Royalty
 
RONNIE-EARL-HOME-MAIN-BIG

For someone who has been a professional musician for more than 30 years, Ronnie Earl is going through a remarkable production period in his career. In just the last three years, he released his first live DVD and companion CD, 2008’s Hope Radio, followed by the CD Living in the Light in ’09 and now, […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Taylor Classic, Custom, and Standard

Worth the Wait
 

Taylor SolidBody Classic. For years, Bob Taylor fended off the question, “When are you going to build a solidbody guitar?” Well-known as a builder of top-notch acoustics, for his company, Taylor Guitars, the step seemed logical and maybe even a little overdue. And (more…)

Posted in Gear | Comments closed