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Author Archives: Pete Prown

Stephen Ulrich

Film Noir Guitar
 
Stephen Ulrich

The instrumental music of Big Lazy echoes of Hollywood soundtracks – scores from gritty detective flicks, suspenseful prison breakouts, and spaghetti Westerns. Guitarist Stephen Ulrich amps this up with an array of retro parts interweaving post-war jazz, blues, country, and rock and roll. In his hands, (more…)

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Robert Trujillo and Others

Jaco
Bassman
 
Jaco-film

A brave and powerful film, Jaco documents the life of fusion bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius. Yet by its end, you will realize that Pastorius transcended such simple terms as “jazz-rock” and “electric bass.” The two-hour DVD (and bonus disc) covers his musical youth in (more…)

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Julian Lage

A Guitar Wizard Comes of Age
 
Julian Lage

People having been raving about Julian Lage since he was a young guitar prodigy almost 20 years ago – he even jammed onstage with Carlos Santana at the tender age of eight. Over the past half-decade, the 26-year-old has become a brilliant guitarist who’s taste (more…)

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TWA GD-02 Great Divide Analog Synth Octaver

Mono Monster
 
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TWA GD-02 Great Divide Analog Synth Octaver Price: $399 Info: www.godlyke.com . Despite its cumbersome name and the fact it looks like it might require an MIT degree to use, the TWA GD-02 Great Divide Analog Synth Octaver is simple and relatively intuitive to use – and (more…)

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BC Audio Amplifier No. 10 Mk. II

Big-Tone City
 
BC Audio Amplifier No. 10 Mk. II

BC Audio Amplifier No. 10 Mk. II Price: $2,495 (list) Contact: www.bcaudio.com Bruce Clement is known for his quality amp work, including models housed in military ammo cans. One of his 50-watt heads, the Amplifier No. 10 Mk. II, might (more…)

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Road to Rock

The Electrifying Sounds of Post-War Guitar
 
Road to Rock–The Electrifying Sounds of Post-War Guitar

Fans often mark the beginning of rock and roll as either Elvis Presley’s Sun Sessions or Bill Haley & the Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock,” both recorded in 1954. But three years earlier, in early March of 1951, Jackie Brenston (more…)

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Oddfellow Napoleon Boost

Little Dictator
 
Oddfellow Napoleon Boost

Oddfellow Napoleon Boost Price: $119.99 (list) Contact: www.oddfellowfx.com Overdrive is one of the guitarist’s great joys. Unlike flat-out distortion, overdrive is a broad tonal palette, from clean and full to huge and rockin’ – and every shade in between. Oddfellow’s Napoleon Boost aims to (more…)

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Devi Ever:FX Big Distortion Sound Machine

Enough is Never Enough
 
Devi Ever:FX Big Distortion Sound Machine

Devi Ever:FX Big Distortion Sound Machine Price: $200 (list) Contact: www.devieverfx.com Want fuzz, crunch, and overdrive? How about all at once? The Devi Ever:FX’s Big Distortion Sound Machine is a gnarly pedal that pushes the sonic envelope with guitar, electric bass, (more…)

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Phil Collins, Billy Cobham

Face Value, Hello, I Must Be Going, The Atlantic Years 1973-1978
Great Guitar Albums From Non-Guitarists
 

Sometimes non-guitarists make great guitar albums. These expanded reissues from drummers Billy Cobham and Phil Collins are cases in point. After a blistering career in the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham went solo and released a spate of excellent fusion albums, compiled here in an (more…)

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Magnatone Varsity

Less is More, Plus
 
Magnatone Varsity

Magnatone Varsity Price: $1,699 (list); $1,799 (as tested) Contact: www.magnatoneusa.com Magnatone earned a cult of admirers in the mid 20th century. Buddy Holly and Lonnie Mack used the company’s amps, and Neil Young still has a 280 Stereo model in his live rig. (more…)

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