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Johnny Marr

Brit Gets a Git
 
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When pop-music fans in the U.K. talk about guitar heroes, they tend to put more stake in the way a player’s work fits, contextually, into that of his band. To wit, in a 2006 poll, BBC listeners were asked to choose the best guitarist to emerge since 1980, and many of the 30,000 who responded […]

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Pete Anderson

Disciple of the Hook
 

Detroit native Pete Anderson made a name for himself in the ’80s, playing a ton of twang while Dwight Yoakam sang. In the last 20 years, though, he has become known as an player who can adroitly back virtually any act, a first-rate music producer, and a record-label head. A disciple of ’50s rock-and-roll and […]

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Blues-Guitar Legend Johnny Winter Passes

 

Johnny Winter, among the elite guitarists in the blues and blues-rock idioms, died July 16 in Zurich, Switzerland, two days after he performed at a festival in Austria. He was 70, and at press time, no cause of death had been given. Winter grew up in Beaumont, Texas. His parents, John II and Edwina, encouraged […]

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Seymour Duncan Releases NYC Bass Pickups

 

Seymour Duncan’s NYC Bass pickups use a dual-coil J-type design with a double row of exposed Alnico II pole pieces. Their four-conductor cable allow for three wiring modes – parallel, series, and single-coil mode for a vintage -Jazz-Bass sound. It is available individually or in a calibrated neck-and-bridge set.  For more, visit www.seymourduncan.com/products/bass-pickups/.

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Dunlop Introduces Primetone Picks

 

Dunlop’s Primetone picks use a combination of material and edge sculpting intended to replicate the feel, playability, and sound of tortoise picks. Made of high-density ultem, they have a new grip design,  beveled playable edges, and are available in standard, semi-round, and triangle shapes in thicknesses ranging from .73mm to 1.5mm. Learn more at www.jimdunlop.com.

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Joe Satriani

Creativity and Chaos
 
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Calling any player “the hardest working guitarist in the business” is rather like referring to one as the “best guitarist” – do it, and you’re just asking for trouble. But if output equates to effort, there’s no doubt Joe Satriani works his as… err, fingers off! The rock shredder has been doing what he does […]

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Electra Guitars Introduces Invicta Model

 

Electra Guitars Invicta model has an ash body with a carved, quilted-maple top, set maple neck with medium C shape, sculpted heel with 22 jumbo frets, a 12″-radius rosewood fretboard, mother-of-pearl inlays, GraphTech Tusq nut, double-action truss rod, chrome hardware, and a TonePros bridge/tailpiece. It uses tortoise binding on the body, neck and headstock. The […]

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Nordstrand Pickups Offers New BigMan

 

Nordstrand Pickups’ BigMan uses two single-coil pickups in one cover that matches the physical size of a Music Man bass pickup.  Available in 4- and 5-string formats, it  uses Alnico V magnets and has four conductor-lead wires to allow for many switching options. It is designed and built in Nordstrand’s shop, in California. Learn more at […]

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Seymour Duncan Launches 805 Overdrive

 

The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive uses the same chip found in the legendary 808 as a starting point, but ends with an MC33178. It has an active three-band EQ, glass-diode/back-to-back stack distortion circuit, and a gain-control range of 8dB to 36dB. Wired true-bypass and for AC/DC operation, it is assembled at the Seymour Duncan Factory […]

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Roland Offers Cube-10GX Amp

 

Roland has expanded its Cube-GX line of amplifiers with the Cube-10GX. It offers 10 watts output and uses a custom-designed 8″ speaker. Its tones can be customized using the Cube Kit app, which offers 10 COSM amps, including amps for bass and acoustic/electric guitar. Out of the box, the Cube-10GX includes three amp types from […]

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