Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Supro/Pigtronix Expand into New Factory


Absara Audio, manufacturer of Supro amplifiers and Pigtronix pedals, has moved to a new facility in Port Jefferson Station, New York. Located adjacent to the previous factory, the new building has a production floor measuring 15,000 square feet and is designed to (more…)

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Bassist Chris Squire Dies


Chris Squire, co-founder of the legendary British progressive rock band Yes, died June 27, following a brief battle with acute erythroid leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of the blood malignancy. He was 67. Yes formed in 1968 and quickly earned praise for its complex arrangements of original material and unique reworkings of songs by other artists. The band eventually […]

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Neil Giraldo

Road Routine
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The hard-driving husband-and-wife rock act that hits the stage as Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo is responsible for more than a handful of stalwart classic-rock jams. For the past 15 years, Benatar and husband/guitarist/producer/co-writer Giraldo have spent many of their summers touring, then scratching (more…)

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Will Lee

Letter Winner

Musicians being artists and artists needing to express themselves, it says something that Will Lee’s new album, Love, Gratitude & Other Distractions, is only his second in 20 years (his first was 1993’s Oh!). Mostly, it speaks to the fact that since James Brown is no longer with us, Lee may well now be the […]

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Harry Joyce USA Offers HJ Custom Amps


Harry Joyce USA recently relaunched by offering the H.J. Custom line of amps with 30, 50, and 100 watts output. Each has controls for Bass, Treble, and Middle, 8-/16-ohm impedence selection, effects loop, and variable volt selections. All models have stainless-steel chassis, enlarged filtering (more…)

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Keisel Offers Luminlay Side Dots


Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop are offering Luminlay Super Blue Side Dots. The dots glow in the dark to improve fretboard awareness in low-light conditions and can be “charged” using florescent lighting, or Luminlay’s LL-1 LED light charger. They are available on any (more…)

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Breedlove Expands Premier Series With Concert LTD


Breedlove Guitars has added the Concert LTD to its Premier Series acoustics. Handcrafted in Oregon, the guitar has a solid Western red cedar top and solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, along with LR Baggs EAS VTC electronics and a wider nut and slimmer (more…)

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Bedell Guitars Launches Wildfire Series


Bedell Guitars’ Wildfire Series guitars are made of solid Adirondack spruce and figured maple, and available in dreadnought, orchestra, and parlor shapes. Other features include K&K Pure Mini electronics, maple binding, figured-maple peghead veneer, and mosaic pin inlays. All are handcrafted at the company’s Oregon workshop. (more…)

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Guitar Mill Luthier Shop Set to Mark 10 Years


Guitar Mill Luthier Shop, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is set to celebrate its 10th year in business. Established by Mario and Shannon Martin in July, 2005, the shop produces its own line of boutique electric guitars, specializes in American-made electric-guitar parts, and offers vintage-correct custom finishes. (more…)

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TC Electronic Offers PolyTune Clip


TC Electronic’s PolyTune Clip can serve as a chromatic tuner or strobe tuner and has an ultra-bright display that detects if all strings are strummed or if individual notes are plucked. It has stainless-steel clip and automatically flips the display no matter where it’s placed on (more…)

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