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MOD Kits DIY Introduces The Contortionist


MOD Kits DIY’s The Contortionist is an all-analog fuzz box that produces fuzz with layered octave overtones similar to those produced by an e-bow. Its frequency multiplier circuit creates harmonics that swell and recede depending on gain setting, pick attack, position on the neck, and pickup. It operates on a 9-volt battery or AC adapter. […]

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Dunlop Offers Super Bright Bass Strings


Dunlop Super Bright Bass Strings are  designed to produce clear, defined highs supported by a balanced low-end response that keeps a player’s sound full and round. The company says their lighter tension provides superior response to playing nuances along with reduced hand fatigue, and the smooth feel of each string provides superior playing comfort. They […]

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Brad Paisley

Two Vital Guitars From the Collection of a Modern Superpicker

Brad Paisley’s 2011 book, Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me, is essentially an autobiography. But really, it’s not so much about him. Anyone who has ever spoken with Paisley will tell you the “aw shucks” humbleness he exhibits on awards shows, in concert, and in the […]

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Earliest Known Black Strat Set for Sale


Gruhn Guitars is set to offer for sale the earliest known custom-color black Fender Stratocaster. Musician Howard Reed, Jr. (1937–’81) ordered the guitar in 1955 through McCord Music Company, in Dallas. In ’58, Reed joined Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps and used the Strat as his primary guitar onstage. He also used it on […]

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Breedlove Announces Discovery Series


Breedlove Stringed Instruments Discovery Series guitars were, the company says, created to support newcomers to the instrument. They have a radiused fretboard, slimmer neck profile, and pinless bridge and are available in dreadnought and concert-style bodies with no cutaway or electronics, or with cutaway and Fishman ISYS-T electronics. The Concert is designed for the fingerstylist […]

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Wishbone Ash Releases Album, Sets U.S. Tour


Wishbone Ash recently released its 24th studio album, Blue Horizon. In its 45th year, the band’s stronghold is England and Europe, but founder Andy Powell believes it’s time for a tour of the U.S., including locales where the band hasn’t performed in years. “We hope our long-lost fans will check out what we’ve been doing,” said Powell. […]

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Seymour Duncan Expands Black Winter Pickup Line


Seymour Duncan’s Black Winter pickup, created for metal players looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity, is now available for six-, seven-, and eight-string guitars. It has a black bottom plate, black pole pieces and screws, blood-red wire, and the Duncan logo in Old English font. It is wound in bridge and neck […]

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Reunion Blues Intros RBX Series


Reunion Blues’ RBX Series bags are lightweight and include backpack straps, integrated subway grips, Zero-G handles, a  pocket and the RBX Protection System, a lightweight foam surround with strategically placed impact panels, a  foam neck cradle, and endpin rest. Visit

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Lanikai, Shimabukuro Team Up for Four Strings Foundation


Lanikai Ukuleles has partnered with ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro’s Four Strings Foundation. The non-profit, founded by Shimabukuro and Chicago educator Polly Yukevich in 2013, seeks to curate music education workshops nationwide. Lanikai, one of the world’s largest ukulele brands, remains committed to music education and will provide their patented TunaUke ukuleles to schools and […]

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Knaggs Guitars Offers “Double Purfling” finish


Joe Knaggs has devised a method to stain different finishes on solidbody guitars. Called double purfling, the finish involves splitting the guitar’s top into sections by inserting channels. For more, go to

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