Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Way Huge Saucy Box Overdrive


The Way Huge Saucy Box Overdrive uses a single Drive control to balance the ratio of clean and driven signal. The design offers a unity-gain buffer and produces clean boost to overdrive using a passive tone circuit with discrete signal paths. Visit www.jimdunlop.com. (more…)

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Aguilar Offers Chorusaurus bass chorus


Aguilar Amplification’s Chorusaurus bass chorus pedal uses a four-knob layout with Mix (to vary the ratio of dry and wet signals), Rate, Depth, and Width. The unit offers stereo or mono output, 9-volt battery or AC compatibility, and a steel housing. See more at www.aguilaramp.com.   (more…)

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Rundgren Selling Memorabilia to Benefit Foundation


Todd Rundgren is preparing to auction some of his personal and professional memorabilia, including various items of clothing and stage-played instruments like an Italia guitar and a Roland digital piano. The singer/songwriter/producer is selling the items to benefit his Spirit of Harmony Foundation, which nurtures (more…)

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Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller

Two for T(-Birds)

Every fan of blues music is familiar with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Founded in 1974 by two guys who would go on to become Texas musical legends, guitarist Jimmie Vaughan and vocalist/harpist/front man Kim Wilson, the band spent its first decade building momentum around the south before tasting international stardom in 1986, when their first album […]

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Jack Bruce Passes


Bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, best known for his work with groundbreaking rock trio Cream in the mid ’60s, died October 24 at his home in Suffolk, England. He was 71. Bruce began his playing upright bass with British musical innovators such as Alexi Korner, John Mayall, and Graham Bond. Bruce and fellow Cream members Eric Clapton (guitar) (more…)

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Park Releases Limited Edition 75 Head


Park Amplifiers Limited Edition 75 is a British-style, four-input/two-channel amplifier that uses KT88 output tubes. Hand-wired in New York, it produces 50 watts of clean output, 90 at full power using new old stock (NOS) Piher and Allen Bradley resistors, Lemco capacitors (“chicklet” and (more…)

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Standard in Custom

Schecter’s Custom Shop Marks 35 Years

Riding high after 35 years with an array of original instruments, an impressive artist roster that started early with Pete Townshend and Mark Knopfler, and a line of high-gain amplifiers, Schecter Guitars has come full circle. Established as Schecter Guitar Research by David Schecter in 1976, the company began repairing guitars and selling parts to […]

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Neil Giraldo

Road Routine
Neil Giraldo Home Main

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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Squier Intros Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster


Squier’s Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster guitar is tuned A to A and has the 30″ scale. Sporting a modern take on Fender’s Antigua finish, with a matching pickguard, it has a bound fretboard with white pearloid block inlays, and two Duncan Design single-coil (more…)

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Setzer Sends Gretsch to Smithsonian


Brian Setzer recently donated a replica of his 1959 Gretsch 6120 to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The renowned original was used during the ’80s heyday of the Stray Cats, when he personalized it by mounting dice (taken from his Monopoly board game) (more…)

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