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Dr. Z Releases Z-Drive Pedal


The Dr. Z Z Drive pedal was developed with input from EarthQuaker Devices’ Jamie Stillman. It uses OPA 2134 op amps and has two drive channels; Germanium uses NOS diodes and is a lighter, more open-sounding overdrive, while Mosfet creates a more-compressed, higher-gain tone. The (more…)

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PRS Offers Custom 24 58/15 Limited Edition


The PRS Custom 24 58/15 Limited Edition uses the company’s 58/15 pickups, fretboard binding, a new headstock signature inlay, and the Gen III PRS tremolo. It has a figured maple top, mahogany back, 24-fret mahogany neck with Pattern Regular or Pattern Thin shape, 25″ scale, and (more…)

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Backbeat Offers Tony Bacon’s “The SG Guitar Book”


Backbeat Books is set to launch a new title by renowned guitar expert Tony Bacon. The SG Guitar Book includes the story of the famed Gibson model from its earliest prototypes to the latest versions, along with a database of every SG ever manufactured, and a variety of photos. The book (more…)

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Star Board: Tom Guerra


Guitarist/singer/songwriter (and VG contributor) Tom Guerra recently released his first solo album, All of the Above, which reviewer Pete Prown says is “hook-laden rock and roll originals that pay homage to everyone from the Beatles to the Byrds, and from Led Zeppelin to Mott (more…)

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Godlyke Offers Pivot-All Plugs for Instrument Cables


Godlyke’s Pivot-All rotating plug has a quarter-inch shaft that can be rotated over a 180-degree arc that makes it easier to use in certain applicaitons and reduces short-circuits by moving the cable’s stress point away from the solder connection. It uses gold-plated audio connections. (more…)

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Carvin Offers Icon 2.0 Electric Basses


Carvin Guitars’ Icon Series basses now have a deeper cutaway, chambered body option, and a headstock with a three-piece design that uses a wood overlay with a thin black mid layer. Flamed-maple tops with matching headstocks are standard, as are dual carbon-fiber reinforcing rods, and (more…)

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Breedlove Offers Myrtlewood Guitars


Breedlove is offering a limited edition of two models from its Oregon series – the Parlor and Concert – with myrtlewood tops, backs, and sides. The guitars have maple necks, ebony fretboards with 25.5″ (Conert) or 25″ (Parlor) scale, 1.75″ nut width, and 20″ body (more…)

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Greer Amps Introduces Black Tiger, Hammer Pedals


Greer Amps’ Black Tiger delay has controls for Feedback, Time, and Mix, along with a footswitch to engage real-time delay transition control (labeled “Trails”). It has an analog signal path with high-quality buffers, digital delay repeater, and voicings to replicate vintage-tape and oil-can delay types. (more…)

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Amptweaker Offers TightFuzz Pro


Amptweaker’s TightFuzz Pro has switches for Germanium/Silicon, Smooth Edge, and ’60s/’70s tone. It also has a three-band EQ and a Tight control that tames its attack. An auto-bias feature helps the knob adjust degree of distortion, and the dual-knob Boost system allows boosting its the (more…)

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Kevn Kinney

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Kevn Kinney

As any fan of Drivin ’N Cryin can attest, Kevn Kinney at his creative best surrenders little to the greatest singer/songwriters in pop – his message is delivered in succinct, pointed turns of phrase transmitted by a voice like no other and accompanied by riffs that sink deeper than a treble hook. As any fan […]

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