Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Heritage Hosting Charity Guitar Auction


Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is offering a series of custom-made guitars to raise money for the Austin Disaster Relief Network, a non-profit organization comprised of churches, ministries, and businesses that is helping people rebuild their homes and businesses after floods in Austin and the Texas Hill Country earlier this (more…)

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Verheyen Pens Tab Book


Los Angeles session ace and Supertramp lead guitarist Carl Verheyen has just released his first tablature book. At 285 pages, the book covers full transcriptions of 19 songs from his more than 40-year career, with charts for 27 more. Verheyen has been the lead (more…)

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Perfect Curves

Fender’s Stratocaster Turns 60
Perfect Curves Fender’s Stratocaster Turns 60

Sixty years down the road since its creation, the Fender Stratocaster is the default image of the electric guitar for nearly all the human race. From early adopters like Buddy Holly to pioneering masterminds like Jim Hendrix and living legends like Eric Clapton, it has been a stalwart, always at hand for superstars, bedroom pickers, […]

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Rockn Stompn Updates RS-4 Power Strip


The Rockn Stompn RS-4 sequential  power strip allows users to set a custom on/off delay sequence from 1 to 15 seconds and has an instant-on mode, constant-on receptacle mode, a timer mode that automatically turns off power sequentially after a designated number of hours. It (more…)

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Kiesel Launches Six- and Seven-String Aries Models


Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop Aries A6 and Aries A7 are bolt-neck guitars with beveled alder bodies, Kiesel Lithium humbuckers (center-position Lithium single-coil is an option), Hipshot bridge and optional vibratos, sculpted neck heels, and ferrule attachments for the neck (instead (more…)

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Mark Tremonti

Rock Star, Amp Snob!

Many of the people we today consider “guitar heroes” – Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name a couple – spent more than their fair share of time stowed away in their bedrooms, playing guitar while other kids in the neighborhood played baseball, kick the can, or spin the bottle. Rock guitarist Mark […]

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Siegmund Offers Doppler Stereo Amp


The Siegmund Amplifiers Doppler Stereo Amp is hand-wired and uses the company’s Asymmetrical Frequency Soundstage design, which it says divides high and low frequencies into the amp’s two rotating speakers, one 10″, the other 15″. The v-front cabinet helps it produce a pitch-shift vibrato with (more…)

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Gary Richrath, Former Guitarist for REO Speedwagon, Passes


Gary Richrath, former lead guitarist, songwriter, and co-producer for the Illinois-based rock band REO Speedwagon, died September 13. He was 65. Richrath was a member of the band from 1971 until 1989. His guitar tone – a classic sound using a vintage Gibson Les Paul Standard through a Marshall amp – and playing were key elements […]

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PRS Delivers Private Stock Series IX Guitars


PRS Guitars’ Private Stock Collection Series IX is comprised of 15 pairs of McCarty Trem models, each consisting of one curly and one quilted maple-top guitar. They are finished in nitro Aqua Violet Smoked Burst and have African mahogany back, abalone side purfling along (more…)

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John 5 Slates Tour


Guitarist John 5 has announced dates for his Mad Monster Tour, featuring his band, John 5 and the Creatures. The tour begins November 4 in Ramona, California, and will support his upcoming greatest hits album/ live DVD.

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