Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Guitarist Sam Andrew Passes


Sam Andrew, founding member of the psychedelic-rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, died February 12. He was 73, and reportedly suffered a heart attack following open-heart surgery. Big Brother was among the standard-bearers of the San Francisco acid-rock scene of (more…)

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G&L Offers Detroit Muscle Series R/T Collection


G&L is offering its ASAT Special, ASAT Classic Bluesboy 90, Fallout, Legacy, Legacy HB and LB-100 models with a line of finishes called the Detroit Muscle Series, which draws inspiration from American muscle cars of the ’60s. The R/T Collection includes four colors developed with help from Mitch Lanzini, Lanzini Body Works, and each has […]

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Aguilar Introduces Super Double Bass Pickups


Aguilar’s Super Double bass pickups have two rows of Alnico V pole pieces and are wound with 42-gauge Formvar wire in the company’s facility in New York City. Designed as a direct replacement for many standard soap-bar sizes, they are available for four-, five- (more…)

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Clapton, Others Inducted to Blues Foundation HoF


The Blues Foundation announces the selection of three living performers to be inducted into its Blues Hall of Fame. Tommy Brown, Eric Clapton, and Little Richard join more than 130 who have been inducted since 1980. Clapton has been tapped for his many musical (more…)

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Fender‘s 50th Anniversary Strat

Height of the Reissue

In celebration of the 50th “birthday” of its famous Stratocaster model, Fender has taken the reissue concept to new heights. And why not? Arguably the most popular guitar – electric, acoustic, you name it – ever built, the Stratocaster is the epitome of a pop music legend, and (more…)

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Dave Stewart

Six-Strings, Studios, and Songs

Guitarists often cite instruments as sources of inspiration. For musician, songwriter, and producer Dave Stewart, it wasn’t a ’57 Strat or a ’Burst that recently caused a creative flurry, but a guitar far more pedestrian. Stewart and bandmate Annie Lennox rose to fame in the early ’80s as the Eurythmics, a pop duo that, especially […]

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Morley Releases Cliff Burton Tribute Power Fuzz Wah


Morley’s Cliff Burton tribute Power Fuzz Wah combines classic wah with built-in fuzz. Its wah function has separate Level control, while fuzz has controls for Level and Intensity as well as a Modern/Vintage switch to select between types of fuzz. Wah and (more…)

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Billy Duffy

Weapon: Chosen

Billy Duffy has long been a different sort of bloke. As his peers in rock bands of the mid ’80s mostly fell in line to play modified “superstrat” guitars with locking vibratos suitable for the trickery of the day, Duffy stuck with his trusty Gretsch White Falcon as his band, The Cult, scored its first […]

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MXR Custom Shop Offers Sub Machine Fuzz


The MXR Custom Shop Sub Machine Fuzz is based on the company’s La Machine Fuzz and adds a sub-octave circuit with its own Level control. It also has a Series switch that runs sub-octave signal straight to the fuzz or alongside fuzz for a split-channel (more…)

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GHS Strings Launches NitroPack


GHS Strings is offering sets in the company’s new NitroPack, which it says ensures the strings arrive fresh. The packaging is tear-resistant, seals the strings in a “nitrogen environment.,” and is being used on Thin Core Boomers, Thick Core Boomers, and David Gilmour signature sets. GHS (more…)

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