Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Monsters of Rock Cruise Raises $48K for Dio Cancer Fund


The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout (SUAS) Cancer Fund participated in a Monsters of Rock Caribbean Cruise in April. SUAS president Wendy Dio, as well as several members of the organization’s board of directors, joined 3,500 passengers and 40 artists including Lita Ford, Billy Sheehan, Tom Kiefer, Rowan Robertson (Dio), and members of […]

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Tech 21 Releases Boost Comp


The Tech 21 Boost Comp uses an all-analog, FET-based circuit to produce up to 21dB of clean boost. Its Presence control shapes pre-compression tonal boost, while its Tone provides post-compression cut or boost. Other features include 1/4″ high-impedance input and low-impedance output, and custom footswitch (more…)

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Celestial Effects Offers Sagittarius Overdrive Boost


The Celestial Effects Sagittarius Overdrive Boost includes a pure overdrive with adjustable gain structure, and a boost section taken from the company’s Scorpio Super Boost. The user can set the order of the effects. Go to www.celestialeffects.com. (more…)

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Seymour Duncan Launches Shapeshifter Tremolo


The Seymour Duncan Shapeshifter Tremolo pedal has controls for Wave, Shape, Depth, Speed, and Tap Tempo, and a Phase control that adjusts between left and right output channels. It also has true stereo inputs and outputs, true-bypass functionality, and is hand assembled in California. For more, (more…)

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Warwick Intros German Pro Series


Warwick’s German Pro Series basses are made in Germany using air-dried wood. The line includes Corvette, Thumb, Streamer, and StarBass models, all with bronze frets, fluorescent side dots, MEC pickups and electronics, and the company’s Black Label strings. For more, visit www.warwick.de. (more…)

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Artisan Bass Works Intros Fidelity Series


Artisan Bass Works’ Fidelity Series basses employ the company’s ergonomic ANSIR Technology, a patented design that hold the neck in a playing position requiring no effort on the part of the player. It has a figured-maple top, walnut stringer over a three-piece alder panel, and a maple (more…)

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Aristides Instruments Adds 080 Eight-String


Aristides Instruments’ 080 eight-string guitar has a one piece body/neck layered with Arium. It is made entirely of man-made materials, with no wood. It uses pickups by Seymour Duncan, EMG, or Bare Knuckle controlled by a five-way blade switch or three-way toggle combined with a Volume (more…)

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EarthQuaker Adds Levitation Reverb Pedal


EarthQuaker Devices’ Levitation Reverb pedal is based on the company’s Ghost Echo but does away with the Attack and Dwell controls, replacing them with controls for Tone, Decay, Atmosphere (harmonic regeneration), and a toggle for Length. Its Mix knob blends wet signal with dry signal. The pedal is (more…)

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John 5

John 5 - Telewiedler

Since ditching his spot backing alternative-metal singer Marilyn Manson 10 years ago, superhuman guitarist John 5 has used his skills to not only spread of the gospel of guitar far and wide, but along the way, he has artfully dodged the pigeonhole of (more…)

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Boggs’ Quad

Four-neck Fender from a friend
Boggs' Quad

Noted in musical history as one of the players who pushed the steel guitar beyond Hawaiian music to more-complex chording and wild interchanges with Spanish-style electric guitarists, Noel Boggs emerged from a tragic childhood, using the guitar and music as a motivator, guide, and ultimately, means to a make a living. Boggs was born in […]

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