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Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Tech 21 Intros Kotzen Signature Fly Rig 5

 

The Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig has an overdrive section tuned per Kotzen’s specs and employing a Class-A-style distortion, and otherwise offers the same features as the company’s Fly Rig 5, including an all-analog SansAmp with effects including reverb, delay with tap (more…)

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Amptweaker Offers Limited Edition BluesFuzz

 

Amptweaker’s BluesFuzz uses a lower-output germanium transistor and includes a Boost Switch MOD, which boosts gain about 10dB. It also uses the company’s proprietary Tight control, a magnetic battery door, and a built-in effects loop with pre/post switch that tracks its bypass switch. Read more (more…)

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Friends, Fans Rally for Bassist Mark “Bumpy” Bumgarner

 

Mark “Bumpy” Bumgarner, long-time bassist for Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, was recently stricken with rheumatoid arthritis. Born in Granite Falls, North Carolina, Bumgarner began playing guitar in 1966 and joined Thackery in 2005. Diagnosed with RA in December, 2013, he was put on methotrexate, which can have life-threatening side effects and requires bi-weekly blood analysis. It […]

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Lotus Offers FK CNCR Pedal to Benefit Cancer Research

 

Lotus Pedal Designs is offering a limited-edition version of its Iceverb pedal, called the FK CNCR Iceverb, with all proceeds from its sale going to The Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research, a joint effort between St. Luke’s and the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth. (more…)

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Visual Sound Launches V3 Route 66 American Overdrive

 

Visual Sound’s V3 Route 66 American Overdrive is a dual pedal with compressor and overdrive circuits. Its compressor side has a Clean Mix knob that allows the user to mix dry signal back into the effected/compressed signal. The compressor side boasts an improved Noise Gate (more…)

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ADA Offers Definition Guitar and Bass Preamp/Boost

 

The ADA Definition Preamp pedal is designed to give a player greater control over their signal by effectively adding a stage that turns the first stage of a tube amp – normally the amplifying stage – into a distortion stage. With its footswitch-activated boost of up to (more…)

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Keeley Offers GC-2 Limiting Amplifier Pedal

 

Keeley Electronics’ GC-2 Limiting Amplifier has controls for Compression, Threshold, Gain, and a Threshold indicator. It uses dbx-inspired circuitry and produces a range of compression from 1:1 to 1:Infinity, and a boost up to 30dB. It’s hand-built in the U.S. and includes true-bypass switching.Visit www.rkfx.com. (more…)

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Howard Roberts Guitar Summit Set for NAMM

 

The first annual Howard Roberts Celebrity Guitar Summit is set for January 22 at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel Celebrity Ballroom, during the annual NAMM show. The event will pay homage to the late studio/jazz guitar legend and the Hollywood studio scene from the 1950s through today, showcase the innovative teaching techniques Roberts employed at Guitar […]

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DigiTech Issues Mosaic Polyphonic 12-String Pedal

 

DigiTech’s Mosaic Polyphonic 12-String pedal is designed to help electric or amplified acoustic guitars create a 12-string sound with octave low and doubled high strings. It offers a balanced low-end response with octave shimmer using independent Level and Tone controls; Level controls intensity while Tone shapes (more…)

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Reverend Offers Charger 290 LE

 

Reverend Guitars’ Charger 290 LE has a Korina body, three-piece neck, CP90 pickups, Bigsby B-50 with Reverend’s soft-touch spring, graphite nut, locking tuners, Reverend’s Bass Contour Control, and a dual-action truss rod. It’s offered in three colors – Metallic Alpine Green, Metallic Red, and Lakeshore (more…)

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