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Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Bare Knuckle Pickups Introduces Cobra Model

 

The Bare Knuckle Cobra is a high-gain single-coil pickup with annealed, nickel-plated steel blades powered by ceramic magnets. It is designed to replace standard Strat-style single-coils and is available in six- and seven-string formats as a calibrated trio or as individual coils for use in HSH or (more…)

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Marshall Reissues Silver Jubilee Head/Cabs

 

Marshall is set to reissue the model 2555 stack, which includes the 2555X head plus the angled-front 2551A and straight-front 2551BV 4×12 cabinets. The head uses three ECC83 (12AX7) preamp tubes and four EL34 power tubes, has silver vinyl and silver front panel, High/Low output (more…)

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Carvin Announces Formation of Kiesel Guitars, Brand Separation

 

Carvin Corporation today announced the formation of Kiesel Guitars, a new and separate company that will take control of guitar and bass manufacturing, as well as instrument sales, starting February 1. Mark Kiesel and Jeff Kiesel formed the company with the intent to focus exclusively on instruments. The instruments will continue to be produced at the current […]

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Furry Lewis’ 1968 Gibson B-25N

Heart In Hand
 
Furry Lewis' 1968 Gibson B-25N

Born in the heart of Mississippi’s fabled Delta region – from whence also emerged Robert Johnson and the blues-music form that co-opted the geologic term, Walter “Furry” Lewis was seven years old when his family moved to Memphis circa 1907. Geographically poised as a gathering point for sharecroppers emigrating from the deep south to various […]

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’Bursting with Surprises

Celeb Guitars Make a Splash at U.K. Guitar Show
 
’Bursting with Surprises

Peter Hoarty and his wife, Gail, have been hosting guitar shows in England since 1998, when they rented space to sell a few of the 50-some vintage amps and more than two dozen guitars that had begun to flow out of the couples’ house and into their garage-cum-music-room. “I began collecting valve amps at a […]

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Robinson Issues Statement on Black Crowes Disbanding

 

The Black Crowes have disbanded, per an announcement today from founding member Rich Robinson, the group’s guitarist and songwriter who founded the band with his brother, Chris. Their first album, Shake Your Money Maker, yielded several hit singles and was certified as a multiplatinum (over 5 million) seller.  Their follow up, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion was multiplatinum and rose to #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 […]

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Park, EarthQuaker Devices Introduce Park Fuzz Sound

 

Park Amplifiers and EarthQuaker Devices have teamed to offer the Park Fuzz Sound, a variation of the British-made three-knob fuzz pedals from the ’60s. Hand-made in Ohio, it uses matched new old stock (NOS) and germanium transistors to re-create authentic tones, and its Treble-Bass control (more…)

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Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Minds Made Up
 
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Collaborations have rendered some of the greatest tunes in the history of music. Whittle the subject to “just” guitarists, and the truth remains – two are often better than one. The axiom is holding true for Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. Each a top-tier star in their own right, the two, now married for more […]

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Yamaha Bringing Three More Pacifica Models to U.S.

 

Yamaha is set to bring its Pacifica 611, 510, and 311 guitars to the U.S. market, joining the 012, 112, and 212. All have alder bodies, rosewood fingerboards, and maple necks. The PAC611HFM has a flamed-maple top, Graph Tech String-Saver saddle, color-matched headstock, Grover locking tuners and (more…)

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Joe Satriani

More Than Meets the Ear
 
Joe Satriani Home Main Big

When he emerged in the late ’80s, rock guitarist Joe Satriani stood apart from the hair-band crowd for several reasons. Like most of his contemporaries, his style was a mix of classical and classic rock, heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. Also like his peers, he was fully capable of the shred-tastic scalar […]

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