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Author Archives: Ward Meeker

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Schecter’s Custom Shop Marks 35 Years
 
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Riding high after 35 years with an array of original instruments, an impressive artist roster that started early with Pete Townshend and Mark Knopfler, and a line of high-gain amplifiers, Schecter Guitars has come full circle. Established as Schecter Guitar Research by David Schecter in 1976, the company began repairing guitars and selling parts to […]

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Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller

Two for T(-Birds)
 
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Every fan of blues music is familiar with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Founded in 1974 by two guys who would go on to become Texas musical legends, guitarist Jimmie Vaughan and vocalist/harpist/front man Kim Wilson, the band spent its first decade building momentum around the south before tasting international stardom in 1986, when their first album […]

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Levy’s Offers Cracked-Leather Straps

 

Levy’s Leather’s cracked-leather straps have a distressed treatment and are lined with soft suede. They have an applique with the shape of a guitar, cross, or star. Check them out at www.LevysLeathers.com. (more…)

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Neil Giraldo

Road Routine
 
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The hard-driving husband-and-wife rock act that hits the stage as Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo is responsible for more than a handful of stalwart classic-rock jams. For the past 15 years, Benatar and husband/guitarist/producer/co-writer Giraldo have spent many of their summers touring, then scratching (more…)

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Billy Squier

 
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Much has been written and said about Billy Squier and how his 1981 album, Don’t Say No, provided the spark in the gap between 1970s hard rock and ’80s heavy metal. Indeed, when he rose to fame in the early 1980s on the strength of “The Stroke,” his mega-hit ode to glad-handing record executies, Squier […]

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Warren Haynes

G-Mule Shout!
 

Gov’t Mule’s blues-based rock has never followed a formula, opting instead for an improvisational modus operandi that gives its music unique breadth and scope – a fact supremely illustrated in its new album, Shout! An 11-song outing and the band’s first studio album in four years, the (more…)

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Will Lee

Letter Winner
 
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Musicians being artists and artists needing to express themselves, it says something that Will Lee’s new album, Love, Gratitude & Other Distractions, is only his second in 20 years (his first was 1993’s Oh!). Mostly, it speaks to the fact that since James Brown is no longer with us, Lee may well now be the […]

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PRS Opens Museum/Store, Offers Factory Tours

 

PRS Guitars recently opened its new West Street East Museum Room and retail store at its manufacturing facility in Stevensville, Maryland. Named in tribute to founder Paul Reed Smith’s beginnings in a small shop in Annapolis, the facility serves as the base for (more…)

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Mod Kits DIY Offers Contortionist II

 

Mod Kits DIY’s Contortionist II is an all-analog fuzz with frequency multiplier circuitry that creates harmonics that swell and recede depending on gain setting, pick attack, neck position, and pickup. It has a Tone control and LED indicator, and operates on a 9-volt (more…)

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Electro-Harmonix Introduces Good Vibes Chorus/Vibrato

 

The EHX Good Vibes is a re-creation of the classic Uni-Vibe chorus/vibrato pedal. Like the original, it uses photocells for a classic sound and response, but the company says its boosted power rails give it better provide definition and headroom. Other features include true-bypass switching, (more…)

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