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The Loar Adds H-301T Model


The Loar’s LH-301T s a fully hollow electric archtop with a 1.5” body depth and 16” lower bout, a P-90 pickup, maple top, back, and sides, and a C-shaped mahogany neck. See it at

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Bedell Offers Antiquity Milagro


The Bedell Guitars Antiquity Milagro has sides and back made of Milagro, a Brazilian rosewood that was sourced from a tree estimated to have germinated in the early 1600s, paired with a Sitka spruce top sourced from a 400-year-old tree. Learn more at

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Aristides Introduces 010 Model


Aristides Instruments 010 guitar has a body and neck made from the company’s Arium material. It has a 25.5″-scale neck with compound-radius ebony fretboard, Seymour Duncan and APS pickups, a push/pull master Volume pot for coil splitting, and a master Tone. Its hardware includes Sperzel locking tuners, a choice between the Hipshot US Contour bridge […]

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Seymour Duncan Intros Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Humbucker


The Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Humbucker has an Alnico V bar magnet and measures 12.11k DC resistance. It’s a drop-in replacement for any humbucker-equipped guitar and requires no modification to the instrument. Visit

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Frirsz Music Offers Filmocaster


Luthier Nicholas Frirsz’s Filmocaster has a 25.5″-scale maple neck with compound radius and hand-crowned frets. Using a maple core, Frirsz attaches body “wings” made of cast-aluminum film reels replicated to look like those from the 1930s. It has a humbucking pickup, vintage wiring, and a stacked potentiometer to control volume and tone. A limited edition, […]

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Paul Gilbert

Mr. Big Takes it Down a Notch

Paul Gilbert and the crew that makes up Mr. Big – bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Pat Torpey, and vocalist Eric Martin – reunited a couple years ago on the heels of a Gilbert gig at the L.A. House of Blues where he, Sheehan, and Torpey jumped onstage together. Digging the vibe, they soon called Martin, […]

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Joe Satriani

Creativity and Chaos

Calling any player “the hardest working guitarist in the business” is rather like referring to one as the “best guitarist” – do it, and you’re just asking for trouble. But if output equates to effort, there’s no doubt Joe Satriani works his as… err, fingers off! The rock shredder has been doing what he does […]

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Mesa/Boogie Adds Throttle Box, Flux-Five, and Boogie EQ pedals


Mesa has added three EQ pedals to its lineup. The Throttle Box includes two modes controlled by a Hi/Lo footswitch that enables two gain regions. Its graphic equalizer can be assigned to either or both modes so it becomes active upon mode selection. Its Mid Cut control allows global scooping of the mids. The Flux-Five […]

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Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller

Two for T(-Birds)

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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TV Jones Offers Setzer Signature Pickup


The TV Jones Brian Setzer signature pickup uses a proprietary design based on the TV  Jones Classic humbucker, which was in turn developed via dissection and study of a vintage Gretsch Filter’Tron. It has custom-made bobbins and alloy pole screws the company says highlight the response of the magnet and offer more clarity with punch low-end mid […]

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