Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Rio Grande Offers Thunderbass Pickups


Rio Grande’s Thunderbass pickups are replacement units for Thunderbird-style basses. They have two- and three-point mounting options (each with a different footprint), four-conductor leads, Alnico V magnets, and measure an average output of 16k-ohm (neck) and 18k-ohm (bridge). (more…)

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Guerrilla Unconventional Warfare Humbuckers


Guerrilla Warfare Pickups’ Unconventional Warfare models are high-output/wax-potted humbuckers (21.9K ohm neck, 19.3K bridge) made with ceramic magnets and four-conductor shielded leads. They can be ordered individually or as a calibrated set with a hot or milder PAF-style for the neck. Learn more at guerrillawarfarepickups.com. (more…)

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Towner Vibrato Guitar Systems Offers Screw-Less Bigsby Retrofit


Towner Vibrato Guitar Systems are designed to retrofit vibrato tailpieces to any guitar compatible for use with a Bigsby B3, B6, B7, B11, B30, or B60. They are made of polished stainless steel and aluminum, and provide for screw-less mounting with string-tension control. (more…)

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Star Board: Jared Scharff

Star Board: Jared Scharff

“Saturday Night Live” staff guitarist Jared Scharff uses this custom pedalboard, built by Matt Brewster, 30th Street Guitars, New York City. “I’ve been using it for two or three years,” said Scharff. “For the first five or six years I was on the show, (more…)

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Hall and Collins Offers Signature Echo


The Hall and Collins Signature Echo pedal combines analog and digital technologies to create specific multi-head echoes. It has 128 (64 editable) footswitchable patches and controls for Dry Level, Echo Drive, Echo Level, Feedback, and Wow & Flutter. The unit is powered by (more…)

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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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Six-String Kicks

Wood from Famed Bowling Alley Set to Sing
Six-String Kicks

Few things scratch America’s cumulative itch for nostalgia like Route 66 – the famed wagon-trail-cum-highway that offered passage to those migrating west from Chicago in the mid 19th century, then later became known as Main Street America.  For decades, the road provided the means to a living for entrepreneurs who set up shop offering food, […]

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James Jamerson, Jr. Passes


James Jamerson, Jr.,  a noted session bassist for Motown and other studios, passed away March 23 in Detroit. He was 58 and had long suffered with ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects the spine. The son of the legendary Motown bassist James (more…)

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MXR Launches M300 Reverb Pedal


MXR’s M300 Reverb pedal produces six reverbs – Plate, Spring, Epic, Mod, Room, and Pad – with a three-knob setup and an analog dry path. Its EXP output blends between two configurations, while its dry path boasts 20 volts of headroom and a choice of (more…)

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Dr. Z Offers DB4A


The Dr. Z DB4A is the company’s fourth amp designed in collaboration with Brad Paisley. Offering adjustable 18/38 watts output, it uses a 5879 pentode preamp tube, four EL84 output tubes, and has controls for Volume, Tone, and Cut. It is available as a head, 1×12 combo with a (more…)

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