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Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Zelinsky Granted Patent for Z-Glide Neck


Dean Zelinsky, CEO of Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars, has been granted a patent for a new guitar neck design that  textures the backside. The design is marketed as the Z-Glide Reduced Friction Neck, which Zelinksy says improves playability and feel while addressing the undesirable tacky neck feel when a sweaty palm meets a conventional […]

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Fender CEO Thomas to Retire


Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has announced the upcoming retirement of CEO Larry Thomas. Thomas was appointed to the FMIC Board of Directors in 2009 and became CEO on August 1, 2010. Interim COO Scott Gilbertson will assume the role of interim CEO until the company completes its search for a successor for Thomas, whose retirement […]

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Ana Popovic

Memphis via Belgrade

Ana Popovic was but a toddler when she started to absorb major musical mojo through her father’s love of the blues, classic rock, and most importantly, thanks to the rec-room jams he would stage with buddies. By the time she was 14, the Serbia-born-and-raised Popovic was taking private lessons on classical guitar, but, “After a […]

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Johnny Marr

Brit Gets a Git

When pop-music fans in the U.K. talk about guitar heroes, they tend to put more stake in the way a player’s work fits, contextually, into that of his band. To wit, in a 2006 poll, BBC listeners were asked to choose the best guitarist to emerge since 1980, and many of the 30,000 who responded […]

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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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