Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Esoterik Guitars Unveils DR1


Esoterik Guitars’ DR1 has a neck-through/string-through design with a spoke-nut truss rod, mahogany body with carved body top and concave back, five-piece walnut/maple neck, 25.5″ scale, 24 jumbo stainless-steel frets on an ebony fretboard with 16″ radius, satin finish, TonePros bridge with graphite saddles, GraphTech (more…)

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DigiTech Introduces Polara Stereo Reverb Pedal


The DigiTech today Polara Stereo Reverb Pedal has seven reverb types – Room, Hall, Spring, Plate, Modulated, Reverse, and Halo. It has controls for Type, Level, and Decay, while a Reverb Tails switch controls whether the reverb lingers or cuts off. The Polara has true-bypass operation and mono and (more…)

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Gretsch Offers G9520-BRB Jim Dandy


The Gretsch G9520-BRB Jim Dandy Flat Top acoustic is a reproduction of the company’s “Rex” parlor guitars of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s in a limited-release Bronze Burst finish. Made of select woods and fully lined and braced, it has a 24″ scale. For more, go (more…)

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XVive Audio Launches V8 Chorus Vibrato Micro Pedal


The XVive Audio Chorus Vibrato Micro Pedal produces a chorus effect, vibrato, or a blend of both. Designed in the U.S., it has an all-metal housing in a compact size. Learn more at www.xviveaudio.com. (more…)

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Dunlop Intros Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini


Dunlop’s FFM6 Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Distortion has an AC power jack, on/off status LED, and true-bypass switching. Based on a rare vintage fuzz circuit, it’s designed to produce a fuzz tone inspired by that used by Jimi Hendrix (more…)

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Blackstar Offers Fly 3 Amp


Blackstar’s Fly 3 Amp for guitar, phone, or tablet incorporates two channels, the company’s Infinite Shape Feature (ISF), and digital tape delay. Designed for practice and recording, it operates on AC or DC power, has an MP3/Line In socket, and offers six watts of (more…)

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Way Huge Saucy Box Overdrive


The Way Huge Saucy Box Overdrive uses a single Drive control to balance the ratio of clean and driven signal. The design offers a unity-gain buffer and produces clean boost to overdrive using a passive tone circuit with discrete signal paths. Visit www.jimdunlop.com. (more…)

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Aguilar Offers Chorusaurus bass chorus


Aguilar Amplification’s Chorusaurus bass chorus pedal uses a four-knob layout with Mix (to vary the ratio of dry and wet signals), Rate, Depth, and Width. The unit offers stereo or mono output, 9-volt battery or AC compatibility, and a steel housing. See more at www.aguilaramp.com.   (more…)

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Rundgren Selling Memorabilia to Benefit Foundation


Todd Rundgren is preparing to auction some of his personal and professional memorabilia, including various items of clothing and stage-played instruments like an Italia guitar and a Roland digital piano. The singer/songwriter/producer is selling the items to benefit his Spirit of Harmony Foundation, which nurtures (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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