Author Archives: Ward Meeker

PureSalem Guitars Intros Cardinal Model


The PureSalem Cardinal model has a mahogany body, mahogany neck with binding, block inlays on a rosewood fretboard, 24 3/4″ scale, C-shaped neck with 12″ radius, Grover tuners, Vibrola tailpiece, roller bridge, custom single-coil pickup in the bridge position, the company’s Mendiola humbucker in (more…)

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Tremolution Offers Palm-O-Low


Tremolution’s Palm-O-Low is a stainless-steel vibrato arm replacement that rests under the picking hand allowing the player to add vibrato while strumming, plucking, or picking. It ireplaces an existing vibrato arm on most Bigsby-type systems and the company offers an adapter for vintage-style floating bridges. (more…)

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CalJoe Offers Bodacious Baffle Stands


CalJoe’s Bodacious Baffle Stands work with a piece of Plexiglas that can be purchased with the stand. (more…)

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Ibanez Expands SR500 Bassees, Adds Walnut Finish Option to Fanned-Fret Line


Ibanez SR500 Series basses have mahogany bodies withTri-Fade Burst finish, five-piece jatoba/bubinga neck, rosewood fretboard, and B300 bridge. Their electronics include two Bartolini MK1 pickups with three-band EQ. The company is also offering a Walnut finish on its SRFF five- and six-string basses, which have ash bodies, Mono-Rail V Bridge, and Bartolini BH1 pickups with […]

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Ibanez Offers Artist with Flame-Maple Top


Ibanez is offering a new version of its Artist model; the AR620FM has a three-piece flamed-maple top, sculpted heel, the company’s Super 80 Flying Finger pickups wired for series, parallel, or coil-tap selection, and an ebony fretboard with Tree of Life inlay. It is (more…)

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Dr. Z Releases Z-Drive Pedal


The Dr. Z Z Drive pedal was developed with input from EarthQuaker Devices’ Jamie Stillman. It uses OPA 2134 op amps and has two drive channels; Germanium uses NOS diodes and is a lighter, more open-sounding overdrive, while Mosfet creates a more-compressed, higher-gain tone. The (more…)

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PRS Offers Custom 24 58/15 Limited Edition


The PRS Custom 24 58/15 Limited Edition uses the company’s 58/15 pickups, fretboard binding, a new headstock signature inlay, and the Gen III PRS tremolo. It has a figured maple top, mahogany back, 24-fret mahogany neck with Pattern Regular or Pattern Thin shape, 25″ scale, and (more…)

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Backbeat Offers Tony Bacon’s “The SG Guitar Book”


Backbeat Books is set to launch a new title by renowned guitar expert Tony Bacon. The SG Guitar Book includes the story of the famed Gibson model from its earliest prototypes to the latest versions, along with a database of every SG ever manufactured, and a variety of photos. The book (more…)

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Star Board: Tom Guerra


Guitarist/singer/songwriter (and VG contributor) Tom Guerra recently released his first solo album, All of the Above, which reviewer Pete Prown says is “hook-laden rock and roll originals that pay homage to everyone from the Beatles to the Byrds, and from Led Zeppelin to Mott (more…)

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Godlyke Offers Pivot-All Plugs for Instrument Cables


Godlyke’s Pivot-All rotating plug has a quarter-inch shaft that can be rotated over a 180-degree arc that makes it easier to use in certain applicaitons and reduces short-circuits by moving the cable’s stress point away from the solder connection. It uses gold-plated audio connections. (more…)

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