Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Harry Joyce USA Offers HJ Custom Amps


Harry Joyce USA recently relaunched by offering the H.J. Custom line of amps with 30, 50, and 100 watts output. Each has controls for Bass, Treble, and Middle, 8-/16-ohm impedence selection, effects loop, and variable volt selections. All models have stainless-steel chassis, enlarged filtering (more…)

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Keisel Offers Luminlay Side Dots


Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop are offering Luminlay Super Blue Side Dots. The dots glow in the dark to improve fretboard awareness in low-light conditions and can be “charged” using florescent lighting, or Luminlay’s LL-1 LED light charger. They are available on any (more…)

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Breedlove Expands Premier Series With Concert LTD


Breedlove Guitars has added the Concert LTD to its Premier Series acoustics. Handcrafted in Oregon, the guitar has a solid Western red cedar top and solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, along with LR Baggs EAS VTC electronics and a wider nut and slimmer (more…)

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Bedell Guitars Launches Wildfire Series


Bedell Guitars’ Wildfire Series guitars are made of solid Adirondack spruce and figured maple, and available in dreadnought, orchestra, and parlor shapes. Other features include K&K Pure Mini electronics, maple binding, figured-maple peghead veneer, and mosaic pin inlays. All are handcrafted at the company’s Oregon workshop. (more…)

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Guitar Mill Luthier Shop Set to Mark 10 Years


Guitar Mill Luthier Shop, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is set to celebrate its 10th year in business. Established by Mario and Shannon Martin in July, 2005, the shop produces its own line of boutique electric guitars, specializes in American-made electric-guitar parts, and offers vintage-correct custom finishes. (more…)

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TC Electronic Offers PolyTune Clip


TC Electronic’s PolyTune Clip can serve as a chromatic tuner or strobe tuner and has an ultra-bright display that detects if all strings are strummed or if individual notes are plucked. It has stainless-steel clip and automatically flips the display no matter where it’s placed on (more…)

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Dave Stewart

Six-Strings, Studios, and Songs

Guitarists often cite instruments as sources of inspiration. For musician, songwriter, and producer Dave Stewart, it wasn’t a ’57 Strat or a ’Burst that recently caused a creative flurry, but a guitar far more pedestrian. Stewart and bandmate Annie Lennox rose to fame in the early ’80s as the Eurythmics, a pop duo that, especially […]

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Black Cat Pedals Offers N-Fuzz


Black Cat Pedals’ N-Fuzz is based on the Fuzz channel of the Black Cat OD-Fuzz, modified to use Japanese components and with an extra-wide-ranging Bias control that allows a player to dial in a sweeping array of fuzz tones and timbres. Other featured include true-bypass (more…)

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Billy Duffy

Weapon: Chosen

Billy Duffy has long been a different sort of bloke. As his peers in rock bands of the mid ’80s mostly fell in line to play modified “superstrat” guitars with locking vibratos suitable for the trickery of the day, Duffy stuck with his trusty Gretsch White Falcon as his band, The Cult, scored its first […]

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Fender‘s 50th Anniversary Strat

Height of the Reissue

In celebration of the 50th “birthday” of its famous Stratocaster model, Fender has taken the reissue concept to new heights. And why not? Arguably the most popular guitar – electric, acoustic, you name it – ever built, the Stratocaster is the epitome of a pop music legend, and (more…)

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