Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Van Halen to Speak at Smithsonian


Eddie Van Halen will speak at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on February 12, as part of the “What It Means to Be American” program, an initiative aimed at engaging people from all walks of life to explore how the United States became the nation it is today. The program will serve as […]

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John Page Classic Introduces Ashburn Model


The John Page Classic Ashburn guitar was designed and created by Page, co-founder and longtime head of the Fender Custom Shop. It has an alder body, maple neck (attached via machine screws with threaded inserts) with a medium-C shape, maple or rosewood fretboard, 25.5″ scale, 22 (more…)

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Perfect Curves

Fender’s Stratocaster Turns 60
Perfect Curves Fender’s Stratocaster Turns 60

Sixty years down the road since its creation, the Fender Stratocaster is the default image of the electric guitar for nearly all the human race. From early adopters like Buddy Holly to pioneering masterminds like Jim Hendrix and living legends like Eric Clapton, it has been a stalwart, always at hand for superstars, bedroom pickers, […]

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James Burton

James Burton

In rural Louisiana in the early 1950s, it was no small feat when a family scraping by to survive bought a new Fender Telecaster for their 13-year-old son, especially when that $280 had been set aside to buy a car so their father could stop thumbing a ride to work. Guy and Lola Burton, however, […]

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Ampeg Offers SCR-DI


Ampeg’s SCR-DI Bass DI combines a direct-input box with footswitchable three-band EQ pedal and Ultra-Hi and Ultra-Lo circuits, as well as Bass Scrambler overdrive, which is inspired by the company’s SVT bass amp. Other features include dedicated headphone out and Aux in for playing along with (more…)

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Bugera Introduces T50 Infinum, AC60


Bugera’s T50 Infinum is a 50-watt dual-channel amp head with reverb. It uses four ECC83 (12AX7) tubes in the preamp and two EL34 power tubes in push/pull power operation to deliver 50 watts using switchable Class A or AB operation. The company’s Tube Life Multiplier Technology controls output-tube voltages, the independent Clean and Lead (more…)

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ToneConcepts Launches The Luke Boost Pedal


ToneConcepts’ The Luke is a signature version of the company’s Distillery boost pedal with circuit tweaks designed in conjunction with Steve Lukather. It has custom-tapered pots and controls for Contour, Edge, Guts, Bleed, and Boost, as well as switches for On/Off and Shape, and is (more…)

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EHX Intros Super Pulsar


The Electro-Harmonix Super Pulsar is an analog tremolo that can take the shape a sine, triangle, or square wave while allowing for unique rhythmic patterns via an onboard sequencer. It also has controls for Shape, Depth, and Rate. A Tap footswitch and Tap Divide button (more…)

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Charvel Expands Pro-Mod, DeMartini Signature Lines


Charvel’s Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH has a one-piece quartersawn maple neck with compound-radius fretboard and 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan ’59 SH-1N (neck) and TB-4 (bridge) humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switch, knurled black Volume control, recessed Floyd Rose Original double-locking vibrato, and black hardware. The Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HS HT […]

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Fender Intros Sandblasted Ash Basses


Fender’s Sandblasted Ash Precision and Jazz basses have a new finish treatment applied by sandblasting the raw wood, leaving the surface grain textured with ruts and grooves that are then filled with a black grain-filler coat that shows beneath a Sapphire Blue or Crimson Red color coat complemented by a black pickguard. The instruments are fitted […]

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