Author Archives: Ward Meeker

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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Fishman Offers Fluence Humbuckers


Fishman’s Fluence Classic and Modern humbuckers are fully analog active pickups combined with Fluence Core printed “coils.” Each has selectable voices and are designed to eliminate battery cost and implementation thanks to a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack that plugs in via USB connection and offers (more…)

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MXR Launches Custom Shop Il Torino Overdrive


MXR’s CSP033 Custom Shop Il Torino Overdrive was designed in partnership with renowned boutique amp/pedal builder Carlo Sorasio using MOSFET technology. It has controls including a three-band EQ section, Boost/OD, and a bypass system in the form of a Class A low-impedance output driver to (more…)

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Esoterik Unveils DR2


Esoterik Guitars’ DR2 has a mahogany body, neck-through design with five-piece maple/walnut neck with 25.5″ scale, spoke-nut truss rod and 24 jumbo stainless steel frets on an ebony fretboard. The fretboard has a 16″ radius and no markers; glow-in-the-dark side dots help the player know where (more…)

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Wampler Pedals Announces Clarksdale Delta Overdrive


Wampler Pedals’ Clarksdale Overdrive is the company’s take on the famous lime-green OD, with additions including three-band EQ (Bass, Mids, and Treble), a Lift/ Smooth switch, and top-mounted jacks. Hand-built in the U.S., it has true-bypass switching with soft-click switch. Learn more at www.wamplerpedals.com. (more…)

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Pete Anderson

Disciple of the Hook

Detroit native Pete Anderson made a name for himself in the ’80s, playing a ton of twang while Dwight Yoakam sang. In the last 20 years, though, he has become known as an player who can adroitly back virtually any act, a first-rate music producer, and (more…)

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Xotic Effects Offers XW-1 Wah


Xotic Effects XW-1 wah was inspired by the late-’60s Clyde McCoy wah built in Italy. Designed to captures that pedal’s tone, it has controls for Bias, Wah Q, Treble, and Bass EQ, and is built with self-lubricating nylon bushings, gold contact relay with true-bypass switching, a (more…)

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Crimsontone Launches Pedal Line


Crimsontone Amps is set to introduce a line of compact effects pedals. The Nero Overdrive is an LM741-opamp-based hybrid of the ’70s “script logo” MXR Distortion+ and a Microamp. The Rosso Fuzz has a three-stage silicon transistor circuit with soft diode clipping. The Tono Shaper has a (more…)

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Taurus Introduces Amp Stomp-Head 2 Classic


Taurus Amplification’s stomp-box shaped Stomp-Head 2 Classic produces 60 watts output based on the company’s Master Tube Design (MTD) technology. It weighs less than four pounds, has Clean and Lead channels with a Crunch voicing, a built-in attenuator to drop output to 25 watts, effects (more…)

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Joe Satriani

Creativity and Chaos

Calling any player “the hardest working guitarist in the business” is rather like referring to one as the “best guitarist” – do it, and you’re just asking for trouble. But if output equates to effort, there’s no doubt Joe Satriani works his as… err, fingers off! The rock shredder has been doing what he does […]

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