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Recording King, Gruhn to Host Renowned Banjo Designer


Recording King and Gruhn Guitars are teaming up to host banjo designer Greg Rich during a meet and greet July 8 at Gruhn Guitars, 2120 8th Ave. South, Nashville. Rich will answer banjo-related questions, and attendees can win a Recording King Elite Hearts & (more…)

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Xotic Effects Offers Ltd. Ed. SL Drive Chrome


Xotic Effects’ Limited Edition SL Drive Chrome operates in selectable configuration (Super Lead and Super Bass) and has controls for Volume, Tone, and Drive, along with true-bypass switching, a compact housing, LED indicator, and internal DPT switches. (more…)

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Rich Robinson

Back on the Wing
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Rich Robinson. All photos by Neil Zlozower. Emerging as grunge began casting a metaphorical pall over the pop music landscape of the early 1990s, the Georgia-based Black Crowes offered something decidedly different in its reverential mix of rock and roll that delivered an update on (more…)

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DLS Effects Launches RotoSpin


The DLS Effects RotoSpin has controls to set simulated  horn rotation intensities, Doppler, depth, Cabinet Style, and Mic distance. Fast and Slow knobs set speaker-rotation speeds, the Ramp knob sets the time to change between the Fast and Slow. It also has a switchable Overdrive (more…)

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Diamond Amplification Offers Dual Amp Selector


The Diamond Amplification Dual Amp Selector allows a player to switch between two amps (including combos) and run them into a single cabinet. It has passive and buffered inputs, two parallel speaker outs, separate footswitchable direct out, isolated outputs, and can be used for tube or (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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Supro/Pigtronix Expand into New Factory


Absara Audio, manufacturer of Supro amplifiers and Pigtronix pedals, has moved to a new facility in Port Jefferson Station, New York. Located adjacent to the previous factory, the new building has a production floor measuring 15,000 square feet and is designed to (more…)

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Bassist Chris Squire Dies


Chris Squire, co-founder of the legendary British progressive rock band Yes, died June 27, following a brief battle with acute erythroid leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of the blood malignancy. He was 67. Yes formed in 1968 and quickly earned praise for its complex arrangements of original material and unique reworkings of songs by other artists. The band eventually […]

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Neil Giraldo

Road Routine
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The hard-driving husband-and-wife rock act that hits the stage as Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo is responsible for more than a handful of stalwart classic-rock jams. For the past 15 years, Benatar and husband/guitarist/producer/co-writer Giraldo have spent many of their summers touring, then scratching (more…)

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Weller Guitars Offers Fleetwood, Stageliner Series


Weller Guitars Fleetwood series have solid mahogany bodies, mahogany necks, ebony fretboards, a three-position pickup selector with controls for master Volume and Tone, Gotoh bridges, Kluson tuners, and Seymour Duncan pickups. The company’s Fleetwood Woody series offer the same specs but with ash bodies and tops made of rosewood and mahogany, while the Stageliner series […]

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