Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Railhammer Offers Alnico Grande


The Railhammer Alnico Grande uses an Alnico V magnet, with a rail under the wound strings and poles under the plain strings. They offer universal spacing, German silver covers, brass baseplates, four-conductor wiring with independent ground, and height-tapered rails. Visit www.railhammer.com. (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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Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda

The Un-twisted Tale of Stay Hungry
Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda

Step back with us, please, to 1984; Paul McCartney gets dinged for possession of cannibis in Barbados, Carl Lewis collects four Olympic gold medals, Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first woman to receive a major-party nomination for Vice President, and late that spring, glam-rockers Twisted Sister released their watershed album, Stay Hungry. The band had been […]

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Renowned Bassist Louis Johnson Passes


Funk-bass pioneer Louis Johnson, 60, died May 21. Best known for his work with Michael Jackson, Johnson can be heard on the superstar’s Off The Wall, Thriller, and Dangerous albums, including the hit singles “Billie Jean” and “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough.” Johnson and his guitarist brother, George, emerged in the early 1970s accompanying Bobby Womack, […]

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Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Minds Made Up
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Collaborations have rendered some of the greatest tunes in the history of music. Whittle the subject to “just” guitarists, and the truth remains – two are often better than one. The axiom is holding true for Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. Each a top-tier star in their own right, the two, now married for more […]

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Breedlove Updates Crossover Mandolins


Breedlove Guitars is offering two new finishes – violin stain gloss and natural gloss – on its Crossover Series mandolins. They have a solid Sitka spruce top along with solid maple back, sides, (more…)

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GJ2 Launches Inspiration Series


GJ2 Guitars recently unveiled its Inspiration Series. The Concorde has neck-through construction, a bound rosewood fingerboard, and two of the company’s Habanero Special humbucking pickups. It is available with a Floyd Rose or Tone Pros fixed bridge. The Shredder has 24 frets, a 24.75″ scale length, bolt-on maple neck, bound rosewood fingerboard. Floyd Rose bridge Habanero Special humbucking pickups. […]

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PRS Intros Four Mahogany SE Standard Guitars


PRS Guitars has released four SE Standard models with mahogany bodies. They are the company’s first guitars to carry a list price under $500. Modeled after some of the company’s most popular designs, they have bird inlays and PRS stoptail or vibrato bridges. Their bodies are reminiscent of Paul Smith’s early/pre-factory builds, with set mahogany necks and (more…)

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Mark Tremonti

Rock Star, Amp Snob!

Many of the people we today consider “guitar heroes” – Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name a couple – spent more than their fair share of time stowed away in their bedrooms, playing guitar while other kids in the neighborhood played baseball, kick the can, or spin the bottle. Rock guitarist Mark […]

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Recording King Adds to Dirty ’30s Harmonella Line


Recording King’s Dirty ’30s Harmonella 0 and 000 are 14-fret guitars built using traditional X-bracing on a solid spruce tops, white wood sides and backs, Nato neck, rosewood fretboards, and traditional truss rods. They have a 25.4″ scale, plastic-button tuners, and the company’s Dirty (more…)

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