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Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Roland Offers Cube-10GX Amp

 

Roland has expanded its Cube-GX line of amplifiers with the Cube-10GX. It offers 10 watts output and uses a custom-designed 8″ speaker. Its tones can be customized using the Cube Kit app, which offers 10 COSM amps, including amps for bass and acoustic/electric guitar. Out of (more…)

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Eastman Intros Ray Benson Signature Model

 

Eastman Guitars’ T486-RB Ray Benson signature model is a double-cutaway guitar with laminate top, back, and sides. Its maple neck has an ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays, 24¾” scale, 1¾”-wide bone nut, nickel Gotoh TOM-style bridge, Gotoh tuners, Lollar pickups, single controls for Volume (more…)

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D&A Offers Starfish Stands

 

D&A Rock Solid Stands and Hangers’ Starfish and Starfish+ instrument stands are built with TPE plastic and archival-grade fabric to cover all points of contact between the stand and a guitar. They have five legs, which the company says keeps them stable at a full 30 degrees (more…)

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Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller

Two for T(-Birds)
 
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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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Crazy Horse Bassist Talbot to Miss European Tour

 

Neil Young and Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot suffered a mild stroke on June 30 and will be unable to join the band on its upcoming European tour. Though Talbot’s doctors expect him to make a full recovery, they have advised him to sit out the this tour and recover his strength. Crazy Horse will […]

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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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Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inducts Perkins, Bell, Lewis

 

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame today announced nine inductees. The list includes Lil Hardin Armstrong, Al Bell, Big Star, John Fry, Walter “Furry” Lewis, Chips Moman, Ann Peebles, Carl Perkins, and Jesse Winchester. Inductees will be honored this fall at the Hall’s annual ceremony. Hall officials (more…)

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Orange Amps, Primus Donate to Little Kids Rock

 

Orange Amplification and Primus have teamed up to donate two customized Orange Dual Terror guitar amps to Little Kids Rock, the non-profit provider of free musical instruments and teacher training to U.S. public schools. The two (more…)

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Daredevil Pedals Introduces Nova

 

Daredevil Pedals’ Nova silicon fuzz pedal is based on an original design. Hand-wired with true-bypass circuit, it has controls for Volume and Saturation that the company says offer a range of tones that retain distinction and clarity, even at high gain settings. Its small box uses (more…)

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PRS Offers SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel Basses

 

PRS Guitars’ SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel basses have neck-through construction, use proprietary pickups, and will be offered in a variety of finishes. The Kingfisher has an ash body, 24-fret maple/walnut neck, and 34” scale. The Kestrel has an alder body, 22-fret maple/walnut (more…)

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