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Category Archives: Gear

3rd Power Dream Weaver

Tone Cubed
 
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3rd Power Dream Weaver Price: $3.299 Info: www.3rdpower.com. Purchasing a new amp is much more than buying a piece of gear – think of it as hiring out a job. In most cases, you hope this new employee will help you sound great, cover the (more…)

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DeTemple Spirit Series Stellacasta

Hybrid Tone
 
DeTemple Spirit Series Stellacasta

DeTemple Spirit Series Stellacasta Price: $9,000 (list) Info: www.detempleguitars.com As an accomplished musician since the 1960s and more recently as a guitar builder and vintage collector, Michael DeTemple has long been aware of the demand for guitars that retain the sound and feel (more…)

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Fender’s ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb

Improving on a Good Thing
 
Fender’s ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb

Fender’s ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Price: $999.99 list Contact: www.fender.com In 1968, Fender gave its amp line what collectors today look back on as a major facelift when it introdued the silver-and-turquoise silkscreened faceplate and aluminum “drip edge” grille trim. The company (more…)

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Knaggs Guitars’ Chesapeake Severn Tier 2 Trembuck

All-Genre Style
 
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Knaggs Guitars’ Chesapeake Severn Tier 2 Trembuck Price: $ 5,600 (list)/$4,300 (street) Info: www.knaggsguitars.com. Maryland-based Knaggs Guitars was founded five years ago by former PRS luthier Joe Knaggs and business marketer Peter Wolf. The pair build high-quality set-neck guitars using handpicked tonewoods and state-of-the-art processes. Available (more…)

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Visual Sound Route 66 V3 American Overdrive

Get Yer’ Kick
 
Visual Sound Route 66 V3 American Overdrive

Visual Sound Route 66 V3 American Overdrive Price: $179 (street) Contact: www.truetone.com/ Over the years, the Route 66 pedal by Visual Sound (Ed. Note: the company is undergoing a rebranding, changing its name to Truetone) has gained recognition as a (more…)

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Amptweaker’s FatMetal Distortion

Metal To the Pedal
 
Amptweaker’s FatMetal Distortion

Amptweaker’s FatMetal Distortion Price: $200 (list) Contact: www.amptweaker.com With all of the subgenres of heavy metal out there, it was only a matter of time before the pedal industry began tweaking its many circuits to meet the needs of discerning heshers everywhere. Such is (more…)

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Xotic Effects’ Wah XW-1

State-Of-The-Art MousEtrap
 
Xotic Effects’ Wah XW-1

Xotic Effects’ Wah XW-1 Price: $295 (list); $249 (street) Contact: xotic.us/ The chase for tone sometimes seems like never-ending “Tom and Jerry” reruns. Enter Xotic Effects and their better mousetrap: the XW-1 wah. That wily rodent Jerry just saw his life pass before (more…)

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deLisle Nickel Box

A Nickel For Your Chops
 
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deLisle Nickel Box Price: $609 (list); $729 (as tested) Info: www.delisleguitar.com Low-watt amplifiers have enjoyed a run of popularity. Offering saturated power-tube distortion at volumes that should keep the neighbors from showing up at midnight with tallow torches and pitchforks, they can be ideal (more…)

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ToneTron’s Billy-Rocker

Best Amp You've Never Heard of
 
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ToneTron’s Billy-Rocker Price: $1,200 Info: www.tonetroamps.com. On a quiet residential street in Minneapolis lives a mad scientist. Erstwhile rockabilly guitarist Jeffrey Falla is the brains behind ToneTron. And from his laboratory come some of the best-sounding amps you’ve never heard of. Falla began modifying and building (more…)

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EVH Wolfgang WG Standard

Atomic Punk
 
EVH Wolfgang WG Standard

EVH Wolfgang WG Standard Price: $799.99 (list); $599.99 (street) Contact: www.evhgear.com Decades after the release of the first Van Halen album, universal acceptance of Edward Van Halen as the last musician to revolutionize the electric guitar periodically rises and falls. About every five (more…)

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