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Category Archives: Newswire

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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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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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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Sheptone Announces 6T8 Humbucker

 

Sheptone’s 6T8 Humbucker is designed for hollow or semi-hollowbody guitars and uses a long, rough-cast Alnico V magnet wound with #42 poly wire on butyrate bobbins. The neck pickup averages 7.4k DC resistance, the bridge 7.8k. Visit www.sheptone.com. (more…)

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Mod Kits DIY Introduces MOD102+

 

Mod Kits DIY’s MOD102+ tube amp kit combines a classic tube circuit with Class A output and push/pull functionality for its Bass (mid boost), Treble (bright), and Volume (turbo) knobs. These new features and a JJ ECC803-S preamp tube allow for a variety of (more…)

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Monsters of Rock Cruise Raises $48K for Dio Cancer Fund

 

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout (SUAS) Cancer Fund participated in a Monsters of Rock Caribbean Cruise in April. SUAS president Wendy Dio, as well as several members of the organization’s board of directors, joined 3,500 passengers and 40 artists including Lita Ford, Billy Sheehan, Tom Kiefer, Rowan Robertson (Dio), and members of […]

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Tech 21 Releases Boost Comp

 

The Tech 21 Boost Comp uses an all-analog, FET-based circuit to produce up to 21dB of clean boost. Its Presence control shapes pre-compression tonal boost, while its Tone provides post-compression cut or boost. Other features include 1/4″ high-impedance input and low-impedance output, and custom footswitch (more…)

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Celestial Effects Offers Sagittarius Overdrive Boost

 

The Celestial Effects Sagittarius Overdrive Boost includes a pure overdrive with adjustable gain structure, and a boost section taken from the company’s Scorpio Super Boost. The user can set the order of the effects. Go to www.celestialeffects.com. (more…)

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