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ZZ Top Suspends Tour

 

ZZ Top has been forced to suspend its current tour with Jeff Beck after bassist Dusty Hill slipped and fell on his hip aboard his tour bus the evening of August 26.   The affected dates include the bills shared with Jeff Beck through September 13.  Beck will perform August 29 in Salamanca, New York, August 30 in Atlantic City, […]

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Seymour Duncan Offers New Pickup Booster

 

The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster pedal uses a class A/low-noise circuit design to emphasize a guitar’s natural sound. Its Resonance Switch makes the pedal interact directly with the pickups, giving single-coils a vintage humbucker sound or high-output tones. Compared to the original Pickup Booster, its (more…)

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Brian Farmer, Longtime Tech/Stage Manager For Gov’t Mule, Passes

 

Brian Farmer, a longtime crew member for Gov’t Mule, passed away August 24, at his home near Nashville.  He was 53 and died in his sleep. Farmer began working for Gov’t Mule in 1998 after being introduced to the band by bassist Allen Woody. He had previously (more…)

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PRS, Santana Benefit Kimmel Cancer Center

 

Paul Reed Smith Guitars is set to host the 15th-anniversary One Night One Show One Cause Benefit Concert, this year featuring Carlos Santana and presented by The Baltimore Sun Media Group for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.  The event will take place (more…)

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Gretsch Offers Limited Edition G6137TCB Panther

 

Gretsch’s limited edition G6137TCB Panther has double-cutaway three-ply maple body finished in Flagstaff Sunset, a chambered/spruce center block that runs the length of the body, three-piece maple neck, 12″-radius bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and pearloid Neo-Classic inlays, bound headstock, two High Sensitive (more…)

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Rio Grande Offers Pickups Vintage ’51 for P-Bass

 

Rio Grande Pickups’ Vintage ’51 for P-Bass is a ’50s-style P-Bass  design with four exposed/sand-cast Alnico V magnets and two-wire cabling. It uses “historic” vulcanized-fiber flatwork for period-correct styling and has either standard or vintage 22-gauge/seven-strand braided-cloth insulation. The company also offers the Muy Grande (more…)

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TWA Offers Little Dipper Mk II Envelope Filter

 

The Totally Wycked Audio Little Dipper Mk II has dual envelope filters to bend and morph guitar tones to  emulate talkboxes, filters, phasers, or flangers, or vocal-like wah. New features (versus the original) include a Low Boost switch, a fifth Diphthong setting, Occultation (more…)

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Committee Breaks Ground for Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle

 

After more than three years of planning and fundraising, ground was broken last month for a  park named in honor of Jimi Hendrix. The occasion was marked with a program at the 2.5-acre site adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, in Seattle’s Central District. “Every project endorsed by our family which bears (more…)

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Acoustic Amplification Launches A20

 

Acoustic Amplification’s A20 amplifier uses a full-range 8″ coaxial speaker, a ported /wedge-shaped cabinet, and produces 20 watts of clean power. It has two 1/4″ XLR inputs with independent Level controls, three-band EQ, digital reverb and chorus, effects loop, and Acoustic’s Vari-Control feedback eliminator, plus, it (more…)

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West Coast Pedal Board Intros Little Rock Model

 

West Coast Pedal Boards’ Little Rock board is designed to hold from one to five pedals. It measures 7″ by 12″ and weighs 3.5 pounds. Hand-made in the U.S. using locally sourced materials, it is available in larger dimensions and in flat or wedge (more…)

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