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Seymour Duncan Intros Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Humbucker


The Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Humbucker has an Alnico V bar magnet and measures 12.11k DC resistance. It’s a drop-in replacement for any humbucker-equipped guitar and requires no modification to the instrument. Visit

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Frirsz Music Offers Filmocaster


Luthier Nicholas Frirsz’s Filmocaster has a 25.5″-scale maple neck with compound radius and hand-crowned frets. Using a maple core, Frirsz attaches body “wings” made of cast-aluminum film reels replicated to look like those from the 1930s. It has a humbucking pickup, vintage wiring, and a stacked potentiometer to control volume and tone. A limited edition, […]

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Mesa/Boogie Adds Throttle Box, Flux-Five, and Boogie EQ pedals


Mesa has added three EQ pedals to its lineup. The Throttle Box includes two modes controlled by a Hi/Lo footswitch that enables two gain regions. Its graphic equalizer can be assigned to either or both modes so it becomes active upon mode selection. Its Mid Cut control allows global scooping of the mids. The Flux-Five […]

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TV Jones Offers Setzer Signature Pickup


The TV Jones Brian Setzer signature pickup uses a proprietary design based on the TV  Jones Classic humbucker, which was in turn developed via dissection and study of a vintage Gretsch Filter’Tron. It has custom-made bobbins and alloy pole screws the company says highlight the response of the magnet and offer more clarity with punch low-end mid […]

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Korg Introduces Rimpitch Tuner


Korg’s Rimpitch acoustic-guitar tuner attaches to the sound hole and its LED tuning meter is positioned in the player’s line of sight when looking at the guitar. It has a piezo pickup that detects sound from the body of the guitar, and can be left attached when not in use. Learn more at

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Ampeg Redesigns BA Series Combos


Ampeg’s redesigned BA Series of bass combo amps employ front-facing controls, a 60-degree monitoring angle, a new cab design, and the new Bass Scrambler overdrive circuit on models BA-110 and up, which includes separate Drive and Blend controls. All have three-band EQ along with Drive and Blend controls in addition to master Volume, 1/8″ stereo […]

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Dean Markley Offers XM Series Transducer


Dean Markley’s XM Series transducer pickup mounts to the soundboard of an instrument without adhesives, hardware, or modification. It is designed to accommodate traditional acoustic instruments and can  be used to amplify hollowbody jazz guitars without sound holes or electronics. Made in the U.S., it uses a 24″ low-noise cable, terminates at a ¼” jack, […]

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Kazuo Yairi, Founder of Yairi Guitar Company, Passes


Kazuo Yairi, owner and president of the Yairi Guitar Company, passed away in his hometown of Kani, Japan, on March 5. Yairi’s company was one of the first to export professional-grade acoustic guitars to the United States, and became the primary manufacturer of Alvarez and Alvarez-Yairi guitars, which are now owned by St. Louis Music. […]

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R.C. Allen Passes


R.C. Allen, a noted luthier who built archtops for local and regional players of note and was a fixture at vintage-guitar shows in Southern California, died March 2. The last of the original SoCal electric-guitar builders, Allen was renowned for sharing his secrets of building, and for the archtops he made  for Merle Travis, Del Casher, […]

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Fargen Introduces PA Tumbleweed Pedal


The Fargen Pete Anderson Tumbleweed is a compressor and clean boost pedal. Its comp side has controls for Level and sensitivity, while the clean boost has a Level control and three-way toggle switch with Brit, Cali, and Jazz voicing. Separate bypass switches allow the two functions to be used together or as individual units. It’s […]

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