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Celestial Effects Offers Aries Beast Distortion

 

The Celestial Effects Aries Beast Distortion stacks two gain stages in cascade or series mode. Its Gain control adjusts the first opamp gain stage, which does not utilize clipping diodes, while its Drive stage incorporates asymmetrical MOSFET clipping diodes, which give a tighter, more-compressed (more…)

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Jorgen Ingmann Passes

 

Jorgen Ingman, the Danish jazz and pop guitarist who scored an international hit in 1961 with a version of The Shadows instrumental “Apache,” died March 21. He was 89. Ingman’s first performances on guitar were with the jazz group Swe-Danes in the 1940s and early ’50s. Influenced by Les Paul, he later set up a studio where […]

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Andy Fraser, Co-Founder of Free, Passes

 

Andy Fraser,  founding member of the rock band Free, died March 16 at his home in Temecula, California. He was 62 and had at times battled cancer and Aids, though a cause of death is under investigation. Fraser was born in London and started (more…)

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Bassist Mike Porcaro Passes

 

Veteran bassist Mike Porcaro, 59, passed away March 15 following a decade-long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was primarily known for his work with Toto, along with his brothers Jeff (1954-1992) on drums and Steve on keyboards. Porcaro was interviewed in the November 2000 issue of Vintage Guitar. […]

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Levy’s Offers Cracked-Leather Straps

 

Levy’s Leather’s cracked-leather straps have a distressed treatment and are lined with soft suede. They have an applique with the shape of a guitar, cross, or star. Check them out at www.LevysLeathers.com. (more…)

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PRS Opens Museum/Store, Offers Factory Tours

 

PRS Guitars recently opened its new West Street East Museum Room and retail store at its manufacturing facility in Stevensville, Maryland. Named in tribute to founder Paul Reed Smith’s beginnings in a small shop in Annapolis, the facility serves as the base for (more…)

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Mod Kits DIY Offers Contortionist II

 

Mod Kits DIY’s Contortionist II is an all-analog fuzz with frequency multiplier circuitry that creates harmonics that swell and recede depending on gain setting, pick attack, neck position, and pickup. It has a Tone control and LED indicator, and operates on a 9-volt (more…)

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Electro-Harmonix Introduces Good Vibes Chorus/Vibrato

 

The EHX Good Vibes is a re-creation of the classic Uni-Vibe chorus/vibrato pedal. Like the original, it uses photocells for a classic sound and response, but the company says its boosted power rails give it better provide definition and headroom. Other features include true-bypass switching, (more…)

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Wampler Intros Plexi-Drive Deluxe

 

Wampler’s Plexi-Drive Deluxe is based on the company’s Plexi-Drive, and adds an active three-band Bass/Mids/Treble EQ stack. Its bass boost is designed to help emulate the low-end thump of a 4×12″ cabinet even at lower volume, the Bright switch add highs, and its pre-gain Boost (more…)

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Framus Introduces Legacy Acoustic Series

 

Framus’ Legacy acoustic series includes four models made with solid spruce or solid mahogany tops, coated strings, bone saddle and nut, and inlays made of abalone and mother of pearl. Acoustic/electrics are equipped with a Fishman Isys Plus preamp and Sonicore pickup. For more, visit www.framus.de. (more…)

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