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Xotic Offers Guitar and Bass Strings

 

Xotic is now offering its own brand of guitar and bass strings.  The guitar strings use a steel hex core and nickel-plated steel, while the bass strings are offered in nickel-plated stainless steel. Learn more at www.xotic.us/strings.   (more…)

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Louis Electric Releases Black Line Amps

 

Louis Electric Amplifiers’ Black Line combo amps are designed to emulate the sounds of pre-CBS/blackface Fenders. The line includes the Princetone (18 watts output, 1×12), the Deltone (30 watts 1×12), and the Vibrotone (35 watt, 2×10). In the Deltone and Vibrotone, the tremolo circuit was modified from the opto-coupled of the vintage amps to a bias-modulated circuit. The […]

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Guitar Great Dick Wagner Passes

 

Guitar great Dick Wagner passed away July 30 after being hospitalized for respiratory failure. He had undergone a cardiac procedure two weeks prior. Wagner was 71. Wagner emerged in the Michigan rock scene of the ’60s, making a name for himself with his bands, the Bossmen and the Frosts, before becoming one of producer Bob […]

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Blues-Guitar Legend Johnny Winter Passes

 

Johnny Winter, among the elite guitarists in the blues and blues-rock idioms, died July 16 in Zurich, Switzerland, two days after he performed at a festival in Austria. He was 70, and at press time, no cause of death had been given. Winter (more…)

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Peter Frampton – The One in 901 (Behind the Song)

 

See guitarist Peter Frampton discuss the track “The One in 901,” from Hummingbird in a Box, a “mini-album” inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet. The music debuted in 2013 at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts, and two of the ballet’s spring-production segments were choreographed to existing Frampton music, with Frampton and his band performing live, […]

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Seymour Duncan Releases NYC Bass Pickups

 

Seymour Duncan’s NYC Bass pickups use a dual-coil J-type design with a double row of exposed Alnico II pole pieces. Their four-conductor cable allow for three wiring modes – parallel, series, and single-coil mode for a vintage -Jazz-Bass sound. It is available individually or (more…)

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Dunlop Introduces Primetone Picks

 

Dunlop’s Primetone picks use a combination of material and edge sculpting intended to replicate the feel, playability, and sound of tortoise picks. Made of high-density ultem, they have a new grip design,  beveled playable edges, and are available in standard, semi-round, and triangle shapes in (more…)

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Electra Guitars Introduces Invicta Model

 

Electra Guitars Invicta model has an ash body with a carved, quilted-maple top, set maple neck with medium C shape, sculpted heel with 22 jumbo frets, a 12″-radius rosewood fretboard, mother-of-pearl inlays, GraphTech Tusq nut, double-action truss rod, chrome hardware, and a TonePros bridge/tailpiece. It uses (more…)

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Nordstrand Pickups Offers New BigMan

 

Nordstrand Pickups’ BigMan uses two single-coil pickups in one cover that matches the physical size of a Music Man bass pickup.  Available in 4- and 5-string formats, it  uses Alnico V magnets and has four conductor-lead wires to allow for many switching options. It is designed and built (more…)

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Seymour Duncan Launches 805 Overdrive

 

The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive uses the same chip found in the legendary 808 as a starting point, but ends with an MC33178. It has an active three-band EQ, glass-diode/back-to-back stack distortion circuit, and a gain-control range of 8dB to 36dB. Wired true-bypass and (more…)

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