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Fender Sells Guild to U.S. Builder Cordoba Music


Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it will sell the Guild brand and related assets to Cordoba Music Group,  manufacturer of Cordoba acoustic guitars, ukuleles, and accessories. “It was important for us to find a great steward to continue the important legacy of Guild guitars,” said FMIC interim CEO Scott Gilbertson. “We have […]

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DiMarzio Releases Ionizer 7 Pickups


DiMarzio is now offering its Ionizer 7 humbucking pickups for seven-string electric guitars. An outgrowth of the eight-string pickups developed for Tosin Abasi’s TAM100 signature guitar, the Ionizer 7 neck pickup (DP709) offers frequency response specific to a seven-string, while the bridge model (DP711) has more-focused mids with enough headroom to clean up when the […]

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DigiTech Offers Bass Whammy


DigiTech’s Bass Whammy pedal is designed for use with four-, five-, and six-string electric basses and employs pitch detection and polyphonic note tracking. The pedal offers two tracking modes, nine Whammy bending modes, nine Harmony bending modes, and a Deep detune mode. Its MIDI input allows control of the pedal from an external MIDI device. […]

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Frampton Preps Tour


Peter Frampton is preparing a three-part tour that will include solo dates, a co-headlining run with The Doobie Brothers, and the return of Frampton’s Guitar Circus. Kicking off in August, Frampton’s Guitar Circus will feature performances with Buddy Guy and special guest, pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph on select dates. Frampton was recently inducted to the […]

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John Jorgenson Sets Tour of Europe Playing Custom Fret-King


Guitarist John Jorgenson, who has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Sting, Bob Dylan, and Luciano Pavarotti, is set to embark on a tour of Europe with The John Jorgenson Electric Band. Jorgenson will tour with a Fret-King Country Squire Semitone guitar custom-built by Trev Wilkinson. Comprised of Alan Thomson on bass, Cesare Valbusa on drums, and Franz Bazzani on keyboards, the group plays an eclectic mix of music […]

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Clapton Records Cale Tribute Disc


To honor the legacy of J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton recently gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians to record Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, scheduled for release July 29. It features performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White on 16 Cale songs. […]

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Levy’s Leathers Adds M17BWC Strap


Levy’s Leathers new M17BWC strap has foam padding covered with the company’s soft garment leather. Its multilayer top is a veg leather with a basketweave-tooled insert. Measuring 2½” wide, it is adjustable from 41″ to 54″, with an XL option that adds 12″. It is offered in several colors. Learn more at

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Fender Names New President


Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that Bob Roback has joined the company as president and joined its board of directors. Roback was most recently the CEO of Dashbox, a workflow management system for music licensing, and managing director of The Media Farm, which focused on managing an IP portfolio for multi-platform exploitation. Prior […]

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Logjam Music Adds Travelog and Prolog Acoustic Stompers


Logjam Music has added the Prolog and Travelog to its line of Logarhythms percussive stompers. The devices respond to foot tapping and produce a low-end tone that can be varied by tapping on different areas of their chambered block while wearing hard- or soft-soled footwear. Hand-made, they are analog, purely passive, and made of sapele. Their sound is transmitted […]

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La Bella Offers Low Tension Flexible Flats


La Bella Strings’ Low Tension Flexible Flats are designed to deliver classic sound without the “floppy” effect associated with other light-tension flatwound strings. Hand-wound and hand-polished, they have round cores and narrower ribbon wire to achieve a smooth feeling, and are available in four- and five-string sets in standard long-scale, as well as short, medium, […]

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