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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Seymour Duncan Announces Second Annual Benefit Concert


Pickup maker Seymour Duncan will host its second annual benefit concert, featuring Los Lobos and special guest Joe Bonamassa, August 30 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. All proceeds from the event will go to the music charity Notes for Notes, which provides a place where kids can explore their creative side with free […]

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ToadWorks Updates Barracuda Flanger


ToadWorks has updated its Barracuda flanger with a lower noise floor, increased headroom, the company’s True-Stereo output, an optional alternate-regeneration path switch (ARPS), and new artwork. The pedal was designed with input from former Heart guitarist Howard Leese to reproduce the sound of the flange heard on the 1977 Heart song by the same name. […]

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Todd Clouser

A Love Electric

Clouser is probably best classified as a jazz guitarist, but when you listen to his music, the funk and rock in the mix keep you on your toes. And the beauty of it is all the songs have melodies that stick. “Serenity Now” is the perfect introduction, with its light soul feel, finely placed trumpet, […]

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Dunlop Offers Ukulele Strings


Dunlop ukulele strings use a proprietary blend of nylon monofilament. Each set is balanced string-to-string, and every string is inspected with laser precision technology to ensure quality and consistency.  

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Bourgeois Guitars Intros LaMontagne Signature


Bourgeois Guitars is offering a limited-edition Ray LaMontagne Signature guitar. LaMontagne began playing Bourgeois instruments while in 2011, at which time he and Dana Bourgeois began working on the signature model.  Bourgeois will build 33 of the guitars, using Sitka spruce and mahogany, and employing hot hide glue in their construction. Appointments include wood rosette, three-color herringbone […]

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Digitech Offers HT-6 PolyChromatic Tuner


The Digitech HT-6 PolyChromatic Tuner allows tuning of all six strings in one strum. It has alternate tuning modes including drop-d, four-, five-, and six-string bass, fret offset, and it can operate in a traditional single-note mode. The pedal is wired true-bypass, its display mimics the appearance of the frets on a guitar neck, and […]

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Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Grand Isle

You needn’t push Play to realize this is not your typical Cajun album. The cover photograph shows a bird encased in oily sludge. Inside, next to the date April 20, 2010 are the words “4.9 million barrels.” There is no need to ask, let alone answer, “Barrels of what?” And the CD’s title refers to […]

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SoCal World Guitar Show


July 21 & 22, 2012 at the Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Ave,. Pomona, CA. For more info, contact California World Guitar Shows, Texas Amigo Productions, (918) 288-2222, fax (918) 288-2888,, CalShows.TV. Co-sponsored by Vintage Guitar.

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Nobuki Takamen

Live At the Iridium
Summit Records

Takamen has become a mainstay in New York’s jazz clubs, and this record shows him to be a mature player with a keen sense of composition, considerable technical skill, and a supportive band (especially pianist Hitoshi Kanda) that helps bring Takamen’s compositions to fruition. For a quick check of chops, just go to “14-1,” a […]

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Frank Zappa

Congress Shall Make No Law...
Zappa Records

When I had occasion to visit Lancaster, California, in 1996, I was shocked to discover that there wasn’t a single thing in the town to acknowledge the fact that Frank Zappa had spent a good chunk of his formative years there. There are people in every corner of the globe who know of that city […]

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