Recording King has added two models to its Madison line of banjos. The RK-R36 has a mahogany resonator and neck, Mastertone-style bell brass cast tone ring, one-piece flange, 24-hook brass tension hoop, and nickel-plated hardware. The RK-OT25 is an old-time open-back banjo with a steam-bent maple rim, 24-bracket tension hoop, and dual coordinator rods. It also has a […]
Monthly Archives: August 2012
Eric Bibb’s last few studio efforts have proven he can deliver the goods when it comes to folk, blues, and soul music. And with Troubadour Live, we get a feel for his stage presence and versatility; all but one of the live cuts here also feature veteran Swedish guitarist Staffan Astner, and it’s obvious they […]
Every musician I’ve spoken to who was around to witness or participate in the birth of rock and roll, from Carl Perkins to J.J. Cale to Jeff Beck, agrees that it was like turning on a light switch, and that “Elvis changed everything.” But as revolutionary as rock’s ’50s beginnings were, the next decade saw […]
August 2 & 26 at the Metrolina Expo, I-77, Exit 16A, 7100 Statesville Rd., Charlotte, NC 28269. For more info, contact Bee-3 Vintage (828) 298-2197. bee3vintage.com.
From the opening notes of “Slow Train” to the echo of the last note of “Prisoner,” modern blues guitarslinger Joe Bonamassa’s Dust Bowl is a masterpiece. Bonamassa has released 11 previous solo albums and was crowned Billboard’s Blues Artist of 2010. But many blues-guitar fans have been hip to him for far longer. Dust Bowl […]
8/27/2011 – 8/28/2011
at the Metrolina Expo, I-77, Exit 16A, 7100 Statesville Rd., Charlotte, NC 28269. For more info, contact Bee-3 Vintage (828) 298-2197. bee3vintage.com.
The Xotic SP Compressor uses same operational transconductance amplifier (OTA) technology as in the Ross Compressor. It can render a variety of compressor tones and its dry Blend knob produces +15dB of boost while its internal dip switch adjusts attack. Built with true-bypass switching, it has 1-meg ohm input impedance, 1 K-ohm output impedance, and can […]
Lava Cable’s Grab N’ Go pedalboard is built from ABS to handle the rigors of stage use. Each piece is secured to form-fitting base plates with machine screws and locking nuts. The company offers seven versions with different shapes capable of holding from six to 10 pedals. Check them out at lavacable.com/index.php?id=31
Vintage has added the VR100W to its ReIssued line of electric guitars. It has a poplar body, set mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with 24.75″ scale and 22 frets, Wilkinson W90SK stacked ceramic pickup controlled by single Volume and Tone controls, and a wrap-around bridge tailpiece. It is available in Gloss White finish. See more at jhs.co.uk/vintageelectric.html.
Along with his stalwart Ibanez Jem axes, Steve Vai will be playing his Ultra guitar during an upcoming world tour. Created for Vai as a tribute based on a drawing by illustrator Aaron Brown for the cover of Vai’s 1999 album, The Ultra Zone, luthier Alistair Hay built the guitar in his Emerald Guitars shop in Donegal, Ireland. Its […]