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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Seymour Duncan Offers Whole Lotta Humbucker


Seymour Duncan is set to offer its Whole Lotta Humbucker to players worldwide. The pickup is based on Duncan’s personal experience in the ’70s, when he worked at the Fender Soundhouse with artists like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and many others. “I liked to rewind pickups with 42-gauge plain-enamel wire,” he said. “I’d […]

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PRS’ L.A. Showroom To Go Full-Time


PRS Guitars will open its Los Angeles showroom on a full-time basis  beginning March 1. Located at the CenterStaging facility in Burbank, the showroom will extend its artist relations’ efforts by offering musicians the opportunity to try various instruments in its intimate studio environment. “We value the relationships we have with our artist endorsers and […]

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Eastwood Guitars Searching for World’s Ugliest Guitar


Eastwood Guitars is launching a find the “World’s Ugliest Guitar” contest, with the winning entry to be re-created in a limited-edition run. Eastwood is gathering opinions with an interactive voting system at This page offers a choice of eight of the world’s “most extreme mistakes” in mass-produced guitars from the past 50 years. Round one is […]

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Surreal Amps Preps Two New Models


Surreal Amps is offering two new models; the Surreal LC 100 is a single-channel amp with a stripped down circuit and aesthetic, while the Classic² 18 Watt is a 6V6/18-watt version of the company’s Classic amp. Both are hand-wired at Surreal’s headquarters in California, using premium components. Custom tolex colors are offered at no extra […]

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Reverend Guitar Set For Cancer Society Raffle


Reverend Guitars and Naked Body Guitars have collaborated on a custom-finished instrument that will be raffled for charity April 28. The Reverend Warhawk II is painted to match a 1967 Mustang being sold to raise money for The American Cancer Society during this year’s Shelbyfest in Herman, Missouri. The program was begun by Mary Jean […]

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Dan Toler, Guitarist in Great Southern, ABB, Passes


Dan Toler, former guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman Band, and Dickey Betts’ Great Southern, died February 25. He was 65 and had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Toler started playing guitar at age 12, influenced by Johnny Smith, Chet Atkins, Lonnie Mack, and others. His […]

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GFS Pickups Introduces REDactive Pickup System


GFS Pickups’ REDactives are low-impedance noiseless pickups with internal preamplifiers. Each is voiced for each position and each position has a custom-voiced preamp. The system is available with a solderless installation kit. Learn more at

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Morris “Magic Slim” Holt, Chicago Blues-Guitar Legend, Passes


Morris Holt, the blues singer and guitarist known onstage as Magic Slim, died February 21 at a hospital in Philadelphia. He was 75 and had been battling various health issues including bleeding ulcers. A contemporary of fellow post-war electric-blues legends including Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, he tried to gain foothold in the Chicago music […]

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Buddy Miller

The Majestic Silver Strings
New West

Miller takes a number of risks here. First, he enlists six guest vocalists, not counting wife Julie, with whom he’s recorded a number of duo albums. Second, the repertoire consists mainly of country standards associated with everyone from Eddy Arnold to Lefty Frizzell to Dean Martin. Finally, an arsenal of egoless guitar accompanists has the […]

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Framus, Warwick Carbon Neutral


Framus and Warwick have been determined to be carbon-neutral in production of their instruments. The term is based on the “CO2 footprint” concept, which allows companies to compensate for their CO2 output (and make adjustments to minimize it) by supporting environmental-protection projects ranging from construction of wind energy plants to water treatment and reforestation projects. Warwick-Framus […]

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