Monthly Archives: August 2013

Gary Clark Jr.

Blak and Blu
Warner Bros

After the hype, accolades, and Eric Clapton endorsements of the past few years, Gary Clark, Jr.’s first full-length record has finally arrived. With tracks culled from previous EPs, producer Mike Elizondo (Mastodon, Fiona Apple, Eminem) and Clark have crafted a record that illustrates how (more…)

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The MXR M234 Analog Chorus and M87 Bass Compressor

Opposite Ends

MXR M87 Bass Comp and M234 Analog Chorus Price: $318 (M87 Bass Compressor), $170 (M234 Analog Chorus). Info: jimdunlop.com For decades, players in virtually every musical genre have been familiar with MXR pedals; the name connotes a solid (more…)

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Perri Ink. Intros Memento Guitar


Perri Ink.’s Memento guitar pays homage to the film of the same name. Built to look like the mirror image of a standard right-handed guitar, it has a slightly distressed gold finish, Callaham vintage-style vibrato, three Bare Knuckle Irish Tour pickups, quartersawn maple neck with (more…)

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Ernest Ranglin

Avila Street Records

Standing at a crossroads of reggae and jazz, Ernest Ranglin has crafted a unique voice. His mellow-toned and laidback fusion is singular. And stunning. To anyone familiar with Jamaican music and reggae, Ranglin is legend. He began on ukulele, then built his first guitar from a (more…)

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The Epiphone ES-175 Reissue

Return of a Classic

There are plenty of affordable hollowbodies on the market, but Epiphone’s recent reissue of the Gibson ES-175 is almost a slam-dunk out of the box. Whether your guitar guru is Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, or Steve Howe, there’s a historical aura to the 175 design (more…)

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Graham Dechter

Takin' It There
Capri Records

It’s always a treat when a young player arrives on the scene with an understanding of what came before him. Dechter is a traditional jazz player who lets us know right off the bat that he gets it by offering a swinging version of Wes (more…)

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Eastwood’s Airline Bighorn

Goin’ “Old-Store”

Most everyone has seen a department-store-catalog guitar (or two!) from the ’60s or ’70s. With their funky, cool body shapes and smorgasbord of knobs and switches, their looks grabbed ya’. Trouble was, they were usually plagued with cut-rate hardware and electronics, low build quality, and crude playability. The latest creation from Eastwood, the Airline Bighorn, […]

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E-H Reissues Hot Tubes OD


The Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes OD reissue was designed to replicate the organic overdrive of a vintage tube amp. It has controls for Volume, Tone, and Overdrive knobs plus a Tone On/Off switch. Volume sets overall output level while Overdrive adjusts gain. The Tone control adds warmth (more…)

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Worland Guitars Adds Prairie Model


Worland Guitars’ Prairie model is an OM-size guitar available with cedar or spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, and ebony fingerboard. It has a 24.9” scale length, 1.75”-wide nut, slim C-shaped neck, bolt-on heel-less neck joint, and a compound radius fingerboard. Learn more (more…)

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Tim Bogert’s Modified Fender

One Fudged Bass

When Vanilla Fudge helped pioneer the progressive-rock movement in the latter half of the ’60s, bassist Tim Bogert played more than one Fender Precision – and usually installed Telecaster Bass necks on them. Bogert preferred the chunkier feel of the Tele Bass neck, which reminded him of ’50s P-Basses. And for him, one instrument, in […]

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