Monthly Archives: September 2013

Cimarron Guitars’ Model P

From the Parlor to the Stage

Cimarron Guitars has being making custom instruments since 1978 in the dry, mild climate of southwest Colorado. The company’s Model P guitar gets its name from its parlor-guitar-sized body (“parlor” guitars were popular in the late 19th/early 20th century, when small social events often occurred in (more…)

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Gustav Lundgren

Plays Django Reinhardt

Gustav Lundgren is boldly going where few other Gypsy jazz guitarists dare: the daunting and little-known world of Django Reinhardt’s later bebop music. Swede Lundgren is prolific in both the worlds of standard jazz guitar and Gypsy jazz, with seven previous releases to his name plus (more…)

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PRS Intros DG Custom Amps, Cab


PRS has introduced the David Grissom signature DG Custom 30 and DG Custom 50 amps along with the matching DG Custom 2×12 cabinet. The DG Custom 30 uses four EL84/7581 power tubes and tone-sculpting features including Bright switch, reverb, Boost/Normal gain switch, Presence control, and Top Cut control. The Custom 50 uses four EL34 tubes […]

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Harman’s DigiTech Intros Element/Element XP Multi-Effects Pedals


Harman’s DigiTech has released the Element and Element XP multi-effects pedals. Both have six overdrive and distortion stompboxes, compressor, three-band EQ, flanger, phaser, tremolo, vibrato, chorus, rotary simulator, envelope filter, step filter, spring reverb, room reverb, noise gate, an acoustic guitar simulator and 12 (more…)

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The Fender Showman

The Showman

In addition to several significant shifts in style and presentation, for Fender, the transition of the late 1950s into the early ’60s represented a more concerted push into big-amp territory. Having introduced the 80-watt “high-powered” tweed 5F8 Twin (VG, March ’09) in ’58, this rapidly (more…)

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Nick Moran Trio

No Time Like Now
Manor Sound Music

Moran and band are definitely an organ trio steeped in the tradition, but they aren’t afraid to mix things up a little. That’s immediately made clear on the opener, “Strange Brew.” Yes, it’s the Cream classic, and it’s the only non-original here. It’s deconstruction and (more…)

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3rd Annual Brooklyn Autumn Guitar Show


September 22, at the Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave. Between N 11th @ N 12th, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Show hours 11-5. For more info, contact brooklynguitarshow@gmail.com. facebook.com/BrooklynGuitarShow. (more…)

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Great Lakes Guitar and Amp Show


September 21, at the Southfield Community Church, 21122 Indian St., Southfield, MI. Show hours 10-4. For more info, contact Great Lakes Registration at info@marstran.com, marstran.com/GreatLakesGuitar.html. (more…)

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Kenny Olson Cartel

Kenny Olson Cartel
Foxy Music/Firebird

Think Detroit rock and roll – the MC5 and Iggy by way of Ted Nugent and Kid Rock: gear-grinding rock with plenty of volume and aggression. Throw in some Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses, and even some SRV. That gets you close to describing the antics (more…)

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Frenzel FM-DP1 Tube Preamp

Old-School Bang Without Breaking the Bank

For five decades after he built his first guitar amp in 1952, Jim Frenzel designed tube and solidstate equipment for the military, FAA, and Texas Instruments. But it wasn’t until 2001, after his retirement, (more…)

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