Monthly Archives: October 2013

Various Artists

The Kustom Kings
Swept-Wing Records

It’s not unusual to see compilations defined by region or style; this one focuses on players who share the same brand of guitar: Hallmark. The Hallmark company was launched in 1966 by Joe Hall, an ex-employee of Mosrite Guitars in Bakersfield, California. Setting up shop (more…)

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Electro-Harmonix Offers Slammi Pitch-Shifter/Harmony Pedal


The Electro-Harmonix Slammi is a pitch shifter/harmony pedal that uses the company’s Next Step Effects platform and includes  Max Bend, which functions as an 11-position switch that allows the pedal to detune to a half-step, major 2nd, major 3rd, perfect 4th, perfect 5th, major 6th, and (more…)

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Gretsch Expands Center-Block Line


Gretsch has added three models to its Center-Block series of guitars – the G5620T-CB Electromatic, G5655T-CB Electromatic, and G5622T-CB Electromatic . The line is targeted at players looking for an instrument that combines the Gretsch aesthetic with increased sustain and reduced feedback at high volumes. Available in three gloss finishes, all have an interior solid-spruce […]

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Orange Amplification Turns Pink for Breast Cancer Campaign


Orange Amplification is helping raise money for the London-based Breast Cancer Campaign by donating a one-off pink Crush 20LDX that will be sold via a week-long online auction starting at 9 a.m. GMT tomorrow (October 25). Breast Cancer Campaign was founded in 1975 and Pink Fridays are a key part of its efforts to bring awareness […]

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Fender Launches ’68 Custom Amps


Fender’s new ’68 Custom series amplifiers – the ’68 Custom Twin Reverb, ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb, and ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb – pay homage to the silver-and-turquoise amps from the year Fender transitioned to the silver panel/aluminum “drip edge” grillecloth trim aesthetic. Both channels on the amps have reverb and tremolo, and the “custom” channels […]

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Gretsch Rancher


“A spectacular model in real he-man outdoor Western finish with powerful appeal for Hill-billy and Cowboy bands.” This is how Gretsch first introduced the Rancher Jumbo – offspring of the 1940s Synchromatic models – in its 1955 catalog. The triangular (or “French”) sound hole has been seen on most Gretsch flat-top guitars from wartime to the […]

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Lanikai Adds TunaUke to LU Series


Lanikai’s LU series ukuleles are now equipped with the company’s TunaUke intonation technology, which uses a compensated nut and movable saddle, which it says offers significant intonation improvement. The line includes the LUTU-21S and LUTU-21C. For more, go to www.lanikaiukes.com. (more…)

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Electro-Harmonix Intros Glove OD


The Electro-Harmonix Glove is a MOSFET-based overdrive pedal designed to render sound similar to an EL34-powered British amplifier. Its control layout includes Volume and Gain knobs that help the pedal create natural, smooth overdrive to saturated high gain. The Tone tailors its treble response, while (more…)

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Fender Offers Two Acoustics for Travelers


Fender’s new CD-140S VA and the CD-60 VA travel guitars use Voyage-Air patented hinged-neck design, which allows the guitar to fold in half to fit in its specially designed gig bag. The CD-140S VA has a solid spruce top with quartersawn X bracing, mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck. It has a tortoiseshell […]

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1942 Martin D-45


The Martin D-45, offered by the company from 1933 through 1942, is well-known as the Holy Grail of acoustic guitars. While players and collectors may argue whether it is the absolute best guitar ever made, in terms of value, it easily outdistances any other acoustic model in the vintage market. Ironically, the D-45 was not […]

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