Monthly Archives: October 2013

Diana Krall

Glad Rag Doll

Fans familiar with Krall’s records featuring swinging tunes and gentle ballads might be more than a little surprised when they hear Glad Rag Doll. It wouldn’t be fair to say she’s left the jazz world, because many of these 13 song are old jazz tunes (more…)

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Fender’s “First-Gen” Strat


The Fender Stratocaster is arguably the most popular electric guitar model in the world. From the time of its introduction in 1954, no other electric has outsold its archetypical design. And unlike its fellow archetype, the Gibson Les Paul and its numerous variants including the Junior, Special, Standard, and Custom, the Stratocaster was always been […]

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DigiTech Intros Element Multi-Effects Pedals


The DigiTech Element and Element XP multi-effects pedals 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 amp/cab simulators in a pedalboard-style control layout. (more…)

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Houston Lefty Guitar Show



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TWA Offers Great Divide Mk.II


TWA’s Great Divide Mk.II is an all-analog octave divider with proprietary synth technology that offers five independent voices that can be blended to sound like a Bass, Arp, harp, Hammond, Moog, or synth guitar, as well as many combinations. Its lower voices are monophonic (more…)

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Santana Slates “Homecoming” Performance in Guadalajara


Carlos Santana has announced that he and his band will perform in Guadalajara, Mexico, December 14 at the Vicente Fernandez Arena, with a star-studded cast of musicians, all celebrating their Latin music heritage. The concert is a homecoming for Carlos Santana and a (more…)

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Fritz Relocates to Alabama


Luthier Roger Fritz has relocated his business from northern California to the Eastern Shore area of Mobile Bay, in south Alabama. Fritz came to prominence as a guitar builder in Mobile in the late ’80s, when he collaborated with the late Roy Buchanan on a signature guitar. Following Buchanan’s death, the brand changed to Fritz […]

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Arlington Guitar Show 2013



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Country Joe and the Fish

Electric Music For the Mind and Body

Country Joe and The Fish were one of the most original, eclectic, and just plain good San Francisco bands of the mid to late ’60s. Joe McDonald, in particular, wrote songs that were complex but accessible; David Cohen doubled on guitar and (more…)

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Hiwatt Re-Enters U.S., Japan Markets


Hiwatt Amplification is expanding its manufacturing and distribution/dealer network after re-entering the musical-instrument market in North America and Japan. The company has built point-to-point wired amplifiers since 1966, employed by players including Pete Townshend, David Gilmour, and Jimmy Page. It says it will maintain its tradition of using military-grade components and high build quality while developing […]

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