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Monthly Archives: October 2013

1942 Martin D-45

 
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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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Diana Krall

Glad Rag Doll
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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 that fit that bill. But they are done in such […]

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Fender’s “First-Gen” Strat

 
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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. The XP adds four expression pedal-based effects including the […]

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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 but can be co-axed into tracking double-stops, while its Upper Octave […]

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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 kickoff event to mark his forthcoming album, Corazón. Confirmed performances include Chocquibtown, […]

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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
 
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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 Farfisa organ; and if the Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen was the “best” lead guitarist […]

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