Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pete Anderson

Birds Above Guitarland

Most listeners became fans of Pete Anderson during his stint as Dwight Yoakam’s guitarist and producer. During his tenure, he put on record some of the finest and most original country licks that had been heard in decades. His solo career has moved him in the (more…)

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Eastwood Adds Airline H77 and H78


Eastwood Guitars’ Airline H77 and H78 guitars serve as tributes to the ’60s Harmony H78. Both have a laminated maple body with f-shaped sound holes and Honeyburst finish, bolt-on maple neck, roller bridge, three Airline Gold Foil Argyle SC pickusp, Gotoh-style tuners, and a rosewood fretboard. Both use a center block to add stability and […]

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Molly Maher and Her Band of Disbelievers

Merry Come Up
Real-Phonic Records

Molly Maher is blessed. She writes songs that ring true. Her singing is a fine balance of deep and soulful, somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. And to top it all, she picks a mean guitar. On her fourth release, she leads her loose-knit Disbelievers (more…)

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Split Personality

PRS P22 Price: $6,092 (as tested, retail), $3630 (street) Info: prsguitars.com. While PRS has for several years offered a piezo bridge-pickup system in its Hollowbody models, it recently worked with LR Baggs to improve their collaborative piezo, and the end result is being offered (more…)

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Martin’s “12-Fret” 000-42


Martin has never been a stranger to producing certain guitars in very limited quantities. But just how rare is the 12-frets-to-the-body 000-42? It has long been held that Martin has done a yeoman’s job of tracking its production through the years (few manufacturers have been so meticulous, especially going back so far), but it has […]

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PRS Expand S2 Line, Adds Friedman Signature Model


PRS Guitars has announced the impending of the the S2 Singlecut and S2 Custom 22.  Both will have figured-maple tops, mahogany backs, 22-fret 25″ scale length mahogany necks with rosewood fretboards, and dot or bird inlays. They’ll incorporate PRS-designed S2 #7 treble and bass pickups (more…)

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Yamaha Corp. Acquires Line 6


Yamaha Corporation and Line 6, Inc. haved announced an agreement for Yamaha to acquire Line 6. Line 6, launched in 1996, is one of the most-recognized names in the digital-modeling arena, with its POD multi-effect processors, guitar amplifiers, modeling guitars, digital wireless systems, live sound mixers, speakers, and iOS interfaces. Under the terms of the agreement, […]

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Ovation 1798 Figured Koa Elite

A Classic Reimagined

Ovation 1798 Figured Koa Elite Price: $5,199 Info: www.ovationguitars.com. The folks at Ovation decided to shake things up a bit and revisit the design of their standard roundback models. The result was the limited-edition 1798 Figured Koa Elite, pretty much the state-of-the art (more…)

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The No Refund Band

The No Refund Band

Lead singer/guitarist Ricky Jackson sings with a brassiness and strength that doesn’t come along often in pop music. He’s also an impressive guitarist, partly in debt to the crotch-rock styles of Slash and Joe (more…)

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Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb

Our Man Flint

Strymon Flint Tremolo & Reverb Price: $200 Info: www.strymon.net. In just a few short years, Strymon has established itself as a premier developer of pedal effects. With boxes like the highly praised El Capistan dTape Echo, they’ve cut out a niche building DSP effects that (more…)

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