Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Siegmund Doppler Vibe

The Faster We Go, the Rounder We Get

Siegmund Doppler Vibe Price: $495 Info: www.siegmundguitars.com. It’s been said that Buddy Guy was the first guitarist to put his instrument through a Leslie rotating speaker. Supposedly, this was done in a pinch after his amp crapped out during a 1965 session for Junior Wells’ (more…)

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Joe Satriani

Unstoppable Momentum

After moonlighting with the super group Chickenfoot, Joe Satriani returns to his day job as solo artist extraordinaire with this new album, continuing his galactic reign as supreme commander of instrumental rock guitar. Unstoppable Momentum follows in the cosmic wake of Satch’s last album, 2010’s Black (more…)

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PRS Introduces Archon High-Gain Amp


The PRS Archon is two-channel, 100-/50-watt amp that uses four 6L6GC tubes and is designed for players demand aggressive overdriven tones and ample headroom with sparkling cleans. Its lead channel has five preamp gain stages, and controls include Volume and Tone for each channel, global Depth (more…)

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Dirty Word

The New Orleans funk ensemble known as Dumpstaphunk has been at it for a decade now. Led by Ivan Neville on keys, the band consists of Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals, guitarist Ian Neville, and not one, but two bass players – Tony Hall and (more…)

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Novax Preps 25th Anniversary Model


Novax Guitas is introducing a limited-edition guitar to commemorate its 25th anniversary, available with a swamp ash body with maple neck or mahogany body and neck. The swamp ash version uses three single-coil pickups by Lollar or Bartolini, while the mahogany version will have (more…)

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Iggy and the Stooges and Special Guests

Tribute to Ron Asheton

The Stooges’ influence on ’80s and early ’90s indie scenesters is unimpeachable. For more than a quarter-century, cognoscenti have clamored to comprehend the quartet’s long shadow, more often than not dubbing frontman Iggy Pop with sobriquets like “The Godfather of Punk.” Understandable, given (more…)

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Effectrode Tube-Vibe and Goran Fat Boy

Premium Pedalin’

Effectrode Tube-Vibe Price: $429 (Tube-Vibe) Contact: www.effectrode.com Goran Fat Boy Price: $429 Contact: www.goranguitars.com In the annals of guitar stompboxes, there are no tones more elusive than the mystical swirls of a modulation pedal and the warm roar of an overdrive box. Builders (more…)

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Greg Koch Band

Plays Well With Others

Due to his longtime residency in Milwaukee, Greg Koch may have not been discovered by the world at large. But that’s certainly not true among his fellow guitarists. On his latest, Koch is joined by various musicians, including guitarists Robben Ford, Paul Barrère, and Joe (more…)

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DoleSonic Half Back Stack

Tone Meets Crafts-manship

Shaw Audio Bass 130 Price: $1,350 Contact: www.tremcaster.com, phone: (330) 608-2043 In a day where gear companies often focus on utilitarian products, it’s nice when high-end craftsmanship rears its head. Ken Doles and the crew at DoleSonic Amplifiers are a good example with their latest (more…)

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Trampled Under Foot


Every now and then a band comes along that after one listen you realize they really get it. This is the case with Trampled Under Foot, made up of the Schnebelen siblings: Danielle on vocals and bass, Nick on guitar and vocals, and drummer (more…)

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