Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bob Dylan

The Complete Album Collection Vol. One

What to make of a box set compiling the half-century career of the most towering figure in American popular music? After all, Bob Dylan’s stature ensures that the target market already owns a goodly number (and in many cases, all) of the 41 live and (more…)

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ZT Amplifiers Club and Lunchbox Acoustic

Big Things, Small Packages

In two short years of existence, ZT Amplifiers has found a unique place for itself in the world of boutique amplification. ZT engineering guru Ken Kantor’s flagship amp is called The Lunchbox, so named because of its compact physical size. But (more…)

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Sean Weaver

Half Past Midnight

Weaver’s album of solo guitar features instrumental treatments that range from “La Alborada (Little Music Box),” a heart-tugging classical piece by Francisco Tarrega, to Rodgers and Hart’s “Little Girl Blue,” to a beautiful working of Don McLean’s “Vincent.” The reflective mood of the album runs (more…)

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The MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion

Company Hot Rod

Dunlop Custom Badass ’78 Distortion Price: $79 Info: jimdunlop.com Custom Badass is a new division of MXR that offers the company’s engineers’ hot-rodded takes on popular designs. Packaged in MXR’s classic small housing, the ’78 Distortion is a bit lighter and (more…)

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The Fender Bullet Deluxe/JP-90

No Frills, Didn’t Fly

    Fender has tried more than once to market basses with a low-budget vibe. And while the idea is laudable, most of the offerings never really caught on. In the early ’80s, Fender – then owned by CBS – was on a downward slide thanks in part to quality-control issues and uninspired products. And […]

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Buck Owens

Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens/Buck 'Em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967)

Buck Owens never minced words. I know. I interviewed him and others in his inner circle in 1992, while annotating Rhino’s Buck Owens Collection box set. Detailing his scorn for Nashville’s music industry, he held nothing back – although he did note that time (more…)

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Rock ‘N Roll Relics, Bruce Kulick Team on BK Guitar


Bruce Kulick, former Kiss guitarist and current axe man for Grand Funk Railroad, will be showing a prototype of his forthcoming BK guitar at Winter NAMM. Inspired by the vintage Les Paul Junior Kulick used on many well-known recordings, (more…)

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Jim Walsh and Dennis Pernu

The Replacements: Waxed-Up Hair and Painted Shoes

Of all the cool ’80s alternative rock bands, the loveable ramshackle jag-offs in the Replacements were the least likely to give a toss about, oh, anything much at all. That attitude permeated everything about the Minneapolis quartet, and it was always a big reason for (more…)

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Colby Introduces Mod Machine Amp


Colby Amplification’s Mod Machine is a hand-wired EL34 amp inspired by British amplifiers but capable of multiple sounds and power-amp configurations. It offers a range from clean JTM to “Plexi” to a metal-panel “Master Volume” to higher-gain sounds. The power section includes four modes (Pentode/Triode/Cathode/Fixed) (more…)

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Godin Expands Montreal Premiere Line


Godin Guitars has added  four models to its thinline semi-hollow Montreal Premiere line. The Sunburst P90 HB uses Godin Kingpin P90 pickups and a custom tailpiece; a Bigsby-equipped version is also available, with a roller saddle bridge. The Sunburst TriplePlay has an integrated Fishman system (more…)

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