In this day and age, it’s downright incredible that 81-year-old Mississippi bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch has remained unknown to the broader musical world. Unknown – until now, that is. Welch was born in 1932 in Sabougla, a crossroads burg in central Mississippi that’s so small most maps can’t find it. Welch has called the area […]
Monthly Archives: February 2014
DLS Effects’ Reckless Drive is a two-channel overdrive/distortion effect with independent Volume, Gain, and Mix controls for each (Normal and Boost). It also has master controls for Bass and Treble, an Attack switch that adds brightness. It offers true-bypass switching with a 3P3T switch, Amphenol jacks, and its die-cast aluminum housing is finished with powdercoat and […]
TailPeace Dsignz guitar tailpieces replace a guitar’s standard stud-/bar-type tailpiece with sculpted pieces of varying design. They install with no modifcation to the instrument and do not contact the surface of the guitar. Made in the U.S., they are available in chrome, nickel, black, and gold finishes. Read more at www.TailPeace.com.
Seymour Duncan’s Vapor Trail is a true analog delay pedal that uses Bucket Brigade Devices (BBDs) the company says give it an authentic, vintage sound, but with a clarity that keeps it from getting lost in a mix. It has Rate and Depth controls, a TRS insert jack, and a translucent Delay knob with a blue LED that […]
Rotosound has introduced six new retro effects pedals; the Wobbler tremolo, King Henry phaser, Pusher compressor, Crusader chorus, Aftermath analog delay, and Leveller EQ. All were designed in conjunction with John Oram, of Vox and Trident. They are hand-wired in the U.K. using authentic components, and housed in pressed-steel boxes with powdercoat finishes. Visit http://www.rotosound.com.
In a career spanning four decades, acoustic virtuoso Pierre Bensusan has created some of the most enchanting guitar music ever heard, much of it in his beloved DADGAD tuning. Oddly enough, even with near-continuous touring, he’s still a cult commodity. Encore, his three-CD set of live recordings from the mid ’70s to today, may cure […]
In 1985, speaking of the ’83 Action Research into Muscle Distrophy (A.R.M.S.) Tour that united Yardbirds alumni Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton, the latter stated, “At that time and for many months after that, I began to think of Jeff as probably being the finest guitar player I’d ever seen. And I’ve been […]
Some fans of the late, great Uncle Tupelo claim solace in the fact the band’s acrimonious split resulted in two great bands – Jay Farrar’s Son Volt and Jeff Tweedy’s Wilco. Others dismiss this as only so much cold comfort. A few listens to Legacy’s deluxe reissue of Uncle Tupelo’s debut, No Depression, should convince […]
In October 2013, a mere month after releasing their 10th LP (and 19 years after forming), the Gourds announced that they were taking a hiatus. With the Austin, Texas, alt-country quintet’s new album (produced by Larry Campbell) barely a month old, the timing was curious. All the Labor reveals some possible reasons for the band’s […]
Dynamic Amps 2040 series Price: $2,570 (VA Combo) David Carambula’s Dynamic 2040 series of amplifiers consists of three models: Vintage American (VA), Vintage British (VB), and the HG DynaLead. All use class AB single-channel design that can utilize a variety of output tubes, with output reduction, tube rectifier, tube-driven tremolo, spring reverb, welded-aluminum chassis, point-to-point […]