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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Aristides Introduces 010 Model

 

Aristides Instruments 010 guitar has a body and neck made from the company’s Arium material. It has a 25.5″-scale neck with compound-radius ebony fretboard, Seymour Duncan and APS pickups, a push/pull master Volume pot for coil splitting, and a master Tone. Its hardware includes Sperzel locking (more…)

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Seymour Duncan Intros Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Humbucker

 

The Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Humbucker has an Alnico V bar magnet and measures 12.11k DC resistance. It’s a drop-in replacement for any humbucker-equipped guitar and requires no modification to the instrument. Visit www.SeymourDuncan.com. (more…)

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Frirsz Music Offers Filmocaster

 

Luthier Nicholas Frirsz’s Filmocaster has a 25.5″-scale maple neck with compound radius and hand-crowned frets. Using a maple core, Frirsz attaches body “wings” made of cast-aluminum film reels replicated to look like those from the 1930s. It has a humbucking pickup, vintage wiring, and a stacked potentiometer (more…)

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Paul Gilbert

Mr. Big Takes it Down a Notch
 
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Paul Gilbert and the crew that makes up Mr. Big – bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Pat Torpey, and vocalist Eric Martin – reunited a couple years ago on the heels of a Gilbert gig at the L.A. House of Blues where he, Sheehan, and Torpey jumped onstage together. Digging the vibe, they soon called Martin, […]

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Los Lonely Boys

Revelation
 
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Los Lonely Boys is a smart band that understands the business of the business. Avoiding the usual Texas blues clichés, the ensemble is radio friendly, with the charisma of Ritchie Valens and the soul of Carlos Santana. Embracing their deep Texican roots, the brothers (more…)

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Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

The Devil You Know
 
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R&B stalwart Castro comes out with guns blazing on his latest, adding some raucous rock and roll to his usual helping of soul and blues. There’s an added edge to songs like the riff-driven title cut with its rowdy lead guitar and leather-throated vocals. “Two Steps (more…)

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Reverend Horton Heat

Rev
 
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Jim Heath, the fleet-fingered and irrepressible godfather of psychobilly, is back, leading his trio, Reverend Horton Heat, through their first new long-player since 2009. And while some are hailing it as a return to form, truth is Rev serves up generous helpings of hot (more…)

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Bare Knuckle Pickups’ PAT Pend, Flat ’52, and Mule

Bruising Tones
 
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Bare Knuckle Pickups’ PAT Pend, Flat ’52, and Mule Price: $125-$340 Info: www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk. From the ever-expanding world of boutique pickups comes a builder out of southwest England who creates a handmade, hard-hitting alternative – Bare Knuckle Pickups. We received three sets of pickups from Bare Knuckle; the Mule (humbuckers), Blackguard Flat ’52 (more…)

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Music Man Game Changer

Twelve Tons of Tone
 
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Music Man Game Changer Price: $2,275 (street) Contact: www.gamechanger.music-man.com Since the introduction of the electric guitar, builders have sought ways to increase the variety of tones that can be had from an instrument; in 1959, Gibson created the Varitone circuit for its ES-345, and in (more…)

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David Grissom

How It Feels To Fly
 
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One of Les Paul’s favorite aphorisms when assessing other guitarists was, “Can his mother pick him out on the radio?” Or as Albert Collins put it, “Does he have an identification?” David Grissom passed those tests decades (more…)

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