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    Greg Martin And The Fender Custom Shop Rory Gallagher Signature Strat

    Straight out of the 2020 “New Gear Yearbook,” Greg Martin lays down some mean blues licks with one of his newest axes – a Fender Custom Shop Rory Gallagher Signature Strat. Don’t miss our exclusive interview with Greg in the “Yearbook.” Special thanks to Sam Ash. Read now in the New Gear Yearbook!


    Jazz Trio

    Fender’s Geddy Lee Jazz Bass and Ibanez’s Black Eagle Reissue Take On an Icon

    Though it got most of the looks in the family, Fender’s Jazz Bass is nonetheless the tag-along younger brother to the Precision. Benefitting from the elder’s success, it was designed in response to market demand for something with a brighter, more-aggressive tone. In the process, Fender also made it “sexier” via a streamlined silhouette, so

    The JangleBox J-Boost

    Seamless Sheen

    Twelve years ago, Janglebox founder Steve Lasko set out to create effects pedals that capture the sparkling clean chime made famous by bands like The Beatles and The Byrds. Since then, his company has evolved to offer more ways to enhance the electric guitar’s sonic capabilities. The J-Boost Non-Compression Clean Boost is the perfect companion

    Eric Ambel

    Lakeside

    Eric “Roscoe” Ambel is accomplished guitarist (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Steve Earle) and go-to “roots rock” producer (Bottle Rockets, Nils Lofgren, Ryan Adams, and many more). In 2012, he added “erstwhile tavern owner” to his CV. Worse, when Ambel’s Lakeside Lounge fell victim to gentrification, New York City lost what many swore was the

    Jam Pedals’ Delay Llama & Wahcko Wah

    What’s In A Name?

    Positioning its sonic M.O. squarely in the 1960s and ’70s, Jam Pedals strives to create a distinct line of effects. Beyond their fun graphics and tongue-in-cheek names, Jam’s stompboxes are set apart in the way they achieve their objective. Hand-made in Greece, Jam Pedals are wired for true-bypass functionality and use NOS chips, transistors, and

    Paul Quinn

    Relentless Persistence

    For Paul Quinn, music begins and ends with the blues. The soft-spoken guitarist began playing by listening to British blues icons and helped make Saxon one of Europe’s biggest heavy-metal acts. Quinn has been there since the band’s inception in 1976, and it recently released its 20th album, Sacrifice. “It was good to make it,”

    William Peale, Jr. Gibson Super 400

    Sharp-Shooter Special

    The iconic “singing cowboy” was created by Hollywood actors like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter, and others. Many used fancy, customized guitars, often with their name emblazoned on the fingerboard, and the majority were high-end flat-tops including Martin D-45s and Gibson J-200s. This 1940 Gibson Super 400N was made for a genuine Texas cowboy

    Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

    Ruffian Riffs

    Grown men wearing capes. Stadium concerts with self-indulgent instrumental solos. Lyrics that had nothing to do with reality. Rock stars living in castles. By the mid ’70s, all of it aptly described the state of rock music. The punk-rock movement offered an alternative. And while the Ramones, Iggy & the Stooges, and the Dictators made

    Robben Ford

    The Space Between the Notes

    When it comes to blues, Robben Ford has always been inspired by the most profound practitioners of the form and gone his own way with the understanding that true blues is about honesty and individuality. His latest, Bringing It Back Home, joins his indelible style and touch with the compositional talents of Allen Toussaint, Earl

    Strobel Rambler Travel Bass

    Traveling in Style 

    As a rule, travel guitars and basses are intended to help one keep up their chops while on the road for work or vacation. But Florida-based Strobel Guitars strives for something a bit more on the professional end of the spectrum – a travel bass that easily breaks down to fit into carry-on luggage, yet

    Return of the Trashmen

    Return of the Trashmen

    Bird Is Still The Word

    Surf’s up – again! Thanks to the prodding of guitarist/impresario Deke Dickerson, The Trashmen recently recorded their first album in 25 years. “I was an obsessed fan,” Dickerson says of the band, whose 1963 hit “Surfin’ Bird” vaulted it to near-legendary status. “They were doing rockabilly mixed with surf, and it was unique in that

    Carvin Audio’s X1 Preamp

    Welcome Back

    The recently re-tooled Carvin Audio has stayed active with product offerings aimed at the player/sound-reinforcement segment. Its new X1 combines the front end of Carvin’s old X100B with cool tweaks like an all-tube (two-12AX7) preamp interacting with the X100B’s lead and rhythm channels, along with a five-band graphic EQ. Designed to run into a guitar

    Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, Mike Neer

    Savvy Show Stoppers Dim The Lights, Chill The Ham Sport Fishin’: The Lure Of The Bait, The Luck Of The Hook Steelonious
    All You Can Eat Instro Buffet

    When the Kids In The Hall, an irreverent sketch comedy troupe from Toronto, got their own TV show in ’89, they chose “Having An Average Weekend,” an instrumental by a local trio, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, as its theme song. This provided massive exposure on a level that other “surf revival” bands didn’t

    Steve Kimock

    Last Danger Of Frost

    There comes a time in a musician’s life when he confronts the inevitable question, “Who am I? Am I a mimic simply regurgitating other people’s ideas? Do I blindly repeat stylistic patterns and guidelines I’ve been fed? Or am I free? Am I an artist?” This is the motivation behind Steve Kimock’s latest. The rock

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    Fender Custom Colors in the 1960s

    Misty Lakes, Foamy Shores

    In the 1950s, America’s fascination with the automobile was running at a fever pitch. The booming economy of the country’s post-war years pushed the car from a purpose-built means of transportation to the center of family and social life. As a result, automakers started to offer their wares in ever-better dress. Beyond plush interiors and

    John Hart

    Exit from Brooklyn

    “Unsung” is a good word to describe John Hart. He’s been part of the jazz-guitar scene for more than two decades, but rarely is he mentioned in conversations about the cream of the crop. That’s a shame, because, as his new trio record shows, he’s an amazingly inventive soloist and composer who is not afraid

    Hull Amplifiers’ Model H5

    Hull Amplifiers’ Model H5

    Pretty, Stunning

    Hull Amplifiers’ Model H5 Price: $3,199 (list) Contact: www.hullamps.blogspot.com A beat-up ol’ blackface amp can be a thing of beauty, like an old muscle car showing its miles in patches of gray Bondo. But there’s something to be said for an amplifier that’s truly as beautiful to look at as it is to play, with

    Alter Bridge

    Last Hero

    Since 2013’s Fortress, Alter Bridge has lost no momentum. They’ve focused their talents to create a successful formula that highlights the strongest elements of its individual members. This latest is packed with high-altitude modern hard rock with just the right amount of bait to seduce even the most discerning heavy rocker. With the kind of

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    Sitori Sonics pedals

    New Highs with Sitori Sonics’ Doob Dreamer, Tidal Phase, and Reel Repeat

    Sitori Sonics pedals Price: $188 list (Doob Dreamer, Reel Repeat); $168 (Tidal Phase) Info: sitorisonics.com. Despite the vast possibilities of electronic guitar effects, boutique pedal builders perhaps sometimes focus their effort in the cheeky names to evoke a vibe. Sitori Sonics is no exception, with offerings such as the Doob Dreamer, Tidal Phase, and Reel