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Parsons/White StringBender

...Nashville builder/repair guru Joe Glaser adjusts B bender tuning on a newly-installed unit. Glaser’s in-house Tele with standard B bender is used as a reference and for potential clients to try out the mechanism. Classic Nashville Setup. This custom-built Glaser sports B and G benders with the setup made famous by session king Brent Mason: Tele back pickup, single coil middle, mini-humbucker in front, with five-way switch. Branching Out in the Mid...

Online Digital Issue FAQs

...estination (the easiest being your desktop), and hit continue. The last pop-up, you want to hit “open” and it will open the AIR. (Please note: If you saved it to your desktop, you will see the round nxtbook bubble logo there.) PDF: A PDF is a flat document download that allows you to scroll through the book offline, but without the magazine feel. It is static images of the pages that can be downloaded to your desktop and read offline. To access th...

Gibson ES-300 Prototype

...s for instruments the company sent to him, including a 1936 L-7, with later-installed prototype ES-300 pickup. Gibson shipped this L-7 (serial number 93713) to Les Paul on March 23, 1939, and he immediately put it to use. In April he was photographed with the Fred Waring Orchestra using it, prior to the installation of the pickup. Unique to this guitar are a very slim-profile neck and later factory-installed Grover Deluxe stairstep tuners, which d...

DiMarzio’s Black Angel Pickup

..., the DP234 Black Angel, is reminiscent of that old DeArmond insomuch as it, too, is easy to install and uses a magnetic type of design. Unlike the old DeArmond, though, it can sound more like your acoustic. The Black Angel ships with two cables. Both plug into a small hole in the body of the pickup. One is terminated in a Switchcraft end-pin jack (for semi-permanent installation), the other has a 10-foot cable terminated in a male 1/4″ jack. No s...

PRS Guitars Releases Private Stock 35th Anniversary Dragon Guitar The Ninth Dragon Installment...

...ess back, PRS Stoptail bridge, and a classic volume, push/pull tone control, and 3-way toggle electronics layout, but with TCI model pickups from Paul’s Guitar and tweaked Phase III Locking tuners for a unique balance of vintage and modern specifications. The extraordinary Private Stock grade tone woods were hand selected for this limited series and include a curly maple top, African ribbon mahogany back, and a chaltecoco Pattern neck with a 25” s...

Antonio de Torres 1863

...he instrument from its original friction pegs to mechanical tuning machines, installing a poor-quality set of machine heads. Internally, the numerous cracks that had occurred had been “repaired” by slathering copious amounts of hide glue around and pressing pieces of paper, cloth, scrap wood and such in a misguided attempt to consolidate the cracks. The sides of the instrument, which average only .8 mm thick(!) had suffered particularly, as it app...
The Art of Home Recording - Microphones and Their Uses

Microphones and Their Uses

...ower up the system, fire up the DAW, and you’re tracking in far-better-than-CD-quality in seconds. But, that recording is still only as good as what you put into it, so the “junk in/junk out” credo applies more aptly to home recording than to any other function of the musical arts. After covering the basics of home-studio setup in the previous (and first) installment of this series, this time, we’ll dig into types and uses of the most essential pi...

Rickenbacker’s Bakelite Spanish Vs. Fender’s Esquire

...dge and saddle, with a string angle going over the bridge similar to a Tune-o-matic Les Paul’s. This piece was chrome-plated to match the rest of the hardware and the saddle was compensated for longer bass string distance. Fender used a relatively new design of adjustable saddles, allowing individual height adjustment and accurate intonation…kinda. Instead of one for each string, there were only three. Six strings, three saddles. With a wound thir...

The History of Hamer, Part Four

...g in late 1987 serial numbers were again stamped into the wood. Many one-of-a-kind and prototype instruments have numbers that do not relate to either of the two numbering systems. Slammer by Hamer By 1996, Hamer had begun to modify its import strategy and made a transition for its Ko-rean models which would end up being called the Import Series – basically upscale copies of its better Hamer USA guitars, still made in Korea. The Slammer brand name...

76 Watts the Hard Way

...daughter to the local chain music store and was shocked at the prices. A do-it-yourself sort of guy, he built his own guitar and then built some more and started selling them. Shortly after, he started buying, selling, and repairing amps. During that period, a Matchless amp entered the shop, and James was impressed with its sound. When Matchless went out of business, James acquired the technical info and vendor list from Rick Perotta, then looked...
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