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ToneTron Billy-Rocker 10

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Small amps are big. As venues become increasingly intimate and amplifiers are miked through sound systems rather than muscling-up to broadcast across a full...

Fender Player Jazz Bass Fretless

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The fretless has long been mysterious territory for bassists dazzled by the sonic achievements of Jaco Pastorius, Pino Palladino, and Tony Franklin but reluctant...

Cordoba 15CFM

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The ukulele phenomenon shows no signs of slowing, with models ranging from well under $100 on up to thousands. The Cordoba 15CFM is on...

Guild Aristocrat HH

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Since its arrival in 1954, the chambered Guild Aristocrat and it's later solid cousin, the Bluesbird, have offered an alternative to the single-cutaway Les...

Garage Guru

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The original Epiphone Crestwood was built at Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory, alongside Les Pauls and other ’50s classics. A double-cut solid-body, it appeared a full...

Fret-King Esprit III

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What do you get when you cross a Gibson Explorer with a Fender offset and Firebird vibe? The answer is the Fret-King Esprit III,...

SoloDallas Schaffer Replica Tower

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There should be a hall of fame of gear that’s famous for “lateral applications” – that is, features and functions beyond their original creation....

Retro and Wonderful

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The Mainframe Bit Crusher is a nasty little pedal that warps, mangles, distorts and produces lo-fi digital sounds and trippy sci-fi gizmo textures reminiscent...

Altamira TD Birdseye Oval Hole

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Altamira Guitars has made a specialty of classical nylon-string, replica, and gypsy-jazz guitars. The latter are created with the same meticulous methods and craftsmanship...

JHS 3 Series

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JHS’ seven new 3 Series pedals strip away cosmetics and frills. History has told us that simple pedal designs can sacrifice key elements. Is...