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Fender Unveils California Coast Series Ukuleles

Fender has announced the launch of its new California Coast Series ukuleles, celebrating the brand’s California roots. All five, diverse soprano, concert and tenor models are named after beaches along the coast of California—from Los Angeles to picturesque Santa Barbara, capturing the spirit of California beach culture and the lifestyle it has to offer year-round. All models from the California Coast Series ...

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Black Volt Amplification Goes Public, Debuts the Crazy Horse Amp

For the past few years, Black Volt Amplification, a small company based in the Silver Lake hills of Los Angeles, has been producing some of the most unique, high-quality guitar amps on the market today. Essentially an industry secret—but a favorite of celeb players, producers and LA musicians in the know—these amps have been used on dozens of sessions, albums and shows, and they seem to be picking up moment ...

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Sweet Green Machine: A Review of the Gretsch G6659TG Players Edition Broadkaster Jr.

There is no mistaking the luxurious styling of the G6659TG Broadkaster— it’s one of the more elegant Gretsch guitars I’ve come across. The striking Cadillac Green finish paired with aged white binding on its laminated maple body and neck perfectly complements the abundant and shiny gold hardware—from the Broadkaster badge on the headstock to the “G-Arrow” control knobs, Full’Tron pickups and Bigsby vibrato. ...

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Chicago Music Exchange Unveils New Fender Exclusives

Chicago Music Exchange has proudly expanded its line of exclusive Fender instruments for 2017 with the introduction of five new models. Available only at CME, these guitars feature a selection of Fender finishes and special features developed collaboratively between Fender product specialists and CME’s expert staff. In an effort to meet consumer demands and cater to the latest gear trends, many also hone in ...

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Top Gear: Todd Sharp JOAT combo

Ask guitarists to describe what they think an amp called the “Jack of All Tone” (which is what JOAT stands for) would be like, and most would probably imagine some kind of digital modeling product or a more traditional tube amp with four to six individual channels, a modular design and a control panel that makes an SSL 4000G+ 80-channel console look austere in comparison. The Todd Sharp JOAT combo, however, ...

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New and Cool Guitar: the Allan Beardsell Model 3GMS/25/27

By Bob Carlin “Handmade guitars from another planet” proclaims the impressive and somewhat eccentric website of luthier Allan Beardsell. Scroll down, and you’re told that “Al Beardsell is a guitar maker who thinks differently (so you don’t have to)” and “Every Beardsell is unique.” Welcome to Al’s world, where “Al-chemy” is the buzz word and “artisan-Al” rules the kingdom from his workshop in the prairie to ...

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Not for Sale: Mariano Fernandez Guitarra Septima, Circa 1880

There’s a scarcity of information about the luthier Mariano Fernandez, who was active in Mexico City in the late 19th century. Only three or so guitars made by him are known to exist. This magnificent example of his workmanship resides in the collection at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota.By Alan di Perna Photo: Emanuele Marconi There’s a scarcity of information about the luthier Marian ...

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FU-Tone Debuts Naval Brass Saddle Inserts

FU-Tone has introduced new hardware upgrades to its Saddle Insert line.Stock steel saddles constantly fail by cracking, expanding getting stuck and corroding. Naval Brass though, has all of the tonal qualities of brass, which increases sustain, clarity, definition and warmth. The Titanium and Naval Brass 6 string sets are priced at $45.95, while the Titanium and Naval Brass 7 string sets are priced at $52.9 ...

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FU-Tone Debuts Naval Brass Saddle Inserts

FU-Tone has introduced new hardware upgrades to its Saddle Insert line. Stock steel saddles constantly fail by cracking, expanding getting stuck and corroding. Naval Brass though, has all of the tonal qualities of brass, which increases sustain, clarity, definition and warmth. The Titanium and Naval Brass 6 string sets are priced at $45.95, while the Titanium and Naval Brass 7 string sets are priced at $52. ...

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