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Review: Wallace Guitars Michigan Avenue

In the music-gear business—and especially as I write this on the eve of the Winter NAMM Show—players are almost assaulted with an unending parade of new guitars manufactured and marketed by large corporations, boutique builders, and specialty companies. Who buys all of these ka-trillions of guitars produced every year? It’s unfathomable to me. And if you’re a builder, getting your instrument to stand out am ...

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Kiesel Announces New Beryllium Pickups

The Kiesel Custom Shop has announced its newest pickups, the Beryllium Series. Available in bridge & neck humbucker, as well as a single-coil version, these pickups are now standard equipment in all SH Series semi-hollow guitars, all CT and CS Series California Carved Top guitars, the AE185 and AE185-12 acoustic/electric guitars and in the bridge position of the Frank Gambale Signature FG1 (alongside th ...

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New Teye Jazz Cat Tested!

If your personal style of artistic enthusiasm veers toward the unique and funky—like a Le Corbusier cowhide lounger or Salvador Dali’s lobster telephone—then a Teye guitar will likely become your favorite jam (as the kids used to say). Teye combines elements such as acid-etched metal plates, mosaic tiles, and wood to create functional guitar art that simultaneously turns heads and seduces eardrums. The tari ...

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Review: Pigtronix Class A Boost, Gate Keeper, and Octava

These new micro pedals from Pigtronix are aimed at players who want to maximize space on their pedalboards, without compromising sonic performance or tone-shaping ability. All are 100% analog and they feature true-bypass switching, LED indicators, metal enclosures measuring approximately 1.5” x 3.5”, and front-mounted jacks for external 9v-18v power supplies (sold separately; battery power is not an option ...

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Gibson Introduces New, Dramatically Redesigned Custom Flying V

Last month, during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Gibson teased a new, dramatically redesigned Flying V model. Now, the guitar that Gibson has dubbed the "Modern Flying V" has officially arrived. Inspired by the 1967 Gibson Flying V, this version features a contoured maple top, Apex headstock carve, counter-sunk output jack and color-matched hardware. Each guitar is made from lightweight solid ...

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NEXI Industries Debuts New NEXI Slim Pedalboard

NEXI Industries has introduced the NEXI Slim, a pedalboard that takes up less space, allowing the player to bring only the essentials without sacrificing tone.The NEXI Slim has many of the features of NEXI's Solution, just in a smaller, more mobile format. Key features include a large display and built-in tuner, plus a 3-step booster and power supply. The board has four slots, allowing the user to click-and ...

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Mixing Guitar in a Headphones World

ReaDelay (left) excels at adding  multiple short delays, while PreSonus’s  Open Air (included in Studio One  Professional) loads impulses to create  room ambiances.How you mix your music determines how listeners will hear your music. For decades, mixing was done through speakers, because that was the dominant way people heard music. A standard recommendation was not to mix through headphones—except as a rea ...

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Collings Guitars Introduces Three New Models

01 TCollings has introduced four new “0” style models to its T-series, which come in both 12-fret and 14-fret variations. Each T-series guitar has woods that are specially chosen and carved to create a tonality evocative of the best Twenties and Thirties era instruments. The result is an added warmth and low midrange focus, that when paired with the natural articulation and responsiveness of this small body ...

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