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Gretsch’s ’55 Falcon G6136-55

Gretsch’s 1955 White Falcon was the pink Cadillac of guitars – quite possibly the most outlandish guitar ever produced. The latest Vintage Select Edition Falcon is all that and more. Unveiled at the 1954 NAMM show, the White Falcon was billed as “The Guitar of the Future.” Indeed, it was a dream instrument even then; ... ...

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Winners Chosen in VG Team Josie Relay for Life Raffle

Eric Wells, San Francisco, was the grand-prize winner in this year’s American Cancer Society/Team Josie Relay for Life raffle. He’s now the happy recipient of a John Page Classic Ashburn HH and a Swart Amplifier Company MOD-84 worth a combined $3,397. Rory Callaghan, Willoughby, Ohio, also won a JPC Ashburn HH, worth $1,639. The annual ... ...

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Reverend Descent H90 Baritone

Electric baritones have increased in popularity for the last 20 years. Filling the gap between standard-tuned electric guitar and bass, these solidbodies are useful among those in the roots-rock set (surf and country, in particular), as well as anyone in the metal and post-grunge camps. With its single-coil pickups, Reverend’s Descent H90 is designed for ... ...

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Fishman Fluence Classic Humbucker Set

Fishman recently released the revolutionary Fluence series pickups that utilize an active, hum-canceling pickup design. Following our review of their Single-Width pickups (VG, March ’15) we take a look at their Classic Humbuckers for retrofitting guitars that use standard-size humbucking pickups. The Fishman Fluence Classic Humbucker set consists of two pickups constructed from numerous layers ... ...

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DiMarzio’s Black Angel Pickup

Back in the old days, adding a pickup to an acoustic guitar was a major operation that required a luthier’s services. There was one exception, however – the spring-loaded magnetic pickup from DeArmond. It was easy to install and very effective at making an acoustic sound more like an electric. DiMarzio’s new sound-hole mounted pickup, ... ...

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MOD Kits DIY 102+ Amp Kit

A good friend jokingly remarked that building tube amps is the legal equivalent of taking opiates – instantly gratifying yet highly addicting. If so, then MOD Kits’ 102+ just might be the “gateway” amp build. This 8-watt, vacuum-tube practice amp is beautifully laid out in its simplicity and the step-by-step assembly instructions are both thorough ... ...

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Valvetech Suplex

Used by rock royalty, the 100-watt Marshall Model 1959 Super Lead unleashed hellacious tones. Problem was, it was ridiculously loud and lacked a master volume. Rob Pierce of Valvetech Amplifiers may have the solution. Based on the Model 1959, his four-input, all tube 50-watt Suplex head was built to produce an array of tones, from ... ...

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Brown’s Guitar Factory Lap Steel

At the beginning of amplified music, one of the first instruments to get a magnetic pickup was the Rickenbacker “frying pan” lap steel – the first of many electrified lap steels made at one time or another by guitar companies including Gibson, Fender, and, of course, Silvertone. Attend a guitar show today, and you’re likely ... ...

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Dingwall Super P

A time-honored approach to guitar and bass design is to take a classic and improve it. That’s certainly the case with the Dingwall Super P. Straight from Saskatoon, Canada, it’s a refreshing take on the Fender Precision and also full of hip appointments. The Super P neck has 22 smaller banjo-style frets and a compound ... ...

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Radial Updates Tonebone BigShot ABY

Radial Engineering’s revised Tonebone BigShot ABY amp switcher is wired true-bypass and has a completely passive audio path. It has a separate tuner out, onboard isolation transformer to eliminate hum/buzz, ground-lift switch, and full-size LEDs for instant status readout. It is housed in 14-gauge steel. Learn more at radialeng.com. ...

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