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NAMM 2011 - Editor's Picks, Day 3

NAMM 2011 - Editor's Picks, Day 3

Joe Coffey - Editorial Director

Shure PGXD14 Wireless System
This 24-bit, 48 kHz digital wireless system includes the PGXD1 transmitter and PGXD4 receiver, which operates in the 900 MHz range. The PGXD1 transmitter is sleek and has a tiny, recessed pot for varying your output from line level to +26 dB. Street $429.

Breedlove Cascade Series
The new Korean-made Cascade series of Original and Revival designs offers high-end features at very affordable prices. This J25/CRe has a western red cedar top, a rosewood back and sides, a mahogany neck, a rosewood fretboard, Sitka spruce top bracing, mosaic pin position markers, and L.R. Baggs Element active VTC electronics. MSRP $1739.

QSC KLA Series Active Line Array System
If you’re the guy whose band rocks a premium PA system—or if you want to be the guy whose band rocks a premium PA system—take note: QSC’s new KLA series can be configured for clubs. Shown here are two KLA12 speakers (500 x 500 watts) configured with a KLA181 sub (1000 watts). The system uses the company’s Ar-Q Frequency Optimization to tune the array with simple dials on the back panels.

Gretsch G6128T-GH George Harrison Tribute
Replicated by Gretsch Custom Shop master luthier Stephen Stern, this tribute to Harrison is a painstaking recreation of the Beatle’s black 1957 Duo Jet. Harrison used the guitar in early Abbey Road sessions and returned to it later in his career (he’s cradling it on the cover of his 1987 album, Cloud Nine). The G6128T-GH has a mahogany back, a 3-ply maple top, a 1-piece mahogany neck, and a rosewood fretboard. It also has Seymour Duncan-designed recreations of the original DynaSonic single-coils and chrome-plated hardware. Only 60 will be made. MSRP $20,000.
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