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NAMM 2011 - Editor's Picks, Day 3

NAMM 2011 - Editor's Picks, Day 3

Andy Ellis - Senior Editor

BigHeart HubCap
The HubCap resonator guitar from BigHeart comes in 6- and 12-string models. These vibey instruments—which are inspired by Larry Pogreba’s amazing HubCap resos and are made with his blessing—features an aluminum body, a Lace Alumitone humbucker, and a Schatten bridge pickup. The resonator cover is crafted from a vintage HubCap. Plugged into a tweed amp, the HubCap evokes true juke-joint spirit. The guitars are available in seven striking colors and are priced around $2400.

DV Mark Frank Gambale 1x12 Combo
This new amp features a burly, 150-watt, solid-state power section with dual clean and tube-driven preamps, spring ’verb, and a super-efficient neodymium speaker. Designed to deliver loud, ultra-clean tones, the compact amp weighs less than 26 pounds—perfect for gigging jazz and fusion players.

Schoen Apache Powder
Schoen guitars are made from reclaimed wood taken from old barns, churches, ammo boxes, and whiskey crates, and each is a one-of-a-kind, handmade creation. Built from a 1920s Apache Powder dynamite box, this guitar features a TV Jones humbucker, and its tuner buttons are made from old steamer trunk keys. Schoen’s aluminum reso cones (inset) are spun exclusively for the company. The 12-fret marker on this Schoen Apache Powder comes from a .45-caliber bullet casing.

Tom Anderson Short Classic
The new Tom Anderson Short Classic has a 24 3/4" scale, Anderson's steel, vintage-style trem, a pair of custom-wound VA-7 single-coils, and a HC-1+ humbucker. Price depends on options, but it’s comparable to Anderson's other models. The instrument is geared to guitarists who prefer a bolt-on’s snappy tone, but want the more relaxed string tension and fretting feel of a classic set-neck guitar.
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