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Golden Gear Ticket: Winter NAMM 2011

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Golden Gear Ticket: Winter NAMM 2011


Ernie Ball music man Game Changer Reflex Guitar – The 25 1/2"-scale Game Changer features a chambered basswood body with a maple top and mahogany tone block. Its electronics let you combine the custom DiMarzio humbuckers’ coils in any order and save analog presets to the 5-way switch. Controls include push-pull Volume (push restores factory defaults) and Tone knobs (the latter selects between banks A and B), and an optional piezo Volume. With a USB cord and a click of a mouse, the included software lets you make real-time, analog circuit adjustment, as well as access artist presets. The Game Changer Reflex Bass with dual ceramic-magnet humbucking pickups is also available.
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Floyd Rose for Stop-Tail Guitars – Itching to add locking-tremolo action to your stop-tailpiece-equipped guitar? This new Floyd Rose model enables you to do so without any sustain-robbing routing. floydrose.com




Takamine TF87-PT Acoustic (LEFT) – The TF87-PT has koa back and sides, a cedar top, a 12AU7-driven onboard preamp, and a 12th-fret inlay of palm trees and a sunset. takamine.com
Breedlove Cascade Series (MIDDLE) – The J25/CRe has a western red cedar top, rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, Sitka spruce top bracing, and L.R. Baggs Element active VTC electronics. breedlovemusic.com
Santa Cruz Don Edwards Signature Cowboy Singer (RIGHT) – This immaculate, all-mahogany OO sounds warm, alive, and sweetly popping whether fingerpicked or flatpicked. santacruzguitar.com

Guitar Amps


Dwarfcraft Love Buzz – The quasi flower-power styling of the two-channel, 50-watt Love Buzz might not be everyone’s cup o’ tea (for the record, we love it), but its EL34-driven, class AB tones are stellar. (Using a Squier Classic Vibe ’50s Duo-Sonic, Dwarfcraft’s Ben Hinz nailed the gritty, detuned glory of Radiohead’s “I Might Be Wrong.”) It features turret-board construction that aims for Bassman-about-to-explode tones, and its controls include Fuyamater (gain), Trebles, Mids, Bass, Presence, and Master. dwarfcraft.com




Bogner Panama (LEFT) – The new 4-watt, 6V6-powered Panama offers ’80s-style high-gain tones at bedroom levels and features Volume and Schizo knobs—the latter has four EQ presets—a Mode toggle, and a Hi/Standby/Low toggle that lets you power down to 1.5 watts. bogneramplification.com
3rd Power British Dream (RIGHT) – This handwired, all-tube 45-watt combo offers two channels—one inspired by a ’59 Vox AC30, the other by a ’68 Marshall plexi—and a half-power switch. The 12" Celestion Alnico Gold is housed in 3rd Power’s proprietary Switchback triangular enclosure. 3rdpower.com




Rivera RockCrusher Power Attenuator – The RockCrusher allows you to attenuate the speaker output from any amp while controlling equalization characteristics with Edge and Warm switches. Ideal for capturing the full bloom of tube amps at workable volumes, it also features a balanced XLR out, a 1/4" unbalanced out, two 1/4" speaker outs, variable Studio and Line Out controls, 8 or 16 ohm impedance control, and true bypass. rivera.com
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