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May 2014

Builder Profile

Builder Profile: JHS Pedals

September 2, 2013
From humble beginnings of making two pedals a day to nearly 10,000 units in 2012, Josh Heath Scott stays true to his goal of turning out accessible, handbuilt pedals for the people—with a picture of your grandma’s face, if you want.
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Modern Builder Vault: TAO Guitars

August 26, 2013
Belgian luthier duo Serge Michiels and John Joveniaux push the boundaries of guitar design but keep form and function at the core.
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Builder Profile: XAct Tone Solutions

August 22, 2013
Greg Walton and Barry O’Neal of the Nashville-based pedal outfit talk about the stompboxes and effect systems they’ve built for Tom Petty, Oz Noy, Keith Urban, and other top players.
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Builder Profile: Seymour Duncan's Custom Shop Queen - Maricela “MJ” Juarez

July 25, 2013
Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Manager has wound pickups for a who’s-who of guitar gods—Clapton, Gibbons, Van Halen, Holdsworth, Harrison, and many more. But she’s revered for more than her tonal sensibilities.
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The DuncanAfrica Society

July 7, 2013
Canadian luthier Jay Duncan makes the world a better place by helping others build sustainable communities, one guitar at a time.
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Inside EMMA Electronics

June 18, 2013
The Danish designers behind the ReezaFRATzitz have a shop that lives up to their quirky product names—from a vintage amp collection to die for, to grandma wielding a soldering iron.
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Builder Profile: Godin Guitars

June 15, 2013
Robert Godin went deer hunting in 1972 and came back with a guitar factory instead of a buck. Today, the company that bears his name is one of the largest stringed-instrument manufacturers in North America, and counts legendary players like John McLaughlin and Steve Stevens among its endorsees.
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Builder Profile: Visual Sound

May 11, 2013
As a teenager, Bob Weil taught himself how to build stompboxes by disassembling off-the-rack pedals and adding the features he wanted. Before long, he was coming up with his own designs and taking them to industry trade shows. Then he enlisted the help of DIY pedal guru R.G. Keen, and the two came up with their now-famous line of stompboxes that fall somewhere between boutique and mainstream.
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Longfellow Guitars

April 15, 2013
Even though Longfellow doesn’t believe aluminum guitar makers will make an impact in the mainstream industry, he feels he has something uniquely different to offer.
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Builder Profile: Mesa/Boogie

April 15, 2013
Randall Smith’s amps have given voice to some of the biggest names in music—from Santana to Metallica, Dream Theater, and now Sir Paul McCartney—and, in the process, they’ve revolutionized the entire concept of amplified tone.
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