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July 2011

A Day in the Life of a Luthier

June 14, 2011
Mark Dalton takes you from open to close as the head of Huss & Dalton
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The Monster Board

June 14, 2011
Having a large pedalboard with different output options allows me to have a vast palette of tones available at the stomp of a switch. In this month’s Tone Tips, I’ll give you an overview of what I call my Monster Board.
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Neo Instruments Ventilator Rotary Pedal Review

June 14, 2011
If Neo Instruments Ventilator rotary cabinet simulator is any indication, DSP technology—aided by some very inspired and obsessive engineers—has taken another important step in bridging the gap.
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2011 Dustin Wallace Signature Guitar

June 14, 2011
Engraved with the names of 100 donors who made the guitar possible
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"The Book of Orange" Excerpt

June 14, 2011
"Premier Guitar" brings you an exclusive excerpt from the new book on Cliff Cooper and Orange Amplification’s 40+ years of innovating and helping to define the sound of popular music.
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CD Review: Queen - "40th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue Set"

June 14, 2011
This first box set out of the three reissue box sets due for release this year contains Queen’s first five albums: 1973’s Queen, 1974’s Queen II, 1974’s Sheer Heart Attack, 1975’s A Night at the Opera, and 1976’s A Day at the Races.
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CD Review: Levon Helm - "Ramble at the Ryman"

June 14, 2011
There are few American institutions with as deep a connection to roots music as the Ryman, and it serves as the perfect setting for Helm’s melting pot of blues, soul, and country.
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CD Review: The Wooden Birds - "Two Matchsticks"

June 14, 2011
This record draws on rich and dynamic folk rock with subtle backing beats, all held together with hypnotic crooning by Andrew Kenny and other members of the band.
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1964 Gibson Firebird I

June 14, 2011
In an effort to go head-to-head against Fender’s Jazzmaster, Gibson turned to Ray Dietrich, a famous Detroit automobile designer, to help create an entirely new line.
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DVK Technologies The Hair Ball Pedal Review

June 14, 2011
DVK’s Hairball brings together interpretations of the Ibanez Tube Screamer and Dallas Rangemaster with a ton of additional functionality.
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3rd Power Amplification British Dream Amp Review

June 14, 2011
The combo features ''59 AC and ''68 Plexi channels.
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Hardwire HT-6 Polyphonic Tuner Review

June 14, 2011
The HT-6’s rugged casing seems capable of standing up to the roughest gig conditions, but despite its workhorse exterior, it also has a few bells and whistles inside.
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Boucher Guitars AVT Spruce Goose OOO Acoustic Guitar Review

June 14, 2011
Boucher has taken his Adirondack fascinations a step further, building the top, back, and sides entirely out of spruce.
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Artinger Custom Guitars Semi-Hollow Guitar Review

June 14, 2011
A Semi-Hollow model with twin humbuckers and Brazilian rosewood appointments.
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CD Review: Steve Dawson - "Nightshade"

June 14, 2011
Featuring stirring performances from a host of superb guitarists (including Kelly Joe Phelps, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Frisell, and Bob Brozman), the album is both an aural delight and an inspiring collection of edgy songs.
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Amp Brand Bass Amplifier

June 14, 2011
AMP brand amplifiers seem to have a cult-like status and a small, but loyal following.
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Beyond Blues: Hexatonic Scales

June 14, 2011
To keep things simple, we are going to investigate how to combine major triads a whole-step apart.
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1968 Fender Paisley Telecaster and Telecaster Bass

June 14, 2011
In the late 1960s, Fender decided to go straight to the heart of the popular psychedelic aesthetic, and, in 1968, the Paisley Red and Blue Flower Telecasters were born.
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