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September 2011

Builder Profile: Becker Guitars & Ryan Martin Basses

August 16, 2011
In just four years, Dan Becker and Ryan Martin have gone from being disgruntled workaday drones giving their musical inclinations short shrift to being passionate luthiers of custom guitars and basses that have gotten the attention of notable players like Primus’ Larry LaLonde and Umphrey’s McGee’s Jake Cinninger and Ryan Stasik.
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Heritage Super Eagle

August 16, 2011
Many players love these instruments because they have that vintage Gibson feel, without Gibson’s big-company pricing.
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Alexander James Guitars

August 16, 2011
Alexander James literally took matters into his own hands at age 16, when he started building a guitar comparable in style to his desired Paul Reed Smith.
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Late-’70s “Blade II” Les Paul Copy

August 16, 2011
W.A.S.P. guitarist Douglas Blair’s late ’70s Japanese Les Paul copy puts the danger back into dangerous when it comes to playing heavy music.
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1952 Gibson L-5

August 16, 2011
From the time of its introduction in 1922 until today, the L-5 has been considered one of the finest jazz guitars.
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Jack Deville Electronics Mod Zero Pedal Review

August 16, 2011
With the Mod Zero, Jack Deville has built an entirely analog, multifunction modulation unit that brings flanging, chorusing, rotary-speaker, and vibrato effects together in a single box.
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CD Review: Tony MacAlpine - "Tony MacAlpine"

August 16, 2011
This self-produced new release is the heaviest thing he’s ever done, and it’s full of jaw-dropping shred, soothing classical flourishes, skull-bludgeoning rhythms, and epic 8-string guitar action.
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Light Bulb Gear

August 16, 2011
Brett and I tried different bulbs with different wattage ratings and found that each bulb changed the tone, feel, and sag of the amp.
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Introducing Fender’s 5-Way “Super Switch”

August 16, 2011
Instead of two stages, this switch offers four completely independent stages with six terminals each, yielding a total of 24 terminals!
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Vigier Guitars G.V. Wood Electric Guitar Review

August 16, 2011
The new G.V. Wood single-cutaway model is very much a product of Vigier’s evolutionary impulses—with a fantastic array of tones and an innovative, super-slick fretboard.
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