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Reviews: Pickups & Accessories

Lollar Pickups El Rayo Humbuckers Review

February 10, 2012
Jason Lollar is one of the undisputed kings of aftermarket pickups. In his workshop not far from Seattle, he crafts some of the finest, handmade Gibson- and Fender-style pickups
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D. Allen Johnny Hiland JohnnyBlades Pickups Review

January 10, 2012
The main goals of the JohnnyBlades are to deliver great single-coil tone, stay noiseless, and be versatile enough to cover a wide range of genres.
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Ruppert Musical Instruments Basswitch IQ DI Review

October 18, 2011
What the company calls a “Swiss Army knife” for bassists, the Basswitch IQ DI is a preamp/ dual-effects loop/A-B switcher/DI pedal that provides a multitude of options for live and studio situations, with Lehle switching technology to boot.
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Shadow NanoFlex-6 Pickup System Review

October 18, 2011
Shadow’s new Nanoflex-6 pickup system takes a very practical approach to the concept of hexaphonic pickups, which effectively consist of a pickup for each string.
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Rivera RockCrusher Attenuator Review

June 7, 2011
Rivera has built an attenuator that works with the most powerful amps while preserving that tone that led you to you most beloved amp in the first place.
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L.R. Baggs Anthem Tru-Mic Acoustic Pickup System Review

November 16, 2010
Amplify your acoustics in a whole new way
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Vintage Sound Workbench Tone Preserver Review

February 11, 2010
A must-have tool for those looking to extend the life of their vintage amp.
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Acme Guitar Works ToneShaper Review

November 18, 2009
Acme Guitar Works'' ToneShaper puts every possible switching scenario at your fingertips.
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L.R. Baggs Venue DI Review

October 21, 2009
The L.R. Baggs Venue DI is a user-friendly way to go direct without losing your tone
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Fishman Aura Spectrum DI Review

October 21, 2009
Fishman''s Aura Spectrum DI puts that mic''d sound back into your pickup-equipped acoustic
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EMG X-Series 81X, 85X and SAX Pickup Review

October 14, 2009
We see what kind of an upgrade the X-Series offers to EMG''s classic lineup
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Soundhole Pickup Roundup: Shadow, EMG, Seymour Duncan, Fishman & L.R. Baggs

June 17, 2009
Shadow NanoMAG, EMG ACS, Seymour Duncan MagMic, Fishman Humbucking, Fishman Blend, L.R. Baggs M1, and L.R. Baggs M1 Active are reviewed, with sound clips of each
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Skatterbrane Standard Humbucking Pickup Review

May 20, 2009
Skatterbrane''s Standard Humbuckers channel the special voicing of vintage PAFs
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Super-Vee Double-Locking Strat Vibrato System Review

May 20, 2009
The Super-Vee tackles the age-old problem of staying in tune while abusing the vibrato bar
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Allparts Tremol-No Review

April 21, 2009
The Tremol-No changes up the design of the traditional trem for added sustain and tuning stability
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Close Up: Brown's Guitar Factory Bridge Conversion Posts

January 15, 2009
Bridge conversion posts make using an ABR-1 bridge a snap
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Big Block Floyd Rose Tremolo Review

January 15, 2009
The Floyd Upgrades Big Block improves sustain and resonance, for not a lot of cash
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