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Articles by Ted Drozdowski

Rig Rundown: Henry Kaiser's Five Times Surprise

September 19, 2018
A studio visit with the new gear-heavy improv/art-rock supergroup that includes Henry Kaiser, Andy West, and Anthony Pirog.
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Rig Rundown: Widespread Panic

September 12, 2018
A chilled-out look at the road rigs of guitarists Jimmy Herring and John “JB” Bell, and bassist Dave Schools—32 years after the legendary jam band’s first gig in Athens, Georgia.
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Fender Marine Layer Review

September 5, 2018
An affordable, well-made reverb pedal that nails vintage tones and dips into the ethereal.
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Ed King: 1949-2018

August 24, 2018
The Lynyrd Skynyrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist put his licks on rock history, cowriting hits like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Saturday Night Special,” and playing on the original recording of “Free Bird.”
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Dennis Kager: 1943–2018

August 16, 2018
The creator of Sundown amps’ storied career led from Ampeg to the Allman Brothers and beyond.
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Henry Kaiser: The Great Explorer

July 26, 2018
His decades of globetrotting collaborations have yielded more than 300 albums—and many sonic breakthroughs—yet electric guitar innovator and world-class improviser Henry Kaiser continues his relentless pursuit … of everything.
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Reggie Lucas: 1953–2018

May 23, 2018
From playing classic soul to breaking ground with Miles Davis to crafting pop hits for Stephanie Mills and Madonna, the guitarist-producer led a dazzling and varied career.
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Gibson Files for Bankruptcy

May 1, 2018
Under the pressure of $500 million in debt, the famed musical instrument brand seeks to continue restructuring and return to its core business of building guitars.
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Webb Wilder: “New Day” Song Premiere

April 19, 2018
A roots-rock/Americana veteran shares a feedback-soaked preview from his upcoming collection of unreleased gems, Powerful Stuff!
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Dr. Z Z-PLUS Review

April 17, 2018
A versatile low-watt monster with a whole lotta roar.
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Rig Rundown: Eric Johnson [2018]

April 4, 2018
To reproduce Ah Via Musicom live, EJ pairs new signature semi-hollow Strats with much of his 1990 rig—and a clever new way to make his Echoplexes roadworthy.
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NAMM '18 - Pigtronix Ringmaster Analog Multiplier & Philsopher's Tone Germanium Gold Micro Demos

February 15, 2018
This stomp builder’s mad-sonic-scientist-in-chief, David Koltai offers a highly controllable but indisputably wild variation on the ring modulator and a mini version of the company’s popular germanium growler.
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NAMM '18 - Vola Guitars Blaze X Guitar Demo

February 13, 2018
A hot-pickup shred machine with a distinctive layered “glow.”
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NAMM '18 - PureSalem Guitars Cardinal Bass & Levitation 12-String Demos

February 12, 2018
Vintage form defines the first bass and debut 12-string by this Florida company.
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NAMM '18 - Terry Audio The White Rabbit Deluxe & CEQ Demos

February 12, 2018
A subtle pedal and a trad EQ add distinctive vibe and dimension to guitar tones.
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NAMM '18 - Batson Raven Demo

February 12, 2018
A Nashville-based custom luthier unveils his newest mid-priced production guitar.
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NAMM '18 - Alquier Guitars Space Wow and Cosmic Demos

February 12, 2018
A high-end French luthier with a preference for bamboo-bodied builds debuts at NAMM.
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NAMM '18 - JAM Pedals Red Muck MkII, Eureka!, Pink Flow, and 2018 Bass Pedals Demos

February 11, 2018
A flotilla of sonic dreamscapes packed in a series of new boxes by this Athens, Greece, stomp maker.
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NAMM '18 - Pigtronix Bob Weir's Real Deal Acoustic Preamp Demo

February 8, 2018
A painstakingly designed cooperation with the Dead guitarist/singer lets you—and him—crank an acoustic up past 11 onstage.
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NAMM '18 - EarthQuaker Devices Westwood Drive, Data Corrupter & Rainbow Machine V2 Demos

February 8, 2018
A cool drive and more, plus an update on a sonic pedalboard dissident.
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