April 2019

Articles by Ted Drozdowski

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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NAMM '18 - Guild F-55 Jumbo & Jetstar Demos

February 7, 2018
The last of the company’s unissued acoustic models takes a bow, and a new solidbody electric embraces the hot-rod designs of the late ’50s.
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NAMM '18 - Fuzzrocious Pedals Octave Jawn Demo

February 5, 2018
A literal new-twist mod/retrofit that yields gnarly octave fuzz sounds.
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NAMM '18 - Mojotone Hot Quiet Coil P-90, '58 Quiet Coil HSS & Slammins 2x12 Cabinet Demos

February 5, 2018
Updates on classic pickups, plus a new ready-for-speakers cab designed especially for live performance.
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NAMM '18 - Bartel Amplifiers Roseland Demo

February 4, 2018
Former Tone King designer Mark Bartel makes his NAMM debut with a luscious, JTM-inspired combo.
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NAMM '18 - Ormsby Guitars Goliath Headless GTR Demo

February 1, 2018
A Perth-based guitar builder designs a new line of sans-headstock 6-, 7-, and 8-string hot rods.
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NAMM '18 - Mezzabarba Z18 Head and Skill 30 Combo

February 1, 2018
A rising-star Italian amp builder hits NAMM with a loud, gutsy little combo and a new surprisingly high-headroom 20-watt, Bassman-inspired head.
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NAMM '18 - Marshall DSL40C & Origin20C Demos

January 31, 2018
Two new tube-driven combos offer different takes on the classic Marshall sound—at lower volumes and lighter poundage.
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NAMM '18 - Darkglass Electronics Alpha·Omega Ultra Demo

January 30, 2018
This respected relative newcomer delivers a drop-and-go preamp that’s enough to gig on any stage.
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NAMM '18 - Walrus Audio Fathom Reverb Demo

January 30, 2018
A new stomp with a cool sea-explorer graphic that plumbs reverb’s depths
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NAMM '18 - Two-Rock Bloomfield Drive & Traditional Clean Demos

January 28, 2018
A 3–channel chameleon and a big headroom pedal platform join the California company’s line-up.
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