Arielle: The Big 5

The folk-blues artist explains why a B.C. Rich Warlock and a former Scorpion loom large in her guitar universe.

The ōPik is a standard humbucker-sized optical pickup with unique features like digital control and light-source cancelling. It's designed as a direct replacement for magnetic pickups.

Courtesy of Light4Sound.com

How light-sensitive pickups could replace your instrument's standard magnetic humbuckers—no routing required.

As mentioned in last month's column, "Let There Be Light in Your Tone," there are more ways to optically sense a string's motion than to just analyze a shade's dance on a photoresistor.

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The PG Dawner Prince Pulse review.

Deep, thick, luxurious rotary simulations—particularly in stereo. Super intuitive and easy to use.

Side mounted output gain pots are useful but awkward to access.

$339

Dawner Prince Pulse
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When you think about David Gilmour's guitar sounds, you tend to think of big Hiwatts, creamy Big Muff or blazing Fuzz Face tones, and Echorec delays bouncing infinitely off the columns of Roman amphitheaters.

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Rig Rundown - Aaron Lee Tasjan

The Nashvillian's interstellar pop rock soars on the backs of a futuristic 12-string, a Gibson-Fender hybrid, and a "new" pedal that makes "old" sounds.

Aaron Lee Tasjan's metamorphosis from solid sideman (New York Dolls, Alberta Cross, Drivin' n' Cryin' and Everest) to a modernistic '70s-revivalist, psych-pop, songwriting frontman has been a thrilling transformation.

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Plus, the rock-guitar legend recalls the Seattle grunge scene, talks 6- and 12-string acoustics in big arrangements, how she wrote the iconic introduction to "Crazy on You," and playing "Stairway to Heaven" for Led Zeppelin.

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Nancy Wilson on Playing "Stairway" for Led Zeppelin

Taken from a performance at the Lockn' Festival, the band tears through the classic album with help from Trey Anastasio.

On July 16, Fantasy Records will release Tedeschi Trucks Band's Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN'), a one-off live recording of the seminal Derek & The Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, performed in its entirety with special guest Trey Anastasio.

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