J. Rockett Audio Designs Clockwork Echo Demo - First Look

A beautiful homage to the Deluxe Memory Man dishes the delay and the dirt.

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Here's John Bohlinger in action while leading the CMT Music Awards band during the 2021 show.

Photo by Philip Tuck

John Bohlinger has been the musical director for the CMT Music Awards for 12 years. Before that, he was the bandleader for Nashville Star. Here's how he got—and kept—those gigs.

I just completed my 12th year as musical director/bandleader for the CMT Music Awards. You might be wondering: How does a guy of suboptimal intelligence and talent get and keep such a gig? Here's my odyssey.

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Here's a collection of powered guitar cabs that will help your digital rig feel more alive.

The proliferation of all-digital rigs, from arenas and stadiums to your local pub, proves that it's not a passing fad and that today's tech offers killer tone. This lineup of juiced-up cabs offers a wealth of options at a range of prices.

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Plus—Zakk Wylde's favorite emojis, that time I was Kurt Russell in Antarctica, and what I said to Rodney D. at his house party.

Although there have been times when I thought, "Maybe I should, for posterity's sake," I don't keep a personal journal. A) Who's actually gonna read it? And B) am I really going to stick with it? (I do keep a dream journal for my own amusement from time to time, though. There's some weird shit in there.)

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The Tone Master Super Reverb amplifier is a perfect replication of the legendary tube amplifier with modern features for today's most demanding professionals. Featuring Fender's proprietary Tone Master modeling process, combined with player-centric features to maximize utility, this amp is a magical combination of a mid-'60s black panel amplifier circuit and four 10" speakers. It's got the unique beefy sound of the large 4x10 cabinet, the chime of Jensen speakers, and an easily driven mid-powered 45W (simulated) amplifier.

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Its name might sound slightly pharmacological, but this limited-edition P-90–style axe is tough, mean, and unquestionably virile.

Killer P-90-style tones with Fender spank. Excellently voiced tone knob. Nice playability.

Slightly rough fret ends.

$1049 street (w/gigbag)

Fender Noventa Stratocaster
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If you never learned to count to 90 in Spanish, Fender's limited-run Noventa series sounds like it needs a lot of small-print "Don't take Noventa if…" disclaimers. Once you get the translation down (and remember the term "P-90" is a Gibson invention), it's clear what the series' three models—a 3-pickup Jazzmaster, a single-pickup Telecaster, and a 2-pickup Strat—have in common.

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