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Digging Deeper – Mar. 15 Ex. 2

The spirit of the legendary and underrated Electric XII lives on in an accessibly priced and playable 12 string.

Comfortable and playable. Pretty proportions. Sweet combined-pickup settings. Great value. Quality build.

Pickups can lack headroom. Tuners can feel imprecise.

$449

Squier Jazzmaster 12
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Call me a freak, but some of my favorite Led Zeppelin moments happen when Jimmy Page is cruising or dreaming away on his Fender Electric XII. The middle section of “Stairway to Heaven,” “When the Levee Breaks,” “The Song Remains the Same”—all of these songs are made Technicolor, widescreen, and extra enormous by the Electric XII, which enhances the contrasts so critical to Page’s light-and-shade arrangement ethos and enlivens the pastoral threads that are such a vital facet of Led Zeppelin’s first five records.

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Since joining alt-rock duo Cairo Knife Fight in 2015, George Pajon Jr. has applied his meticulous gear-tinkering toward creating layered, complex guitar and bass parts for the duo.

Photo by Michelle Shiers

The guitarist and meticulous gear nerd has played with the Black Eyed Peas since 1998. With his alt-rock duo Cairo Knife Fight, his years of tinkering have helped him forge a new sound.

George Pajon Jr. is pedal-obsessed. For him, time off means hiding out in his studio, working his way through every setting on every pedal he owns—and he owns a lot of pedals—logging each tone he thinks he may be able to use, and making careful notes in order to recall the sound later when needed. When he’s working in the studio or in a rehearsal, he scrolls through his files, pulls up options to share with his many A-list collaborators, and looks for the tone that often makes the difference between a good-sounding track and a hit. He does know the difference, by the way, since he has a regular gig as the touring guitarist with the Black Eyed Peas, and also plays on their albums.

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Pedalmania 2023: Week #4

Pedalmania 2023: Week #4

Another week, another 5 chances to win! Enter here for your chance to win pedals from Fishman, Mojotone, Revv Amps, Walrus Audio, or Voodoo Lab!

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