These four high-performance tone machines will provide guitarists with endless mix-and-match options and superior versatility.

Scottsdale, AZ (September 4, 2012) – Fender is thrilled to expand its amp and cab offering with the introduction of the Machete 50 Head, Machete 112 Enclosure, Machete 412 Enclosure, and the Super-Sonic 22 Head. These four high-performance tone machines will provide guitarists with endless mix-and-match options and superior versatility.

Decked out in distinctive black vinyl covering with inlaid white piping and gray vinyl "steering wheel grip" accents, the seriously sinister Machete 50 Head is a high-gain 50-watt tube head designed for the sonically adventurous. It features two channels (both gain, volume, low, mid, high, and notch); pull gain knob to adjust channel one’s preamp gain level; pull volume knob out to select the "channel one boost" channel for an extra boost of preamp gain; notch control that lets you adjust the channel one mid-frequency attenuation for a variety of American and British tonal flavors; built-in reverb that adjusts the reverb level for both channels; adjustable damping control for loose or tight speaker response; power amp mute switch for silent recording; XLR line output with cabinet emulation selector switch; and MIDI in for use with MIDI controllers.

The Machete 112 and 412 Enclosures are professional-grade closed-back cabs with a single 12" Celestion Vintage 30 speaker and resonantly rock-solid birch-ply construction with distinctive black vinyl covering, inlaid white piping, Black Silver Strand grille cloth, chrome corners and convenient pop-out casters. They add fullness when used as an extension cabinet with the Machete combo, and are a perfect match for the Machete 50 Head or other quality tube amps.

Super-Sonic amplifiers are powerful tools that let guitarists create glorious Fender clean and overdriven tones and expressive modern high-gain distortion all in one no-nonsense amp. The Super-Sonic 22 Head offers the exact same features as the ever-popular combo version, which is based on the classic Deluxe Reverb power amp design. This toneful medium-powered head mates to perfection with the Super-Sonic 212 cab or other quality 8-ohm speaker cabinets. It is available in classic Black/Silver or vintage-style 1961 Blonde/Oxblood versions, and both feature ivory radio knobs and flowing 1960s script logo.

For more information:
www.fender.com

Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on his solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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