PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Fryette Amplification booth. In this video, we get to see and hear from Fryette's brand new combo, the Memphis Thirty. The Memphis Thirty is a 30 watt 1x12 combo featuring dual channels - channel assignable power switching (18 watt mode), series/parallel effects loop and a tube-driven Accutronics spring reverb. Other features include a foot-switchable boost, 1-12AX7 (Russia), 4-12AX7 (China), 1-12AT7 and 4-Premium Matched Sovtek EL84 power tubes and a 12" Eminence speaker. The front panel controls (Drive)are Gain, Master Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass, while the Clean channel controls include, Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass.



PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Fryette Amplification booth. In this video, we get to see and hear from Fryette's brand new combo, the Memphis Thirty. The Memphis Thirty is a 30 watt 1x12 combo featuring dual channels - channel assignable power switching (18 watt mode), series/parallel effects loop and a tube-driven Accutronics spring reverb. Other features include a foot-switchable boost, 1-12AX7 (Russia), 4-12AX7 (China), 1-12AT7 and 4-Premium Matched Sovtek EL84 power tubes and a 12" Eminence speaker. The front panel controls (Drive)are Gain, Master Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass, while the Clean channel controls include, Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass.

In their corner, from left to right: Wilco’s Pat Sansone (guitars, keys, and more), drummer Glenn Kotche, Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.

Photo by Annabel Merhen

How Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone parlayed a songwriting hot streak, collective arrangements, live ensemble recording, and twangy tradition into the band’s new “American music album about America.”

Every artist who’s enjoyed some level of fame has had to deal with the parasocial effect—where audiences feel an overly intimate connection to an artist just from listening to their music. It can lead some listeners to believe they even have a personal relationship with the artist. I asked Jeff Tweedy what it feels like to be on the receiving end of that.

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Luthier Maegen Wells recalls the moment she fell in love with the archtop and how it changed her world.

The archtop guitar is one of the greatest loves of my life, and over time it’s become clear that our tale is perhaps an unlikely one. I showed up late to the archtop party, and it took a while to realize our pairing was atypical. I had no idea that I had fallen head-over-heels in love with everything about what’s commonly perceived as a “jazz guitar.” No clue whatsoever. And, to be honest, I kind of miss those days. But one can only hear the question, “Why do you want to build jazz guitars if you don’t play jazz?” so many times before starting to wonder what the hell everyone’s talking about.

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A modern take on Fullerton shapes and a blend of Fender and Gibson attributes strikes a sweet middle ground.

A stylish alternative to classic Fender profiles that delivers sonic versatility. Great playability.

Split-coil sounds are a little on the thin side. Be sure to place it on the stand carefully!

$1,149

Fender Player Plus Meteora HH
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After many decades of sticking with flagship body shapes, Fender spent the last several years getting more playful via their Parallel Universe collection. The Meteora, however, is one of the more significant departures from those vintage profiles. The offset, more-angular profile was created by Fender designer Josh Hurst and first saw light of day as part of the Parallel Universe Collection in 2018. Since then, it has headed in both upscale and affordable directions within the Fender lineup—reaching the heights of master-built Custom Shop quality in the hands of Ron Thorn, and now in this much more egalitarian guise as the Player Plus Meteora HH.

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