A look at some of the hottest new boutique guitars, amps, and pedals from the Oct. 5-6 show in Van Nuys, California.

EarthQuaker Devices brought three "mostly" new pedals to the L.A. Show: At left is a prototype bass overdrive whose release date is yet to be determined. The Zap Machine (middle) is a germanium-based, dual-channel distortion whose first channel has lighter drive, while the second is high-gain. Finally, the Sound Shank is a rerelease of an older EQD effect based on the Burns Buzzaround fuzz. The latter two pedals will be limited releases sold exclusively through online dealer Prymaxe Vintage.

There’s way more than blues-rock fodder buried in the crevices of the most overused scale in music.

Beginner

Intermediate

  • Explain how chords are generated from scales.
  • Create unusual harmonies, chord progressions, bass lines, and melodies using the blues scale.
  • Demonstrate how music theory and musical intuition can coalesce to create unique sounds from traditional materials.
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Last updated on May 21, 2022

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