See all 12 unique instruments featured as Gear of the Month in 2012.

"рIt was a dark and stormy Christmas Eve when a stranger showed up at my front door with this old guitar case,с recalls Drew Jacques, a guitar hobbyist and newly minted guitar tech. рHe just wanted a simple string change and a fresh setup. The first thing I thought about the guitar was who was the idiot that filed down and rounded the frets [laughs] и at this pointяbeing a bit of a rookieяI had no idea about the Fretless Wonder or its peculiarly low frets.с But that soon changed as Jacques dove deep into the history of this particular Gibson Les Paul Custom Reissue. рAfter cleaning it up a bit and doing a little homework on the instrument, I soon realized it was much more than an ordinary vintage Les Paul.с Through his research, Jacques used the serial number on the back of the headstock, which didnуt have the рMade in the U.S.A.с imprintяand the fact that it had no neck voluteяto narrow down the guitarуs origin to the late у60s. The рU.S.A.с stamp and volute were changes introduced in 1970 models. Other anomalies on this guitar were its one-piece mahogany body capped with a multi-bound maple top and a one-piece mahogany neck. "

A maze of modulation and reverberations leads down many colorful tone vortices.

Deep clanging reverb tones. Unexpected reverb/modulation combinations.

Steep learning curve for a superficially simple pedal.

$209

SolidGoldFX Ether
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A lot of cruel fates can befall a gig. But unless you’re a complete pedal addict or live in high-gain-only realms, doing a gig with just a reverb- and tremolo-equipped amp is not one of them. Usually a nice splash of reverb makes the lamest tone pretty okay. Add a little tremolo on top and you have to work to not be at least a little funky, surfy, or spacy. You see, reverb and modulation go together like beans and rice. That truth, it seems, extends even to maximalist expressions of that formula—like the SolidGold FX Ether.

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Megadeth founder teams up with Gibson for his first acoustic guitar in the Dave Mustaine Collection.

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The Atlas Compressor offers up an extensive library of compression options and allows for transformation into a bass specific compression machine.


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