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Buddy McHagen
"McHagen built his own ""frankencaster"" that he plugs into this pedalboard. The signal chain is an MXR Dynacomp, Electro-Harmonix POG 2, DigiTech Whammy, Muff clone, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal JR, Electro-Harmonix Wiggler, Jade Sting Octavia (Green Ringer clone), Ibanez TS-9DX, Marshall Blues Breaker 2, '83 Ibanez CS-9 Chorus, Danelectro Equalizer, Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Reverb, Boss DD-6 Delay, DigiTech Jamman, and Expression pedal. He says, ""The rig is large, but I'm in a duo and therefore need to be able to emulate a large amount of different instruments to fill out our sound."" The board is powered by a Gator Power Brick."

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Luxe looks and a sweet playing feel make this Squier an anniversary edition worth celebrating.

Slinky playability. Very nice construction quality. An attractive, celebratory mash-up of Fender style elements.

Neck feels slightly generic.


Squier 40th Anniversary Stratocaster


Premier Guitar doesn’t often review anniversary edition instruments—most of them being marketing exercises in disguise. But the Squier 40th Anniversary Stratocaster genuinely seems to embody much about where Squier has been and the reliable source for quality, affordable, and, yes, beautiful guitars they have become.

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My years-long search for the “right” Bigsby-outfitted box finally paid off. Now how do I make this sumbitch work in my band?

Considering the amount of time I’ve spent (here and elsewhere) talking about and lusting after Gretsch hollowbody guitars, it’s taken me a remarkably long time to end up with a big Bigsby-outfitted box I truly love. High-end Gretsches are pricey enough that, for a long time, I just couldn’t swing it. Years ago I had an Electromatic for a while, and it looked and played lovely, but didn’t have the open, blooming acoustic resonance I hoped for. A while later, I reviewed the stellar Players Edition Broadkaster semi-hollow, and it was so great in so many ways that I set my sights on it, eventually got one, and adore it to this day. Yet the full-hollowbody lust remained.

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