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GALLERY: Summer NAMM 2010 New Gear

Fargen Amps Duo Tone
Yamaha APX1200 and CPX1200"First Yamaha solid wood CPX (lower) and APX (upper) guitars. Spruce top w/Rosewood back/sides. $1299 for APX, $1349 for CPX."
Ernie Ball Gig Bag AmpGig bag with 2-channel custom Marshall amp. Msrp $199
Hollowoway Model 5 harp guitar"Based on turn-of-the-century Dyer model. Includes solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, bone pins and nut, ebony fretboard and bridge. and hardshell case. $1500."
Martin CFMIV 1955 D-181955-spec D-18 released in honor of Chris Martin's birth year.
Collings City Lights
Molten Node Effect Injector
Ernie Ball Music Man Reflex BassProduction version of the 25th Anniversary bass with multiple pickup and color configurations.
D'Angelico Apache solidbody prototypeLollar Imperial humbuckers and gorgeous fretboard inlays made of mother of pearl and reconstituted stone.
J Backlund Designs"Combining swept body designs, wild paint jobs, engine-turned chrome, Hipshot Baby Grand tailpieces, and a variety of Duncan, Lace, DiMarzio, and EMG single-coil and humbuckers, these retro-future guitars ooze vibe. "
Forrest Lee Jr. Custom GuitarsPurple paisley sparkle Tele.
Guitar Mill Serpentine"The Tennessee builders unveiled their first original body shape, the Serpentine (silver)."
T-Rex Mudhoney II"Two channels of vintage-flavored oD, boost & tome for each channel."
T-Rex OctaviusTheir take on the classic. A tri-tone generator with boost control.
Martin Guitars 0-18T Nick Reynolds Tenor Guitar"Solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, and a traditional 18-style rosette"
EMG Solderless Pickguards
Janglebox The Byrds 45th Anniversary TributeVariation on the Janglebox 2 with added JangleBoost Tone control separate from the JangleBoost Gain. Late summer/early fall availability.
Reverend Rick Vito signature prototype."Custom Reverend pickup based on mid-60s Supro single coil. Vol, Tone, Bass Contour pickup blend knob."
Jason Lollar Pickups
Taylor GS Mini"Small bodied Taylor with NT Series neck, $499 street"
New Pedals from Electro-Harmonix"44 Magnum Power Amp, Headphone Amp, Freeze Sound Retainer, Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi, Neo Clone"
Low End FBird"Custom Kent Armstrongs, set neck, Fiesta red, $2899 made in the US."
Diamond Positron"22W, Class A, handmade, EL84, with carry bag"
AXL Marquee series MJZ prototypImport guitar featuring EMG-designed P-90s. Retail $239. Axl also unveiled US-made line.
Blackstar HT-Blackfire"Gus G. signature pedal, Fury channel for lead, Fire channel is classic high gain distortion."
HardWire TR-7 Tremolo/Rotary"True bypass, stereo in/out, studio, multi, modern, boutique, analog, jazz, and vintage settings."
3rd Power American Dream"Combo loaded with a 12"" Alnico Gold Celestion. 2-channels based on a 62 Brownface and 65 Blackface"
Premier Builders Guild - b3 by Gene Baker"Premier Builders Guild showed off multiple companies in their organization, including these solidbodies by Gene Baker"
Premier Builders Guild - Fano GuitarsPremier Builders Guild also displayed heavily relic'd guitars from Fano Guitars
Benavente SC Dinosaur"Mastodon ivory inlays and hardware, snakewood fretboard and pickup covers, bocote top, Honduran mahogany body, and walnut center back strip. "
Timara String Drops"Easy mount system that drops your strings instantly. Tim has a bunch of neat inventions, including B & G string benders that are mounted to a bridge for routerless install."
Above Ground FX Tap TremoloHigh quality tremolo tone with a tap tempo option
Dynamic DynaLead"The two-channel, hand-wired DynaLead pays homage to both blackface and plexi-era amps."
Fret King/Trev Wilkinson ATD Auto-Tuning Bridge"Shown on the Fret King Supermatic guitar, the bridge tunes the guitar to one of six presets, or five additional user-programmable tunings."
New Washburn Acoustics
Collings 290"Custom options: TV Jones pickups, Bigsby, and ""doghair"" finish"
Oriolo Guitars"New company from the owner of the Felix the Cat trademark. Lots of body shapes, sizes, styles and graphics."
TV Jones TV Salavas Bridge Plate"The TV Jones TV Savalas Bridge Plate allows you to put a TV Classic, Power'Tron, Super'Tron or Magna'Tron dual-coil pickup into your traditional Tele with minimal routing."
ModTone Space FlangerModTone's more transparent true bypass flange. Street $99.95
Hand GuitarsNew company uses clay and natural materials ad molds them to make trippy designs on the guitars they build.
Indie Guitars"UK-based, make replicas and original models in Korea. Sells to only smaller retailers. Original pickups but can do custom options. Higher-end streets at $849."
Overture Guitars"Custom guitars from Peoria, IL. Piezos in all guitars, custom options, soft body carves, also build 7-strings, basses. Start at $2900. This one is hand-painted."
Laney Cub 1515-watt class AB head w/digital reverb and both 15-watt and 1-watt inputs.

On her new record with her trio, Molly Miller executes a live-feeling work of structural harmony that mirrors her busy life.

Photo by Anna Azarov

The accomplished guitarist and teacher’s new record, like her lifestyle, is taut and exciting—no more, and certainly no less, than is needed.

Molly Miller, a self-described “high-energy person,” is fully charged by the crack of dawn. When Ischeduled our interview, she opted for the very first slot available—8:30 a.m.—just before her 10 a.m. tennis match!

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John Mayall in the late ’80s, in a promo shot for his Island Records years. During his carreer, he also recorded for the Decca (with the early Bluesbreakers lineups), Polydor, ABC, DJM, Silvertone, Eagle, and Forty Below labels.

He was dubbed “the father of British blues,” but Mayall’s influence was worldwide, and he nurtured some of the finest guitarists in the genre, including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Coco Montoya, and Walter Trout. Mayall died at his California home on Monday, at age 90.

John Mayall’s career spanned nearly 70 years, but it only took his first four albums to cement his legendary status. With his initial releases with his band the Bluesbreakers—1966’s Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton; ’67’s A Hard Road, with Peter Green on guitar; plus the same year’s Crusade, which showcased Mick Taylor—and his solo debut The Blues Alone, also from 1967, Mayall introduced an international audience of young white fans to the decidedly Black and decidedly American genre called blues. In the subsequent decades, he maintained an active touring and recording schedule until March 26, 2022, when he played his last gig at age 87. It was reported that he died peacefully, on Monday, in his California home, at 90.

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Featuring enhanced amp models, a built-in creative looper, AI-powered tone exploration, and smart jam features.

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Donner andThird Man Hardware’s $99, three-in-one analog distortion, phaser, and delay honors Jack White’s budget gear roots.

Compact. Light. Fun. Dirt cheap. Many cool sounds that make this pedal a viable option for traveling pros.

Phaser level control not much use below 1 o’clock. Repeats are bright for an analog delay. Greater range of low-gain sounds would be nice.


Donner X Third Man Triple Threat


A huge part of the early White Stripes mystique, sound, ethos, and identity was tied to guitars and amps that, at the time, you could luck into for cheap at a garage sale. These days, it’s harder to score a Crestwood Astral II, or Silvertone Twin Twelve with a part-time job in the ice cream shop. Back in the late ’90s, though, they were a source of raw, nasty sounds for less than a new, more generic guitar or amp.

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