The final day of Summer NAMM was full of beautifully ornate guitars, fire-breathing heads, and a few fresh stomps.

Takamine Guitars introduced a pair of killer new dreads to NAMM attendees with the EF340S TT and EF360S TT. Handcrafted in Japan, both feature solid spruce soundboards treated with "thermal top" technology that helps provide the sound of a well broken-in classic. The 340S has solid mahogany back and sides while the 360S utilizes rosewood. Equipped with a TLD-2 preamp fed by a Palathetic pickup, both are ready to roll for stage or studio.

The author’s Collings D2H rests on his favorite Fender amp combination for acoustic guitar: a Bandmaster Reverb atop a 1x12 extension cab with an Eminence Maverick inside. The amp has a custom-made baffle board with two 8" speakers, so can go it alone for smaller gigs.

Interested in plugging a flattop into your favorite silver- or black-panel beauty? Here’s what you need to know.

Have you ever tried to plug your acoustic guitar into a classic-style Fender amp? There are some hurdles to overcome, and this month I’ll provide some advice on how to get past them. But first, some background.

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A lightweight, portable amp series developed after months of forensic examination of vintage valve amps.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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