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

Two Notes Audio Engineering is in the NAMM house with their new 2-channel preamp for bassists. The "Le Bass" runs 200 volts to preserve the interaction between player and instrument while playing nice with anything else on a pedalboard. The two channels are completely independent, with each having their own voicing and EQ. Channel A is for ultra-fast, responsive and clean playing, while Channel B stays true to the foundation of bass guitar tones with solid punch and sweet break up. $299 street.

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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