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

Word has it that The Word's Robert Randolph picked up one of Peavey Electronics' super-affordable PowerSlide steel guitars at a music shop not too long ago and was blown away. One thing led to another, and now the sacred-steel legend has two signature Peaveys debuting at NAMM. His signature PowerSlide (approx. $329 street) features upgraded hardware, including a standard hardtail bridge, an added neck pickup, and an adjustable harness for optimizing playing position. Meanwhile, his solid-state namesake head ($599 street) features 500 watts of RMS stereo power, extensive EQ, gain, and effects-loop capabilities, MIDI functionality, and a push-button control module (bottom right) that clips to your steel-guitar stand to allow on-the-fly activation of onboard effects—including spring- and plate-style reverb, chorus, and delay.

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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