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The most interesting and unusual axes from Europe's biggest gear show.


Yamaha Guitars Europe completely revamped its nylon- and steel-string (shown) Silent Guitars for Musikmesse. The body shape is smaller and more inviting, the rim is made of beautiful wood in place of previous versions’ plastic, and the sonics have been greatly improved with the ability to blend undersaddle piezo sounds with an impressive digital approximation of a studio-miked guitar. There’s also a battery-saving auto-off function for the dual AA batteries.

A 2x2 USB-C audio interface for macOS, iOS, and Windows, designed to kickstart any music or content creation project in the studio or on the go.

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The Hosa MPA-149 Mic Preamp provides an immediate 26dB’s of gain with a -97dBu signal-to-noise ratio, giving users a clean and immediate gain boost for louder, clearer microphone performance.
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The Deluxe Atlantic Baritone and Deluxe SS Baritone were designed to offer exceptional comfort and vivid, articulate tone—unmistakably different from most baritone offerings.

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