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Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce

Taylor’s V-Class guitars introduce several newsworthy innovations, including a new bracing system with instantly perceptible sonic consequences. In V-Class instruments, the top bracing includes two long braces configured in a V shape with its point at the endpin, and Joe Gore was impressed with how dramatically this improves volume, sustain, and intonation. This Grand Auditorium-sized model reveals why the buzz surrounding Taylor’s recent innovations is so deafening.

$4,999 street
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Fender Hammertone Pedals Demo | First Look

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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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