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# UnCAGED Fretboard Hacks

### Use the CAGED system for more than just chord shapesâ€”use it to navigate your melodic highway on the fretboard.

Intermediate

Intermediate

â—Ź Visualize and unlock vertical fretboard moves.

â—Ź Learn how to not be bound within a "box" shape when soloing.

â—Ź Apply the CAGED system to the pentatonic scale as well as the major scale.

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Do you feel confined within the same scale shapes or set of frets every time you go to rip a solo? If so, this lesson is for you. Or, if you're confident in your ability to move both horizontally and vertically around the fretboard, this lesson might help you to see the fretboard even better.

Most people think of the CAGED system as a way to play different shapes of the same chord up and down the fretboard, but it's even more useful when thinking in terms of scales. If you're unfamiliar with the CAGED system, hit up PG's in-depth guide here. Today, we're not focusing on memorizing scale positions, but rather on how to weave shapes together in order to navigate the guitar neck. The examples can be used as licks, but overall, this is meant to be more of a roadmap than an itinerary.

Ex. 1 does nothing more than play a four-note grouping from the G major scale (Gâ€“Aâ€“Bâ€“Câ€“Dâ€“Eâ€“F#) in different octaves on different strings. Using the 7, root, 3, and 4 of the G major scale in an ascending fashion, I navigate the fretboard vertically using the CAGED system as my shell.

I start in the "G" position, and work my way through the "E," "D," "C," and "A" positions, which lands me 12 frets up from where I started, but on the opposite side of the fretboard. This example is the same idea behind the rudimentary exercise many of you might have learned early on when finding and memorizing all the octaves and fretting positions of a single note across the entire fretboard.

### Ex. 1

In Ex. 2 I show you an idea that works well as a triad-based lick, but really is a tool that ties together positions of the CAGED system by putting the 3 of each chord position on the bottom of each triad (also known as first inversion). In this case we're working in the key of E, meaning that there will be a G# on the bottom of each triad. In terms of CAGED positions this example starts with the "E" position and continues until you are back in the "E" position 12 frets higher. To finish the lick, the "E" and "D" positions are repeated 12 frets from where we started. The "G" position isn't forgotten. I like to think of the "A" position with a 3 on the bottom the same as the "G" position with the low root omitted. This line of thinking makes for a bit more efficiency and fluidity.

### Ex. 2

Ex. 3 uses the "D," "E," and "G" positions of the CAGED system in the key of A, but this time we're descending the fretboard. This simple lick is focused on the light tension created by highlighting the suspended forms of each of the chord shapes used. There's no right or wrong fingering here and using slides between shapes tends to make things smoother.

### Ex. 3

In Ex. 4 we begin to stretch our perception of the CAGED system. We're playing the E minor pentatonic scale (Eâ€“Gâ€“Aâ€“Bâ€“D) but using the CAGED system to navigate the fretboard using the relative major shapes of G major. To ease the learning curve of this method, we're only using the 1st and 2nd strings. If you're unclear about the theory behind relative majors and minors, it's relatively simple. (See what I did there?)

Any major scale will share the same notes as a minor scale based on a root a minor third below. For example, if you were to play a G major scale and an E minor scale (Eâ€“F#â€“Gâ€“Aâ€“Bâ€“Câ€“D), the notes would be the same.

In our example here, we're using the CAGED system shapes of a G major chord to outline the E minor pentatonic scale. I'm starting in the "G" position and continuing up the neck through all positions of the CAGED system before returning to the "G" position 12 frets higher.

This might take a moment to wrap your head around, but once it clicks it's like a magic key that unlocks previously hidden areas of the fretboard.

### Ex. 4

In Ex. 5, I take what we learned in Ex. 4 and apply it to all 6 strings. It's the same idea of using the CAGED system alongside the G major/E minor scales to create a highway vertically on the fretboard. Again, fingerings don't make a ton of difference hereâ€“fluidity and accuracy do.

# Ex. 5

The CAGED system is widely understood but also widely underutilized by many guitar players. Combining relative major scales and the CAGED system can be like Bradley Cooper taking the pill in Limitlessâ€“except this brain hack exists in the real world and you can have it too. Use this lesson not as a guide to hot licks, but rather as a tool to build your own connections across six strings and 20-something frets.

## Holiday Gear Finds 2022

Looking for more great gear for the guitar player in your life (yourself included!)? Check out this year's Holiday Gear Finds!

### Gibson Les Paul Standard 50s Faded

Gibson
\$2499
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### SE Standard 24-08

PRS Guitars
\$729
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### Kaepo

Gruv Gear
\$59.99
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### MONO FlyBy Ultra Backpack

MONO
\$299.99
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### JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors

JBL
\$109+
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### Guitar Tech Screwdriver Set

StewMac
\$57.49
<p>Oh no! Stripped a tiny screw on your favorite guitar? Or even worse, scratched your guitar when the wrong screwdriver slipped? Never have that awful feeling again. StewMac has put together the ULTIMATE screwdriver set for every guitar owner. They tracked down all of those tiny specialty and hard to find bitsâ€”and we added a few of their favorite problem solvers. The StewMac Guitar Tech Screwdriver Set replaces a whole drawer full of bulky tools with exactly what you need. The set includes 36 essential bits for guitars, basses, and more, plus an easy-grip handle and extender. The included compact hard case is spill-proof and easily fits in your toolbox or guitar case (itâ€™s a must-have for gigs). You won't find this at any hardware storeâ€”itâ€™s only at StewMac.</p>

### Xvive U2, U3 and U4 Wireless Systems

Xvive
\$149 - \$229
<p>Xviveâ€™s U2, U3 and U4 wireless systems make going wireless easy, reliable and affordable, all with high-fidelity 24-bit/48kHz sound! They all recharge with any 5V USB power source, broadcast over a range of up to 90 feet, and have an imperceptible 5 ms of latency.<br>U2 Guitar Wireless System is the go-to plug-and-play solution for guitarists and bassists, giving you five hours of trouble-free wireless freedom on a single charge.<br>The U3 Microphone Wireless System turns any dynamic microphone into a wireless mic, in seconds. It can also be used to replace an XLR cable in other applicationsâ€”for example between a mixer and a powered speaker cabinet!<br>The U4 In-Ear Monitor Wireless System gives you a beltpack receiver for your in-ears or earphones and a transmitter to connect to the mixer; up to six musicians can use the system at a time, even with separate monitor mixes.<br>For more info on these and other Xvive products, visit www.xvive.com and Play Free!</p>

### ElixirÂ® Strings Acoustic Phosphor Bronze with NANOWEBÂ® Coating

Elixir Strings
\$17.99
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### Elephant Foot Risers and Frames

Elephant Foot Risers
\$4.99
<p><strong>Revolutionary Design and Features:</strong><br>Optimize your pedalboard layout with durable, snug fitting, strong and lightweight risers. Tailor your pedalboard to fit your stompbox collection and your style of playing!<br><br><strong>Space Saving, Easy Wire Routing:</strong><br>Our riser footprint is virtually the same as the pedal for which it was designed. Whether it's Boss, Wampler, Strymon, MXR, Ibanez, Electro Harmonix, Walrus, Earthquaker Devices, TC Electronic, JHS or any of the popular pedals, our risers take up no more space than the pedal itself. An added benefit of the Elephant Foot design is the ease with which you can route signal and power cables. There's plenty of space under each riser and multiple attachment points for tie-wraps. <br><br><strong>Unique Features of Elephant Foot Risers</strong><br>â€˘ Strong yet lightweight<br>â€˘ Versatile<br>â€˘ Cables route easily underneath <br>â€˘ Anchor point for tie wraps <br>â€˘ Hidden screw holes for a super-strong connection to either wood or metal pedalboards <br>â€˘ Works with hook &amp; loop, cloth cable ties or tie wraps<br>â€˘ Unique Pedal "Frames" for your first row of pedals<br>â€˘ Risers can be customized<br>â€˘ 3D printed from eco-friendly PLA<br><br>Available in seven standard colors and custom colors available on request.<br><br><strong>Benefits of Elephant Foot Risers</strong><br>â€˘ No more accidental pedal stomps <br>â€˘ No annoying pedal wobble when stomping<br>â€˘ No more sloppy pedalboards<br>â€˘ Optimized Pedalboard layouts <br>â€˘ Easy, neat cable routing<br>â€˘ Custom riser sizes available in multiple colors<br>â€˘ Preserve resale value of pedals</p>

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### Cloudlifter CL-1

Cloud Microphones
\$149
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Caparison Guitars
\$3399
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### The Woman Tone

Aclam Guitars
\$339
<p>The Woman Tone is Aclamâ€™s tribute to Eric Claptonâ€™s amazing sound during his Cream era. The sound that turned him into a god. An accurate approach to the unique tone he attained with a simple yet effective combination of a P.A.F equipped Gibson and 100W Marshall stacks all the way up.<br><br>- Eric Clapton's Cream Sound in a box:<br>Aclam has distilled and bottled in a stompbox the key elements that shaped Ericâ€™s rig. Reproduce his unique rhythmic and solo tones, fine-tuned using both live and studio recordings of Cream.<br><br>- Artwork by The Fool's Guitar artist: Marijke koger:<br>Responsible for the psychedelic decoration of Claptonâ€™s Gibson SG nicknamed â€śThe Foolâ€ť, Marijke has created a unique artistic interpretation of the Woman Tone that looks stunning!<br><br>- Custom humbucker pickup simulation circuit &amp; tone control:<br>A pickup simulation circuit emulating the tonal characteristics of a P.A.F style pickup has been incorporated to reproduce the â€śWoman Toneâ€ť. With its buffered input, the guitar signal wonâ€™t be affected. Use compressors, fuzzes or whatever effect you want in front of the Woman Tone, and it will retain its tonal characteristics.<br><br>- Touch sensitive plexi-inspired overdrive using discrete components:<br>Inspired by Claptonâ€™s 100W full stacks it results in a powerful overdrive with a great British character! Designed having blues-rock in mind, it will perfectly suit any guitar player seeking a vintage tone!</p>

### Templo Devices Holiday Specials

Templo Devices
\$99
<p>A hot new gear company from Canada, Templo Devices jumped on the scene with their flagship lithium-battery powered amp aimed at electric guitarists.<br><br>Focused on creating problem-solving products with tonal excellence, they've since released several small-batch pedals with wide appeal. Including SPLYCE, a versatile mini-mixer for using a microphone with a guitar rig, the atmospheric TRIPLO modulation pedal and the REEL DEAL tape preamp, as well as their exciting upcoming release, the Pocket Studio Compressor. There is always something exciting coming from this northern innovator.<br><br>With plenty of great deals for the holiday season, they have a little something for everyone.</p>

### Taylors Guitars GS Mini

Taylor Guitars
\$599
<p>Meet the Taylor GS Mini, one of the world's most popular acoustic guitars: a smaller body and a compact feel with a big, bold tone that punches far above its size. Based on a scaled-down version of our Grand Symphony body shape, GS Mini guitars boast solid tops and a variety of tonewood options serving up different flavors of vibrant acoustic tone. The GS Mini family is also home to the GS Mini Bass, a super-compact four-string acoustic bass with a slinky feel and a punchy response. Whether you're looking for a campfire guitar, a songwriting tool or just a great-sounding acoustic that's up for anything, the GS Mini has you covered.</p>

### DR-05X Stereo Handheld Recorder

<p>The TASCAM DR-05X stereo handheld recorder is a great-sounding portable recording solution with helpful workflow options. Use the TASCAM DR-05X's built-in omnidirectional condenser microphones to capture vibrant stereo recordings anywhere, anytime. Use Auto Recording mode to automatically engage recording when audio signals reach a certain level. Use the Overwrite function to make easy punch-in audio replacements. Or use the TASCAM DR-05X as a 2-input/2-output USB audio interface with your Mac or PC. Whatever your portable 2-channel recording needs are, the TASCAM DR-05X has you covered. It's a fantastic and easy way to record your ideas, rehearsals, or gigs. Simply remove the SD card and pop it into your computer and send your song ideas to bandmates or collaborators. It's small enough to take with you everywhere and fits easily in a guitar case or small bag.</p>

### SennheiserÂ MD 421

Jaclyn Slimm

Sennheiser
\$399.95
<p>MD 421-II<br>The cardioid MD 421 has been one of Sennheiserâ€™s most popular dynamic microphones for decades. The large-diaphragm, dynamic capsule handles high sound pressure levels, making it a natural for recording guitars and drums. The MD 421's full-bodied cardioid pattern and five-position bass control make it an excellent choice for most instruments, as well as group vocals or radio broadcast announcers. One listen and you'll know why itâ€™s a classic.</p>

### EARTHBOARD Pedalboard

EARTHBOARD Pedalboards
\$695
<p>Every once in a while, a product comes out that makes you go â€śWaitâ€¦ WHAT?!?!â€ť. Well, those words are music to our ears! This game-changing pedalboard allows you to power all your pedals, including pedals that need isolation and different voltages, with a single power source. Yep, either our rechargeable battery or AC adapter fires up all your pedals without additional power bricks. No more Velcro carpet to rip pedals off! You can literally change pedals on the fly. But the flexibility of EARTHBOARD doesnâ€™t end there â€“ Our Lifeline Tether carries power off the board to connect a WAH, or daisy-chain multiple EARTHBOARDs together. EARTHBOARD comes in 2 sizes: double row (holds 12 standard size pedals) and single row (holds 6 standard size pedals). They are available as Complete Pedalboard Systems (includes all necessary components to play) or as a Build-a-Board and "ala cart" accessories!<br><br>See video: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3iwDgLnN6w&amp;t=8s" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3iwDgLnN6w&amp;t=8s</a></p>

### Nobels ODR-1(bc)

Nobels
\$119
<p> The Nobels ODR-1(bc) has bass cut, 9-18 volt input, and glow-in-the-dark knobs. The ODR-1 is rated the best overdrive by Nashville studio guitarists and creates a natural, tube-amp style overdrive that is versatile, amp-like, and affordable. The ODR-1 has been on the market for over 30 years and remains the number one choice. Creates crunchy rock and blues sounds or extra boost for soloing without smothering the natural character of your guitar's tone. The Spectrum controls optimizes tones from single coil chime to powerful humbucker rock. When adjusting the Spectrum control up or down the circuit ensures you have plenty of clarity and full dynamic range.<br> <br> Features<br> Bass cut switch<br> Spectrum Control<br> Glow-in-the-dark knobs<br> Solid metal chassis<br> Nobel's remote control jack switching system<br> German Engineering. Made in China.<br> <br> <a href="https://nobels.de/wp-content/uploads/Nobels-ODR-1-60s-Woman-Tone-Jerry-Donahue-HELLECASTERS-two-1-albums-Billboard-USA.mp3?_=1" target="_blank">Click here for Audio Clips<br> </a> </p><p><a href="https://youtu.be/tDWl72Eam0A" target="_blank">Click here for Video Clips</a></p>

### Orangewood Guitars Oliver Jr.

Orangewood Guitars
\$225
<p>Modeled after Orangewoodâ€™s full-size Oliver guitar, the Oliver Jr. is a scaled-down version of Orangewoodâ€™s best-selling grand concert model. But donâ€™t let the small body fool you. Sporting a beautiful, woodsy solid mahogany top, this junior guitar sings a bold and bright tone thatâ€™s easy to love. Whether youâ€™re looking for your new travel companion or simply want a compact guitar to live near your couch, you canâ€™t go wrong with this perfect-sized guitar.<br><br>Prefer a full-size model? This holiday season, every Orangewood guitar includes a professional set up and free shipping right to your door with a premium gig bag included. Plus, get extended holiday returns until January 31st. Thatâ€™s over 60 days of commitment-free playing, so you can gift a guitar that theyâ€™re sure to love.</p>

### MarshallÂ CODE 50 Digital Combo Amp

Marshall Amplification
\$399.99
<p>Jump straight in and explore 100 presets, the CODE50 has all you need to start performing and recording with. 50W of power thatâ€™s portable enough for you to practice at home or in the garage. Sync with your phone or online so itâ€™s always with you for those creative moments. This fully digital amp is loaded with 14 MST preamps, 4 MST power amps and 8 MST speaker cabinets for you to create sounds that suit you. Using the Gateway App you can connect via Bluetooth to control CODE and stream music from your iOS or Android device. MyMarshall has a global library of user presets that you can upload to and download.</p>

### Line 6 Catalyst 100

Line 6
\$559.99
<p>CatalystÂ® 100 is a 100-watt, dual-channel 1x12 combo amplifier that performs like a traditional guitar ampâ€”while providing the increased versatility of a modern amp. Catalyst 100 offers six Original Amp Designsâ€”ranging from pristine clean to modern high-gainâ€”crafted using our renowned HXÂ® sound design techniques to ensure exceptional tone and feel. Ideal for stage or studio.<br>â€˘ 100-watt, dual-channel 1x12 combo amp (with optional LFS2 footswitch)<br>â€˘ Catalyst 100 operates like a traditional ampâ€”but provides increased versatility<br>â€˘ 6 Original Amp Designsâ€”pristine clean to modern high-gain<br>â€˘ Dedicated Boost and Reverb sections (6 reverb types), 18 Effects (3 types)<br>â€˘ Power attenuator (half power, 0.5 watts, Mute) for reduced volume<br>â€˘ XLR line output for pro connection to P.A. or recording devices<br>â€˘ Effects loop and Power Amp input for integrating external devices<br>â€˘ MIDI In via DIN connector</p>

### LR Baggs Venue DI

LR Baggs
\$299
<p>Every Tool You Need in One Acoustic Pedal<br><br>We created the Venue DI so you can travel light, set up fast, and sound incredible anywhere you plug in. The Venue DI gives you complete control by combining a full-isolation DI output, 5-band EQ with adjustable low &amp; hi-mid bands, variable clean boost, and chromatic tuner all in one acoustic pedal. With its all-discrete signal path, hi-graded semiconductors, and exclusive use of audiophile grade film capacitors, the Venue DI is on par with the worldâ€™s elite preamps and provides a studio quality sound for the stage.</p>

### Â Kali AudioÂ LP-6 V2

Kali Audio
\$149
<p>The LP-6 V2 is Kali's best-selling studio monitor, and it's made its mark in studios across the globe ranging from humble home setups to state-of-the-art recording facilities.<br><br>Kali's innovative 3-D imaging waveguides create a crystal-clear stereo image, and also help the speakers to perform their best in challenging acoustic spaces. Kali-programmed boundary EQs take this a step further, tailoring the sound of the speaker for its placement on stands, on a desk, or close to walls.<br><br>With accuracy and translation at the forefront, the LP-6 delivers transparent, full sound that gives you a complete picture of your mix. Whatever you mix on the LP-6, you can be sure that it will translate nicely to other speakers, earbuds and headphones, car systems, or whatever else your listeners are using for playback.</p>

### Eventide H90 HarmonizerÂ®

Eventide
\$899
<p>The H90 HarmonizerÂ® is Eventide's next-generation multi-effects pedal. Whether you want high-quality bread and butter effects or experimental sounds unheard, the H90 has everything you need to inspire your creativity with an intuitive UI designed with players in mind. Discover why top artists and producers have chosen Eventide through the years with 62 effect algorithms and hundreds of Program combinations curated for a variety of instruments and genres. With its comprehensive I/O and flexible routing options, the H90 is designed to be the heart of your rig.</p>

### Wilkinson R Series Trev Wilkinson Signature Pickups

<p>Wilkinson's R series range of pickups are the result of Trev Wilkinson's years of creating and listening to thousands of pickups. Time spent with legendary and iconic individuals such as Seth Lover and Leo Fender, with whom Trev questioned about all aspects of sound, construction materials and production methods. All this combined knowledge has been the template for the R Series range of pickups, a pickup range Trev is proud to place his signature on, and say " These are the finest pickups Wilkinson has produced in the history of the company".<br><br>Featuring Single Coil's for both S and T style guitars, P90 and Humbucker models, the R Series has era specific models to capture the tone and vibe of the time and the players that influenced generations of players and Hybrid designs to influence future players.</p>

### Hercules StandsÂ Five-Piece Guitar Rack with Two Free Expansion Packs

Hercules Stands
\$114.49
<p>For a limited time only, get two FREE expansion packs with the purchase of a five-piece guitar rack. Showcase your collection while safely and securely storing seven to ten guitars. The Hercules GS525BP-HA205 is covered with Specially Formulated Foam rubber at all contact points and features a one-piece design that sets up and tears down easily. The guitar yoke is designed for acoustic, electric, and bass guitars with four pick slots on each yoke. This special pack comes with a total of seven guitar yokes leaving room to expand to ten. Available while supplies last.</p>

### ISPÂ Hum Extractor Pedal

ISP Technologies
<p>Ultimate DSP 2 channel noise reduction pedal. Patented technology that will remove the 50Hz or 60Hz and all associated hum harmonic components with total transparency. Combined with the patented Decimator G technology and dynamic sliding low pass filter, the Hum Extractor is the pinnacle of noise reduction technology. The Hum Extractor technology is dynamic in operation which compares the level of the audio signal to the hum harmonic components. Dynamically removes hum components when they become dominant. Made in the USA.<br><br><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q88JKgk9gCc" target="_blank">Click here for video</a></p>

### LAVA ME 3

LAVA ME 3
\$1199
<p>With the multi-touch display integrated with HILAVA OS, the LAVA ME 3 provides easy access to play and customize tons of built-in effects and loops.</p>

### Wampler Metaverse

Wampler Pedals
\$299
<p>Comprising eleven of Brian Wamplerâ€™s favorite delays, the Wampler Metaverse is a full-featured, small-footprint multi delay stomp box that is fully programmable, preset capable, has stereo inputs and outputs, allows full MIDI control, and has an expression input that you can assign to ANY of the parameters. The Metaverse also comes with a software version of the pedal via a set of 11 AU and VST3 plugins compatible with most popular DAWs - FREE to all customers that register their Metaverse online.<br><br>â€˘ Studio quality conversion 48 kHz Sampling rate with 24-bit audio<br>â€˘ Full 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response<br>â€˘ 11 Studio-quality vintage and modern delay effects<br>â€˘ Simple user interface<br>â€˘ All parameters controllable via an outboard expression pedal<br>â€˘ 8 onboard preset locations to save your favorite patches, 128 total via MIDI<br>â€˘ Full MIDI control with CC and PC commands<br>â€˘ Stereo or Mono I/O</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W85mzG5Czac" target="_blank">Click here for video</a></p>

### Gator Cases Transit Guitar Gig Bags

Gator Cases
\$129.99
<p>Gator's Transit Series acoustic gig bags provide rugged case-like protection without sacrificing the lightweight portability of a bag. The red soft-lined interior and thick foam padding safeguard your guitar from drops and bumps, just like a regular case. A weather-resistant blended fabric exterior protects against the elements and features backpack straps, each with a concealable zipper pocket to switch between backpacking and briefcase carry modes. So for the gear you love the most, Guard it with Gator.</p>

### Fralin'Tron

Fralin Pickups
\$346
<p>Experience exceptional clarity and articulation in a Filterâ€™Tron format with Lindyâ€™s unique Fralinâ€™Tron design. Featuring a focused single-coil vibe with a rich, warm midrange and crisp attack, youâ€™ll wonder where this pickup has been all your life. When Lindy started designing the Fralinâ€™Tron, he did so with a particular goal: to get as much clarity and articulation as possible out of this design.Weâ€™re thrilled with the result! Our Fralinâ€™Tron features a scooped midrange and defined bass and highs. In addition, you can expect more nuance out of the wound strings, unlike the original design. Furthermore, the treble strings have a round, warm quality, making our Fralinâ€™Tron perfect for all styles of music â€“ from clean to dirty. Lastly, this pickup features a dynamic and punchy attack that gives you back what you put into it.</p>

### DeLoach GuitarsÂ DL-225

DeLoach Guitars
\$1850
<p>The DL-225 is handcrafted exclusively from all mahogany, producing a warm and brilliant sound. The soundboard of the DL-225 features a vintage bracing pattern resulting in outstanding projection and tone with brilliant highs, strong midrange and subtle but full bass. The DL-225 has an extremely bright and dynamic sound. This guitar has the sound of a large body guitar. In a fingerpicking demonstration comparison we did with a name brand dreadnought the DL-225 was +3 dB louder.<br><br>Its smaller size and depth make the DL-225 a very comfortable guitar to play.<br><br><a href="https://www.deloachguitars.com/soundsample" target="_blank">Click here for video and audio examples</a></p>

### Wampler PedalsÂ Ratsbane

Wampler Pedals
\$149.97
<p>If you are looking for a single pedal solution with multiple degrees of gain from light overdrive to full out saturated fuzz tones, then youâ€™ll surely love the Ratsbane. The Ratsbane is based on a true benchmark sound amongst guitarists that has been heard on thousands of famous recordings.<br><br>In typical Wampler fashion, Brian improved the circuitâ€™s flexibility by adding two new switches. The Gain switch offers three distinct choices. In the middle gives you the â€śstockâ€ť gain for this pedal. The left position offers a firm, yet smooth boost in gain, whereas the right delivers an insane level of creamy distortion. The Voice switch subtly alters the compression and clipping of this pedal. It tightens the distortion to be more manageable with greater levels of gain, while rolling back some of the fuzz qualities, to deliver a modern, high gain distortion.<br><br><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAt-hgqrocI" target="_blank">Click here for video clips</a></p>

## Missing Link Audio Unveils AC/OD Pedal

This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audioâ€™s flagship product line.

Adding to the companyâ€™s line of premium-quality effects pedals, Missing Link Audio has unleashed the new AC/Overdrive pedal. This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal â€“ the only Angus & Malcom all-in-one stompbox on the market â€“ brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audioâ€™s flagship product line.

The AC/OD layout has three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone. That user-friendly format is perfect for quickly getting your ideal tone, and it also offers a ton of versatility. MLAâ€™s new AC/OD absolutely nails the Angus tone from the days of â€śHigh Voltageâ€ť to "Back in Blackâ€ť. You can also easily dial inMalcom with the turn of a knob. The pedal covers a broad range of sonic terrain, from boost to hot overdrive to complete tube-like saturation. The pedal is designed to leave on all the time and is very touch responsive. You can get everything from fat rhythm tones to a perfect lead tone just by using your guitarâ€™s volume knob and your right-hand attack.

### FeaturesÂ

• Three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone
• Die-cast aluminum cases for gig-worthy durability
• True bypass on/off switch
• 9-volt DC input

### Missing Link Audio AC/OD Pedal

www.mlapedals.com.

\$189.99

## Last Call: The Ghost in the Guitar

John Bohlinger plays â€śGrandpa,â€ť Kurt Cobainâ€™s 1953 D-18 that resides in the Martin Guitar 1833 Shop and Museum.

### Energy is in everything. Something came over me while playing historical instruments in the Martin Guitar Museum.

When Iâ€™m filming gear demo videos, I rarely know what Iâ€™m going to play. I just pick up whatever instrument Iâ€™m handed and try to feel where it wants to go. Sometimes I get no direction, but sometimes, gear is truly inspiringâ€”like music or emotion falls right out. I find this true particularly with old guitars. You might feel some vibe attached to the instrument that affects what and how you play. I realize this sounds like a hippie/pseudo-spiritual platitude, but weâ€™re living in amazing times. The Nobel Prize was just awarded to a trio of quantum physicists for their experiments with quantum entanglement, what Albert Einstein called â€śspooky action at a distance.â€ť Mainstream science now sounds like magic, so letâ€™s suspend our disbelief for a minute and consider that thereâ€™s more to our world than whatâ€™s on the surface.

I recently spent a day filming a factory tour of Martin Guitars in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. After we wrapped, we discovered that Martin has this amazing museum that showcases more than 170 historic instruments. We decided to meet at the museum at 7:45 a.m. the next morning to film a few choice pieces before catching our flight in not-too-near Newark, New Jersey, that afternoon.

These were not ideal conditions for a performance. Neither my brain nor my fingers work well before 10 a.m., plus I hadnâ€™t slept well the night before. Even so, we loaded into the museum, met the curators, set up the shoot, and began rolling by 8 a.m.

The first guitar was an 1834 gut string, perhaps the oldest Martin in existence. It was beautiful but had some tuning issues and did not project very well, so playing it felt more like work than music.

Next was a prewar D-45 worth over \$500k. The strings were ancient with that rusty feel, like youâ€™ll need a tetanus shot after playing it. Iâ€™m sure it sounded great, but I was tired and thinking more about making our flight than playing guitar. Wonderful instrument but uninspired performance on my end.

Then, I played a 1953 D-18 coined â€śGrandpaâ€ť by Kurt Cobain. I picked up the deeply sacred D-18, and my hands went to an A minor. This sounds like hype, but honestly, I closed my eyes and connected with a deep, beautiful sadness. The feeling was palpable as soon as you picked it up. This guitar pretty much played itself, leading me to a sad version of â€śWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps.â€ť I donâ€™t know if it was any good, but I know I felt something deeply. Thatâ€™s why I started playing guitar in the first place. I donâ€™t have to play well to feel moved.

I later talked to the museum director, who told me the D-18 was given to Cobain by his 1991 girlfriend Mary Lou Lord. Cobain played it on tour before and after Nirvanaâ€™s Nevermind. It was returned to her after Cobain married. Shortly after that, Mary Lou loaned the guitar to Elliott Smith, who played it until his death.

When Iâ€™m sad, I make myself play guitar to feel better, because it usually works. This 70-year-old guitar spent a lot of time literally pressed up against the hearts and chests of two artists who were so tormented by their emotions that they ended their lives. Thatâ€™s heavy. You canâ€™t explain those feelings that make the hair stand up on your arm, or when you feel like crying for no reason â€¦ but hitting that A minor made me feel it.

We had to split for the airport, so Chris Kies and Perry Bean started packing up. As they did, I saw this cute little 1880 Martin 000 that belonged to Joan Baez. In the photo next to it, Joan looks like my mom in the â€™60s. I asked the curator if I could play it, and Chris grabbed his phone to do a quick Insta video. I swear there was a happy vibe coming off this tiny guitar. It felt like watching my mom danceâ€”like a warm hug I needed after Cobainâ€™s D-18.

In Chinese culture, there is a superstition that antiques may hold evil spirits, and chi (energy) transfer can bring this negativity into your home. Feng shui is all about objects carrying good or bad chi. Hereâ€™s how I see it: All matter is made of atoms. Atoms contain energy. Ergo, everything contains energy, or, more aptly, everything is energy. Ever walk into a room and feel powerful emotion: joy, sadness, fear, tranquility? Thatâ€™s energy. We all have felt energy coming from people, places, and things. But thatâ€™s what I love about old guitars: Their atoms spent the first few hundred years as a tree in the forest connected to nature. Then, theyâ€™re turned into an instrument that makes people happy or consoles them when they are sad. Thatâ€™s the kind of chi I want around me.

### The Saddest Martin Ever? A 1953 D-18 Owned by Kurt Cobain & Elliott Smith

Watch John Bohlinger summon the ghosts of two songwriting powerhouses as we learn about a special piece of acoustic history.

## Railhammer Reveals New Billy Corgan Z-One Pickups

Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.

Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.

Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickupâ€™s tone is never sterile.