M-tones are designed to have super long sustain and are very punchy and articulate with great note separation.

Slipstream - Mahogany body. Two P-90 pickups.

Dynamo - Alder or mahogany body. Two pickups: Humbuckers, P-90s or single + hum.

Stackpole - Alder body. Three single coil pickups.

Portland, OR (January 7, 2012) - M-tone Guitars will be launching at the NAMM Show. Owner/builder Matt Proctor will be introducing the three electric guitar models, the Slipstream, the Dynamo and the Stackpole. M-tones are designed to have super long sustain and are very punchy and articulate with great note separation.

Matt designs and hand builds a limited number of electric guitars each year in his Portland, Oregon workshop. Matt trained as a sculptor and spent over 15 years making large-scale works out of steel, wood, and cast metals before turning his attention to guitar design.

Features of M-tone Guitars
• No two guitars are exactly alike: built by hand from lumber selection to final setup
• Every neck is hand carved
• Perfectly balanced, innovative body shapes with compound curve cutaways
• One-of-a-kind finishes in environmentally agreeable water-based lacquer
• 16-gauge steel pickguards individually surfaced to complement the finish of each guitar
• Strategically laid out aluminum position markers
• Jackbite shape shelters the input jack and works equally well with straight or angled plugs
• Top notch electronics and hardware sourced from small US companies
• Wood, steel, brass and bone components, but no plastic

Pricing and Ordering
M-tone's start at $2,500 with $100 up charge. Each guitar comes standard with hard case or Mono Case gig bag.

For more information:
m-tone.com

Multiple modulation modes and malleable voices cement a venerable pedal’s classic status.

Huge range of mellow to immersive modulation sounds. Easy to use. Stereo output. Useful input gain control.

Can sound thin compared to many analog chorus and flange classics.

$149

TC Electronic SCF Gold
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