More pictures from the floor of Musikmesse in Frankfurt

Direct from one of the largest gear gatherings in the world, here’s more of what we saw at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2009. Click here for Gallery 1.













Custom Beauty model by Master Luthier Jörg Tandler of Tandler Guitars














Hughes & Kettner Edition Tube 25th Anniversary combo













Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII













Gibson LP Studio Raw Power series













Gibson SG Raw Power series














Höfner Verythin 3 CT














Höfner Club Bass - CT














Larrivée Electrics RS-4 models














Larrivée SD-60 Tobacco Sunburst














Classical model made by Guitarras Francisco Bros for the Spanish artist Melendi.














Fender Custom Shop ‘70 Strat “Endless Pinstripe”














Fender Custom Shop  ‘60s Tele Heavy Relic, Lake Placid Blue with Bigsby













Fender Custom Shop Desert Rose Esquire














Fender Custom Shop Rosewood Telecaster













Marshall Haze 40 combo













Check out the Marshall Bling! Jim Marshall’s custom Bentley limo













Fritz Rössel (Rösselbass) plays one of his custom fretless basses. Yes, that’s a granite fingerboard.













Ron Butler with St. Blues Blindsider














Graphics from Duesenberg













New straps from Levy’s Leathers - Watch Video














Breedlove Koa Pro Series LTD C25/KK













MXR Fullbore Metal
Watch designer Jeorge Tripps discuss the pedal in our Video Interview













Dunlop Cry Baby Kirk Hammet signature wah













ENGL Fireball 100













VOX Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah














Fret-King Green Label Elan 50 and Corona SP - Watch Video














Fret-King Green Label Elan 50 SP - Watch Video














UBM Rotator from Hagen Sound -- Still photos don't do this justice, to see it spin, watch our video













Vovox instrument cable














The Jinmoid from BassLab, a 39-fret signature model made for the Japanese artist Jinmo.













PG’s Chris Burgess checking out the BassLab Theta, an entirely hollow guitar--body and neck--made of composite material













RPA Major Treble Booster and J-Fuzz from BSM













The Virtuoso series by Japanese guitar maker Fujigen













Headstock detail on Fujigen Virtuoso VFL-LR













Elmwood Modena M60 19” Rack model













Custom Korea guitar by Kraken Guitars, a Korean company












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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When you consider stompboxes that have achieved ubiquity and longevity, images of Tube Screamers, Big Muffs, or Boss’ DD series delays probably flash before your eyes. It’s less likely that TC Electronic’s Stereo Chorus Flanger comes to mind. But when you consider that its fundamental architecture has remained essentially unchanged since 1976 and that it has consistently satisfied persnickety tone hounds like Eric Johnson, it’s hard to not be dazzled by its staying power—or wonder what makes it such an indispensable staple for so many players.

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While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

Photo by Chad Kelco

Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.