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.


TC Electronic SCF Gold


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.