PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for NAMM 2010 where she visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get to check out Music Man's Classic Collection 4-string StingRay Bass. This StingRay features several appointments on the original basses from the 70s, including the mute pads, old Music Man logo, 2-band EQ and single humbucker. The bass comes with either a maple or rosewood fingerboard and will come in a variation of colors.



PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for NAMM 2010 where she visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get to check out Music Man's Classic Collection 4-string StingRay Bass.

This StingRay features several appointments on the original basses from the 70s, including the mute pads, old Music Man logo, 2-band EQ and single humbucker. The bass comes with either a maple or rosewood fingerboard and will come in a variation of colors.

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
tcelectronic.com

4.5
4
4.5
5

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.

Read More Show less

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.

Read More Show less
x