A new 30-watt with an unusual low-voltage, high-current design.

New Brunswick, Canada (May 16, 2016) -- Canadian pickup maker Sanford Magnetics has released its newest amplifier, the Aeronaut—a vintage-voiced, handbuilt head that follows on the heels of 2015’s Lead & Rhythm Professional.

The Aeronaut aims to make it easy to dial in classic EL34 sounds. However, the 30-watt head uses a low-voltage, high-current design that's somewhat counter-intuitive for an EL34-powered amp with cathode bias and a 5AR4 rectifier.

Stripping down the preamp to two 12AX7s keeps it simple. The gain staging was kept on the clean side of things to create a non-master volume amplifier that favors power-tube breakup, loves to be run wide open, and has a great balance between preamp- and power-section breakup, thanks to the right amount of voltage swing between stages. The anode-driven tone stack mates to a long-tail-pair phase inverter, driving the power section from thick, smoky cleans to classic EL34 breakup.

The stripped-down control set features volume, tone, and a unique camber control that moves the EQ slope from low to high and has settings from "sub-plexi" to "wreck." Meanwhile, the headroom switch allows control over the input signal with boost, normal, and cut settings.

$1,399 street

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Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.



• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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