Dead Sara's Siouxsie Medley joins PG editors and our reader of the month to reveal recent guitar purchases and our latest musical obsessions.

What was the last guitar you bought and why? What's next on your wish-list?

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A mid-priced take on a slotted-headstock, 12-fret dreadnought with big bass and a lot of class.

Solid build. Big bass response. Great finish. Easy-to-play neck.

Fourteen-fret dread fans may miss some sustain and high-end resonance.

$999

Alvarez Masterworks MDR70ESB
alvarezguitars.com

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Mid-priced acoustic guitars are a tricky proposition. The maker has the unenviable task of building a guitar that's affordable but upmarket enough in sound and playability to justify spending what's still a considerable chunk of change. That design directive generally means compromise at every turn. So, when I received the Alvarez Masterworks MDR70ESB, I thought a lot about what concessions Alvarez might have made. But sitting there in the case, everything about this guitar's looks belie its $999 street price. From its 12-fret neck, cool vintage sunburst, all-solid spruce and rosewood construction, slotted headstock, and hip 12th-fret inlay, the Alvarez sets up big expectations.

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Photo by James Swanson

JW's first fresh music in four years features him on all the instruments for one version, while another features a gentler Appalachia approach.

Jack White is back with his first new solo music in nearly four years. The incendiary" Taking Me Back " (Third Man Records) is available digitally worldwide now. The single, produced by White at Third Man Studios in Nashville, features the 12x GRAMMY®Award-winning artist on all vocals and instruments.

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Enter here for your chance to WIN a Lunastone Deep Metal! Giveaway Ends October 19, 2021.

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For the past 127 years, Gibson--the iconic American instrument brand--has been synonymous with creating and shaping sound across genres of music and generations of players. Today, Gibson Custom Shop has announced the release of the limited-edition Chuck Berry 1970s ES-355 in Wine Red.

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These are a few of Aisha Loe's favorite things. Top row: Chase Bliss X LOE Ayahuasca Aya Fuzz Tremolo, MXR Phase 90, LOE Vibro pitch vibrato, Ibanez AD-9 Analog Delay, Boss PH-2 Super Phaser. Bottom row: Crowther Audio Prunes & Custard Harmonic Generator–Intermodulator, Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man analog echo/chorus/vibrato, Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer, Jim Dunlop Bass wah.

Stompbox builder Aisha Loe on how a recent encounter with an old bandmate answered the age-old question once again.

I had a conversation with a dear friend and former bandmate recently, about how much using effects has inspired our musical directions and overall journeys as players. We smiled wide as we reminisced about what an epiphany it was for us, as new guitarists, to plug into a stompbox for the first time. For many, it's the initial experience of jamming with yourself. Fresh, exciting sounds are coming out. Inevitably, noodling ensues, which can often lead to bursts of creativity.

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