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Twang 101 - Aug. 14 - Ex. 1

Reverend AirSonic | PG Plays
Reverend AirSonic W Guitar Demo | PG Plays

PG contributor Tom Butwin demos the AirSonic W. Reverend Founder Joe Naylor has been on a quest to meld a solidbody’s sustain and attack with the rich, big tone of a semi-hollow. Naylor’s sonic dream is now a reality.

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Three brawny, chiming British amp voices, and a million colors in between, shine in an immaculately conceived and constructed 16-watt, EL84 combo that roars and sweetly sings.

Oodles of Brit tones that sound fantastic at low, or shockingly loud, volumes. Built like an old Benz. Touch-responsive and dynamic. Deep, addictive tremolo.

Expensive!

$3,240

Carr Bel-Ray
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Playing the 16-watt, EL84-driven Carr Bel-Ray is, at times, flat-out, ecstatic fun. It’s alive, reactive, responsive, dynamic, and barks and chimes with a voice that spans a siren’s song and a firecracker. It lends snap and top-end energy to humbuckers, can turn a Telecaster bridge pickup lethal, or make a Rickenbacker 12-string brash and beautiful at once. It can also make you forget stompboxes exist. Most of my time with the Bel-Ray was spent without a pedal in sight.

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Precision machined from solid brass, these saddles offer enhanced density and tonal qualities, delivering a sharper attack, extended sustain, and a warmer tone compared to stock thin pressed-steel or zinc block-style saddles.

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