New Jack eliminates pops, facilitates faster instrument switching

Frankfurt, Germany (April 24, 2008) - Here''s a product that has been quite a hit at music shows around the world in the last year -- the Snap Jack cable. It is based on an intuitive concept, but you really have to see it demo''d to appreciate it''s clever design. Our man in Frankfurt, Terry Buddingh, brings you this video from Musikmesse Frankfurt 2008.

The Zzyzx Snap Jack cable uses magnets to connect a cable''s core wire to its jacks. A simple pull allows you to separate the cable from the jacks quickly and without any signal pop. A variety of Snap Jack designs give you different options, too -- some allow you to lock the cable to the jack, and some are decorative. The company is also planning to roll out models for XLR and other connector types, too.

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Zzyzx Snap Jack

A bone nut being back-filed for proper string placement and correct action height.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to change your acoustic guitar’s tone and playability.

In my early days, all the guitars I played (which all happened to be pre-1950s) used bone nuts and saddles. I took this for granted, and so did my musician friends. With the exception of the ebony nuts on some turn-of-the-century parlors and the occasional use of ivory, the use of bone was a simple fact of our guitar playing lives, and alternative materials were simply uncommon to us.

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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.

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