Electric

Etavonni Guitar

Is it a work of art, is it technologically advanced, is at a fine instrument – yes, all of the above. Built like an exotic sports, literally, using carbon fiber and aircraft grade anodized aluminum, the Etavonni is a guitar like no other. Using premium components (Planet Waves, Hipshot, Seymour Duncan) and finely crafted, this […]

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Guitar Accessories

Reduce String friction with bigbends

Big Bends at NAMM 2009 mikesgig.com

Big Bends – Plainwell, MI – www.bigbends.com Jeff Massey, owner and inventor, was nice enough to demonstrate his remarkable Nut Sauce filled Groove Luber. this is something that every guitar needs – you just don’t know it yet. Used by Joe Satriani, Will Ray, Chad Weaver (Guitar-Tech for Brad Paisley) and Louis Williams (Guitar-Tech for […]

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Amps and Speakers

Amazing amplification

Jaguar Amplification – San Diego, CA – www.jaguaramplification.com Henry Clift gave me the rundown on these amazing amps – hand-wired point-to-point with premium components and encased in 13-ply birch cabinets. They have the retro-look and the shimmering sonic excitement of vintage tube gear – but only better. Being a bass player I had to try […]

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Keyboards

The Mighty Mellotron is Back!

After a long absence in production, the unique keyboardal orchestra has been updated and invigorated. Of course nothing can replace the electronic hiss, temperament and wavering tape of the original where every gig with it was a new adventure. Used by all self-respecting prog rockers from the Moody Blues to YES to Genesis and even […]

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Acoustic

Composite Acoustics at NAMM 2009

Ellis Seal of Composite Acoustics (CA) gave us the rundown on his fine instruments. Developed in his garage as a hobby while working with composite materials at Lockheed Aerospace, he started the company in 1997 when his division was laid off. The guitars play great and CA claims that they are unaffected by extreme weather […]

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Acoustic

Blackbird Guitars – Carbon Fiber from San Francisco, CA

This was the year for cardon fiber at NAMM in many shapes and forms and on several new guitars, notably the Blackbirds. Rainsong from Hawaii pioneered the all carbon fiber acoustic and now the mainlanders have created some innovative hi-tech instruments of their own, proving once again the viability of this alternative of wood. Aside […]

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Amps and Speakers

Cerwin-Vega! ™ Launches CVP Passive Professional Speakers

High-performance speaker system extends Cerwin-Vega Line, Legacy Hollywood, Fla. – (January 17, 2009) – Cerwin-Vega! a leading manufacturer of loudspeakers and audio products for professional and home markets, today announced the Cerwin-Vega Passive (CVP) loudspeakers. The new speakers build on Cerwin-Vega’s legacy for providing outstanding bass and reliability, while delivering high output and sonic clarity […]

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