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Gear: September 2012

Gear: September 2012

| August 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Quilter Labs MicroPro 200 Guitar Amplifier From the founder of QSC power amps, comes a super powerful and modern analog guitar amplifier that produces “the warm, rich tone of a vintage tube amp without the hassle of tubes,” according to the company. The MicroPro 200‘s small size and light weight makes it easy to transport, but […]

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Gear: August 2012

Gear: August 2012

| July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Summer’s here and the time is right for some dancing in the street and a little NAMM show product wrap-up . . . Allen & Heath ZED60-14FX Mixer Longtime English live sound boffin Allen & Heath has launched its ZED60-14FX, an affordable and compact analog mixer that is ideal for small bands and venues.

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Gear: July 2012

Gear: July 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

G&L’s Korina Collection concept all started “as a dare” of sorts as the company’s R&D team looked for a collector’s version of the ASAT Classic Bluesboy. Appealing to player styles as diverse as “hip-hop to alternative to

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Gear: June 2012

Gear: June 2012

| May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

New Jersey-based Tech 21 went “one louder” by introducing a live version of its popular Liverpool pedal from the SansAmp Character Series — available direct through their Private Stock Division. According to a company press release, as a boutique pedal quantities are extremely limited. The SansAmp Liverpool Deluxe features a combination of an all-analog signal […]

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Gear: May 2012

Gear: May 2012

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

It’s been a few years since “Gear” reported on the new crop of commercial vans that could haul your gear and your bandmates. Since that time, Nissan and Chrysler got in the game. Here’s our wrap-up of this year’s models: Nissan NV SERIES Thumbing its nose at the iconic Ford E-Series and the Chevy Express, […]

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Gear: April 2012

Gear: April 2012

| March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

If Joe Strummer, Thurston Moore, and Kurt Cobain can have their have their own signature guitars, why not Jeff Tweedy?

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Gear: March 2012

Gear: March 2012

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Rumors that San Diego-based Taylor Guitars was gonna dip its big toe in the deep end of the amp business had us excited us to no end. Unfortunately, Taylor has made its ES Guitar Amplifier part of their limited-edition Builder’s Reserve series as a guitar/amp package (limited to 30 amps) called the Expression System. The […]

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Gear: February 2012

Gear: February 2012

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Paul Stanley of Kiss has evidently put down his paintbrush long enough to partner with Washburn Guitars and release the cool-looking (and sounding?) PS21012 Starfire signature guitar.

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Gear: January 2012

Gear: January 2012

| December 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Of the dozens of musical gadgets we preview and review every year, a few stand out as “the best of best.” As we look back at 2011, we present Gear’s best of, uh . . . Gear!

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Gear: December 2011

Gear: December 2011

| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

If you’re somewhat obsessive about backing up your hard drive on your iPad or laptop, but have a problem constantly reconnecting cables while shuttling between work, home, or the recording studio, Seagate may have an answer with its wireless Goflex Satellite, a wi-fi version of its backup hard drive.

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Gear: November 2011

Gear: November 2011

| November 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Nady Systems AxeHead Portable Amp Despite a flurry of portable guitar-amp apps aimed at iPhone and Android users, Nady Systems believes its new AxeHead portable amp has a place in your pocket.

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Gear: October 2011

Gear: October 2011

| September 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

When Nevermind was released by Nirvana 20 years ago, a North Side guitar-store owner told me Kurt Cobain‘s Jaguar guitar was a piece of crap and Nirvana sucked.

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Gear: September 2011

Gear: September 2011

| August 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

More Love From Nashville Last month we previewed a slew of new guitars from NAMM’s Nashville music trade show, where guitars seemed to be making a comeback as the instrument of choice. On the electronics side, accessories for the home-recording crowd – including iPad users – also took a majority of floor space. This month, […]

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Gear: August 2011

Gear: August 2011

| August 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

From Nashville With Love NAMM’s Nashville music trade show seemed to get back to a “guitars are king” theme not seen in 10 years at the summer event, leaving the button pushers and their iPhones and iPads to last year’s devices. Gear happily takes a look at some of the convention’s new introductions.

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Gear: July 2011

Gear: July 2011

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Cerwin-Vega XD3 Studio Monitor With the explosion of home-studio creations being churned out by would-be recording artists and ProTools boffins, Cerwin-Vega saw the need to marry an above-average studio monitor with an affordable computer speaker that delivers clarity, accurate imaging, and over-the-top bass. Cerwin-Vega claims the XD3 “fulfills this monitoring mandate by transforming any desktop […]

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