Musical Instruments

2014 TMRZoo.com Custom Guitar Build – This Stratocaster Will Not Fade Away

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I was watching some old Buddy Holly clips and had a twisted train of thought. If Buddy was born in the modern hard rock era what would his famous Sunburst Fender Stratocaster look like? This was the launching pad for the 2014 TMRZoo.com Custom Guitar build. A little background on Buddy for you kids out […]

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Review: Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker – I’m Gonna Give You My Love

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Anyone who reads this website with any regularity knows what a Jimmy Page fanboy I am. When it comes to Led Zeppelin and guitarists, the dictionary definition of fanatic really comes into play. Guitarists have done everything from modifying their Les Pauls to actually casting black magic spells to capture the essence of the Jimmy […]

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Fishman Fluence Pickups Hands On Review

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I recently visited the Fishman Electronics company in Andover, Massachusetts to get a firsthand look at their new Fluence pickups. Not only was I treated to a great tour of the facilities by Fishmans’s Chris DeMaria but also Unearth guitarist Ken Susi. The duo gave me a tour of what can only be described as […]

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Seymour Duncan Releases The Pickup Booster

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The highly sought after Pickup Booster is back with even more features to give guitar players the perfect boost when they need it. Many guitarists want to be able to boost their signal without adding noise or altering their tone. With its class A, low-noise circuit design the Pickup Booster can do just that and is exceptional at emphasizing […]

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The New Fishman Fluence Pickups – This Really is Rocket Science

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Guitar pickups haven’t changed a great deal in terms of their overall design throughout the years. A magnet wrapped with copper wire, then set into a casing allowing for mounting into your instrument and some minor adjustments is the basis of pickup design. There have been some various ideas and improvements, (such as active pickup models) and manufacturers […]

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iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia Now Shipping

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IK Multimedia, the global technology leader in mobile apps and accessories, today announced it’s shipping iRig Mic HD, the first mobile digital microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. The sequel to IK’s popular iRig Mic, iRig Mic HD is the perfect tool for singers, podcasters, online radio broadcasters, journalists, videographers, home studio enthusiasts […]

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Guitar Gear Review: Composite Acoustics – Well Made, Well Playing Guitars

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While we are traditionally used to seeing guitars made of wood, it is becoming more common to see ‘alternate’ materials being used. A great example is the HPL, (High Pressure Laminate) currently being used in some offerings from C.F. Martin. And while some are unhappy with this material, others maintain that the instruments aren’t too bad […]

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Guitar Gear Review: D’Addario NYXL Strings – You Can’t Beat Them, You Can’t Kill ‘em

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I had a unique experience with the new D’Addario NYXL strings. I have quite a collection of guitars and in doing maintenance I will restring multiple guitars at one time. I was working on a lick in my head and picked up my Les Paul to noodle through the progression. To my surprise the Les […]

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Seymour Duncan and Aristides Announce the 010 Red Rising Sun Giveaway 

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The 010 isn’t just your standard copy of a traditional design, one of the primary ways this guitar sets itself apart is the material that makes up the body. Called Arium, this Aristides-designed material increases the resonance and sustain of the instrument. Unlike traditional instruments made from a block of wood, the 010 has an […]

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Review: The MOOG MF Drive – Cool Vintage Character and Voice

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The MOOG MF Drive is a pedal with its own vibe and personality. It is definitely plug and play but if you take the time and bond with this pedal the variations of tone are limitless. MOOG describe the MF Drive as an “overdrive “pedal. While defining distortions, fuzzes, boosts and overdrive pedals can be […]

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Guitar Gear Review – Modern Guitar Rigs – A Time and Money Saver

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I can remember my early days of buying gear. I would walk by mountains of amps, rack gear and effects in awe in the music shops of Boston. When I started playing guitar Pampalone’s Music, Wurlitzers and Daddy’s Junky Music were are within steps of Berklee College of Music.  With the constant gear churn of […]

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Review: “Sunburst – How the Les Paul Became a Standard”

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There have been many books written about the Gibson Les Paul. With so many flavors and styles of Les Pauls and when researching this iconic guitar it can be sometimes confusing. Some of these books focus on certain types of Pauls like the Black Beauty or even focus on vintage years such as the heralded […]

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Guitar Gear Review – The Moog MiniFooger MF Boost – Fat, Analog, Awesomeness

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Moog Music has taken yet another giant step into the world of guitarists.  For decades Moog has been a pioneer and innovator in the world of keyboards and synthesizers. Now guitarist get the benefit of Moog’s years of knowledge. For you guitarists not familiar with Moog the company’s name is typically coupled with the terms […]

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Guitar Gear Review – The Eventide H9 Effects Processor – This Pedal is Full of Win!

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Every once in a while a guitar pedal comes across our desks that is an absolute game changer. This is the case with the new Eventide H9 Effects Processor. It will come to no surprise to anyone who reads this blog that I loved this pedal. I am a huge fan of Eventide and the […]

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Guitar Tips and Tricks – Volume Swells

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Last year I started a YouTube video series called “One Shot, One Song”.  The idea behind it is to capture a song or sketch idea live in one take, usually with the help of a looper. In the latest installment I wanted to focus more on a technique I use from time to time.  When […]

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Guitar Gear Review – In Need of a Boost, the EHX Soul Food is Worth Considering

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Over the last few months, there has been not a little excitement at the news that Electro-Harmonix (www.ehx.com) was about to release the Soul Food, a pedal they describe as a “transparent overdrive with great touch and response”. The more interesting part of the marketing blurb though, was the link to the almost mythical KLON […]

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