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Sunburst—How the Gibson Les Paul Standard Became A Legend In this outstanding book, Tony Bacon explores one of music's most beloved instruments, and how it became so revered. By Ara Ajizian Tony Bacon's Sunburst—How the Gibson Les Paul Standard Be...
Live Sound
Reduce mic stand clutter with this handy mic mount kit By Phil O'Keefe   The area around a typical drum kit is usually quite cluttered due to the numerous stand bases that are required to support the drums and cymbals. When miking up a kit, the traditiona...
Strings
Clear tone that’s made to last   By Chris Loeffler, Harmony Central Editor     The D’Addario family has been crafting instrument strings for more than 300 years and has one of the most extensive (and storied) instrument string assort...
Keyboards and Pianos
Roland Redefines Bread and ButterBy David BryceThere is a set of sounds that pretty much every keyboardist needs to have under their fingers in live situations: pianos (acoustic and electric), organs, clavs, strings, brass, bass and a few others. Almost every ...
Drum and Percussion
Sabian — Stick Flip The Stick Bag That Stands by Dendy Jarrett   INTRODUCTION       Stick Bags — they can become a part of a drummer’s identity. I have drummer friends who have had the same old worn out leather stick bag s...
Modules and MIDI
Programmable MIDI controller pedal that greatly expands the capabilities of the DigiTech Whammy   $124.95 MSRP, $124.95 "street" By Phil O'Keefe   The DigiTech Whammy line of pitch shift pedals has been a big success for DigiTech. The most recent mo...
Bass Guitars
Expert Review: Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi Distortion/Sustainer Already one of the baddest bass distortions around, the Deluxe model introduces incredibly powerful shaping controls to dial in your perfect fuzz. By Ara Ajizian Introduction We bass ...
Guitar and Bass Amps
Flexible all-tube 20W comboBy Phil O'Keefe   Tube amplifiers have remained popular with guitarists for ages and Peavey has been making cool sounding tube amps for many years, so when I was offered a chance to check out their new ValveKing II 20 1x12 combo...
Recording
Reduce mic stand clutter with this handy mic mount kit By Phil O'Keefe   The area around a typical drum kit is usually quite cluttered due to the numerous stand bases that are required to support the drums and cymbals. When miking up a kit, the traditiona...
Guitars
Sunburst—How the Gibson Les Paul Standard Became A Legend In this outstanding book, Tony Bacon explores one of music's most beloved instruments, and how it became so revered. By Ara Ajizian Tony Bacon's Sunburst—How the Gibson Les Paul Standard Be...
Bluegrass and Folk Instruments
Does Deering's most affordable professional-grade banjo measure up to professional expectations? By Phil O'Keefe   The Deering Banjo Company is an American small business success story, having been started as a family-operated business by Greg and Janet D...
Effects
Classic TS-style JRC4558-based overdriveBy Phil O'KeefeThere's no doubt about it - the TS-series of pedals has been one of the most popular and influential series of overdrive pedals ever made, with numerous models based on the original being released by score...
Bass Accessories
I like things that solve problems . . .   $32.99 MSRP, $19.99 street www.planetwaves.com   by Craig Anderton   Reviewing a guitar strap may seem ridiculous, but this isn’t your normal guitar strap—here’s why. Have you ever had a strap slip...
Guitar Accessories
Clear tone that’s made to last   By Chris Loeffler, Harmony Central Editor     The D’Addario family has been crafting instrument strings for more than 300 years and has one of the most extensive (and storied) instrument string assort...
Misc
Sunburst—How the Gibson Les Paul Standard Became A Legend In this outstanding book, Tony Bacon explores one of music's most beloved instruments, and how it became so revered. By Ara Ajizian Tony Bacon's Sunburst—How the Gibson Les Paul Standard Be...
Controllers
Keyboard controller series with advanced hardware-to-software parameter mapping   25-key $329.99 MSRP, $249.99 street 49-key $449.99 MSRP, $349.99 street 61-key $499,99 MSRP, $399.99 street   www.novationmusic.com     By Craig Anderton &nb...
Microphones
This revamped version of this classic, affordable studio mic is also one of the quietest microphones in the world By Phil O'Keefe   The original Rode NT1 was first released way back in 1995. An updated version, the NT1-A, was released a couple of years la...
Band and Orchestra Instruments
With rental prices for student violins easily surpassing $150 per year, is purchasing a complete Cremona violin outfit for a starting violinist a wiser decision?   By Chris Loeffler   Anyone who's gone through the process of renting an instrument (of...
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