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Who Was Jim Marshall?

February 02, 2018 | By Andy Perrin

Chances are, you couldn’t pick him out of a crowd. Yet you definitely know his name. You’ve absolutely heard him, thousands of time. He’s the name and brains behind one of gear culture’s most legendary brands: Jim Marshall…

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The Life and Times of NAMM

January 26, 2018 | By Andy Perrin

You’d never guess it from the smashing success of the semi-annual NAMM shows, but this organization had origins as humble as a garage band in an era before there were cars to park in garages. Here’s a short rundown on the history and heritage of America’s greatest gig for gearheads…

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The Fuzzy Mix that is the Fender Blender

January 19, 2018 | By Andy Perrin

Celebrated and slammed, misunderstood and misbehaved. The Fender Blender is definitely near the top of the company’s list of enigmatic gear items turned cult classics…

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Tonal Tag Teams: The Heritage of Three Classic Dual Effect Pedals

January 12, 2018 | By Andy Perrin

Every effect has its origins. When an idea conceived became a circuit in a box and a sound from an amp. Equally innovative as this departure point, however, is when builder’s throughout gear history had the bold new idea of partnering tandem effects in a single stompbox…

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Fender’s Forgotten Offsets

January 05, 2018 | By Andy Perrin

Every family has its quirky branches of the family tree, even Fender. In the re-emergence of offset guitars, however, these overlooked, forgotten, or even accidental relics of Fender and Squier vintage are proof that what was once odd can become awesome…

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All is Loud on New Year’s Day: The Essential Gear of The Edge

December 29, 2017 | By Andy Perrin

As the sun sets on 2017 and U2’s album War rounds out its thirty-fifth year, the gear of guitarist The Edge remains the most expressive, elusive, and evocative of rock n’ roll Hall of Famers. Even a short take on some of his staple guitars, amps, and pedals proves all is not quiet on New Year’s Day…

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A Top-Five Holiday Playlist With An Ear For Gear

December 21, 2017 | By Andy Perrin

With Christmas music going on six weeks strong and hopes for new gear under the tree tomorrow, we thought we’d add a few holiday tunes to your playlist with a look at the gear featured in them and highlights from the ongoing history of rock and roll’s holiday heritage…

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The Comeback of the Binson Echorec

December 15, 2017 | By Andy Perrin

In an age of tape, about seventy years ago, Dr. Bonfiglio Bini of Milan began to think differently about what a delay unit could be. The Binson Echorec was born. This renaissance of echo tech in Italy is now coming back for another round of gear innovation in modern renditions…

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A Flock in Formation: V-Style Guitars From Gibson, to Jackson, to Chapman

December 08, 2017 | By Andy Perrin

In 1958, Ted McCarty went all in with a series of classic and futuristic designs for Gibson guitars. Six decades later, the bad boy of the bunch, the Flying V, has inspired players across genres and generations and spawned entire companies in the gear industry…

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The Origins of Orange

December 01, 2017 | By Andy Perrin

1968, London. A bleak budget. Clifford Cooper seems to have initially had the goal of breaking even. But eventually his unmistakable sun-kissed, citrus tolex amp designs broke it big and defined a sound of UK tone and gain that continues to this day.

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