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IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic Review

IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic PROS: Great audio quality, non-permanent, non-intrusive, inexpensive. CONS: None. PRICE: Smartphones and tablets have become very useful in recording, especially for electric instruments, but for acoustics, a microphone was pretty much the only way to go. IK Multimedia now has a solution with their iRig Acoustic pickup. Size-wise, it’s not much […]Read More »

Best Guitar Value of 2015: BC Rich Mockingbird STQ

BC Rich Mockingbird STQ PROS: fantastic fit & finish, great pickups and hardware, comfy neck profile, ultra-affordable. CONS: none. PRICE: $499 Taking an aesthetic cue from the vintage Mockingbirds of the mid to late ’70s, the latest axe in the BC Rich lineup is our pick for the best guitar value of 2015. The Mockingbird […]Read More »

TOUR TEST FINAL REPORT Part II: Mitchell Element Guitar & Acoustic A40 Amp

[Editor’s note – in September we put out a call for musicians to enter to win a fantastic prize pack of a Mitchell Element Guitar (ME1ACE) and an A40 Acoustic Instrument Amp (from Acoustic Amplification). Winner number one was Jordan Davis, who posted a number of updates on social media during his testing period with the gear. His final wrap-up […]Read More »

TOUR TEST FINAL REPORT: Mitchell Element Guitar & Acoustic A40 Amp

[Editor’s note – in September we put out a call for musicians to enter to win a fantastic prize pack of a Mitchell Element Guitar (ME1ACE) and an A40 Acoustic Instrument Amp (from Acoustic Amplification). Winner number one was Jordan Davis, who posted a number of updates on social media during his testing period with the gear. His final wrap-up […]Read More »

MY FAVORITE AXE: 1982 Gibson Les Paul Standard with Ben Tyree

MY FAVORITE AXE with Ben Tyree BACKGROUND NYC guitarist Ben Tyree is a performer/composer of virtuosic ability, infectious groove, and eclectic tastes. That versatility has led to work with artists as diverse as Vernon Reid, Elliott Sharp, Valerie June, Burnt Sugar and his own trio BT3. MAKE & MODEL 1982 Gibson Les Paul Standard WHAT […]Read More »

Up Close With Jimi Hendrix's 1962 Fender Jazzmaster

Jimi Hendrix’s Famed 1962 Fender Jazzmaster BACKGROUND My friend Rudy from Rudy’s Guitar Shop (NYC) handed me this instrument and I immediately played things I’ve never heard come from my fingers. When I asked him the history he proceeded to produce documentation and photos of Jimi Hendrix, pre-fame, in the Isley Brothers and also a […]Read More »

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