Instruments & Gear

FLASHBACK: 1970 Universal Audio 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Rev C)

AKA “The Blackface” Mic Pre ROLE IN HISTORY: It’s classic, used on every important album since 1970. You couldn’t find a studio that didn’t have the blackface back in the day. WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE: Warm and round is how I’d describe it. It finishes your idea on what the mic should sound like! BASIC FEATURES: It’s pretty […]Read More »

My Favorite Axe: 1938 Epiphone Zenith Archtop

with Jude Moran of Adela & Jude… MAKE & MODEL: 1938 Epiphone Zenith Archtop  WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: The world. “Miss Nashville” was given to Brother Jude as a gift. She came from Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, and has never and WILL never be replaced. WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE: Heaven. WEAR & TEAR: I’ve strummed the daylights outta […]Read More »

Spice Up Your Tone With Rosemary Pierro Glass Guitar Picks

PROS: Expands creativity; unique sound. CONS: A tad pricey. PRICE: $20 There are so many custom, one-off items for guitarists – from guitars and amps to straps and pedals, but picks seem to always be an afterthought. Rosemary Pierro crafts custom, one-of-a-kind picks in her native Hawaii to fill this niche. They’re hand made of […]Read More »

Keep Your Acoustic Guitar Safe with the Humitar

PROS: Professional option for preventive maintenance. CONS: None. PRICE: $13.99 Acoustic guitars are living things; despite the fact the tree has been cut down, the wood still interacts with its environment. It may have a finish on the exterior, but the insides are still raw and unfinished. Temperature and humidity can be a factor – […]Read More »

Epiphone Casino Review

PROS: Great fit and finish; fantastic neck; highly responsive and articulate P90 pickups. CONS: None. PRICE: $599 w/out case The Casino has been around for decades, first brought to worldwide fame by the Beatles. Since then, Epiphone’s production has moved around the globe a few times, first from America to Japan, then to Korea and […]Read More »

AUDIO-TECHNICA System 10 Digital Wireless Stompbox Review

PROS: Great sound, versatile. CONS: Transmitter’s plastic construction. PRICE: $349 (street) In the past, wireless systems were big, and the sound quality varied. Now Audio-Technica has a digital system that sits on your pedalboard. The receiver is a decent size and has a robust metal construction. The display gives the important info, the signal info, […]Read More »

AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones Review

PROS: Fantastic sound quality, comfortable, excellent accessories. CONS: None. PRICE: $239 MSRP Finding the right pair of mixing headphones is a critical part of any home studio build. And hot damn, the new ATH-M50x cans from Audio-Technica may be the finest pair we’ve ever auditioned in this price range. Our tests ran the gamut from […]Read More »

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