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Gear Review: Fender Player Series Mustang 90

The resurgence of the Fender offset electric guitar has remained strong over the past decade. So named for their unusual body style (with the upper and lower body literally offset and looking different in shape), the guitars, including classic Jazzmaster...

Gear Review: Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior

Lukas Nelson has had his trusty original 1956 Gibson Les Paul Jr. on the road with him for years, and there is a definitive reason why he uses it as his primary guitar for his lengthy shows....

Gear Review: PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo

The PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo is a hollow, humbucker-equipped electric guitar with a nice twist… a piezoelectric pickup that feeds an acoustic-sounding output to your acoustic amp or PA. Impressive build quality and high-end appointments on this imported instrument...

Gear Review: Gibson Les Paul Special Tribute

I’ve always felt badly for Gibson’s marketing team… their market is a vocal one that demands many things, often at cross-purposes. One key theme is that players want a vintage-like Gibson guitar at an attractive price point. Apparently, Gibson’s current...

Gear Review: Fender Fullerton Ukulele

It’s show time, so you stride up to the stage, strap on your instrument and hear the familiar crackle as you plug in. The axe looks cool with binding on the familiar Fender body style. The “Tidepool”...

Fender H.E.R. Signature Stratocaster Guitar Review

I first heard of the artist H.E.R. when she appeared on the 2019 Grammy Awards, and the guitar geek in me was intrigued by the acrylic-bodied Stratocaster® she played, made especially for her for the event by Fender. There was...

Gear Review: Taylor AD17 Acoustic Guitar

At last year’s NAMM show, Taylor announced its Grand Pacific round-shoulder dreadnought developed by master guitar designer Andy Powers. Company experts announced that the new body shape and other innovations would bring a dramatically different tonal personality to the company’s popular...

Gear Review: Yamaha YC61 Stage Keyboard

If you are a performing keyboardist, having access to great keyboard sounds (past and present) gets you on the “A” list when someone needs keys. But great keyboard sounds can be a great inspiration for songwriting, too. If a stage...

Review: The Many Uses of the JBL Eon One Compact

The JBL EON line has been a tried and true favorite with working musicians since its introduction in 1995. Their durability, portability and crystal-clear sound put these speakers on stages around the world. Now, 25 years later, the manufacturer takes...

Geartorial: Rockett Audio Archer Pedals With Matt O’Ree

Guitarist Matt O’Ree reviews the Rockett Audio Archer Pedals in his latest Geartorial video review series. O’Ree walks through the sounds of both the Gold Ikon and Silver versions of the Archer. The Archer functions as a...
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