I have an insatiable soft spot for handmade pedals that offer a point of difference as well as killer sound. That combination is incredibly hard to resist, especially when it’s topped off by cosmetics that include glitter, a happy vibe and customer service that completes the package.
Riding the coattails of its new Crying Tone wah pedal, Electro-Harmonix has introduced the Talking Pedal. The pedal uses the proprietary design of EHX’s Next Step Effects and is the second pedal to be released in the line.
Fender has announced the release of three additional summer models, the CJ-290S Jumbo Flame Maple acoustic guitar, CJ-290SCE-12 Jumbo Flame Maple 12-string acoustic model and the Mino’Aka CE Concert ukulele.
The Crying Tone resembles a slim, contoured brick with an angular bottom that allows you to rock the wah back and forth on the floor. It features input and output jacks, a calibration button (important for adjusting its sweep depending upon the slope of the surface), and operates with a 9V battery or optional power supply.
Coming out of winter and going into spring and early summer, our repair shop gets overwhelmed with guitars coming in with cracks, popped or lifting bridges, severe neck warps and other weather-related issues that require attention.
Artist Jeff Ritzmann always dreamed of owning an extravagant custom guitar like George Lynch’s Skull and Bones or Eddie Van Halen’s Dragon. That desire stayed with Ritzmann until 2006, when the cover of Iron Maiden’s A Matter of Life and Death album inspired him to build a guitar that looks like a tank. He did it, he says, by modifying an off-the-shelf guitar “beyond all reasonable comprehension.”