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Billy Voight

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Gear Review: D&A Starfish Passive and Starfish+ Guitar Stands

There are two types of guitar stands; those built for normal circumstances and those built to survive sheer chaos! D&A has added two stands to its Starfish line that are perfect for whatever your gig calls for. Both stands feature a burly five-legged design, a lockable height adjustment and the ability to set up or tear down in seconds.

Gear Review: EurekaSound Sound Hole Pickup Mount for Acoustic Guitars

The company makes something called the Sound Hole Pickup Mount. And while its name seems pretty self-explanatory, I’ll go a bit deeper. The mount clips onto the sound hole of your acoustic guitar without any modifications and without leaving behind marks of any kind.

Gear Review: Donner Alchemy Modulation Effect Guitar Pedal with True Bypass

The Alchemy is Donner’s latest offering to the working guitarist. The effect features eight modulation effects packed into one box. Yes, you’ve probably seen something like this before, but The Alchemy doubles its eight effects with Deluxe or Normal mode and boasts stereo inputs and outputs. At $43, it costs less than a major U.S. city parking ticket.

Gear Review: Sonic Pipe Elbow 3-Watt Practice Amp

Like some other rock-star accessories, the Sonic Pipe practice amp looks like something you probably wouldn't be able to take on a plane. It turns out it's a unique U.S.-made practice amp for under $50. I had to learn more. The E-3.1 is part of Sonic Pipe's Elbow series of practice amps. If you're thinking the design looks strangely familiar, it might be because it is built from a PVC pipe fitting.

Gear Review: Power Pins Bridge Pins for Acoustic Guitars

Power Pins are new style of bridge pins that boast stability and enhanced tonal characteristics compared to plastic bridge pins. Power Pins actually mount onto the guitar’s bridge by tightening a nut with a supplied allen key. No modifications are needed, and the end result is greater string contact with your acoustic guitar’s bridge.

Book Review: 'Guitar Fingers' by Ashkan Mashhour

It never fails. At every guitar clinic I attend, someone asks the artist, “How many hours a day do you practice?” They ask it as though they’re considering becoming the next Stevie Ray Vaughan — as long as it doesn’t interfere with their Netflix-watching schedule. For everyone else, there’s Guitar Fingers by Ashkan Mashhour.

Gear Review: Bogdanovich Guitars Buzz-Off Fret-Leveling Kit

Guitar builder J.S. Bogdanovich has released Buzz-Off. Besides simply having a great name, the product is an easy-to-use kit that eliminates fret buzz caused by a high fret. Everything is included — tools, sandpaper, steel wool and instructions. If you can use a level and sandpaper (and have some patience), you can do it all yourself.

Gear Review: MC Systems Dynamic Drive, Hybrid Chorus and String Reviver Pedals

V-Switch can boost or cut certain aspects of the effect, depending on how hard you stomp on the pedal. Set your overdrive pedal to a moderate setting when switched on, or stomp harder for more drive. Below the pedal is a trimpot to adjust depending on how light or heavy of a stomper you are.

Review: Three New Hal Leonard Books for the Bassist in All of Us

Chris Kringel pieced together 21 separate lessons into one book that will help define your playing style as a bassist. The book starts off with simple right-hand plucking concepts and ends with complex two-handed tapping techniques.

Gear Review: CJ Guitar Tooling Compensated Telecaster Saddles

CJ Guitar Tooling offers three-saddle sets that are compensated (angled) for better intonation. Each set is hand-made the “old school” way to bridge the gap between vintage tone and modern convenience.