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Gear Review: Dood Guitars Mandy

“Dude, I got a Dood!” Not going to lie, I’m a sucker for a cool name. Dood Craft Guitars isn’t just a name though. Small batches of guitars hand assembled in Chula Vista, California for around $350 by one guy with a motto of “No More Boring Guitars” is also an attention grabber.The Mandy is builder Capt. James Nelson’s most popular creation. The surf-inspired 6-string has some well-thought-out... …

Gear Review: Minarik Guitars Inferno

Even Jimi Hendrix had to dial back his stage presence while backing up Little Richard. However, if you need all eyes on you, I’ve got the answer right here: the Inferno by Minarik Guitars.Sure, it’s the most attention-grabbing, extroverted guitar you’ve ever seen, but there’s a method behind the madness. Each flame is mathematically plotted to boost specific frequencies of the guitar. Along... …

Gear Review: Fret-King Elise GG MKII Guitar

There’s something special about having an acoustic guitar rattle your entire midsection when you strum a chord. Why should we lose that connection when we play an electric guitar?Gibson was the first to offer this two-fer in 1938 with the birth of the ES line. Since then, Gibson and many others have refined the semi-hollowbody electric. Today we're checking out a fine specimen—the Elise GG MKII... …

Gear Review: Moniker Guitars Reedsdale ES Neptune

Like American car companies did 50 years ago, the gang at Moniker Guitars offers a few body designs and lets you tell them how to finish it. Pickups, paint, bridge, tuners, binding and inlay—it's all your call.Can’t decide? While each guitar is a "one of one" creation, there are a few already-assembled guitars and basses available in the company's online shop.That’s where this Reedsdale ES... …

Gear Review: Analog Fox Easy Vibe Pedal

Mike McCready had it. His idol, Stevie Ray Vaughan, had it. Jimi Hendrix had it too.What was it? Well, besides buckets of talent, it was that Uni-Vibe sound! I tried to get it a long time ago—but my wah didn’t do it, and I couldn’t get it on a Boss Chorus pedal. To get the swirling goodness I was after, I needed a Uni-Vibe—or something very much like it.I grew up in the early days of effects... …

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