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THE UK’S #1 FREE MUSICIANS’ MAGAZINE ISSUE 29

FISHMAN FLUENCE

REVOLUTIONARY PICKUPS

2014 UK 3.95

MIDGE URE

BLUG’S AMP1

THE TRAVELLER’S SOLUTION

XVIVE

US DESIGNED EFFECTS

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“Everything I ever wanted in a guitar” TURN TO PAGE 5

ITALIA

RETRO CHIC GUITARS

ODYSSEY

BRASS FOR ALL, FOR ALL OCCASIONS

SUPRO AMPS RETURN OF THE LEGEND

A Fret-King Super-matic self-tuning guitar, Easy Karaoke Professional System & Down N Outz CD’s

FEATURES: JOE BROWN & LAKA, GRAPHTECH GUITAR ACCESSORIES, ANTONI VIOLINS, ENCORE, JOE ELLIOTT, STEVE LEVINE, CYMATIC uTRACK 24, THE BEANO, TMNT AND MUCH MORE... Cover photo: Gary Barlow


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RAYMOND BURLEY SIGNATURE Acoustic magazine

HHHH ‘A professional package at less than professional prices.’ ‘Well constructed based on meticulously considered details with many years of player experience invested in it.’ ‘The first thing that grabbed me about this guitar is how open and mature it sounds for something so new!’

“Beautifully constructed, the quality of the woods used on my signature is superb throughout, as is the finish. The playability, owing to the beautifully crafted neck shape and action, is excellent, as is the balance between the treble and bass. From new, the guitar had a surprising amount of volume and this will no doubt improve further the more the instrument is played. The SM2000RB represents amazing quality for a very modest price tag, which is even more astonishing when one considers the instrument comes with a plush shaped hard case.”

Raymond Burley SM2000RB Raymond also plays the Santos Martinez SM650CEA Concierto Electro Classic.

Principante 1/2

Principante 3/4

Principante 4/4

Estudio

Estuduiante

Preludio

Preludio Electro Classic

Allegro

Conservatorio

Virtuoso Electro Classic

Virtuoso 'Bossa Nova’

Virtuoso

The award-winning, critically-acclaimed Santos Martinez range offers a combination of rich, sweet-toned performance and easy playability. Available for you to try at your local Santos Martinez stockist.

Concierto Electro Classic

Concierto 'Bossa Nova'

Professional pickups and preamps fitted as standard


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CONTENTS Gear Issue 29 FEATURES 5 Midge Ure — the multi-million selling artist tell us about his new Vintage V100MU Signature guitar. 9 Steve Levine — the Grammy Award winning producer shows us round his studio.

I had a discussion recently with a friend who was complaining that music had been destroyed by the proliferation of TV shows like the X Factor and The Voice, and there would never be another real ‘mega’ band with the longevity of say the Stones, Floyd, U2 or The Arctic Monkeys. Whilst I knew where he was coming from, I was reminded of the old story where the composer Brahms was walking along the beach with a friend, who lamented that all the best melodies and intervals had been used so therefore all the best possible music had already been written. Brahms is said to have replied to this by looking out to sea and saying 'Oh, look...here comes the last wave...’

GEAR 27 Blug AMP1— the German connoisseur of tone unveils this must-have item for every gigging guitarist. 57 Supro — a welcome return from over the pond from the classic amp manufacturer. 7 Joe Brown — a true living legend, we look at the new The Joe Brown Signature ukuleles by Laka.

11 Fret-King — three signature models plus the new Exige series join the Fret-King ranks. 58 The Beano — Britain’s best-loved comic now has its own instrument range.

28 Lewitt — we get the best feedback from the many users of the highly respected Austrian microphone manufacturer.

38 Antoni Violins — improved specifications for the best playing experience.

54 Joe Elliott — the Def Leppard frontman tells us all about his side project Down N Outz. 10 British Lion — Fret-King endorser Dave Hawkins on the road with Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris. 43 The Amorettes — forget girl power, these ladies will explode right in your face.

Whilst the big lights and stages of the current plethora of TV talent shows might seem the quickest and easiest way to make it big , any musician from any discipline will tell you that without the hard work and graft of touring, recording, rehearsing, living in vans and bedsits, getting ripped off and underpaid at dank and seedy venues across the world, its impossible to create the conditions where you can truly grow or learn as a musician. In this issue you will see interviews and features with Joe Brown, Joe Elliott, Midge Ure, John Jorgenson, Thomas Blug - artists who will no doubt have many experiences of the above that shaped them into the person they are today. The only restrictions to a person’s creativity is often themselves - the music industry turns like a wheel and the opportunities are always there for any musician or band with the energy, drive and determination succeed - and bands like The Amorettes, Hannah Ricard and The Relatives and The Treatment certainly have that. They may wear their influences on their sleeve, as did The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Oasis, but the music speaks to the audience.

53 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — fresh from their blockbuster release, the heroes in a half shell will rock your world. 16 Italia — new models from this quirky and feature packed guitar brand. 19 Fluence by Fishman — how these revolutionary pickups really will change the game for guitarists.

Remember the record company executive who told Brian Epstein that ‘guitar bands were dead’?

21 Graph Tech — world-class guitar accessories from the Canadian hardware specialists. 15 Xvive — we talk to electronics genius Howard Davis about this superb range of compact fx pedals.

52 Smoke On The Water — we visit perhaps the last place in the UK where ‘that’ riff isn’t banned!

36 Odyssey — some fantastic new additions to this highly regarded Brass Band and Orchestral range.

COMPETITIONS

THROUGHOUT

56 Fret-King Super-matic — Win an amazing self-tuning guitar and a piece of history too.

We’ve got the usual plethora of artist interviews, behind-the-scenes gossip and sneak peeks at some really cool gear. Plus check out the interviews with Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Midge Ure, Grant Nicholas and Steve Levine.

55 Signed CD’s — Courtesy of the guys from Down N Outz.

No. Neither does anyone else. But we’ve all heard of the band he turned down... Gav Coulson Editor

56 Professional Karaoke machine — Sing. Sing a song. Sing out loud... Maybe you will if you win?

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REFRESHED AND RARING TO GO! Vintage’s flair for traditional looks & contemporary styling.

Vintage V130 V130VW - Vintage White £229

Vintage V130 V130CRS - Satin Cherry £229

Vintage V120 V120GHB - Gun Hill Blue £229

Solid mahogany bodies and set necks topped with rosewood fingerboards are combined with the Wilkinson GTB compensating wrap around bridge to form the firm tonal foundations on both models.

The V120 single cut model is available in Two Tone Sunburst or Gun Hill Blue whilst its double-cut cousin the V130 is finished in Satin Cherry or Vintage White.

Vintage V120 V120TB - Two Tone Sunburst £229

With their traditional looks and contemporary stylings the new V120 and V130 guitars from Vintage set the bar for simplistic, yet versatile tone.

The Wilkinson WP100 stacked ceramic pickup responds with superb clarity and sustain, whether it be clean jazz chords or a screaming rock lead solo. Both guitars feature the ingeniously designed offset heel, providing improved access to the ‘dusty end’ of the guitar's upper frets.

VINTAGE ROCK SERIES JERRY’S VISION Sleek & stylish with killer looks! Alongside their fantastic looks the new Vintage ‘Rock Series’ VRS130 and VRS150 guitars exude serious tone and power, with playability to match the needs of the most demanding player.

The challenge was accepted by Trev Wilkinson

All four models have mahogany bodies with maple caps and maple set necks topped with 24 fret rosewood fingerboards. The VRS130, available in Boulevard Black and Gold Top, come as standard with the Wilkinson compensating GTB hardtail bridge that offers superb tonal response with spot on intonation, ideal for down tuned hard edged rock or the most mellow jazz solo.

Vintage ReIssued Jerry Donahue V58JD - Ash Blonde £329

Alternatively, the VRS150 comes in Honey Burst and Tobacco Sunburst finishes that show off the attractive flame maple veneer and are fitted with the Wilkinson WVPC Vibrato system, which combined with high quality Wilkinson designed machineheads offers unparalled usability with awesome, return-to-zero performance.

Vintage VRS150 VRS150TSB - Tobacco Sunburst £349

Vintage VRS130 VRS130BB - Boulevard Black £309

Vintage VRS130 VRS130GT - Gold Top £309

Vintage VRS150 VRS150HB - Honeyburst £349 twitter.com/gearmagazine

For some years, Jerry’s ‘guitar arsenal’ has featured a Trev Wilkinson designed Vintage ICON Series V52, a guitar he, along with a host of other stellar players, rates very highly indeed. Now, using unique Wilkinson single coil pickups custom wound to Jerry's exact recipe and his custom wired five-way switch and circuitry, Trev has created the Vintage ReIssued V58JD an instrument which achieves Jerry’s vision - one single guitar which can emulate a huge number of the most instantly recognisable solid-body and semi-acoustic tones out there.

A pair of Wilkinson double coil pickups give you defined bottom end response, sparkling mids and highs and fantastic sustain, with a simple master volume, master tone and three way switch.

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Jerry Donahue is an outstanding player whose talents have seen him feature with major artists the world over.

Jerry says; “Of all the special guitar projects I’ve ever been involved with in my quest for the perfect guitar, it’s a simple truth to say that with the V58JD Trev Wilkinson and Vintage have created (at a price I just could not have imagined possible) a most amazing guitar, and one which I use on a daily basis! facebook.com/gearmagazine


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VINTAGE - MIDGE URE SIGNATURE Multi-million selling artist, Midge Ure brings his new Vintage signature guitar to the masses. Since we last spoke to him in GEAR 27 when he discussed his love for the Vintage V100MRPGM and V100GT models, Midge has since collaborated with legendary guitar 'guru' and designer Trev Wilkinson to create the V100MU Midge Ure Signature model. "Most of my days are great and some are just incredible." says Trev. "Having Midge Ure drop by my workshop to work on the finer detail of his signature model was a real highlight.”

Vintage ReIssued Midge Ure Signature V100MU - Gold £409

Featuring a solid mahogany body with a carved top, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard which features Vintage's signature drop shoulder and offset heel for easy upper fret access, the V100MU also has twin WP90SK stacked pickups (these have a slightly hotter output, but can also be dialled down to traditional single coil sounds via the ‘roll control’) and a Wilkinson designed GBR roller bridge with its vintage style vibrato and tailpiece providing rock solid tuning and return-to-zero performance every time thanks to the additional E-Z-Lok machine heads. Having toured the US earlier in 2014 with the reformed Ultravox, Midge gave the guitar its maiden voyage which it passed with flying colours. "I've always been really happy with all my Vintage guitars, but the V100MU is everything I want in a guitar” says Midge “the variety of tones from the Wilkinson W90SK pickups combined with the vari-coil enables me to go from single coil to quasi double coil whilst the roller bridge and 'classic' vibrola is something I've never seen before on a contoured topped guitar. It really is a thing of beauty not just to look at but to play." Priced at just £409 the V100MU is available at your local Vintage dealer. Midge will be hitting the road next year performing his 1995 multi platinum Breathe album to celebrate its anniversary. Midge was also invited to perform at the Ryder Cup 2014 opening ceremony at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, where he performed his Ultravox signature hit 'Vienna' with a live orchestral backing. The iconic hit was part of the incredible night which saw golf, music and arts unite to celebrate the global sporting event returning to Scotland for the first time in 40 years. www.midgeure.com www.jhs.co.uk/vintageelectric

“The V100MU is everything I've ever wanted in a guitar, it is a thing of beauty not just to look at but to play."

Photo: Andy Siddens

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PILGRIM MAYFLOWER Paul Tebbutt’s flagship electro acoustic Since its inception in the 1970’s the Pilgrim guitar range with its distinctive contoured fibreglass back has been held in high regard by acoustic players worldwide. Under the careful scrutiny of respected luthier and original designer Paul Tebbut, the range has recently been revived and expanded to include folk instruments such as mandolins, banjos and mandolas, but Paul was keen to revisit the six-string designs that put Pilgrim on the map. The new Pilgrim Mayflower Deluxe is a beautifully crafted instrument that features a solid cedar satin finished top with flamed maple binding and inlaid wood rosette. The 22 fret neck is a five-piece laminate of

CELTIC DAWN Tenor Resonator Banjo As mentioned above the Pilgrim Series also includes banjos, and players everywhere have been impressed with the spec and build quality and playability of the extensive range which includes the Jubilee, Shady Grove, Rocky Mountain and Celtic Dawn models.

mahogany, ebony and maple for optimum stability, matched to a top-quality ebony fingerboard with abalone markers. A bone top nut and ebony bridge combine to provide solid intonation and sustain, whilst gold die-cast tuners are fitted to the beautiful burr-walnut faced headstock for hassle-free tuning. The electronics are top-notch too, thanks to the Fishman Presys + onboard preamp and Sonicore pickup which also features an in-built chromatic tuner, anti-feedback control, three-band eq and phase control button. The Mayflower also comes with an high quality padded Pilgrim carry bag to keep your guitar safe when you are on the move. More info at www.jhs.co.uk/pilgrim

Pilgrim Mayflower Deluxe VPG900N £409

such as an ebony faced headstock with mother of pearl inlays and the cream bound ebony fingerboard with star inlays are the icing on the cake for this fantastic addition to the Pilgrim Folk range. www.jhs.co.uk/ pilgrimbanjos

The Pilgrim VPB070T Celtic Dawn Tenor Resonator Banjo is no exception to this, featuring an impressive spec which includes a maple with rosewood shell, flamed maple neck, bone nut and maple with ebony bridge. A rolled brass tone ring accurately captures those classic tones, amplified by the quality Remo Weatherking Fibreskyn head.

Celtic Dawn Tenor Resonator Banjo VPB070T £519

An adjustable tailpiece and geared ivory buttons ensure spot on intonation and tuning, and some great finishing touches

ROCK THE BOAT London’s Pilgrim Street Guitars The recent City of London Festival held some fantastic exhibitions, including Rock The Boat Street Guitars, an installation of 10 upturned boats within the square mile each equipped with a Pilgrim VPG001N guitar for passers by to rock out on.

Pilgrim Electro Acoustic VPG001TSB Available in sunburst satin £369

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The organisers asked participants to send in pictures of themselves with their best 'rock guitar gurning' face, with one lucky entrant having the chance to win a Pilgrim guitar of their very own. The prize was picked up by young Luke Benton aged 10 (pictured). Diagnosed with alopecia last year, winning the guitar has been a real boost for Luke, and we’d like to pass on our best wishes to him and his family. Rock on dude!

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JOE BROWN The ukulele afficionado puts his name to a pair of Laka ukuleles. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, Joe Brown MBE has been in the music industry for almost six decades and is respected and admired as a 'musicians musician' by a wide variety of artists. As a session player his early career highlights include playing guitar with Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cash and other US stars when they came over to Europe. Joe went on to top the charts with his own records such as ‘Darktown Strutters Ball’ and ‘Wonderful Picture of You’, had The Beatles open shows for him and in a career packed with musical highlights has also presented several national series of the Joe Brown Show on UK TV, two series Rock Show for BBC Radio 2 and still finds time to do around 100 live shows a year in the UK. In the last few years he has regularly sold out almost every venue he plays some two or three nights running. In 2008 he returned to the UK Top 20 with an album which was certified as Gold in March of that year, and has now sold in excess of 120,000 copies in the UK. His 50th Anniversary Concert at The Royal Albert hall, London was a sell out and in 2009 he was awarded the coveted MOJO Music Magazine award for Lifetime achievement. 'The Joe Brown’ Concert and Soprano ukuleles by Laka have been designed in conjunction with the legend himself, well known throughout the industry as a ukulele afficionado, so creating instruments that live up to his exacting standards is no mean feat. However Joe was delighted with the results. "These ukes are fine instruments, with perfect intonation” says Joe, “and I’m happy to lend my name to them." The Concert model (LK-JBC) has a solid mahogany top, with mahogany back and sides, whilst the Soprano (LK- JBS) is all-solid acacia top, back, sides and features maple binding. Both models and feature nato necks, rosewood fingerboards and super-stable Grover machine heads for precise tuning.

The Soprano ukulele is supplied with a deluxe hard case whilst the Concert model comes in attractive hard wearing Laka padded gig bag. By a strange turn of coincidence this isn't Joe's first involvement with John Hornby Skewes & Co Ltd – worldwide trade distributor and owners of the Laka brand – as he was the celebrity asked to cut the ribbon officially opening the old JHS premises in Garforth's Main Street back in 1974!

The Joe Brown Laka Soprano Uke LK-JBS £249 inc. carry case

The Joe Brown Laka Concert Uke LK-JBC £129 inc. carry bag

LAKA - for those just starting out New soprano & concert sized ukuleles. For anyone considering taking up the ukulele, Laka have also just introduced two new Concert and Soprano sized models ideal for the beginner with professional features and yet very wallet friendly price tags. With a solid sapele top and sapele back and sides, the VUS10 is a full bodied soprano ukulele, with a super, strident tone. It’s mahogany headstock features good quality machine heads for accurate tuning.

Meanwhile, whilst also boasting the same quality tonewoods and features as its ‘little brother’, the VUC30 Concert ukulele’s larger body size provides a deeper bass response and more volume. The ukes are fitted with quality Italian Aquila strings which are responsive and long lasting. Naturally finished both come complete with a carry bag.

Laka Concert Uke VUC30 £49.99 inc. carry bag Laka Soprano Uke VUS10 £39.99 inc. carry bag

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HUGHES & KETTNER CELEBRATES ITS 30TH! Stock” EL84 power tubes that were built long before Hughes & Kettner was even born.

Hughes & Kettner TM18H-NOS £559

Manufactured in the legendary Saratov factories, the tubes comply with military-grade specifications for the aircraft industry (which require the highest levels of reliability and the strictest tolerances), and are built to last for a lifetime with a consistent quality and power. They deliver noticeably more output than standard EL84s, which results in more headroom for clean tones and even more punch for overdrive sounds.

Hughes & Kettner TM36H-NOS £899

TubeMeister itself is celebrating its third anniversary of Rocking on Stage, Playing at Home and Recording at Night in 2014, and these new limited edition models – which also come with a black glossy chassis, and proudly show the 30th anniversary logo on the front panel – are sure to become sought after collector’s items.

Never before have NOS Soviet tubes had such a chance to shine... 2014 marks the 30th year of Hughes & Kettner’s quest for the perfect guitar amplifier tone, and the brand is celebrating this landmark by producing a Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Series of its groundbreaking TubeMeister range – with a difference. The amps – which are set to be available as TubeMeister 18 Head and TubeMeister 36 Head models – all feature Soviet “New Old

As well as the NOS tubes, the new models feature everything that has made TubeMeister a global guitar amp sensation: diminutive dimensions, powerful tones from the EL84 and 12AX7 tubes, the industry-standard Red Box DI output for pain-free recording, a flexible Power Soak… and, of course, the ubiquitous blue-lit logo that can now be seen on stages, in studios and in practice rooms across the world. With these limited edition TubeMeisters, never before have NOS Soviet tubes had such a chance to shine: from clean to mean and from a roar to a whisper, shaking the planks on stage, tingling spines in the studio, and raising goose bumps in the still of night.

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THE NEXT BIG HUGHES & KETTNER The TubeMeister TM18 Combo with 12” custom designed speaker.

Hughes & Kettner TM1812C £749

The TubeMeister 18 Twelve sports the same stunning feature set as the head, plus integrated reverb, and a custom designed 12" RockDriver Classic 60 Speaker housed in a dovetailed birch ply, bass reflex cabinet.

Key Features • Three independent channels, each with dedicated Gain and Master • Passive three-band EQs • Built-in Reverb • Serial FX Loop • Two 12AX7 preamp tubes, two EL84 power tubes • Oversized transformers • Maintenance-free TSC power amp featuring auto-biasing and tube rating indicator • 18/5/1/0-Watt switchable Power Soak with silent recording function • Built-in Red Box to provide line signals via XLR (balanced) • 1 x 12” RockDriver Classic 60

Serving up three different sounds at the touch of a footswitch, the soulful TubeMeister 18 Twelve is the go-to guitar amp for gigging musicians. Its four-step power soak brings the sound of the big stage into small clubs and even your own four walls. And courtesy of the built-in Red Box, you can record pro-quality tracks at any time of day or night, and in complete silence if you wish. 8 Gear

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STEVE LEVINE Producer, Songwriter, Broadcaster, Grammy Award Winner...Pioneer.

vocals, the warmth and natural sound of the LCT940 FET condenser and tube microphone has been a real ear-opener, offering lots of sonic possibilities with the FET/tube options and the variable polar patterns and the singers love the way it lights up” he says with a smile.

Redbox MK5 £89.99

Steve has of course a number of amplifiers for the many guitarists who visit the studio and has just taken delivery of the newly reintroduced Supro 1264T DualTone. “This is an ideal amplifier for my studio - its got a beautifully warm valve tone, with enough clean headroom (which is great for using with front-end effects units), which nevertheless breaks up into a creamy overdrive when you crank it up - without rattling the studio to bits.” he continues “plus this has a fantastic built in vintage tremolo which I just love!”

Lewitt LCT 940 £1,469

Xvive Mini DI XV13 £45.99

A multi-award winning producer who has worked with Culture Club, the Honeyz, Gary Moore, America, The Beach Boys and many others, Steve Levine has probably the most respected ‘ears’ in the business. BPI Producer Of The Year, Music Week Top Single Producer and a Grammy are amongst the many accolades Steve has garnered over an illustrious career. Now based in Liverpool with his own studio and record company ’Hubris records’, Steve is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio (winning yet another award for his acclaimed radio series ‘The Record Producers’) as well as working closely with the music production and recording classes at Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). As if thats not enough Steve is also a Director of PRS for music, and member of the MU executive committee, and is also Chairman of the Music Producers Guild. With a schedule like that, we were very lucky to get a chance to visit his recently set up studio, and take a look at some of the gear that Steve uses on a daily basis. “Basically this unit was pretty much as shell when I first got here,” explains Steve “a lot of areas of Liverpool were undergoing regeneration, historically OSB board was used for derelict boarded-up properties but the Baltic creative campus (where I'm based) used OSB as inspiration and regeneration - I decided to use the same boarding for inside the studio , although of course its double skinned with internal soundproofing. I’ve had the ceilings lowered and a suspended floor in the live room. Pretty much its done now with just a couple of minor improvements to be made.” Starting in the live room, Steve took us through a basic mic placement for a kick drum and vocal mic. “I’ve been using the Lewitt DTP640REX kick drum mic and I’ve Supro Dual Tone been delighted with the results. Its unique dual 1624T £899 capsule design allows you to get some fantastic creative sounds that you simply cant get with a standard kick drum mic. We actually used this and the full 7 piece Lewitt kit mic set live at the recent Assembly Point Sessions concert at St Georges Hall with Boy George, Mark King and Natalie McCool and it was fantastic. For studio twitter.com/gearmagazine

Inside the state-of-the-art recording room, a quick investigation reveals an Aladdin’s Cave of vintage and esoteric effects units, synths and modules of all descriptions. “I just love fx pedals and stompboxes” says Steve, “they enable you to get sounds that no amount of modern studio effects processing can achieve.” No wonder then Steve has become a fan of the Xvive pedal range. “These mini pedals are great, but unlike the majority of users I’ve got them to use on my keyboard set ups. The Mini DI provides a fantastic clean boost function, and the cabinet emulation really enhanced the sound of certain bass patches or can send the signal into clipping and also (great for lead) includes a brilliant ground lift essential when working with noisy or vintage keyboards. The Wave Phaser has been a revelation and is ideal for colouring a synth or keyboard line. It's unique feature is the phase cycle can be triggered by the input - so pulsing bass lines for example have a musical phase shift ” He gives us an brief impressive demo of the Wave Phaser on a mono synth tone. Last but not least in this brief look at some of Steve’s favourite toys is the Hughes and Kettner TubeMeister TM5H 5 watt valve head. “Sometimes you just want a great valve amp sound without the hassle of mic placement” explains Steve “as often the band will be listening to a playback and just get an idea for a guitar part. The TM5H’s inbuilt RedBox 5 DI output and power soak is an ideal way of getting a great guitar tone really quickly - and the guitarist can even sit in the control room with me! I also got hold of one of the individual RedBox DI units because they are so versatile great for re ampin' tones or getting isolated guitar parts with full live takes.” Listen out for Steve on BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music, and if you’d like to know any more about him visit his website www.stevelevine.co.uk

Xvive Wave Phaser XW1 £105

TubeMeister Head TM5H £199.99

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FRET-KING OF THE JUNGLE - BRITISH LIONS Dave Hawkins plays Fret-King The first side project for the legendary metal bassist and Iron Maiden founder member Steve Harris, British Lion is five piece outfit whose eponymous debut album was released to great acclaim in 2013, with Kerrang awarding it 4/5 stars and Metal Hammer calling it “a big hearted and ferocious triumph”. Since then the band has travelled around the UK and Europe to packed audiences everywhere, and with this hectic touring schedule guitarist Dave Hawkins was looking for a rock solid guitar that could take anything thrown at it, and yet still looked cool onstage. It was a chance encounter at Lister Guitars in Lowestoft where the owner Pete introduced Dave to the Fret-King guitar range, and in particular the FKV75HBK Black Label Esprit V. “It just felt right straight away” says Dave “and I just knew I had to get my hands on a couple. The humbuckers responded exactly how I wanted them to, and of course the ‘none more black’ finish really works for British Lion” He continues "Straight from the box they were in tune, perfectly set up and ready to rock." says Dave. "Now that speaks volumes!"

Fret-King Black Label Esprit V FKV75HBK £629

Dave onstage with the one and only Steve Harris

Dave, who cites The Edge and Alex Lifeson amongst his influences is a lifelong Iron Maiden fan "Maiden got me into metal and I adore Adrian Smith's playing!" says Dave "Funny how things turn out!" twitter.com/gearmagazine 68 Gear

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So whats next for Dave and British Lion? "We received such a great reaction to the first album and tours I'm sure there will be plenty more for fans to look forward to, at the moment that's all I can say but we're all very excited for the future" British Lion's Debut album is available on Parlophone records. www.steveharrisbritishlion.com www.facebook/steveharrisbritishlion

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DANELECTRO ‘NOS’

The complete performance solution for the acoustic musician.

They found the old pickups! A stalwart of the Danelectro range since the1950’s the iconic DC59M is back, in nifty new finishes, a modern (hence the M suffix) tuneable, die cast bridge for improved intonation, and the classic dual Lipstick pickups - but with a twist! The manufacturers found a stash of the Lipstick pickups misplaced 15 years ago… and after evaluation realised they had even more twang and classic bite - whether this because of the aged magnets, or materials no-one is sure, but demand is high for this limited run of one of the worlds most recognisable guitars get ready to snag yourself a piece of history! www.jhs.co.uk/danelectroguitars Danelectro DC59M £449 Available in Baby Blue, Right On Red, Go Go Blue, Orange-Adelic, Back To Black and Outa-Sight White

Fishman ToneDeq PRO-DEQ-AFX £359

Those clever boffins at Fishman have done it again! The brand new ToneDEQ AFX is a superb sounding acoustic pre-amp with fantastic inbuilt FX (mixed in parallel so they don’t affect your instruments inherent tone) a 3dB foot-switchable boost (ideal for solos), compressor, three band eq and three position lo cut switch. Choose from two reverbs or two delays, you can also add one of two chorus settings, flanger or tremolo. The compressor allows you to tame some of those unwanted peaks and a green LED indicates when compression is occuring. A standard jack output allows you to connect to your onstage backline or monitoring, and you can DI out straight to a mixing desk via the XLR output, which also has pre/post switching so you can control what gets sent to the desk. www.fishman.com 10 Gear

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THE NEXT GENERATION OF FRET-KINGS MEET THE BLACK LABEL EXIGES, PARKER LUNDGREN, JOHN ETHERIDGE & THE SEYMOUR DUNCAN EQUIPPED JD. Guaranteed to stand out on the largest of stages the new FKV95 Exige has a unique offset body, asymmetric horns and its sloping heel provides supreme upper fret access. Tonally, the Exige lets you move seamlessly from single coil to double coil settings thanks to Fret-King’s unique Vari-coil. Screaming metal tones? Mellow jazz chords? Subtle blues? Country twang? The Exige really can do it all, a future classic built on solid rock foundations.

Fret-King Exige FKV95AM Natural Amber £729 inc. Fret-King luxury carry bag

Fret-King Exige FKV95CR Cherry Red £729 inc. Fret-King luxury carry bag

tuned chambers, a full length centre block and a double carved solid maple cap to create a vibrant semi-acoustic body. The ebony fingerboard with 45mm nut width provides a supremely positive playing feel, whilst the elegant retro-styled ebony tailpiece with stagger drilled through body stringing further enhances the Elise’s inherent tonality. “What I love about the Elise JE is that not only can you get all those classic semi-acoustic tones,” says John, “but with a simple turn of a dial I can get Nashville twang and single-coil sparkle... it’s like taking four guitars to every gig. Playability wise, this is possibly the most comfortable guitar I’ve ever played.”

“One badass axe!” Parker Lundgren

Finally, the FKV25JDD brings together three giants of the guitar world. Jerry Donahue, already well known for his collaborations with Fret-King has come together with Trev Wilkinson and legendary pickup designer Seymour Duncan to produce a guitar that can go from soaring Fret-King PL blues tones, rich dark midnite Parker jazz tones, ‘woman-tone’, the Lundgren elusive ‘in-between quackFKV93PL Black tone’ and country twang In £799 just the flick of a switch, it's all inc. Fret-King there in spades, thanks to luxury carry bag the signature APTL-3JD pickup. “Working together with Jerry and my Chief Engineer, Kevin Beller, we created a dual pickup circuit that allows the FKV25JDD to capture the classic tones of the two most famous, vintage, single coil guitars in one.” say Seymour Duncan.

Designed in conjunction with Queensryche’s Parker Lundgren, the FKV93PL Exige provides all the versatility needed for playing in one of the worlds biggest metal bands. Three custom double coil HHB 3’s designed by Trev Wilkinson especially for the Exige 'PL' can produce a huge palette of voices via a standard three way toggle switch and Vari-coil which progressively rolls whichever of the pickups is in use, from double coil to single coil, with the ergonomic control layout rounded off by a separate volume control for just the middle pickup.

Fret-King JJD Jerry Donahue FKV25JJD Natural £899 inc. Fret-King luxury carry bag

“Of all the special guitar projects I’ve ever been involved with in my quest for the perfect guitar, the Fret King JDD beats them all – at any price, it’s the best, and the most affordable.” Jerry Donahue

"I used to tour with 3 or 4 guitars, but now I only tour with one because my Exige ‘PL' has the versatility to give me all of the guitar tones that I need.” says Parker. “It combines all of my favourite guitar qualities into one badass axe!” A special, one-off twin neck 12 and 6 string version has also been produced for Parker and features heavily in the Queensryche set. One of the worlds most respected jazz/rock supremos, John Etheridge has worked with the likes of Stephane Grappelli, John Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Yehudi Menhuin, Nigel Kennedy and of course legendary jazz/rock fusion group The Soft Machine, so its no surprise that John needs a guitar that can offer a wide variety of tones and a huge range of styles

Fret-King JE John Etheridge FKV3JE Honey £949

Carved from a solid mahogany blank, the Elise ‘JE’ body features acoustically

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WHO’S USING FRET-KING NOW? Why more artists are choosing versatile Fret-Kings for stage & studio. Adam Ward is a young session guitarist currently playing with rapper Savvy in The Savoir~Faire, a ten piece Hip-Hop outfit who take influences from a wide variety of genres. The Savoir ~Faire are signed to Saving Grace Music and have collaborated with artists such as Bloc Party and Athlete.

Los Angeles, Hollywood and Santa Barbara California. He has also been involved in several tours in both Northern California and England, as well as having had the unique experience of gigging on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood during it's most notorious period of time during the 1980's and early 90's. "Having the choice of both split and single coil pickups is a big plus as I enjoyed mixing both to deliver a bone crushing low end live” says Jnes “visually the instrument couldn't look any more appealing, it has an Fret-King Black Label Perception Bass FKV4OCB £649

Fret-King Black Label Country Squire ‘JD’ FKJDOCB £649

Adam has recently been using the Fret-King Black Label FKBK JD Jerry Donahue model “My Black Label ‘JD’ is one of the most versatile guitars I have ever played. Its tone is second to none, allowing me to play a huge variety of genres and delivers professional sounding results.” Check out Adam at his website www.adamwardmusic.com/ind ex.html Starting at the age of 17, Jnes spent his early years playing in various metal and rock acts in

honest, authentic rock look, feel and sound, with a unique headstock that is neither pretentious or contrived. My Fret King Black Label Perception bass delivers the goods." Jeff Brown, former bassist and singer in Andy Scott’s Sweet has also toured or recorded with Ian Gillan, and side projects for members of Uriah Heep, Smokie and Status Quo.

In an illustrious career encompassing a wide and varied crosssection of the music industry including production, composition, electronic research and development, lectures, teaching, and of course, a legendary contribution to popular guitar performance and recording, Elliott Randall has also entered the rock history annals with his guitar solos on Steely Dan's "Reelin' In The Years" and "Fame" (the motion picture). Having recorded and performed with artists as diverse as The Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon, The Blues Brothers, Carl Wilson, Peter Frampton, James Galway, Richie Havens, The Rochester Philharmonic and The American Symphony Orchestra, among many others, he is a favourite of esteemed Fret-King Black Label songwriters such as Jimmy Elise Webb, George David FKV3HTSB Weiss, Don Covay and £799 Laura Nyro. Other credits include: music consultant for NBC Saturday Night Live and Oliver Stone, and projects with producers Jerry Wexler, Joel Dorn, David Kershenbaum, Steve Lillywhite, Eddie Kramer, Bob Crewe, and Gary Katz. Elliott has also played, 12 Gear

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Fret-King Black Label Perception FKV4BK £649

Currently touring with 60’s legends The Tremeloes, Jeff recently got himself a couple of Fret-King Black Label bass guitars. “I am enjoying both Esprit and Perception basses, they really are probably the best sounding and feeling bass I ever played - and I've played a few!” Steve Etherington is a session multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and arranger who has worked with Shane McGowan, Glen Matlock, The Sisters of Mercy and CNC Music Factory amongst many others, in the studio and live from small clubs, West End theatres, festivals and even the Albert Hall.

“My most used lead guitar is my Fret-King Black Label FKV3GG ‘Gordon Giltrap’ Elise Signature model which does the job no matter what” says Steve. “It is beautifully made, has rock solid tuning and is an extremely versatile axe. So far this year my Fret-King guitars have been used at the Isle of Wight Festival, Langen in Germany and at the Olympia in Paris.” He has also taken delivery of a Fret-King Black Label Perception Bass guitar for his numerous recording projects and sessions. A member of the Grand Order of Water Rats, an organisation of people from the showbiz world who come together to raise money for charity, Steve has also dabbled in acting, and is a strong singer and vocal coach. Black Label Elise GG FKV3GG £899

A first-choice musician and MD for many international acts and bands, Steve also runs his busy ‘Landmark Recording’ studio, which has a long client waiting list, so its no wonder that Steve demands and depends on the best equipment for every situation.

produced and composed a myriad of jingles for tv, radio and cinema commercials, with clients including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Miller Beer, Budweiser, Cadillac, Ford, McDonalds, Burger King, Nabisco, Proctor & Gamble, MTV, ESPN, CBS, ABC, BBC-TV and countless others. With the advent of midi in the early 80s, Elliott also worked as independent consultant for a wide range of companies, in the areas of musical instrument and amplifier development, recording & sampling technology, software design, and education. It can be safely said that he knows a thing or two about what makes a great guitar, and so when he decided to try out the Fret-King Black Label Elise he had no hesitation in giving it the thumbs-up. "I am totally delighted with this instrument," says Elliott, "It looks, feels and sounds great. The Vari-coil provides a wide range of variations on a tonal theme." In fact so delighted with his new guitar Elliott also got himself a Country Squire Semitone Special in Ash Green. “I was looking for something that could give me that classic ‘twang,’" he said “and this Semitone Special is it! It plays beautifully - right out of the box; and did I mention that it looks gorgeous?” Elliott’s current projects include recording & production, lectures, and consultancy on multimedia content. He continues to rack up air miles, recording and playing out with his London-based "Posse" and his NYC-based "Randall's Rangers". facebook.com/gearmagazine


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Brad Gills Night Ranger John Verity

Glenn DeLaune

Roy Fulton

Thomas Blug

Steve Levine

James Bell

Jamie Mallender

Jerry Donahue

XVIVE - The new pedal sensation Taking the world by storm, Xvive’s US designer puts his years of mojo into a rapidly expanding range of competitively priced pedals. High on the list of things that all guitarists obsess about are tone and portability. Now thanks to those very clever people at Xvive, you can cut down on your onstage clutter without compromising your tone. Xvive pedals are designed by one of the most respected electronics engineers in the industry. Howard Davis was something of a child prodigy, repairing his neighbours TV sets and radios at the incredibly tender age of 10, and went on to work alongside some of the biggest names in the business creating classic FX units that are sought after around the world. After accepting an offer to become chief designer for Xvive, Howard has brought his considerable talents and experience to bear on these great new stateof-the-art analog pedals. So what does Howard think that Xvive bring to the party for guitarists? “Mine is the designer's opinion; what counts most are the opinions of the musicians that buy and use these pedals”. Howard continues “I'd say the best thing is the small size of the mini line units, enabling many of them to be assembled on a pedalboard without excessive weight. All are designed with total (true) or buffered bypass and the high input impedance and headroom optimum for use with hot pickups.” www.xviveaudio.com

Certainly musicians are falling in love with the Xvive range, with top players like Berit Hagen (pictured - AKA The Commander In Chief), John Verity, Jerry Donahue and Thomas Blug all more than happy to associate their considerable pedigrees Xvive Mini Pedal Board with the brand. But for those XVF1 (excludes pedals) £39.99 new to the world of pedals, just trying and choosing your first fx unit can be a daunting prospect. What suggestions does Howard have for the guitarist new to pedals? “Try it before you buy it” he says. “If possible, try it with your own guitar and amp, testing only one pedal at a time” Obviously Howard is proud of all his creations but does he have any particular favourites? And is there anything super cool in the pipeline he can tell us about? “I’m particulary happy with the Xvive Professional Line, which now consists of the Wave Phaser and Wave Overdrive-Fuzz. Coming in 2015 is the Memory Analog Delay, which is a state-ofthe-art pedal based on a classic I designed in the late 1970s. I can see that being their best seller for a long time to come.” So get out there and check out the super cool Xvive range including the Maxverb - the first in the line of Xvive digital pedals. If you’d like to know more about the genius that is Howard Davis you can go to his website www.howardmickdavis.com www.jhs.co.uk/xvive

Classic Rock XV1 £46.99

Distortion XV2 £46.99

Metal XV3 £46.99

Fuzz Screamer XV4 £46.99

Delay XV5 £52.99

Phaser King XV6 £46.99

Tube Drive XV7 £46.99

Amp Litone XV10 £49.99

Noise Gate XV11 £49.99

Aby Mini XV12 £45.99

Minni DI XV13 £45.99

Tone Shaper XV15 £47.99

Pedal Tuner XPT03 £32.99

Wave Phaser XW1 £105

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Chorus Vibrato XV8 £49.99

Overdrive XW2 £105

MaxVerb (Digital) XD1 £59.99

Lemon Squeezer XV9 £49.99

XW pedals are larger than Xvive mini pedals

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ethos, the Mondial Deluxe features the best possible woods and hardware,an Italia piezo bridge controlled by a three band EQ which combines with Wilkinson double-coil pickups. An equally versatile bass version is also available. A resonator like no other the Mondial Sonoro provides superb tonal response, thanks to its biscuit bridge with piezo pickup, which can be mixed perfectly with the creamy Wilkinson doublecoil to create an almost endless palette of tones. The Modulo Standard’s off the wall scratch plate is loaded with two Wilkinson single coils and s soap bar bridge pickup, fixed to an alder body topped by a mother of pearloid sheet. The one piece maple neck and fingerboard combined with the rock solid Wilkinson vibrato system gives a traditional vintage twist to this fantastic design. A bass version is available in two beautiful finishes, with a meaty Wilkinson WJM pickup that can glide from double to single coil tones. Surprisingly light to play, but delivering that all-important punch, the Rimini Twin's impressive looks are combined with superb construction, second-to-none performance and ease of tuning. Available in three finishes, this 6 and 12 string doubleneck looks as good as it sounds. The Imola GP Bass comes with two Italia active doublecoil pickups and eq system, all housed in an alder chambered body with a set maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Wilkinson mini-doublecoil pickups give the Modena Classic’s a huge range of tones, combined with a stylish old-school vibrato system all mounted to an alder body with pearloid back, whilst the Modena Semitone twin doublecoil design is complemented with a fixed Wilkinson bridge for rock solid tuning and iconic tones. Finally the Modena Sitar’s unique bridge design and resonating overtone strings can add a whole new dimension to your playing. Maranello Classic 15th Anniversary £789

ITALIA CHIC - modern retro? Stunning design & impeccable playability. Bold, sparkly and incredibly stylish, the Italia range combines a 60’s psychedelic flavour with the sound and playability demanded by the modern day musician. Bursting with features the new Italia models offer players of all styles and genres something different from the run of the mill guitars.

reproduced in the Italia Maranello ’61. Combining old-school looks with 21st century playability, its compact, lightweight double cutaway body belies the truly heavyweight tones it is capable of producing.

The Maranello Z Bass is the answer to every acoustic bassist’s prayers - a Piezo bridge pickup giving you all the sonic warmth of a double bass, all the way through to amazing highs for funk and slap.

With stylish sci-fi looks the Italia Maranello Speedster XF and XR boast a korina body and set maple neck topped with synthetic urethane. Two specially designed Italia active double coil pickups provide incredible sustain with superb response and tone via its traditional 3 way switch and single volume/tone controls.

The timeless, iconic hollowbody is beautifully

The epitome of Italia’s ‘Modern Retro’

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A study in attention to detail when combining the best of yesteryear with the demands of today the Fiorano boasts Wilkinson designed ‘dogear’ pickups, iconic Bigsby vibrato, locking machine heads, semi-hollow mahogany body with a spruce top. Combining two single-coil ‘lipstick’ pickups with a piezo for an endless variety of electric, acoustic and semi-acoustic tones via its two master volumes and three band EQ, the Muira looks awesome, plays awesome, and sounds awesome. Last but by no means least - big-bodied with a slimline profile, and loaded with Wilkinson WVC double coil pickups, the Torino 15th Anniversary is a classy, versatile monster of tone with stunning looks that stand out on any stage. Check out the extensive Italia range of instruments at your local stockist, or for further details visit the website. www.jhs.co.uk/italia

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Fiorano Standard £849

Maranello ‘61 £749

Imola GP Bass £879 Maranello Z Bass £729

Mondial Sonoro £849 Muira £949

Mondial Deluxe £749

Maranello Speedster XF £1,099

Modulo Standard £689 Torino 15th Anniversary £929

Modulo Std Bass £729

Modena Sitar £729

Fiorano Std £899

Rimini Twin £1,299

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HK AUDIO NANO 600 The entertainer’s best friend. Hot on the heels of its little brother (the fantastically successful NANO 300) the HK Audio LUCAS NANO 600 offers the same ultra-compact design and incredible sound reproduction with increased headroom and performance for those bigger venues. The world's first crossover PA, LUCAS NANO 600 may be deployed either as a space-saving mono column or as a stereo system with remarkably detailed spatial resolution. In addition, two LUCAS NANO 600s can be paired to create a more powerful PA. This flexibility makes LUCAS NANO 600 a superior alternative to conventional full range cabinets and columnar speaker systems for many applications. Packed with breakthrough technologies, this PA delivers peerless audio performance you won't find in any other system as small as this.

Stereo stands AP-STEREO £119 Single stand AP-MONO £74.99

LUCAS NANO 600 offers everything musicians and DJs need to get the audience's groove on, serving up crystal-clear sound and slamming beats for up to 200 people. The 10 inch Subwoofer is capable of 300 watts via the internal amplifier, with the two, highly compact mid/high satellites handling 80 watts each at 8 ohms. A comprehensive in-built mixer section provides inputs for a variety of uses such vocals, guitar, keyboards, DJ or alternatively connect a mixing desk for even more applications. A dedicated CD and MP3 player inputs are ideal for background music. The system can be set up a number of different ways, with the satellite speakers either attached directly to the Subwoofer, or in mono or stereo columns with the optional AP-STEREO and AP-MONO add-on packs. Finally the RB-NANO600 Roller Bag (£89.99) provides an easy way of transporting your system easily and safely.

Lucas Nano 600 LUCAS NANO6 £999

Facts & Features • Versatile: Configures as a mono PA, a 2.1 setup or a double stereo set with twin satellites • Two satellites with a 4.5' woofer and 1' tweeter • 10 Inch Subwoofer • 5 Inputs, 3-Channel-Mixer, Mic In 1 with Phantom Power • 460 W power amp • 130 dB max. SPL • First of its kind worldwide: MultiCell Transformer for optimum dispersion • Low-resonance bass enclosure for remarkable low-end performance • Satellite transport bay inside the subwoofer enclosure • Weighs just 16.3 kg

Get down to your local HK Audio Dealer and check it out. www.hkaudio.com

PULSAR - Enhance your quality of LIVE sound HK Audio pushed the boundaries of physics to produce the Pulsar range. HK Audio's PULSAR range of active speaker enclosures certainly tick all the right boxes for the discerning musicians, bands or DJ's who need plenty of headroom, remarkable low and hi-end definition and the renowned HK Audio portability. The mid/high units (available with either 10, 12 and 15" speakers) feature three outputs for utmost flexibility with System & Monitor/ Standalone and Flat/Contour switches to voice the system to suit the room's given acoustics and application. The PL118FA Sub unit gives you all the bottom end you can handle for kicking bass and well-defined lows. Manufactured at HK AUDIO’s St. Wendel plant, these PA cabinets feature select wood chosen for its superior acoustic properties. What’s inside is no less impressive – a sophisticated integrated digital controller and power circuitry with remarkable headroom. This combination packs a mighty sonic punch with perfectly balanced, rich and transparent sound at any volume. It has never been so easy to enjoy professional audio performance!

Pulsar Cabinets PL110FA 1 x10” £699 • PL112FA 1 x 12” £729 • PL115FA 1 x 15” £829 • PL118FA 1 x 18” £929

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Fluence by Fishman Multi-voice single width pickups for electric guitars.

Every so often, something comes along that literally re-defines the way things are done. When it comes to electric guitars, that ‘something’ is Fishman Fluence Multi-Voice pickups for electric guitar.

Later this year, two sets of double width pickups will also be available, featuring classic P.A.F and high-energy modern pickup tones.

Larry Fishman and his team, have a full pedigree when it comes to re-imagining how to improve things for musicians, and this latest achievement is garnering praise from all over the globe.

For now though, if you’re searching for the ideal versions of those single classic tones… without the baggage, then you owe it to yourself to check out Fishman Fluence Single Width Multi-Voice pickups for electric guitars.

Fishman Fluence Single Width pickups are a direct replacement for the pickups found in any guitar with standard single coil pickups.

Available in singles or as a set with all appropriate hardware and components included.

Reimagined without wire coils, Fluence pickups allow players to un-wind from the noise, hum, and inductance issues that plague other pickup designs. That’s it! No more 60 cycle hum! No more having to mark crosses on the stage where you can stand without interference, but more importantly...

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Tone. Fluence delivers the most sought after single coil tones from vintage sweetness to overwound punch, and the tone is consistently accurate. Like all Fluence pickups, the Single Width is Multi-Voice. That means it has two distinct, selectable voices onboard. Voice #1 is a great vintage tone, sweet and clear. While voice #2 is more of an overwound “Texas” tone – hot and muscular. The sounds are accessed via a pushpull switch on the 2nd tone pot (included in the set).

Fluence individual single width pickups Black or white £115

Offering 200+ hours of playing time on a single charge of the optional USB battery pack (fully charging in 2 hours), there are no screws to remove, no pickguard alterations or other ‘finicky’ bits to do. Just plug in a standard USB charger, and another 200 hrs playing time is on tap. Fluence Single Width pickups can also be powered by a standard 9V battery.

Fluence set of 3 single width pickups Black or white £235 Fluence rechargeable battery pack £109

This is real physics. Fully analog in design, Fluence does not rely on modelling, mathematical sculpting or other digital processing. They are real pick-ups that respond just as well as your old classics do to your amplifiers and guitar, but without the usual hum or cable capacitance problems that have in the past, been ignored and overlooked as necessary evils. twitter.com/gearmagazine

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JHS Luthier Supplies... ACOUSTIC AMPLIFICATION

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GRAPH TECH - The world’s leading accessories For guitarists, guitar techs, luthiers and repairers. • Increase harmonic content up to 200% over bone • Superior string vibration transfer • No dead spots unlike bone/ivory • Easy to work with - sand/shape

Graph Tech Guitar Labs based in Canada are renowned around the world for producing some of the industries most innovative and reliable nuts, saddles, bridge pins, bridges and pickup systems and are used on some of the biggest names in the guitar world. Through patented methods and proprietary techniques, Graph Tech has designed specific tone and performance enhancements that were once impossible to achieve.

• All the benefits of TUSQ and impregnated with PTFE to provide permanent lubrication • Eliminates string binding at the nut • TUSQ XL - Vintage white colour nuts& saddles • Black TUSQ XL - Black colour nuts & saddles

Almost three decades ago, Graph Tech's President Dave Dunwoodie was spurred on to start the company "on his kitchen table" after a bad experience with his guitars vibrato system at a gig. During a guitar solo, he was immediately introduced to the problem of string binding on traditional guitar nuts. "I went to do my first "wang" and went totally out of tune" Dave said. "I couldn't use the guitar for stage work at all!"

Dave began experimenting with a variety of composite guitar nuts designed to eliminate string binding. He engineered the world's first self-lubricating nut in 1983, a formula 500% more slippery than graphite. Almost thirty years later Graph Tech has created some of the worlds most recognised products and brands in the music industry such as String Saver Saddles the first saddle to drastically reduce string breakage in 1990, TUSQ man-made Ivory in 1992, and the first plug and play, modular acoustic/midi pickup system, the Ghost in 2003. The result is an outstanding reputation for quality and rapid acceptance by guitar players. Dave's commitment has never waned: "I envisioned a people-and service-orientated company that can turn on a dime and respond to our customers' needs. Week after week, customers write us unsolicited letters and emails letting us know these are the first products that they've ever bought that actually do what they promise to do. Imagine that!" Other brands from the Graph Tech stable include Nubone precision engineered nuts and saddles, ResoMax harmonic bridge system, Ghost modular pickup systems, Chops PrePlay professional hand care, TUSQ picks and the new innovative Ratio tuned machine heads. Ratio machine heads have tuned gear ratios to each string position so that every string responds the same to any tuning adjustment. You get fine tuning on the thicker core strings and coarser tuning on the thinner core; anywhere from 12:1 to 39:1 gear ratio. One turn is about one tone change on all strings, making tuning, retuning and open tunings easier, quicker and more intuitive.

• New class of picks with built in harmonics • White = bright, Vintage = warm, Grey = Deep • Available in three tones, three shapes, three gauges • High thickness to stiffness ratio - thin yet stiff.

• XB formulated for low end bass harmonics • Ideal for ukuleles/guitars with laminated tops/back sides that need more bass response

• Environmentally friendly uses recycled materials • Derivative of TUSQ material • Available in Luthier packs

• Authentic, studio quality acoustic guitar tone for electrics • No piezo ‘quack’ • Incredibly durable piezo saddle • Individually calibrated for even string to string output • Easy install with plug & play pre-amps & accessories • Auto-lock feature magnetically locks the bridge & tailpiece with or without strings installed • Proprietary ResoMax alloy is extremely light weight with high tensile strength • Incredibly rich harmonics • Triple plated

• Permanently lubricated to dramatically reduce string breakage • Increased tuning stability, harmonic content & sustain

Developed with intense testing and engineering Graph Tech products have tone, performance, respect to tradition and quality built-in. If you are a guitar tech, guitar maker, repairer or a player that needs to upgrade or replace your instruments parts and haven’t already switched to Graph Tech, then now is the time. • Use 30 seconds before performing • pH balances your hands to protect strings and hardware • All natural formula which is fast absorbing & non-greasy

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KINSMAN MUSICAL ACCESSORIES Useful gadgets for guitarists The folks at Kinsman are always striving to bring guitarists new and novel ideas for accessories to make musicians lives simpler.

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Ever got to a gig, set your amp up, plugged your effects and guitar in, then realised you’ve left your plectrums on the sideboard at home? (yeah, almost every single gig Ed) Then it’s time to invest in the Kinsman KAC505 Plectrum Cutter for your guitar case or bag. The KAC505 will punch out a standard shaped and sized plectrum in any suitable material, beermat, plastic carton, your partner’s credit card etc. and you are once again ready to rock. Using your smart phone as a practice amp is all the rage at the moment, and there are many apps available that allow you to access effects and different amp tones.

Kinsman Plectrum Cutter KAC505 £19.99

Kinsman Mini Amp KAC705 £24.99

has built in overdrive, controllable via the gain control. Finally, a handy clip allows you to attach it to you belt or guitar strap to keep it safe. Patch cables may not be the most exciting of guitar accessories, but the new PC20 Patch Cable Jar from Kinsman provides an attractive way to display those all-important guitar pedal connectors. Not so much of an impulse buy but more of a necessity, (and at just £4.99 each an affordable one) these 0.3m long Extra Vintage Tone cables feature heavy braided copper screening and hard wearing angle jack plugs with gold tips for the best possible signal transfer.

The new Kinsman KAC705 Mini Guitar Amplifier serves as a mini audio card which can connect to all the most popular Apple® or Windows®/Android® (via optional adaptor) devices. With a standard guitar input and mini jack out, the KAC705 can also be used as a standalone headphone practice amp with its dedicated volume and tone controls and also

Kinsman Patch Cable PC20 £4.99 (each cable)

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Capture the true grit.

Acoustic guitars never sounded so good!

Kyser are back with an awesome new colour for their winning Quick Change Acoustic guitar capos – Everyone from Willie Nelson to Axl Rose to Tupac Shakur has worn them. Now, guitar necks all over the world can capture that true grit with the Kyser® Red Bandana Quick-Change. As usual for Kyser products, they're made of strong, light-weight aluminium. The spring-tensioned capo clamps firmly to Kyser Acoustic guitar your acoustic to hold intonation, but is quick change capo quickly and easily released and Red Bandana KG6RB repositioned without disturbing £19.99 the tuning – just what you need from a capo. Simple and ergonomic, you can operate them comfortably with just one hand. Best of all, the durable pads are soft and strong so they won't mark or react with guitar finishes.

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Fishman Neo Buster PRO-NEO-FB1 £84.99

The Neo-Buster from Fishman combines our popular Neo-D Single Coil pickup with a feedback -fighting soundhole cover to give you great sounding acoustic tone, even in your loudest performances. This single coil magnetic soundhole pickup shares the same neodymium magnet structure as the award winning Rare Earth® pickup for exceptional string balance and sparkling acoustic clarity. It’s low-profile, high impedance design needs no battery. When you need to play in high-volume situations, the integrated soundhole cover reduces the build-up of energy inside the soundhole that often leads to uncontrollable howling. Made of a flexible elastomer, it requires no tools for installation and will not react with most finishes. www.fishman.com

INSTRUMENT CARE Kyser Handles It. Also from the good people at Kyser you can keep your guitar in tip-top condition with the Lemon Oil, String Cleaner and Wood Polish sprays. Use the lemon oil to clean your instruments fretboard and prevent it from drying out, whilst the wood polish is a carefully prepared solution to protect your guitars finish and make it shine. Finally prolong string life and tone by applying the Kyser string cleaning fluid after each performance. 22 Gear

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Kyser ‘Lem Oil’ KDS800 - £4.99 each Kyser Best Guitar Polish KDS500 - £4.99 each Kyser String Cleaning KDS100 - £4.99 each Kyser KCPK1 £19.99

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NEXT GENERATION PICKS & STRINGS More great accessories from Dunlop USA Dunlop Primetone Semi-Round w/grip £7.99 (Pack of 3)

Dunlop Primetone Semi-Round £7.99 (Pack of 3)

Dunlop Primetone Standard with grip £7.99 (Pack of 3)

Dunlop Primetone Standard £7.99 (Pack of 3)

Every guitarist is searching for that Holy Grail of tone, but sometimes it can be the most simple thing that will make all the difference... As anyone who has ever suffered from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) knows, we are happy to change our guitars, amplifiers, pickups and pedals quicker than our jeans, convincing ourselves that the next purchase is the ‘One’ (Yeah, heard that a few times - Ed’s wife) and yet we rarely stop to think about that small piece of plastic (delrin, nylon, tortex, whatever) that ultimately is the first connection between ourselves and our music.... Dunlop are the world’s premier manufacturers of plectra and they continue to push the boundaries of plectrum design, offering a truly huge range of styles, weights and materials. Recently added to the Dunlop catalogue is the new Primetone Sculptured Plectra range. Made from super-durable Ultex that also brings out the clarity and brightness of your instument, these plectrums feature hand-burnished sculptured edges for fast, articulate runs and effortless strumming and come in three distinct shapes – standard, triangle or semi-round - with either a low-profile grip or a traditional smooth surface. One of Dunlop’s most popular pick offerings is without a doubt the Jazz III series. Beloved by some of the worlds most well known and stunning players, Jazz III series plectrums are used by metal, fusion, country and of course jazz players, and they have expanded this range with some cool new designs and materials.

Dunlop Primetone Triangle with grip £7.99 (Pack of 3)

The Ultex Jazz III XL combines the large standard sized pick with the precise sharp tip of the Jazz II series and the superior control, speed and definiton of Ultex, whilst the Tortex Jazz III XL joins the party in a cool blue Tortex finish. The Tortex Jazz III White offer the standard sized Jazz III shape, with the bright familiar tone of Tortex and its snappy, agressive attack.

Dunlop Primetone Triangle £7.99 (Pack of 3)

So the next time you get the GAS, why not pick a new pick instead? It might save you a bundle (and an earful..sorry dear...Ed)

Tortex Jazz III White £0.75 each

Tortex Jaxx III XL £0.75 each

Ultex Jazz III XL Players Pack £0.63 each

Fresh from Dunlop’s purpose built string manufacturing complex in Benicia, California, come the new Superbright Bass String Series. If you want to stand out in the mix with a crisp top end without sacrficing your fundamental, these strings deliver clear, defined highs supported by a fat balanced bottom end that keeps your sound round and full. Lighter tension provides superior response to your playing, and the silky smooth feel of each string provides superior comfort.

All Dunlop Super Bright bass strings are available in Steel and Nickel.

Available in 4 and 5 string Stainless Steel and Nickel-Plated sets, Dunlop Super Brights will bring your sound to the front every time. Popularised by by both metal and fusion guitarists, ‘extended range’ guitars have really caught on in recent years, and so Dunlop have developed new nickel wound sets, specifically for the discerning 7 or 8 string player. Primetone Pick Display Cabinet Pick out your favourite Primetone at your local music store

With optimum tonal and tactile balance, each string has been carefully chosen for clarity, definition and tension and like all Dunlop strings have been crafted with innovative formulas and wrapping techinques so they break in fast, tune up quickly and hold their sweet spot for a long time

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THUNDER PLUGS

KINSMAN STANDS

Discreet noise reducing ear plugs.

New ‘standard’ series.

Musicians rely on having excellent hearing more than anyone. We are constantly exposed to noisy environments as a matter of course (we are often the ones creating them - Ed) yet very few of us take proper care of our ears.

Kinsman stands are staples of many a musicians’ accessories, and the new Standard Series is sure to win even more fans.

Thunder Plugs are an excellent answer to this age-old problem. Designed to fit comfortably in your ears, the patented Thunder Plugs design filters the sound, ensuring you still hear the music properly whilst protecting your hearing against damage from high decibel sound levels.

The new range includes the easy-adjustment Low-Level Keyboard stand, ‘A’ Frame and Traditional Guitar Stands (suitable for electric, acoustic or bass), an adjustable Mic Boom Stand, sheet Music Stand, and the heavy duty Conductors Stand. With something for nearly everyone, these wallet-friendly stands are robust and hard wearing, suitable for stage, school, home or studio.

With a handy pull tab to easily remove or discreetly insert them, the TPB1 pack comes with a protective aluminium key chain carry case, so you need never be without your ear protection. For the thrifty minded, you can also purchase Thunder Plugs in ‘capsule’ form via the handy Thunder Plugs ‘bubblegum-style’ dispensing machine - look out for them in your local store! Thunder Plugs have a noise reduction rating of -18dB.

Lo Level Keyboard Stand KSS05 £14.99

Conductors Stand KSS02 £19.99

Guitar Stand KSS04 £8.99

Guitar Stand KSS03 £7.99

Music Stand KSS01 £7.99

Mic Boom Stand KSS06 £17.99

Thunder Plugs in capsule TPC-1 £5.49 Thunder Plugs with carry case TPB1 £8.49

Thunder Plugs dispensing machine TPBGM Trade only - POA

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GROVER

PERRI’S PICK PACKS

Machinehead kings add ultra capo’s Pick your favourite band! Alongside additions to their top-quality machine heads Grover have now introduced the ‘Ultra Capo’.

Fresh from Perri’s are these fantastic range of licensed branded plectrums.

The Ultra Capo features the world’s first offset design, which allows just a bit more room for the thumb on the back of the neck. Easy on, easy off the Ultra Capo is made from lightweight, yet super strong aluminium and features a unique nonglare velvet finish for a soft, no-slip feel.

Like the Beatles Pick Packs we covered earlier in Gear, these are ideal for the serious player, fan or collector and come attractively packaged, each featuring six or up to twelve different designs emblazoned with the logos, artwork and album covers of some of the worlds biggest bands.

Also new the 102 Vintage USA Rotomatics are a remake of the original ‘milk bottle’ style first introduced by Grover. Featuring a 18:1 gear ratio this set of 3 a side machine heads give an authentic look to any vintage guitar, whilst improving performance.

Grover Ultra Capo £19.99 GP750BK Black, GP750RD Red, GP750SL Silver

All the picks are a quality medium gauge classic teardrop shape to suit most styles from Elvis to Slipknot! For Those About To Rock can pick up the AC/DC plectrums, and there is no need to Run To The Hills if you are an Iron Maiden fan - from Aerosmith to ZZ Top, there is a Perris Pick Pack for everyone.

Finally the 6B and 6W Ukulele pegs feature a tapered nylon washer which provides a firmer fit to the peg head, for improved finer tuning and strings that stay to pitch for longer - made to the same exacting standards you would expect from the world leader in machine head design.

Available at all good stores from around £5 for six, £8 for twelve. www.jhs.co.uk/perris

www.jhs.co.uk/grover Original Rotomatic 102NV Nickel £71.99 102CV Chrome £71.99 102GV Gold £91.99

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SEIKO - EXPERTS IN TUNING AND TIMING Tuners and Metronomes for all musicians Seiko are one of the world’s most trusted and well respected brands for tuners and metronomes and they continue to push the envelope in regards to specification and design. With a whole new array of models introuduced for 2014, Seiko really are the go-to choice of teachers and musicians everywhere.

Is it a stopwatch? Is it a clock? is it a timer? No, its all three and the DM90B from Seiko is also a Compact Metronome. With all the usual features you’d expect from a high-quality metronome, the DM90B is also ideal for timing song/set lengths, ensuring all your performances will run smoothly and on time. If thats not enough it also has a built in temperature and humidity meter!

Digital Metronome The new DM110 Digital Metronome has all the 4 Colours usual hi-spec features you would expect from DM110 Seiko such as switchable beat and rhythm £25.99 selection, tap tempo, stopwatch function Compact Metronome and 7 LED lights for easy visual referencing. In Stopwatch & Tuner DM90B addition, it also has a selectable dual speaker £24.99 output - a front dynamic speaker for a softer sound and a rear Piezo electric speaker for more volume. ideal for using in a variety of situations, such as solo practice or full band - a handy slot to attach it directly to a music stand, and headphone jack output. Whats more, the DM110 comes in a choice of Chromatic Tuner four eye-catching colours Re-Chargable w/Torch STX7 including Pink, Yellow, £29.99 Silver and Black.

Another great innovative device is the STX7 Clip-On Tuner. As well as offering the superb tuning accuracy you would expect from Seiko, the STX7 is also the worlds first rechargeable, reaching a full charge in just 3 hours via its micro USB socket. Furthermore, it comes with a built-in bright white LED torch - essential when on dark stages - and the high contrast LCD display is easy to read too.

For a more traditional approach to the digital metronome Seiko have also introuduced the SQ60. This easy-to-use unit has tempo scroll wheel, LED visual display as well as the built in speaker, display stand and tuning pitch pipe feature, adjustable from 440Hz to 444Hz.

Metronome w/Acoustic Style Sound SQ60BK £34.99 Pendulum Metronome w/Remote Control EPM5000BK £89.99

Finally the new EMP5000 offers a stylish, state-of-the-art way to keep time! In another world-first this pendulum-style metronome nevertheless comes with a remote control, offering all the usual functionality of the the very best digital metronomes. Start, stop, rhythm, tempo and volume can all be adjusted from a distance at the touch of a button, whilst the LCD on the remote control displays all the current settings. In addition the pendulum metronome can generate various rhythms along with the usual tempos, and can also be used in silent mode.

ODYSSEY PROFESSIONALS For students and advanced professionals alike. Odyssey Brasswind is fast becoming well known as a serious choice not just for the beginner but also teachers and professional players.

Laura McClure, vocalist and multiinstrumentalist with Sheffield’s Reverend and the Makers is another person to have discovered the great sound and playability of the Odyssey range, thanks to a recommendation from the folks at Heron Music in Bristol. After visiting Odyssey HQ and meeting with Peter Pollard himself, Laura was delighted by the OTR1200 C-Key Trumpet, which she has been using at live shows and for recording the latest Reverend and the Makers album in Jamaica. “It was awesome meeting the lovely people at Odyssey” says Laura “and the best thing about my OTR120 is I can play it in C and Bb! Check them out brass peeps!” www.reverendmakers.com Odyssey C Trumpet OTR1200 £339

As featured elsewhere in Gear, the Peter Pollard designed Odyssey range has recently expanded providing more choice of these superbly built and affordable instruments. Dave Hignett is a freelance multiinstrumentalist, conductor, performer and teacher at Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School, Dame Allans, and the Central High School for Girls. Colloborating with Core Music in Hexham, Dave has helped create the Tyne Valley Jazz Ensemble (for 10-13 year olds) and Tyne Valley Youth Big Bands (for 13-18 years) - and it was it Core Music where he discovered the Odyssey Brasswind range, and in particular the OFG1300 Odyssey Flugel Horn. Flugel Horn “Its extremely OFG1300 responsive and £399 free blowing” says Dave. “I’d have no hesitation recommending Odyssey to any of my students. www.coremusic.co.uk

projects he performs with Shades of Kenton Big Band, Veya Sax Quintet, and as the Prinicipal Euphonium in Fairey Band he recently took the OEP1500 Premiere Euphonium out for a spin at rehersals. “Most people didnt even notice I’d swapped from my regular instrument” says Jim. “It has a rich, fully focussed sound with good intonation and the notes below bottom C spoke easily.” Jim also owns and plays the Odyssey OTS800 Tenor Sax www.veyasaxophone quartet.co.uk/biographies/jim.html Odyssey Euphonium OEP1500 £1,599

Odyssey Tenor Sax OTS800 £659

Last, but certainly not least, Jim Fieldhouse is a professional multi instumentalist, teacher and contributor to Brass Band World magazine. Amongst many other

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Hear the Hughes

& Kettner Sound!

A real kick in the Bass BassKicks are serious bass amps that deliver in every sonic scenario from the rehearsal room to the stage.

Tube-Touch-Circuit™, an exceptional overdrive-resistant circuit that provides for a remarkably natural, direct playing feeling, and also completely excludes any unwanted clipping.

• Effects R Models feature Spring Reverb • DFX Models feature Dual Digital Multi FX (Digital Reverb, Chorus, Flanger, Delay) • Clean and Lead channels with 3-Band EQ • Current Feedback Technology for warm, tube-like tone • 60/30/15 watts

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LITTLE SMASHER A handful of power • 4 Gain Stages. • 2-Band Active EQ (+15dB boost). • 4 to 16 ohms output impedance – can be used with any cabinet. • Durable and shock resistant fabricated carbon steel construction. • 600g, 120 x 43 x 86mm. • Powered on standard 9V DC @ 600mA www.diago.co.uk

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“A solidly engineered and eminently practical mini amp. A right little smasher indeed.”

“It’s an achievement in amplifier portability, that will make you believe you’re playing something much bigger”

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THOMAS BLUG’s BluGuitar AMP1 The journeyman’s 100w nano valve amp - never be without your sound. Well that dream amp has now come true. the BluGuitar AMP1 is a four channel, 100 watt (yes,100! - Ed) amplifier powered by the revolutionary NANOTUBE™ for uncompromising pure tube tones. From Clean to Vintage, to Classic and Modern, each channel is based on the best possible tones from the most sought after amplifiers in history, with switchable and adjustable reverb and boost controls. In addition a switchable parallel/serial FX loop, Speaker Simulation mode for silent recording, noisegate and headphone output - all housed in a unit the size of a small multi-fx board! Furthermore, in preset mode you can recall your preferred settings, using either the Clean,Vintage, Classic or Modern channel and with boost and reverb either on or off. A handy recess underneath the AMP1 allows you to use it like a traditional amp head and sit safely it upon your speaker cab even if it has a handle on top.

Well known for his quest for the perfect tone, German guitar virtuoso Thomas Blug has contributed his almost encyclopaedic knowledge of guitars and amplifiers to many manufacturers during his career (including his very popular Vintage Signature and Summer of Love guitars) but he has always still suffered the same issues that any guitarist faces when travelling around the world to perform a show. What amplifier will I be given to use? Will I have time to get it set up before the festival slot? What will it sound like with my guitar? - these questions are the plague of the journeyman musician.

With AMP1 it is possible to build a complete 100watt guitar rig and effects set up right inside your pedalboard. Less cabling means better tone and it will obviously save you an awful lot of time with set-up and breakdown at gigs. “My dream amp should suit any guitarist, whether he or she plays country, blues or heavy metal” says Thomas. “It should also suit everyone from purists to full-on sound geeks, without weighing them down with unnecessary features, but also leaving the vital functions intact.”

“I’ve always dreamed of an amp that can fulfil all my personal requirements onstage and in the studio,” says Thomas “and at the same time is so small and light I can fit it in my gig bag.”

With more products in the pipeline to designed to make the AMP1 even more versatile (not possible surely? - Ed) you can be sure that you will be hearing more from BluGuitar very soon!

Vintage Thomas Blug Signature V6MRTBG £399

Specifications Channels: Clean, Vintage, Classic, Modern Power: 100 Watt Effects: Reverb, Noise Gate Effects Loop: Serial - Parallel Switching: Clean - Overdrive, Boost, Reverb MIDI: Optional with MIDI1 adaptor Special Features: Custom Control, Phones, Recording Out, Silent Recording, 2ND Master*, PowerSoak*. *requires MIDI pedal with controller

Speaker Out: 1 x 8 Ω, 1 x 16 Ω Voltage: AC100-240V - works worldwide Dimensions: 245 x 68 x 192 mm Weight: 1.2 Kg, 2 lb

Vintage Thomas Blug Summer of Love V6MRHDX £399

www.bluguitar.com BluGuitar 100w Amp AMP1 £589

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Shhh... The world’s quietest studio microphone 0 dB (A) self noise The LCT 550 is about to appear on shelves around the globe. It’s currently the quietest large-diaphragm studio condenser microphone, so its 0 dB (A) self-noise by electronics and circuitry offer more than enough for studio applications, live sound, lead and backing vocals, percussion and drums, grand pianos, brass and woodwind, and classical music ensembles says the boss himself, LEWITT CEO Roman Perschon. Question #1 Isn’t “no self-noise” physically impossible? “Right up front: 0 dB (A) SPL self-noise doesn’t mean that there’s no noise at all. But it is equivalent to a sound pressure level of 20 μ Pascal (0.00002 Pa), which is so little that it couldn’t even be heard by a child’s ear under ideal conditions. (A) stands for “A-weighted” and denotes a realistic measurement procedure that’s adapted to the human ear. If you need to get a feel for SPL, here are a few more examples: Auditory threshold at 1 kHz: 0 dB SPL, 20 μPa (0.00002 Pa) Light leaf rustling, calm breath: 10 dB SPL, 65 μPa (0.000065 Pa) Passenger car at 10 m: 60 dB SPL, 20 mPa (0.02 Pa) Vuvuzela horn at 1 m: 120 dB SPL, 20 Pa Jet engine at 1 m: 150 dB SPL, 632 Pa In microphones, self-noise is such a meaningful parameter because it measures the effectiveness (or more precisely: the sensitivity) of the transducer against the noise from the entire microphone – i.e., the transducer and the electronics. So what’s actually measured is the sound events (pressure) in response to which the microphone would output a signal that’s exactly as strong as the inherent noise signal produced by the microphone itself. Hence the thoroughly appropriate term “equivalent input noise level.” And since self-noise, as just described, takes the effectiveness of the transducer AND the noise of the entire microphone into account, there are two approaches to take if you want to probe the limits of physics:

Lewitt Studio Microphone LCT550 £699 Includes: Carry case, LCT 40 SHx shock mount, LCT 40 Wx windshield DTP 40 Lb simulated leather bag

1) For one thing, you can improve the effectiveness of the transducer. But you have to keep in mind that an effective transducer also effectively converts Brownian motion (i.e. the movement of air molecules) into an electrical signal. 2) Another thing you can do is improve the quality of the electronics by designing innovative switches that use the lowest-possible number of electronic parts in the audio path, since every additional part adds a certain amount of noise. In light of these two factors, one could say that no self-noise would only be possible with a microphone that does without electronical parts and uses a transducer that doesn’t pick up Brownian motion. And I think that even for us, it’ll be quite some time yet before that becomes reality…”

Question #2 So that’s the limit of what’s possible? “We’re still not quite at the limit of what’s possible. We could probably go on researching and optimizing here for a while, yet, and maybe we will. But the limits of what makes sense have probably been reached, since 0 dB represents the threshold of what’s audible.” Question #3 When do I actually benefit from low self-noise? “In general, you can assume that nobody likes having noise on their recordings, no matter how little. Besides which, the mic stands at the beginning of the signal chain, meaning that it’s all the more important that it put out a high-quality signal. So specifically, there are two useful advantages here for professional recording situations:

recording because it’s part of the atmosphere, then the microphone should add the lowest-possible self-noise to the recording in order to conceal absolutely nothing. Just to illustrate how soft the sound sources are that the LCT 550 picks up: in order to be able to measure the self-noise of our mic at all, we first need an anechoic chamber inside which we place a second acoustically dead chamber. But even then, we have to do our measurements after 11pm – because the noise from our production lines, traffic out on the street in front of the factory, and even conversations between employees would skew our measurements. 2) Low self-noise means a better signal-to-noise ratio. And the greater the signal-to-noise ratio, the higher the microphone’s sound quality. The LCT 550’s signal-to-noise ratio is an unbelievable 91 dB (A). This isn’t to be confused with its dynamic range, which denotes the spread between the softest and the loudest signal that a microphone can reproduce… the LCT 550’s dynamic range is 140 dB (A). In a technical sense, 0 dB (A) SPL self-noise is an extraordinary achievement that we’ve managed thanks to continuous innovation. It widens the mic’s dynamic range, which reaches all the way down to below the lowest level that’s still audible. Self-noise, of course, represents the bottom of this dynamic range, and max SPL the top. And here, as well, the LCT 550 is at the front of the pack with 143 dB max. SPL.”

1) We think that a microphone should capture as much as possible in order to represent the recorded sound in the truest possible way. Now in every studio, of course, there’s a certain sound level to begin with – ambient noise, so to speak. For the most part, that’s around 20 dB (A). Now if we assume that every signal is worth 28 Gear

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Shhhout... about Lewitt Pro users sing Lewitt’s praises

Lewitt LCT 340 £469

In a certain sense, a product is only ever as good as its user. Ultimately, it’s the users who either recognize its value or not. So let's have a look at who joined the ranks of official LEWITT endorsers lately and what they think about this young, serious contender in the long-standing microphone business. Gino Scarim Sound Engineer/Tour Manager – Plain White T’s, Tilly and the Wall, Blessthefall “Most compliments I get on my mix is about the clarity and punchiness. I attribute that to Lewitt. We have A/B'd Lewitt against other mics in the studio. The DTP 640 REX kick drum kicked the butt of all the other ones and the LCT 340 is now my favourite small diaphragm condenser. There is no harshness in the high end. The MTP 840 is an amazing mic for a screamer who cups the mic, there is no feedback and still a great sound. It is unbelievable.”

Lewitt MTP 840 £209

Gino Scarim

Derrick Wright Drummer – Adele, Toni Braxton, Fabulous, Angie Stone “You get great clarity but it combines with the natural acoustics of the drum. With Lewitt you get to hear the sound of real drums. They sounds amazing. It's very important that when I perform with Adele or Toni Braxton I have a real drum sound. The turning point for me with Lewitt was the professional sound I got from the DTP Beat Kit Pro 7. Man, when I heard it I knew it was going to change the sound of the mic industry. You don't have to mix and match different brands anymore. The Lewitt drum and vocal mics are amazing.” Supa Dups Producer – Rihanna, Pitbull, Estelle, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Christina Aguilera “The LCT 940 FET tube/condenser mic is transparent and warm. It’s a very natural beautiful sound but it’s also so nice and silky. As a producer I always want the best performance and best sound from the artists I record. I always try to choose the best tools so the choices I make inspire the best performances. Because of that, I use the Lewitt LCT940 as my choice of vocal mics. I can get a beautiful warm tube expressiveness or an incredibly articulated in-your-face FET sound - or anything in-between. No other mic in the world does that but Lewitt, and Lewitt does it well. Plus the vocalists love the way the tube lights up...” Fela Davis FOH/Monitor Engineer – Christian McBride, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Mangione “Lewitt reproduce exactly what is happening on the stage. People came up to me now and compliment me on the sound. It didn't happen before I used Lewitt... but now it happens all the time! The LCT 550 overheads get a lot of the great brush work with the snare and cymbals that the drummer was doing. It also had a great round sound that was reminiscent of a high quality ribbon microphone sound. The signal was smooth and rich without any eq or compression. We have tried it on both guitar and bass amps, acoustic guitar, and sax, and it’s our go to mic now. The MTP 840 DM was great as Christian McBrides performance vocal mic. He has a deep voice and it brought out the warmth in his voice. I purchased a drum kit set and it sounds better than much more expensive mics; I have been very happy every since! I also love the way Lewitt mics look...”

Lewitt LCT 940 £1,469

Derrick Wright

Supa Dubs Lewitt DTP Beat Kit Pro 7 £1,249

Lewitt LCT 540 £529

Fela Davis

Lewitt LCT 840 £1,029

Rick Camp Sound Engineer/FOH – Jennifer Lopez, Babyface, Madonna “Lewitt has a brilliant and warm captivating sound. The drum mics are clean, clear, and punchy. It is everything I envision that a great drum sound should be. I also use the LCT 540 cardiod capsule mic. It has a great, beautiful silky smooth sound – not harsh like some condensers can be. But my absolute favourite is the DTP 640 REX kick drum mic. I love it and take it with me wherever I go. It is a unique configuration with the dual element-condenser and dynamic capsule being all time and phase aligned. The low end is really solid, without having to add EQ. The high end is really snappy. I really recommend the brand. Lewitt is the musicians new era microphone sound.” twitter.com/gearmagazine

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FEELS GOOD, SOUNDS BETTER Asterope premium audio cables deliver pure, uncolored, high definition sound. Asterope products literally ‘exciste’ your tone the moment you plug in. Regardless of the application, Asterope provides greater clarity, bandwidth and harmonics while dramatically improving the musical experience for both the musician and the listener.

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CYMATIC uTRACK 24 Recorder, player & interface. Cymatic Audio has introduced the uTrack 24, a universal hardware recorder/player/interface in 19" format – the go-to solution for people who want to do high-quality recordings without the need of a computer. The uTrack 24 records directly onto USB media plugged into the front panel, while a three-colour LED displays the level of all channels. The LEDs can also be used as a 24-segment level meter for individual channels. A big LCD shows all other important information and allows a fast and intuitive editing of parameters with an endless push encoder. In order to make recordings hassle-free even in dark or hectic environments, the Cymatic Audio hardware recorder features big illuminated transport controls directly on the front panel. With its reduced size of only 1U, the uTrack 24 accepts up to 24 input and output signals via D-Sub multi-pin connectors. This allows even large live events to be recorded smoothly. Thanks to the BNC WordClock input and output, the recorder can integrate seamlessly into other digital recording environments. The uTrack 24 can record 24 channels with a sampling rate of 48kHz and up to 24 bits. And it can record up to 8 channels with a sampling rate of 96kHz at 24 bits. The possibility to loop record endlessly is unique: Unlike with other recorders, there is no limit to the maximum recording time, the only limitation is the capacity of the recording medium.

Recordings can be comfortably managed and converted into other formats with a free WaveTool software for Mac and PC. Upcoming hardware module add-ons will allow the use of other formats. Thanks to the internal DSP mixer, a stereo mix of the 24 tracks can be taken directly from the headphone output on the front panel. It further features Level, Pan, Mute, and Solo controls for all 24 inputs, making an external mixer redundant. Besides its use as a recorder, the uTrack 24 can also play back up to 24 tracks, making it the perfect virtual sound provider for live applications. The Playlist mode is very useful in such cases, since it even supports uninterrupted playback. When used under OS X, Windows and iOS, the uTrack 24 turns into a powerful and comprehensive audio interface with 24 inputs and outputs, as well as dedicated Control Room and headphone outputs, each with its individual level control. Firmware updates will also bring additional features to the uTrack 24: - Cascading of two uTrack 24 units to create a perfectly synced 48-track system. - Software remote control via the RJ-45 connector. - Direct playback of standard MIDI data, for the benefit of entertainers.

uTRACK24 £499

PP DRUMS NEW E-KIT Practice, record, play live. Due to their space saving size, not to mention the neighbour-friendly ability to control the volume, electric drum kits have been something of a must-have item over recent years – no longer do you have to wait until your parents or neighbours have gone out, you can rock out 24 hours a day, and improvements in the build quality and sound mean that the differences are barely noticeable. The new PP600E E-Kit from PP Drums will suit the requirements of practically any drummer, from beginner to professional. Featuring a dedicated snare drum pad with extra-responsive head, three more interchangeable pads provide a trio of toms, plus a pad for the kick drum which comes with a sturdy foot pedal and beater. The three shaped cymbal pads are included to fill the roles of hi-hat, crash and ride cymbals, and a separate foot controller for the hi-hat. The PP600E’s digital drum module features 32 high quality voices, combined into 20 preset kits, and the option of saving a further 20 user-defined kit settings. Other had features include a click track/metronome, adjustable reverb and chorus, 120 General Midi voices and the ability to save and playback your performances (10 pre-recorded demo songs are included to give you some ideas). An auxiliary input allows you to connect a CD player or MP3 player so you can play along with your favourite tracks.

PP Drums E-Kit PP600E £499

Furthermore, you can connect to a computer or another midi device via the midi out or USB port – ideal for recording – whilst the usual stereo output jacks (and dedicated mono output) are provided for your backline amplification or PA system. twitter.com/gearmagazine

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ANTONIO BANDERAS

WALTER TROUT

MR guitars raises €15,000

Fret-King benefit auction

Actor, producer and director Antonio Banderas is no stranger to the classical guitar. Indeed, the Spanish heartthrob played the role of El Mariachi, a gun-toting flamenco guitarist bent on revenge in the 1995 film Desperado. However the 54 year old Hollywood superstar, well known for his charity work and championing of independent filmmaking was surprised to receive a Manuel Rodriguez guitar, presented by the company president Manuel Rodriguez Jnr and joined by spanish musician Antonio Carmona. The guitar was auctioned, raising over €15,000 for the Antonio Banderas Foundation at the Starlite Gala in Marbella, Spain. No wonder the Puss in Boots star looks like the cat that got the cream!

A Fret-King Danny Bryant signature model guitar, signed by many great guitar players has raised £1,300 in a benefit raffle to help Walter Trout in his yearlong and successful recovery from a recent Liver Transplant. Through a 25 year long solo career Walter has sought to merge the essence of the blues with relevance for the times we live in. Before his solo career, he played lead guitar for John Mayall, Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, and many others. Donated by JHS & Co. Ltd, the Fret-King Black Label Danny Bryant signature model was selected as Danny was actually standing in for Walter in his 'Walter Trout Band' while touring the USA and Canada. The raffle, organised by Walter’s friend Brian Filson took place at ‘True Blues Club’. Walter said "I am so moved and thankful for the raffle of this beautiful guitar to benefit my medical fund. Thank you to all the people who participated.” The highly delighted winner, Jimmy Nicoll from London, was presented with the guitar in the Fret-King Lounge at Ivor Mairants Musicentre in London.

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PP WOOD-SHELL KIT

ANGEL GLOCKENSPIEL

In a gorgeous black velvet finish

Bright, colourful, safe and durable!

PP Drums 5 Piece Drum Kit Black Velvet PP400BB £399

Bright and colourful, robust, safe and durable! Angel Glockenspiels are ideal for teaching children about basic musical harmony. Brightly coloured hard shell carry case for portability and storage, these Glockenspiels are great for primary school use. Each chime is made of gong quality steel and is electronically tuned to 5/100th of a semitone - consistent tuning across the range. www.jhs.co.uk/angel

27 Note Glockenspiel AX27N-PK £34.99

The new ‘Black Velvet’ lacquer finished wood-shell 5 piece drum kit from PP Drums features 9 ply 6 mm shells with staggered seams and 45 degree bearing edges, heavy duty hardware, fully adjustable tom holders with memory locks, clear batter heads with snare damping ring and ported bass head. Besides sounding fantastic it’s got the looks too! Have a play at your local stockist. 32 Gear

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25 Note Glockenspiel AX25K-PK £29.99

25 Note Glockenspiel AX26N £32.99

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27 Note Glockenspiel AX27NG £39.99


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The PRO • Unique Rhythm Tech crescent shape • Light and responsive with an ergonomic cushioned comfort handle • Superior control with a reconfigured balance point - easier to play and play longer • Fast reacting grouped jingles • Turbo charged sound • Seamless soft playing edge on both sides for great hand or stick response • Steel Jingles for less over tones and longer sustain • Brass jingles for a deep chunky sound - great for recording • Corner holes to mount on to a RT DSM and ProMounts • Carry case included

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Use djembes, hand drums, shekeres, cane shakers, straw caxaxis and more to capture the life-affirming sounds of the Sub-Sahara.

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The easiest to play and best sounding tambourine, with a lighter more comfortable feel.

Available in all good music stores.

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Practice Pads Reduce the volume of your drums by up to 90% with Softapads! Noise reducing, technique improving Softapads reduce practice volume by up to 90%. Responsive, resilient and reversible, Softapads are the ideal solution for practising – without annoying the neighbours.

“As good as it gets!” magazine All sets are packaged for shop display

Endorsed by Clem Cattini, Matt Letley, Dan Flint (You Me At Six), Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas (Bullet For My Valentine) and Robin Guy.

PP Education Packs are ideal for getting groups of school children excited about music making! Great fun, great quality and great value for money, these packs are full of colourful, culturally-diverse instruments that are ideal for kids of any age, background or musical ability. www.jhs.co.uk/ppeducation

Robin Guy: Session drummer and Head Of Drums at The Hampshire School in Chelsea uses and recommends Softapads.

You can still hear the different notes of each drum – but next door, they will hear nothing!

Visit www.jhs.co.uk/softapads.html for more info

Studio Pack

The Boomwhackers Power Pack is here to make sure you no longer get into trouble for hitting things. In fact, you'll be hitting things and making music at the same time! Sounds sweet, doesn't it? The Power Pack includes an eight note diatonic set of Boomwhackers' award-winning brightly coloured musical tubes, two Octavator Caps (which, when fitted to a Boomwhacker tube, lowers its note by an octave), the Whack Tracks audio CD and a DVD with exclusive interview and performance footage by Plastik Musik, the world's premier Boomwhacker performance group. Perfect for music rooms, recreational music making, senior music health and wellness therapy, creative music composition and choreographed dance or movement activities, the Power Pack set's only £26.99!

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REGAL TIP - Hits the spot time and time again! Loads of new models from some great drummers. Taku Hirano

Fresh off the lathes at Niagra Falls are some great new drumstick models from Regal Tip. The ‘Jason Sutter’ Signature ‘Chop Sticks’ have been designed in conjunction with the Marylin Manson sticksman himself, offering a balanced feel with a slightly extended long neck taper leading to its barrel shaped wood tip. Or for more restrained tracks why not try ‘The Sutter’ brushes - with cobalt blue rubber sleeving these are telescopic medium wire brushes which are heavier than the Regal Tip ‘Classic’ brush.

Jason Sutter - Marylin Manson

Having toured the world with Fleetwood Mac, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie and Isaac Hayes, master percussionist Taku Hirano is the go-to percussion player for live and studio work. Now he has worked with Regal Tip to create the Taku Hirano Performer Series Sticks, which are ideal for a number of percussive styles and instruments. Also newly introduced Regal Tip have added the Jazz X to their range of wood-tip models, providing a slightly heavier stick with a longer reach. For the Cajon player there is now the ‘Swish’ and ‘Wave’ models. The Swish has smooth bristles for staccato attack whilst the serrated bristles of the Wave give a more sustained legato response. Both brushes feature control rings for individual response.

Jason Sutter Signature Brushes BR590R £32.99

Jason Sutter Signature Sticks PFJS £13.99

Jazz X Series 211RX £10.99

Finally, the Fundamental Stick Bag provides an efficient way to carry your favourite sticks to the gig, whilst the new Mini Gum Rubber Pad allows you to practice your favourite exercises anywhere.

Taku Hirano Taiko Sticks PF-THTKO £34.99

www.regaltip.com Cajon ‘Wave’ Brush 523P £29.99

Cajon ‘Swish’ Brush 522P £29.99

WITTNER TOWER LINE A thoroughly modern traditional time keeping metronome. Way back in 1895 Gustav Wittner set up a factory to make his own mechanical metronomes. Well over a century later the precise mechanical components are still in use but with a thoroughly modern casing. The new Wittner Tower Line combines a stylish modern shape, available in both solid and transparent colour which would suit any rehearsal room or on the top of a baby grand in a penthouse apartment. With its traditional wind up mechanism and swinging pendulum it’s available with (£64.99) or without (£52.99) a bell and has a tempo range of 40 - 208 beats per minute.

Transparent Blue

Transparent Orange

Transparent Red

For those wanting a traditional wood or simulated wood metronome, Wittner has a large range of it’s world renowned Maelzel Pyramid mets - so take a look at these if it’s old school looks you’re after. www.jhs.co.uk/wittner Solid Black

Tower Line

Solid White

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ODYSSEY - Orchestral & Brass Band Peter Pollard expands range as reputation & demand grows for Odyssey, whose quality to price ratio is a winning formula for all. Pollard is at the top of his game, and those who choose to play his Odyssey brand instruments have more to smile about than just the pounds they save.

Bb/F trombone and Bb tenor trombone, Eb Tenor horn, Baritone horn, Eb tuba and euphonium outfits.

Recently the music press has highly praised Odyssey instruments for bringing to the table instruments that play and sound far in excess of their value compared to the main stream names we’re all accustomed to.

To quote just a few lines of recent Odyssey Premiere reviews from those that know - Brass Band World magazine Premiere Bb Flugel Horn £399

Feathers may be ruffled at the so called new kid on the block, but Odyssey is offering truly exceptional instruments for both beginners in their Debut range, and advancing students to professional players in the Premiere and Symphonique ranges. Not only are players in the Orchestral and Brass Band world catered for in an ever increasing range, tutors are now able to confidently recommend Odyssey to their students knowing they are highly specified, accurately made, are easy blowing, with great tonality, and are ideal both for solo, ensemble and band performances. Safe in the knowledge they are readily available from music stores who stock and repair - yes, all instruments can get damaged or broken by mistake - these have been designed by Pollard to be easily repaired by craftsmen who will appreciate the subtleties that good instrument design offers. All the instruments come as an outfit, so a quality, attractive and functional ‘zero gravity’ hard foam carry case or dedicated hardshell leatherette covered case comes as standard. Carry straps, cleaning cloths and oil are included whenever necessary. So what’s new in the Odyssey Brass Band range? First off in the Brass Band category is the Premiere Eb Soprano Cornet (OCR1000 £449) with a wonderful silver plated body with gold plated buttons, slide, bottom and top caps which immediately set this instrument off in the looks department. Supplied with a Denis Wick Classic mouthpiece this instrument is free blowing and accurate across the range with slick and efficient valves and triggers. Premiere Eb Soprano Cornet £449

“The structure of the valves and trigger combination are ideal... This instrument must surely be an attractive proposition for beginner, teacher or advanced player alike.” - OFG1300 Bb flugel horn.

“The Odyssey OCR900 is a bit like a Ferrari. It costs a tenth of the price of a Ferrari, looks fantastic and every time you use it, a massive smile appears on your face.” - Bb silver plated cornet. “Plays incredibly well and is made from high quality materials. A lot of trombone for very little outlay.” - OTB1500 Bb tenor trombone. Premiere Bb/F Trombone £399

Premiere Bb Silver Plated Cornet £399

Jazz Wise magazine also said of it “Peter Pollard certainly carries the credentials and has come up with another, that in time might prove to be a benchmark classic.” Find out more about Odyssey Premiere brass band instruments at www.jhs.co.UK/odyssebrassband Odyssey’s Band & Orchestral range also expands with the introduction of a new flute to the Debut range, six instruments in the Premiere and two in the Symphonique series. The Debut Flute outfit (OFL100C £199) has a resilient nickel plated body and headjoint, and a lip plate and embouchure hole designed by Peter for the ease of blowing, allowing the young student to quickly gain confidence in playing.

Debut Flute £199

Next up is the Bb Flugel Horn outfit (OFG1300SG £499) which again is well appointed with silver plated brass body with silver plated rose brass lead pipe and bell. Having three water keys, 3rd slide throw, monel pistons and a Denis Wick mouthpiece. To quote Mike Eccles from Brass Band World magazine on the instrument “easy blowing right through the range, with a beautiful mellow tone. Knock-out value for money” is accolade indeed.

The Premiere range now includes three new flutes, all with curved heads; (OFL300C £299) C Flute is great for younger students with a short reach. The outfit also includes a straight headjoint for when they get a little older and can reach out to a full sized flute.

Premier C Flute £299

The Alto ‘G’ (OFL300ALF £1,099) and Bass ‘C’ (OFL300BS £1,399) Flute outfits have silver plated, cupronickel bodies for a flawless, attractive finish. With a consistency of response across the register, the key work is hand assembled and adjusted to give the flutes perfect balance. French keys and quality pads and springs are used throughout and straight head joints are also included.

Premiere Bb Flugel Horn £499

Premier Alto G Flute £1,099 Premier Bass C Flute £1,399

These two instruments join the praised range of Premiere Brass Band instruments which includes Eb and Bb cornets, Bb flugel horns, a 36 Gear

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All three flute outfits come with a classic styled, hard shell leatherette covered case and padded outer cover for travel protection. Odyssey’s Bb/F French Horn outfit (OFH1750BF £899) doesn’t rest on its laurels either, with brass body and rose brass lead pipe finished in clear lacquer for the rigours of life. Its responsive spring lever action and Denis Wick Heritage mouthpiece all aid to fluent playing and its timbre is excellent.

Odyssey Symphonique The Odyssey Symphonique series now offers Bb Trumpet (OTR3200 £699) and Bb Tenor Saxophone (OTS3700 £899). The all silver-plated trumpet has a double braced main tuning slide, cupronickel outer tuning slides and monel valves. Free blowing with excellent intonation and a lovely balance, this trumpet is excellent value for money and comes complete with a Symphonique premium quality case. The gorgeous distressed, brushed and lacquered tenor saxophone looks fantastic and due to it’s finish does not readily mark - let the antique finish shine through! Its brass body with quality Italian pads and springs all come together for an outstanding example of Peter’s designs that both play and sound well above their class. www.jhs.co.uk/odysseyorchestral

Premiere Bb/F French Horn £899

Symphonique Bb Trumpet £699

The D/Eb Trumpet outfit (OTR1250 £449) comes with a full set of alternative tuning slides to allow the player to easily swop between keys. It’s rose brass lead pipe and bell provide a warm sound and the eye catching three tone finish sets the instrument off very nicely. Premiere D/Eb Trumpet £449

Finally the Premiere Eb Baritone Saxophone outfit (OBS800 £1,999) is uniquely designed to aid all aspects of performance on such an instrument. Eb with high F# to low A, manufactured with a brass body, bell and neck this sax is synonymous of Odyssey’s ease of sound production and comes with an adjustable spike for great playing posture.

Symphonique Bb Tenor Sax £899

Hard shell/leatherette Instrument Case and Padded cover

Premiere Eb Baritone Sax £1,999 Zero Gravity Hard Foam Instrument Case

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THE NATIONS FAVOURITE VIOLINS ‘The purpose of music is to inspire, to entertain, to lift the soul.’ Already well-known for creating instruments that perform, look, feel and sound way beyond their price class at every level, Antoni Orchestral Stringed Instruments have introduced further improvements across their range to provide the best possible playing experience for any player. Antoni Debut Violin Outfits have long been approved and recommended by tutors as the best first choice for the novice or beginner. With an impressive specification which includes hardcarved solid spruce table, two-piece figured hand-carved maple back and solid maple ribs, the Debut now features stained wood chinrest, a strong, resilient and responsive hardwood bow enhancing playability, and premium grade fitted bridge for superior tonality.

Antoni Symphonique ASV44 £349

the gigging player who needs to amplify their instrument without the fuss and feedback issues you can sometimes encounter with microphones and external pickup systems.

Antoni Debut ACV30 £89.99

Antoni Premiere AVP44 £229

Available in a range of sizes from full to 1/8 size, the Debut is ideal for every age group and is supplied in a plushlined case in a classic black finish, with shoulder straps for easy transportation and name/address label.

The Symphonique bow now features an abalone mounted ebony frog with nickel silver ferrule and heel, nickel silver and mother-of-pearl Parisian eye and inlaid screw.

The Antoni Premiere Violin Outfits are the logical next step for the improver or intermediate player. Available in 4/4 and 3/4 sizes with hand-carved solid flame maple backs, solid flame maple ribs and hand carved close grain spruce table Premiere outfits feature upgraded cases for greater protection, premium bows for enhanced playing response, a fitted Aubert bridge for superior tonality and an A grade ebony chinrest for improved appearance and comfort.

With features like these, its no wonder that Antoni Violin Outfits are trusted by teachers and educators. Visit your local Antoni stockist and try them out for yourself.

Antoni

The Premiere APEV44 Electralin™ electric violin outfit, with its low mass solid spruce frame and scroll also includes the improved bow and case and is ideal for

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DENIS WICK MOUTHPIECES The choice for Odyssey The award-winning Odyssey range has to become even better with the addition of original Denis Wick Classic Mouthpieces to selected models. Denis Wick has been manufacturing mouthpieces since1968 and his designs have been used on some of the most high end instruments available, by world class players. Manufactured in the UK using the latest computer-controlled technology, to produce mouthpieces which are both consistently accurate and very comfortable to play, all the mouthpieces are hand polished and ultra-sonically cleaned before being plated by state-of-the-art 38 Gear

Finally, the top-of-the range Antoni Symphonique Violin Outfit has set the bar even higher with a whole host of improvements. The truly luxurious ‘nil gravity’ hard foam case has a large external music pocket, whilst the midnight blue plush lined interior with accessory pockets, twin bow holders and integral hygrometer and overlay cloth cosset the violin which features selected, hand-carved solid flame maple back and ribs, beautifully matched to a close grain spruce table. The new ebonite tailpiece, Aubert bridge, premium grade strings and a high quality soundpost ensure a mellifluous tone reminiscent of a much more expensive instrument.

equipment designed to produce the best possible finishes. Instruments in the Odyssey Premiere ‘Brass Band’ range will be supplied as standard with Denis Wick ‘Classic' mouthpiece. The original Classic design gives clarity, precision, and a very easily controlled, centred sound. It also adds more brilliance and richer upper overtones than the convex outer profiles of other designs. Very responsive and easy to play, the Classic has excellent flexibility with a rich tone.

Denis Wick? A legend as a player and a great guy. British brass bands and Denis Wick mouthpieces are like apple pie and custard - you wouldn't have one without the other. I am so happy that Denis Wick has allowed us to include his mouthpieces." Denis Wick said "The world of brass instruments is changing. With the Odyssey range you get a series of quality instruments at affordable prices, and we at Denis Wick Products are pleased to be involved in this new enterprise.”

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All these artists have owned or own a Manuel Rodriguez guitar. Manuel Hernández ‘Algiva’, David Palau, Pedro Andrea, Miguelon, Javier Catalá & José Losada endorse MR guitars.

Manuel Rodriguez Rich in Sound, Rich in History, Rich in Beauty

What are you waiting for? Visit your stockist today and try out the incredible range of MR classic and electro-classic guitars.

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magazine - Guitarist Choice

Guitarist

Acoustic magazine

‘A visually unique electro suitable for collectors and acoustic enthusiasts’

‘Top luthier design, superior build quality and great sound don’t come along too often in this price range!’

HHHHH VE2000DLX Solid Cedar 6-String Deluxe Acoustic Guitar

Vintage Signature Guitar

V2000MGG Mohagany 6-String Acoustic Guitar

VE2000GG Solid North American Red Cedar 6-String Electro-Acoustic Guitar

VE2000GG-12 Solid North American Red Cedar 12-String Electro-Acoustic Guitar

“I am proud to put my name to this guitar and for it to be part of my musical legacy.”

Highly regarded as one of the worlds greatest guitar players, Gordon has been at the forefront of acoustic guitar playing since the late 1960's and has released more than thirty albums in his four decades in the music business. Designed in conjunction with respected master luthier Rob Armstrong and Gordon himself, the crossover Grand Auditorium/000 style Gordon Giltrap Signature Series are based on a hand-crafted instrument that Rob made back in 1980 and Gordon still plays today. All four available models are built from top grade woods and materials, and the signature ‘small waist’ body is complemented by Rob’s trademark headstock design. The V2000MGG is an acoustic, all solid mahogany top, back and sides, whilst the VE2000GG and VE2000GG-12 come as standard with the Fishman Presys Blend preamp and Sonicore pickup system which features a built-in microphone with mic blend control, notch - anti feedback control, phase control button, three band EQ and volume control as well as a built-in guitar tuner. The V2000DLX model features the state of the art Fishman Rare Earth sound hole pickup system, used by thousands of professional guitarists worldwide due to its excellent natural sound reproduction. Gordon comments "My original guitar has a very strong treble with a sort of springy and expressive sound to the bass end. The new Vintage guitar has all of this combined with an overall warmth and balance to its tonality." All models come complete with luxurious signature hardshell case.

Designed by Rob Armstrong

Professional Pickups and Preamps

Visit Gordon’s website at www.giltrap.co.uk

Performer Series

Celtic Dawn Series

Shady Grove Series

Rocky Mountain Series Jubilee Series

Progress Series

Redwood Series Mandolins

Celtic Dawn Series Mandolas

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Hangers for Home, Stage & Studio Strings Swings unique padded yolk is fully adjustable and suitable for all types of guitars and many stringed instruments.

WANT OPTIONS?

The new Stylz with colourful graphics adds a modern alternative look.

A Kyser Quick-Change is expertly engineered and built to last. It is reliable and does just what it is designed to do — clearly raise the pitch of the guitar so you can play in a different key without retuning or changing fingering. Seasoned professionals and beginning players alike appreciate how the Kyser Quick-Change helps them transpose their guitar in seconds, with only one hand. The beauty of the Kyser Quick-Change is in its simplicity. We pioneered this design and although often imitated, a Kyser is never equalled. There is no substitute for a Kyser Quick-Change.

KYSER HANDLES IT ™ FORGED BY HAND FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS

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Acoustic Instrument Amplifier

The Acoustic Standard The Fishman Loudbox Artist is an evolution in acoustic amplifiers. It leverages the award-winning design of the Loudbox 100, yet packs more power and enhanced features into an incredibly lightweight and portable package. 120 watts of ultra-clean, bi-amplified acoustic power, two versatile input channels with Fishman's legendary tone and feedback-fighting controls, plus a new dual effects section make the new Loudbox Artist the ultimate portable acoustic instrument amplifier for the seriously active musician. The Loudbox Performer offers more power and enhanced features, while the LoudBox Mini is Fishman’s lightest and most portable amplifier yet. Test drive the Loudbox range at your local Fishman Dealer!

PERFORMER

MINI

ARTIST

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VINTAGE BASS GUITARS Raising the bar. With contemporary looks, ergonomic styling and Wilkinson designed pickups and hardware the new V80 and V90 bass guitars from Vintage really raise the bar. Both models feature basswood bodies with a high access joints for the bolt-on Canadian hard maple neck with its sloped, 24 fret rosewood fingerboard. Hard wearing, accurate and stable Wilkinson machine heads are matched to a classic, fully adjustable bridge with brass saddles for the ultimate in tone transfer and accurate intonation. Available in either Boulevard Black or Golden Amber, the V80’s simple, one Wilkinson WJBM pickup layout belies its massive tonal range and dynamic response. The pickup is a clever crossbreed of traditional double and single coil design, and indeed you can switch between the two effortlessly thanks to the ingenious roll-control which gradually rolls out the fat powerhouse double coil to leave the bright and punchy single coil in all its glory. A master volume and master tone control complete the simplistic easy to use control layout. If one pickup isn't enough, the Vintage V90 will rock your world with its twin pickup set up, giving you even more tonal variation and layout options. Available in Pearl White or Candy Apple Red, it not only sounds the business, but looks it too!

Vintage Bass Guitars V80BB - Boulevard Black V80AB - Golden Amber £229 each V90CAR - Candy Apple Red V90PW - Pearl White £269 each

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SNARK - always leading the way Innovative, accurate and lightning fast, Snark is the world’s most ground breaking tuner manufacturer. Guitar, bass & violin tuner QTSN5 £14.49

Ukulele tuner QTSN6 £14.49

All instrument tuner/met QTSN8 £19.99

Oft-imitated but never bettered, SNARK tuners continue to lead the field in compact, accurate and easy to use tuning. The choice of players around the world, because of the bright, easy read display that rotates 360˚, rugged construction and super-fast response, SNARK clip-on tuners are available for a number instruments including guitar, bass, violin, ukulele and chromatics for tuning all types of instruments. These discreet, clip-on tuners use the vibration of the instrument to gauge pitch, so no need to unplug your guitar or bass - and because you dont need your volume turned up to check the tuning, your audience won’t hear you do it either. The cleverly designed clip incorporates ribbed grips so you can place the tuners on practically every instrument including brass, safe in the knowledge they’ll stay put and accuratley read the note being tuned.

Chromatic QTSN1 £16.49

All instrument tuner/ metronome QTSN2 £19.99

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Snarks are also famed for their incredibly bright displays helping you tune faster and easilier. Now SNARK introduce the SON OF SNARK (QTSS1 £17.99) - quite possibly the worlds smallest clip on tuner, that nevertheless still retains all the fantastic features that make SNARK the goto clipon tuner for any serious musician. Get down to your local music store and get Snark today! facebook.com/gearmagazine

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Regal Tip 205RX £10.99

THE AMORETTES Play Vintage, Hughes & Kettner and Regal Tip All-girl bands are a rare breed in rock music - a few notable exceptions might include old-school bands such as The Runaways, Girlschool, Vixen and Rock Goddess, female fronted bands such as Heart and the legendary Suzi Quatro.

“These Vintage Icon guitars are so well made, sound fantastic, and have such a rich tone.”s says Gill “Added to the natural organic drive of the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36H, I really have now found the sound I’ve always imagined for The Amorettes. I can’t see myself using anything else from now on.”

Since their formation, Scottish 3-piece The Amorettes have been solidly gigging in clubs and festivals both at home and abroad, with their highoctane, energy fuelled performances securing them even more dedicated fans, and rave reviews, from far and wide. With such a busy recording and touring schedule lead vocalist and guitarist Gillian Montgomery needed a touring rig that could take some punishment. Having already enjoyed playing the Vintage Icon Series V100MRPGM she decided to add the gold top V100MRJBM to her arsenal. For amplification the Hughes and Kettner TubeMeister TM36H had the perfect selection of classic, raw tones for her requirements.

Meanwhile Hannah McKay, one half of the rhythm section powerhouse that also includes her sister Heather, was absolutely blown away with her discovery of Regal Tip sticks. “X Series sticks from Regal Tip are the best I’ve ever played”. Hannah continues “They’re solid and powerful, and the unique P.E.F (Performance Enhancing Finish) keeps them in my hands for a full set. I can’t believe it took me this long to find them.” Vintage V100MRJBM £329

Look out for The Amorettes on the gig circuit throughout 2015 www.theamorettes.co.uk

Hughes & Kettner TM36H-NOS £899

DONNA DOES DRUMS JOHN JORGENSON Rhythm Tech devotee

A special one-off Fret-King

Currently touring and recording with UK blues rock outfit Albany Down, drummer and percussionist Donna Peters is a in-demand professional session player and teacher.

John Jorgenson is a virtuoso guitarist who has worked with artists as diverse as Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Sting, Bob Dylan and even Luciano Pavarotti

Donna prides herself on being a flexible, dynamic solid drummer who has already proved herself as a competent session musician. Her experience has covered extensive live work as well as many studio sessions in a variety of popular music styles. Donna is both an acoustic and electronic kit user as well as being competent at playing to a click. Her playing style is all about the feel and creating a great groove. A very passionate and creative player, Donna Peters is a solid drummer who is professional in whatever she does.

For a recent European tour John was looking for a fixed bridge guitar. "I was really impressed with my friend Jerry Donahue's Fret-King I tried out at NAMM Show," says John (John was a member of The Hellecasters alongside Jerry Donahue and Will Ray). "It played and sounded excellent. I was curious to try Jerry's pickup and electronics setup on a John with his unique, semi acoustic body and one-off Country rosewood fingerboard…" Squire Semitone

Her professional attitude demand professional equipment and when it comes to percussion she puts her trust in Rhythm Tech. “I've had my Rhythm Tech DST drum kit tambourine since 1993 and always use it in my setup” says Donna. “That's 21 years of continuous use, live and in the studio and it's still going strong. It has NEVER let me down!” she continues “I love Rhythm Tech’s innovative products like the G3 Hi Hat tambourine, they make a great addition to my kit and are certainly built to last, that's for sure!

Rhythm Tech DST £41.99

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Over to guitar guru and Fret-King designer Trev Wilkinson who set to work putting together a unique, one-off Fret-King Black Label Series Country Squire Semitone guitar to John's specs within a couple of weeks in time to ship it out to Verona, Italy for the first show.

www.johnjorgenson.com

An enthusiastic John was over the moon. "The guitar is killer, plays and sounds great! It has gotten A LOT of interest from guitarists at my shows." He went on to add “I always look forward to collaborating with Trevor, he always surprises me by knowing exactly what I want in a guitar almost before I do!” Watch out for John’s very own Fret-King JJ signature guitar launching at the Namm show in California, January 2015. www.fret-king.com facebook.com/gearmagazine

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THE TRAVELLERS

REGAL TIP

Paul Brett & Gordon Giltrap’s CD

Nik Hodges - rabbit rabbit rabbit...

Those acoustic guitar maestros Gordon Giltrap and Paul Brett have pooled their incredible talents into producing a new CD ‘The Travellers’

Nik Hodges has been the drummer for legendary cockney rockers Chas & Dave since 2009 upon the retirement of original drummer Mick Burt. Since then, he has played two sold-out nationwide tours with them and featured on their brand new Warner Bros album 'That's What Happens' along with the likes of Jools Holland and Hugh Laurie.

Featuring twelve tracks, alternating between each player, ‘The Travellers’ CD is unique as it was recorded solely using the Vintage VTR8000PB Paul Brett ‘Viator’ travel guitar, and is only available from Vintage guitar dealers as a free gift with every purchase of a Gordon Giltrap or Paul Brett Signature Signature model, while stock last.

Vintage Viator Travel Guitar VTR800PB £199 inc carry bag

Paul Brett says “After all the years I have known Gordon it is a great pleasure to release this CD of our combined playing styles and especially using my Viator travel guitar”

Drumming since the tender age of two (or so his parents tell him!), Nik has played with many bands down the years. An award-winning producer/composer as well as drummer, Nik has produced music for many acclaimed TV shows and advertising campaigns. "Chas & Dave's music requires the light and shade of the full-on rock 'n' roll numbers and the laid-back old-time ballads. Only Regal Tip 205R 5A sticks have the hard-wearing qualities coupled with the lightness of feel that are needed for this job".

“To me the Viator can sound like a harpsichord or even a lute” says Gordon Giltrap “It is now a permanent part of my guitar armoury and I love it!”

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www.paulbrettguitarist.co.uk www.giltrap.co.uk Grant Nicholas Feeder, Guitarist

FISHMAN

FESTIVAL BACKLINE

Grant Nicholas

They asked, we delivered.

Probably best know for his work with Feeder, frontman and guitarist Grant Nicholas has recently been enjoying a string of solo and acoustic gigs across the world, including a stint in Japan.

John Hornby Skewes & Co Ltd have been delighted to help out with providing equipment from the Vintage, Fret-King, HK Audio and Hughes and Kettner ranges for a number of festivals including Les Fest, Hard Rock Hell, Ibiza Rocks, AOR Heaven, Scratch Festival, Hammerfest and Highway to Hell.

Grant relies on a reliable pickup system for his considerable array of acoustics, one that doesn’t detract from their inherent tone, and can be fitted with the minimum of modification to his much-loved six strings.

Les Fest organiser Dave Ritchie said "This was our third event was the most successful and best ever, massive thanks to everyone at JHS as this years main stage had real presence. Hope we can do it all again in 2015."

“I have been using Fishman acoustic pickups for over ten years now as they work so well in a live environment,” says Grant. “They are great for finger picking and full on strumming and I particularly like the Rare Earth Active Single coils which i am currently using on tour.”

JHS often supports shows and festivals with backline that sounds great and is really reliable. Check out the JHS website to see where we will be helping out next! www.jhs.co.uk

Grant has just released his first solo album ‘Yorktown Heights’ earlier this year, which he took out on the road in the autumn.

Spill 16 At Les Fest

Fishman Rare Single Coil - Active PRO-REP-101 £159

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Imagine if there was a PA with 220 watts of enhanced low end and sparkling highs, chock full of features like reverb and anti-feedback circuitry. Eliminates the need for an onstage guitar amp and wedge monitors. Breaks down in 60 seconds and packs into a durable wheeled travel bag, weighs 11kg and fits into the boot of your car. Now, can you imagine your next gig without a Fishman Solo Performance System? .

Premium PR:O • Rugged, road-worthy wood cabinets • Best-in-class acoustic properties • Linear frequency response, precise attack and decay • Tremendous SPL • PTC™ high frequency driver protection • Powered and passive cabinets • Crisp, crystal clear voice response • Full range cabs inc. Gain, Mic/Line switch and Tone Control (Speech-Music)

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VINTAGE ROUNDUP Taking a look back at the year and eveything Vintage...

vocalist) Carrie began to get more and more into folk music, and began frequent local folk clubs and singer nights. Guest appearances turned into gigs, and being lucky enough to share the stage with Gordon Giltrap she decided to invest in one of his Vintage VE2000GG Signature guitars.

Hailing from the Wirral, Merseyside Liz Owen is a singer/songwriter whose career has already seen her appear at numerous festivals, performing on BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 2, not to mention support slots for Joan Armatrading, Nick Harper and Midge Ure. Her intense guitar style is matched to melancholic lyrics delivered in a beautfully haunting vocal style. A long time user of the Vintage V400MP acoustic, she has also recently got hold of the Vintage Gordon Giltrap Signature V2000DLX “I’m a massive fan of Gordon’s so getting hold of one of his guitars is an absolute dream” she says “and the fact it plays and sounds great certainly doesn’t do any harm...”

Carrie’s album ‘What If?” featuring guest performances from Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman is available now. carriemartin.co.uk

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a joy to fingerpick.” says... Jack “It is a throwback to the early parlour guitars that so many of my blues heroes played. Like them, it is loud, durable and most importantly sounds great!'

it's unreal!" says bassist and frontman Karl. www.uatrband.com

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Leciestershire Alt-rocker’s Super 73 have been busy these past few months. With a string of dates in London and across their native Midlands the band have supported Arcan Roots, Everclear and been picked up by BBC Introducing. Bassist Rob Ellis says of his Vintage Icon VJ74MRBK bass guitar – "It delivers in every aspect. The quality of this instrument is far beyond its price range in tone, playability and looks. I hit the bass hard on stage and the VJ74 handles it like a pro."

Having met as frontline members for the ‘Solid Gold Country Legends’ touring show, Luke Thomas and Melanie Greggain decided to team up and combine Lukes blinding guitar work and Mel’s stunning vocals to make one of the most exciting country duos around, winning the Horizon Act of the Year at the British Country Music Awards 2013. For many years Luke, described as one of the best young country players in the UK, has relied on his trusty Vintage V52BS electric guitar, whilst Mel is also a fan of the brand with her Vintage Sweetwater VE900MH electro acoustic. www.lukeandmel.com

Jack Blackman is fast developing into one the most accomplished and exciting young performers on the acoustic roots scene today. His guitar playing has been described as 'exquisite' (FATEA Magazine, 2013), and his songs have been generating a great deal of attention from many in the music industry.

After a short hiatus (including fronting a rock band as lead

Here we take a look at the cream of the new crop - with players in all sorts of bands and with all sorts of talent, we reckon there must be something in the water over the Vintage way...

"I love this guitar's vibrant springy tones and its amazing sound when amplified!" says Carrie. "It sounded amazing in the studio and I am proud that it stands tall against other guitars with a higher price tag – it's my little gem and we have become a great team!"

www.lizowenmusic.co.uk

First picking up a guitar at the tender age of five, Carrie Martin learned the basics from her dad, she then joined a guitar club at school, and began to write her own songs in her teens, appearing on Radio Humberside a couple of times at the age of 14.

In the latest issue of GEAR, we gave you a run-down on a load of great Vintage players. Since then, though, they’ve grown their acoustic and electric family even more, with a list of top new, up-and-coming artists longer than, erm, a long piece of string.

Although always haunted by the ghosts of the blues, Jack's music fuses this with classy song writing and a folk sensibility. His voice has been described as sounding 'older and more careworn than his tender years should allow' (Acoustic Magazine, 2011), and he is also arguably the best slide guitar player of his generation. Recently Jack picked up a Vintage VTR8000PB Viator guitar for live use. 'The Vintage Viator is twitter.com/gearmagazine

www.reverbnation.com/Super73

Another bassist swayed by the cool looks an killer tones of the Vintage VJ74MRBK is Karl Sandor from York’s Us Amongst The Rest. With their debut album ‘Follow The Truth’ garnering 9 and 10 star reviews everwhere, UATR are becoming one of the most talked about bands on the circuit. "I'm so blown away with the tone and attack on this bass facebook.com/gearmagazine

Tim Bloomer – this Newcastle-born guitarist is currently fulfilling lead guitar duties alongside fellow geordieHannah in the eponymously titled Hannah Rickard and the Relatives. Playing old-time rock n roll, rockabilly with cool blues, country twist, Tim needed a guitar that could take a punsihing tour schedule as well as look the part onstage. "I was looking for


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®

The original pocket electronic organ

a hollow body guitar, that sounded great and at a reasonable price which affords peace of mind when touring. I found it with the Vintage VSA850WH, it's a fantastic guitar full stop!" www.hannahrickard.com

...took on the Vintage V100PGM guitar, and was amazed at the results. “This is the most versatile and comfortable guitar that I have played in a long time” says Mark, “whether it's in the studio or in a live setting you can not go wrong with Vintage.” Mary’s Ruin have recently released their debut album ‘Down the Line’ as a free download through their website and is currently working on their second studio album. www.marysruin.co.uk

Rob Wylde has carved out an exciting career for himself over the past 10 years fronting Power Pop Rockers Teenage Casket Company, taking their highly addictive radio friendly hooks all over the UK, Europe and USA. After being introduced to the Vintage range by fellow TCC band member Dave Kerr, Rob was persuaded to try the Vintage V6MRBK "This Vintage Icon guitar oozes character, tone and class,” says Rob “Its a sure-fire road warrior of a guitar.” Rob also plays bass for legendary Glam Metal band Tigertailz and has been seen in action with Vega, Steevi Jaimz and US band Sins Of America. teenagecasketcompany.co.uk /tigertailz.co.uk

Stylophone The original pocket synthesiser is back with additional fun features! • Built-in Stylus • Built-in Speaker • Vibrato Switch • Volume Control • Tone Switch

• Tuning Control • On/Off Switch • MP3 Input (3.5mm) • Line Out (3.5mm) • 3.5mm Cable Inc.

What are you

waiting for?

Amazing Core Tones! Probably one of the most beloved guitarist/singer/ songwriters on the UK folk scene, Steve Tilston made his recording debut in 1971 with ‘An Acoustic Confusion’ and has since enjoyed a long andvaried career, which has influenced and inspired a whole generation of acoustic players. Recently Steve went hill walking in and wanted a guitar that he could easily carry around with him. The Viator was the natural choice. “I love my Viator, she’s a little beauty.” says Steve “I just can’t put her down!” Steve’s latest release ‘Happenstance’ is available now and he has also turned his talents to writing – his first novel ‘All For Poor Jack’ as been enjoyed by none other than Bob Dylan. www.stevetilston.com

Currently the guitarist and writer for Mary’s Ruin, a rock band that have a hard edge rock sound mixed with the softer side of the blues, Mark Gibb recently

Model No. STYLO

To test drive any of our Vintage electric and acoustic guitars, visit your local Vintage Dealer!

Kinsman FX pedals give players a bunch of amazing core tones that will elevate their sounds to professional levels. Rugged and durable in their solid metal enclosures, they all feature True Bypass as standard – so your signal and all-important tone are not affected or impeded at all when the pedal is switched off and can powered either by 9 volt battery or mains adapter.

True Bypass Effect Pedals

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VINTAGE At the West End Following a sold-out-run at Hampstead Theatre, the criticallyaccalimed production of 'Sunny Afternoon' has transferred to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre. THE KINKS exploded onto the 60s music scene with a raw, energetic new sound that rocked a nation. But how did that happen, where exactly did they come from and what happened next? With Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies and Direction by Edward Hall, Sunny Afternoon depicts the rise to stardom of THE KINKS. Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations. The producers needed guitars that were period correct and yet solid enough for performing night after night so approached Vintage guitars who were happy to supply a VSA535-12 twelve string, VSA535 and VS590 Semi-Acoustic models, plus a left-handed LV4BK bass. Vintage VSA535-12 £439

REGAL TIP WEARING IT WELL and the DixieMix Jazzband DixieMix Jazzband are 6 piece outfit, who play tribute to the classic sounds of trad jazz at clubs and venues in and around the sleepy county of Norfolk. However, early this year the band recieved an unexpected gig offer out of the blue... “We got a message from the people organising Rod Stewart’s UK arena tour” says the bands drummer and vocalist Tony Wilkins “they were looking for a Trad Jazz band to play the opening spots for Rod and asked if we would be interested...”

Tony with his Regal Tips

Travelling over 2000 miles and playing in front of over a total of 130,000 people across the UK must have been a great experience? “We played 5 stadium dates all between 22K to 25K seat stadiums” says Tony, “you cannot explain the sound of the crowd when you walk out to that many people - it was a dream come true for all the band.” Tony, a long time Regal Tip user took his trusty sticks with him on the tour “I prefer a hickory stick as it is lighter in use than normal, so the 208R Regal Tip 8A wood tip is absolutely ideal for me.” So how did the shows go down? “We would like to think it was a job well done - Rod was watching us from the side of the stage, and as we came off he gave us the thumbs up and ‘well done lads, that was brilliant!’

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ODYSSEY SCHOLARSHIP

Praise indeed from the man himself! Check out DixieMix Jazzband on Facebook www.facebook.com/dixiemix.jazzband

Free lessons and Instruments

Odyssey have teamed up with Morecambe's Promenade Music to present three young musicians with 'The Odyssey Scholarships', providing free lessons via Wigan Music Services and the free use of Odyssey Brasswind musical instruments for full year. Designed by master craftsman Peter Pollard Odyssey Brasswind is quickly becoming the 'goto' brand for teachers and stores when recommending new instruments, due to their impressive specification, high build quality and ease of playing, whilst at the same time not breaking the bank of mum and dad! Dave Little, Head of Music Service added - "As the provider of instrumental tuition at St Stephens, Wigan Music Service is delighted to accept this most generous gift which we will ensure is put to excellent use with the talented pupils in school. It is wonderful to have such craftsmanship on our doorstep here in the borough and we look forward to developing this relationship further."

Rod Stewart with the DixieMix band

"The joy for me," says Peter Pollard, "was to see the kids faces and to hear the 'oohs' and 'ahhs' as we took the instruments out of the cases! That's what it's all about." This years presentation took place at St Stephens Primary School in Astley, Manchester and the Scholarship winners are pictured left with their loaner instruments - Olivia Lysons (OTH1900 Tenor Horn) , Daniel Short (OBH1400 Baritone Horn), and Jacob Pendlebury (OCR100 Cornet) alongside Cath Ormerod, Head Teacher at St Stephens.

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ENCORE

Bass players, we haven’t forgotten you… many a pro player started with an E4 bass which at just £99 delivers thunderous, punchy bottom end and fantastic playability.

Thirty Years and still Rockin’

For the younger player, the E375 (£89.99) 3/4 size electric guitars and E20 7/8 size bass are perfect for those with smaller hands.

Pack E5BLKOFT £99.99

Tonewoods, premium hardware, custom pickups, balance, outstanding playability, superior tone; not attributes you’d usually associate with inexpensive guitars.

With all of the above available as outfits, with a Kinsman 10 watt amplifier, strap, stand, clip on electronic tuner, lead, carry case, spare strings, plectrum and tuition DVD there’s everything you need to get yourself on the road to rock ‘n’ roll stardom.

Designed by Trev Wilkinson, Encore electric guitars have been the ‘go-to’ starter brand for more than thirty years. Encore stands out as the only ‘entry level’ instruments with high end features, inspiring first time players.

The Encore E5BLKOFT (£99.99) is a 7/8 size body electric guitar, with the amazing E6 neck and vibrato, a howling single humbucking pickup, guitar cable and a DC powered practice amp, ready to go, everywhere!

Featuring guitars such as the E6, with exclusive Wilkinson designed Guitar Tech™ pickups, which produce the vintage sparkle you’d expect from a treasured classic, a body with the attributes of swamp ash, maple neck with rosewood board, and a free floating vintage style vibrato bridge, the E6 will surprise the most experienced player, let alone give a new player a flying start!

As Trev Wilkinson observed, “It’s easy to make a great guitars for ‘telephone number’ prices, but to make the best ‘first guitar’ in the world for new guitarists on a budget, that was a real challenge.” “I’m knocked out that we can now get such incredible guitars into the hands of new guitarists. I believe Encore is ‘the best first guitar’ in the world; my name’s on ‘em!”

If your preference is more ‘Country’, amaze yourself with the equally outstanding E2 and all from just £89.99.

Not forgetting of course the Encore Classical guitar packs. Available in full, 3/4 and 1/2 size outfits, these well-built nylon strung guitars feature a spruce laminate top with maple neck and fingerboard and again come with a host of accessories including pitch pipe, carry bag, spare strings and tutorial DVD.

If straight ahead rock is your thing, the E99, and E69, single and twin cutaway models, feature high output humbuckers, offset high access heel joints and fixed necks. They’ll amaze you with their playability and tone.

Happy 30th Birthday Encore!

Set-in maple neck on the E69 and E99 models that are usually found on more expensive guitars.

Pack ENC44OFT £79.99

Want a bit more ‘edge’? Check out the E89. 24 frets, deep cutaways and two hot humbuckers, these guitars shred with the best. All the more amazing is the sub £130 price tag for these three rockers! www.jhs.co.uk/encoreelectric

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Guitar E89 £129

Guitar E6 From £89.99

Guitar E99 £129

Guitar E69 £119

Guitar E2 £89.99

Guitar E375 £89.99

Bass E4 £99.99

Bass E20 £89.99

Pack EBP-E89 £189

Pack EBP-E6 £149

Pack EBP-E99 £189

Pack EBP-E69 £179

Pack EBP-E2 £149

Pack EBP-E375 £149

Pack EBP-E4 £169

Pack EPB-E20 £159

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VINTAGE UKULELE’S Vintage Ukulele Outfits Having enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years, ukuleles have never been more popular, with many schools now using them as the instrument of choice instead or alongside the recorder. The brand new Vintage VUK30N Concert and VUK40N Tenor Ukuleles are therefore the ideal 'next step' for improvers or serious beginners and also provide different tonal characterises due to their respective body designs. The VUK30N and VUK40N feature attractive mahogany bodies and tops, rosewood bridges and fingerboards, plus robust and stable open geared machine heads for easy tuning.

Vintage Ukulele Tenor Outfit Natural Vintage Ukulele VUK40N £42.99 Concert Outfit Natural VUK30N £34.99

MANUEL RODRIGUEZ Classical Guitar Outfits Since 1905 the luthiers at Manuel Rodriguez and sons have consistently built some of the most superb classical guitars in the world, admired and played by some of the greatest players. Although specialising in high-end construction, Manuel Rodriguez are well aware that the novice, or improving students also deserve the best possible sound and playability from their instruments too. With that in mind they have introduced the Model 7 range which offers three guitars with the usual MR attention to detail when it comes to superb playability and tone, but at an even more accessible price. All three models feature a spruce top with catalpa back and sides, sapele neck,

Coloured Ukulele’s

Rodriguez Model 7 Senorita 3/4 MR7S £189

And for those who prefer a little more colour in their life, the Vintage VUK15 Ukulele’s have sapele bodies, tops and sides, linden necks with rosewood bridges and are available in Red, Blue, White and the more traditional natural finish.

Rodriguez Model 7 Caballero MR7C £189

Vintage coloured ukulele’s VUK15N - Natural VUK15RD - Satin Red VUK15BL - Satin Blue VUK15WH - White £22.99

mahogany headstock and rosewood fingerboard. A catalpa rosette and black abs binding finish off their striking looks, whilst a rosewood bridge, bone nut and saddle combine with the chrome plated machine heads for solid tuning and accurate intonation.

IDEAL INTRODUCTION The Full Falcon Classic Guitar Outfit This full-size classic guitar in a natural finish will allow students and novice players of all ages an inexpensive route to experiencing the vibrant, exciting tone of classic guitar. It comes as an outfit which includes classic guitar, carry bag, tuition DVD, pitch pipe, spare set of strings and a guitar strap.

Dreadnought Acoustics

Aimed at the younger player the MR7S Senorita is a 3/4 sized classical, which nevertheless can produce a full bodied and rich tone.

Also available from Falcon is a steel strung acoustic outfit includes: nylon strung classic guitar, carry bag, tuition DVD, pitch pipe, spare set of strings and a strap

Falcon Classic Guitar Full Outfit Set FL44OFT £54.99

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Falcon Guitars Dreadnought FG100 available in Natural, Redburst, Blueburst, Sunburst. £64.99

Rodriguez Model 7 Electro Acoustic MR7EA £229

The MR7C Caballero is full sized classical guitar, ideal for the novice or improver. Capable of impressive tones and sustain it can hold its own against guitars at twice the price.

Finally, the MR7EA is an electro-acoustic model with cutaway for improved upper fret access and a professional 2 way EQ system, making it a great choice for the gigging guitarist who needs those nylon-strung tones for one or two songs without the hassles of using a microphone. All three models come packaged with a Manuel Rodriguez ‘MR’ carry bag.

*Left hand natural £69.99

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REGAL TIP More artists join the Regal Tip roster Dhani Mansworth

Rhythm powerhouse with Cambridge hard rockers The Treatment, 21 year old Dhani Mansworth has already toured supporting Steel Panther, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, Motley Crue and played at Sonisphere and Download.

Combining the drive of early Def Leppard with the song-writing ability of prime UFO and Thin Lizzy, The Treatment are unashamedly inspired by an era when rock bands looked like rock bands and were generally intent on causing a stir (both onstage and off); an era when the lifestyle was important, when music was everything and when vinyl was king. So when he plays, Dhani needs a stick that can take some punishment...”I use Regal Tip sticks because there the most durable sticks on the market.” www.facebook.com/TheTreatmentOfficial A first class session drummer, currently working with blues/rock singer guitarist Chantelle McGregor, Keith McPartling has been playing drums for 23 years, and can turn his talents to jazz, funk, dance and rock. Keith also plays for Nineteen84 and THE:FOOT:CLAN

Keith McPartling

“Using Regal Tip 9a helps me articulate my musical ideas around the kit, with reliability and precision” he says. “They just make my job so much easier.”

27 years later Steve, Gary and Terry got back together for a jamin London and enjoyed it so much that they have now confirmed that they are now officially re-united and will soon to be back in the studio working on a brand new Vardis Album, having already had success at a number of festivals in the UK and Europe. So what is Gary’s stick of choice for the newly launched Vardis? "The way I play is hard and strong so I need a stick to stand up to the punishment - Regal Tip does the job." www.vardisrocks.com Jake Fogarty - Drummer for UK Tech Metal band Red Seas Fire has been playing drums for around 15 years now, in all types of bands and genres. He joined Red Seas Fire in January 2013, Jake Fogarty and has toured the UK with Circle Of Contempt, as well as having the chance of playing main support to bands like Miss May I, TesseracT and Thy Art Is Murder. The festival season of 2013 also saw him playing Takedown Festival in Southampton and the UK Tech Metal festival. With one EP already recorded and released in May of 2013, titled "Exposition" the band hope to have recorded and released a part two to the first EP in the later quarter of 2013, title "Confrontation". “I play Regal Tip 205R 5B sticks. After years of trying to find a reliable drumstick I've finally come across a product that has the durability and feel that I desire. I warm up and record with 225R 2B Regal Tip." www.redseasfire.com/

www.chantelmcgregor.com Originating from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Vardis hit the British Heavy Metal scene in 1978. Consisting of frontman Steve Zodiac on guitar and lead vocals, Terry Horbury on bass guitar and Gary Pearson on drums Vardis quickly gained notoriety for very special live performances with a unique approach of incorporating elements of 1970's glam, punk and Heavy Metal Rock’n’Roll. Gary Pearson

Their 1980 debut album, '100MPH' got them invited to play the Heavy Metal Holocaust music festival in August 1981 alongside Ozzy Osbourne and Motorhead in front of 30,000 heavy metal fans. Three more albums followed until Vardis split in the mid-1980’s

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Hailing from bonnie Scotland, Dave McCluskey has recently taken the role of sticksman with The Quireboys, embarking on a series of gigs across the UK and Europe. A highly experienced drummer, despite his young age Dave also plays for The Union, alongside former Thunder guitarist Luke Morley. Another Regal Tip devotee, Dave says of his 225RX 5b sticks "Whether I'm playing full on rock 'n' roll or a gentle ballad, these Regal Tip sticks are well balanced and finely crafted with great strength for any musical genre I put them through." www.quireboys.com www.theuniononline.com

large number of outputs, the individual tracks of a multi-track DAW session can easily be connected to the individual inputs of an analog studio mixer, perfect for analog summing and mixing “out of the box”, imparting classic analog flavour to your next mix session.

Perfect for backing tracks, virtual soundchecks, triggering synths, driving light shows and controlling devices. The convenient Windows ONLY Play List Editor allows you the easily assign a wave files output channel, set list, pause time, continuous play or footswitch control. Edit your set list on the fly from the browser on the LPL16 to easily adapt to set change and crowd requests!

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Used in connection with a Windows PC, Mac or iPad the LPL16 also serves as an 18-output/ 2-input USB audio interface. With a twitter.com/gearmagazine

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DUH DUH DURRR! Rockin’ all over the beach One of the UK’s most prolific music journalists and incredibly nice guy, Lars Mullen tells Gear magazine all about his Rocking All Over The World record attempt and sharing the stage with a legend... I toured in Status Clone, a professional Status Quo tribute band for the best part of nine years, so I’m very familiar with the three chord Quo trick that everyone seems to think is so easy to play. Sure, you could say most of the band’s material is based on a trio of chords in a variety of keys, but in reality, it’s far more complex than that. I was delighted when I was asked to be part of Guitars On The Beach, which beat the UK record for the number of guitarists playing together at one time, in September 2014 at Lyme Regis in Dorset. 3,300 guitar players thumbed along to four Quo songs, Rocking All Over The World of course the favourite and one of the songs that broke the record. I was lucky enough to get to use a prototype Vintage Icon model in white, which not only looked uncannily like the real thing it sounded fricking amazing, Ian Gilan and Lars Mullen and handled rockin’ at the beach everything I threw at it. It’s built like a granite lighthouse and delivered a massive sustain, you really don’t need that much overdrive for a Quo guitar sound, just hit it as hard as you can without breaking strings.

The high output bridge pickup pushed the front end of my amplifier to the next level on the next record attempt which was Smoke On The Water, led by Deep Purple’s vocalist Ian Gillan. I’ve interviewed Rick Parfitt and Rhino Edwards, Quo’s bass player a couple of times and they rightly say, there’s only one way to play their stuff, and it’s full on, 100%, it ain’t for the weak hearted, none of this gently stroking of the strings, if you break five plectrums a night as I very often did, you know you’re on the right track...

Lars on stage looking every bit as good as Parfitt with the Vintage prototype.

HUGHES & KETTNER ENDORSEES Andrew MacDouglas, David Locke, Birdy & Yashin Already used around the world by some of the biggest names in the business including Rush’s Alex Lifeson, Tommy Thayer of Kiss and Allan Holdsworth, Hughes and Kettner amplifiers continue to win over guitarists everywhere- here what some of the latest converts have to say about them... Andrew ‘Mac’ MacDouglas is a busy session player who has been touring with Gabrielle in the UK and Croatia and a European tour with Christian rapper Guvna B. Mac is the proud owner of both a Triamp and GM36H GrandMeister. “I love the midi functionality on the GrandMeister” says Mac. “plus noise gate, power scaling and different tones all at the touch of a button!” Best know for his many excellent YouTube videos that perfectly capture his sublime, tasteful and technically dazzling playing, David Locke has been using Hughes and Kettner amplifiers as his number one backline. “I love the mix of the crisp cleans, aggressive dirt and massive sounds that come from my TubeMeister TM36 head, Such a small piece of my setup, yet it's great for gigging too!” davelocke.co.uk Andrew ‘Mac’ MacDouglas

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Henry ‘Birdy’ Bird is another busy guitarist whose main gig is with the Alt/Country act McKay. Another recent devotee to the TubeMeister range, Birdy was amazed by his TubeMeister TM36H “It’s an excellent amp for any situation. Thanks to its power soak you can get that sweet cranked tone at any workable volume. Together with the in built Red Box DI (which sounds easily as good as a mic'd speaker) it is such a versatile amp, and it looks awesome!” www.timmckay.co.uk Yashin are a post-hardcore band from Greenock in Scotland. They have toured with the likes of Black Veil Brides & Madina Lake, and have also played at Download Festival and Sonisphere. “I’ve loved Hughes and Kettner amps since I first heard the Trilogy head back in 2007” says guitarist Paul Travers “but the new GrandMeister 36 was purpose built for my needs - I couldn't believe the tones I could create from such a small piece of equipment, and all valve driven! Out with the effects pedals and in with the GrandMeister 36......who said size matters??” www.facebook.com/theyashin Henry ‘Birdy’ Bird

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FURTHER ADVENTURES OF JOE ELLIOTT Neither down...or out Known around the world for his role as lead singer with the heavy rock behemoth Def Leppard, Joe Elliott talks to GEAR magazine's Gav Coulson about his further adventures with the Down N Outz… GC - How did the whole Down N Outz project come about?

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JE - Well it was never planned. I've always been a massive fan of all the 70's glam rock scene, and of course, being the singer in a heavy rock band this always kind of throws people off their stride in interviews, because they always expect you to say bands like Led Zep, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath. Of course I love those bands too, but my favourites were always T-REX, Bowie, Slade etc and especially Mott The Hoople. Over the years I got to meet each of the guys from MTH individually at different concerts and shows, and when they organised the reunion concerts back in 2009 I phoned the rest of the guys in Leppard up and said "We are not doing anything that week! Not even for ten million!" because I'd never had the chance to see them live. A few months before the gigs I got a call from Ian Hunter's wife Trudy, asking if I would be willing to do the support slot for the final night - it turns out the guys in Mott the Hoople were very aware of my love of the band, and how I'd always quoted them as my biggest influence. So I of course said yes, but the only problem was how to do it. It wouldn't have been fair to ask Leppard, (for either Mott or Leppard), but it turns out Trudy had the answer as Mott were managed by the same people as The Quireboys, and Paul

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Guerin, Guy Griffin and Keith Weir were all willing to work with me for the slot. I thought that was fantastic, as I knew their stuff and its that proper song based rock 'n' roll in the style of the Faces/Hoople/ Stones. So what I decided to do was use some the great tracks recorded by the various members of Mott The Hoople in their solo and splinter group projects - I chose ten tracks, to rehearse, which they did during sound checks whilst

MATT SMITH Songwriter, producer, author and genius. Session ace and one of the USA’s top demo guys, Matt Smith is a multi instrumental genius, prolific songwriter, producer, as well the author and contributor to countless tuition books and DVD’s such as Alfred Publishing’s ‘Matt Smith’s Chop Shop’

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The first time we met was a rehearsal room in Putney three days before the concert and after polite introductions (because up to that point I'd only spoken to Paul) we had a cup of tea then started to rehearse. Three hours later we were in the pub, having gone through everything and nailing it. The guys blew me away they were so professional and had really pulled out all the stops to make this work. Two days later we did the show, had a great gig and I went to watch Mott The Hoople's set. In the interval, at the foyer me and the rest of the guys were pinned to the wall by the

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“I love Trev’s guitars, and his pickups are the tops” drawls Matt. “I love the way the Vari-coil allows me to go from single coil to full doublecoil at the turn of a dial, they are versatile enough to work with in any situation.” Matt is currently playing live with ‘The Hot Nut Riveters’ a six-piece acoustic blues/folk/ country/americana combo comprising some of the hottest multi-instrumentalists in Texas.

Amongst his very busy schedule, Matt is currently demonstrating the newly reintroduced Supro Amplifier range at guitar and music shows in the US and around the world, and visitors will see him rocking out with his Fret-King guitar range. A long time friend and admirer of Trev Wilkinson and his Fret-King guitar range, Matt was presented with his own ‘Matt-O-Matic’ guitar a few years ago, and has recently expanded his guitar range to include the Black Label FKV21SAGB Semitone Special and the FKV3JE John Etheridge Elise.

on tour, and I sat on a tour bus for 3,500 miles in the States learning all the lyrics and guitar parts.

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audience, all of whom were saying how fantastic it was to hear those songs played live, how they weren't expecting it and 'had we recorded an album?' It was then we realised we might have more to offer than a 45 minute set... GC - You and the rest of the guys have since gone on to record 3 albums, including the latest release "The Further Adventures Of The Down And Outz" Is it difficult to juggle the commitments of writing/touring/recording with you all having other projects that often have to take precedence? JE - It can tough sometimes, but its not like climbing Everest in roller skates! I'm always working, my brain won't let me stop, it can be writing or recording, or something as daft as taking some olds songs off cassette and burning them to a CD, but I have to keep active, its what I do. As far as writing is concerned I'm lucky in that I don't have to write in a particular way. Sometimes I can be sat at the piano and come out with something that will be very much a Leppard track, the next song might be like the Faces or Bowie. Im not normally an overtly fluent songwriter, I'll sometimes get stuck on a word for ages, but I had a week in California where I wrote a song every day. I feel very I'm lucky to have been given this gift, so although it can be hard its more than manageable. GC - You have your own studio 'Joe's Garage' based at your home in Ireland who has been your favourite recording session so far? JE - (Laughs) I set the studio up in 1989 after I saw the bill for the 'Hysteria' album. But seriously, with Leppard we are (laughs again) or were, not so much any more thank goodness, labour intensive in the studio. We would spend weeks just getting one sound right, so having our own studio meant we had the luxury and time to

take as long as we wanted. Plus, the convenience of being at home is fantastic, it might sound strange with touring round the world and everything but I love being at home and this gives me that luxury. We've done some great recordings here I'd say 90% of Leppard's material has been put together here since Hysteria, we did some great stuff with Ricky Warwick. One time that really sticks in my mind is when Def Leppard and The Hothouse Flowers got together and we records some stuff under the moniker 'Acoustic Hippies From Hell'. We did one track that I'd written 'From The Inside' and covers of 'Little Wing' and 'You Cant Always Get What You Want'. Its funny but when you get two bands from polar opposite genres working together it can sometimes come together even better. Another time is when we did the last Down n Outz album and Paul Guerin was recording the solo for 'Journey'. The hairs on the back of my neck just shot up - thats a one-take first take solo. I turned to the engineer and we both just said "Holy Shit!" Its like he just pulled it out of the air. GC - You are also the host of your own radio show on Planet Rock every Saturday Night, how did you get into that and are you enjoying DJ'ing? JE - It really came about because our PR Company approached them for an interview and they said instead of that why didn't I present an hour long show each week for 6 weeks. So I said OK, but only if I get to play what I want to play and they said absolutely fine. I don't think I could do it if I had to work to a playlist, I much prefer to play songs I can relate to and tell stories about. I was once asked to fill in for Simon Bates on Radio 1 for a week and so you had me on there, 9am while 12pm playing Iron Maiden Deep Purple, and loads of other rock stuff. In fact I got a hand written letter from Peter Grant (Led Zeppelin's Manager) saying "thank you, thats the first time anyones played 'Kashmir' at 11am on

HUGHES & KETTNER Silver Story "Best sound quality I have ever heard from a valve amp. Both for studio recording and live shows; no other amp even comes close for me." – Liam Hays enthuses about his TubeMeister 36 watt head. Silver Story are set to release their album “Cold Street Lights” on the 18th September with the debut single “Bleed” available to stream now. After the success of their previous two EP’s and amassing a large audience across the UK with two successful tours, the punk rock band from Merseyside will return with their highly anticipated debut album “Cold Street Lights”. Taking influence from a pool of genres Silver Story’s music has taken on a sound which is organic yet nostalgic of early 00’s punk. Silver Story’s frontman and vocalist Alex McCabe recently said that the band have written a new “adrenaline fuelled” song. The twitter.com/gearmagazine

UK radio"… GC - You've been using one of Paul's Vintage VSA535CR Semi Acoustic guitar for the videos and recordings - how do you find it? JE - Paul's always championing the brand and he finally convinced me to try this one out. Its fantastic. It plays great, the intonation is spot on and its comfortable to wear too believe me, when you a recording a video all day the last thing you want is a heavy uncomfortable guitar on your shoulder for eight hours! It looks the business too the deep red colour is superb. GC - So what is next on the agenda for you? JE - We've got the press and publicity for the upcoming NFL Oakland Raiders vs Miami Dolphins pre-game show performance at Wembley Stadium, then we will be looking to finishing off the new Leppard album. We've got four of five songs already to go, and we've just been waiting for Vivian (Campbell, lead guitarist was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma) to get back on its feet. Luckily he's got the all clear now but he obviously needs some time to recover, so we will be looking at that coming out early next year. Then we've got a two week tour with the Down N Outz starting on 5th December right through until the 18th. GEAR magazine is pleased to offer six readers signed 'Further Adventures of The Down n Outz' CD's and posters, simply answer this question. The members of the Down N Outz come from which two UK rock bands? - answer on a postcard to the usual address.

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track Bleed will feature as the lead single on the new album and the video is available now on Youtube. The video for the bands first release “My Empire” has amassed over 22,000 views reinforcing the demand for this young, up and coming band. He added that “Bleed” is mainly about being bored with the uniformity of life and seeking out confrontation and danger to cure the boredom. The album which was recently recorded in London, is a leap from the bands last EP and has already received critical acclaim for its high energy hooks and catchy lyrics. The recording “Cold Street Lights” sees an impressive array of producers, including Matt O’Grady who has worked with the likes of You Mat At Six, Deaf Havanna and Don Broco. Silver Story’s live shows have left audiences captivated and impossibly intrigued by Britain’s punk rock band and a lot of the inspiration from what they do, stems from some the of the greatest rock artists of the all time, including Nirvana, Blink 182 and A Day To Remember.

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Band Members: Alex McCabe – Vocals/Guitar Liam Heys – Lead Guitar/Vocals Mike Brunskill – Bass Guitar/Vocals Gaz Haigh – Drums/Screaming Vocals

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SUPRO: THE LEGEND RETURNS The lore, the legend, the tone.

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Highly-sought after by collectors and tone aficionados across the world, Supro amplifiers exploded onto the scene way back in the 1930’s – before the solid-bodied electric guitar – and were responsible for that gritty, wailing blues tone associated with the early days of the Chicago blues scene. They went on to be used on some of the most iconic recordings of the 60’s and 70’s, with legends such as Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix (who toured with Little Richard and The Isley Brothers using Supro) and Albert Lee all touring and recording with those incredible little combos... Fast forward to today and Supro amplifiers are back, better and bolder than ever. Re-engineered by Bruce Zinky and David Koltai, the new breed of Supro amps are still based on those classic, original circuit designs, and as soon as you plug into a Supro amplifier you know your ears are in for a treat. A clean, rich tone, with a tight bottom head and crisp highs, slowly crank the volume and hear that overdrive roar that still keeps its definition and power to cut through any mix. So lets take a closer look at these newly re-introduced tone machines... 1624T Dual-Tone – the vintage 1624T amps are prized by collectors as they embodied the most desirable aspects of the Supro sound. Based on those classic circuit designs, the 1624T is a 24 watt 1x12 combo which can easily handle most gigging situations whilst achieving a beautiful saturated overdrive tone and still keeping its

35 watts of pure tone is fed through a pair of Supro designed 10" speakers and like the Dual-Tone you have a tube-driven tremolo circuit and can run both channels simultaneously for maximum power and overdrive. Featuring a period-correct lightweight cabinet, and finished in that gorgeous Blue Rhino Hide Tolex with white and silver livery, the Coronado looks as cool as it sounds Finally, the S6420 Thunderbolt is the ultimate in pure, tone heaven. Just two controls and away you go. With a bold, upfront sound and honest midrange the Thunderbolt brings Coronado 1690T £1,049

tonality and clarity. By using 6973 power tubes, the Dual-Tone has a unique tone that delivers a satisfying chunk of 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll from its gloriously retro and compact design whilst a tube-driven tremolo circuit adds to the whole vintage vibe. Also featuring linkable channels, with their own dedicated volume and tone controls, by plugging into the IN1+2 input you link both channels in parallel for double the input signal and double the gain. This allows you to drive the power amp as hard as possible, and by using a simple A/B pedal you can ‘channel switch’ too – you gotta whole lotta love that overdrive tone! The 1690T Coronado is a reissue of the 1964 classic Supro tube amp. Featuring a Class A dual 6L6 tube-rectified power amp, the Coronado can give you everything from mellow jazz, country twang, singing blues and all out rock ‘n’ roll!

out the very essence of your guitars inherent voice. Using a a 5U4 rectifier tube to deliver that classic tone, through a pair of classic 6L6 power valves, the Thunderbolt can cope with the largest of stages, with all the gain you might need directly on tap from your guitars volume control. But wait a minute – did we say finally..? The S6420+ Thunderbolt Plus gives you all the features of the standard Thunderbolt with a switchable power amp that can deliver 35 watt ‘Class A’ tone as well as a huge 45 and 60 watt Grid bias modes for even more headroom and tonal variation. (How many more times do we need to tell you to ramble on down to your local dealer and check out Supro amplifiers - Ed!)

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THE BEANO - real musical instruments Join Dennis the Menace, Gnasher & Minnie the Minx to become your very own din maker! Featuring the UK’s favourite anti-hero and his pals, this fantastic new range of ‘The Beano’ Real Musical Instruments will appeal to menaces of all ages. Launched in July 1938 the Beano is the UK's longest running comic and continues to entertain generation after generation of children. Spin-offs like the hit TV series Dennis and Gnasher (who also have their very own comic) bring the antics of the terrible twosome to new audiences every week and Dennis and his pals also have their own band, 'Dennis And The Dinmakers' who feature regularly in the magazine.

3-Piece Junior Drum Set TBK100 £159

A must-have for fans, and an ideal gift for children (ukuleles are fast becoming the classroom instrument after the recorder) the three individual wooden ukulele outfits come complete with carry bag, plectrum and pitch pipe, finished in eye-catching graphics featuring Dennis the Menace (BNUK01), his pet dog Gnasher (BNUK02) and Minnie The Minx (BNUK03). All come boxed in attractive, full colour packaging and are priced at £29.99 each. Also in the range is the Junior Guitar Outfit (£49.99). Ideal for smaller hands due to its size and the easy to play nylon strings, these wooden guitar outfits are aimed at ages 5 and above and comprise of carry bag, plectrum, pitch pipes, plus guitar strap and spare strings - everything the budding future gnash metal player needs. Again the easily identifiable full-colour graphics on the packaging make an attractive eye-catching display.

Dennis the Menace Ukulele Outfit BNUK01 £29.99

Finally, you can menace the entire neighbourhood with The Beano 3 piece Junior Drum Kit (£159). Complete with solidly built wooden snare drum, tom tom, bass drum with bass drum pedal, cymbal, stool and sticks even the youngest street kid can bash away to their hearts content. All ready to go in a colourful box, it’s easy to set-up and get drumming quickly.

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Get yourself a Beano Real Musical Instrument and start writing some menacing riffs of your very own! When you’re not playing visit www.beano.com for your weekly install of laughs, jokes, pranks and more.

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Cowabunga dudes! Rock out with these cool new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Real Musical Instruments! Once again JHS has teamed up with the good people at Nickelodeon to bring you these fantastic instruments featuring everyone’s favourite Heroes in a Half-Shell, including two different ukulele designs and a 3/4 size guitar outfit.

Ukulele Outfit - Lean Mean Green TMUK2 £29.99

Arguably, the most important instrument anyone can get is their first, and the TMNT Real Musical Instruments have been designed to give younger players worldwide a fun introduction to music without compromising playability. The two ukulele outfits have nylon strings and geared machine heads for accurate tuning, finished with purple back and sides and eye-catching graphics. Both are attractively packaged and come complete with a nylon carry bag, pitch pipe and plectrum - everything you need to start playing. Then perfect for the budding player is the 3/4 size acoustic guitar, nylon strung for ease of playing and again supplied with a carry bag, strap, pitch pipes, plectrum and a spare set of strings.

Junior Guitar Outfit TMG34 £59.99

Funnier and “ninja-ier” than ever before, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is based on four mutant turtles – Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo – trained in the art of ninjutsu by their mutant rat sensei, Master Splinter, who teaches the Turtles to battle evil from the New York City sewers.

Ukulele Outfit - Turtles TMUK1 £29.99

www.jhs.co.uk/tmnt

EASY KARAOKE - for home, school & any party! Karaoke has never been so popular and easy with these new machines. Whether you are a budding bathroom diva who thinks they’ve got the X-Factor, or own a pub or club and need some in-house entertainment, Easy Karaoke has a solution for you. Karaoke (literally Japanese for "empty orchestra") caught on around the world in the 1990's and shows no signs of losing popularity.

Includes

FREE 60 Track Karaoke Millennium CD

Easy Karaoke Plug & Play machine with 60 track disc EKG88BK £49.99

The EKG88BK is a Plug & Play CD/CDG Karaoke Machine that comes with microphone, a free CDG demo disc with 60 tracks and cables to connect to any TV or AV system so you can practice for that mates night out, or that audition with Simon Cowell. The system has two mic inputs so you can get a friend involved in the fun, and a headphone socket so you can keep friendly with the neighbours. Easy Karaoke Professional System with 100 track disc EKS808BK £249

Next up is the EKS301RB in a striking red and black finish, which has all same features as its little brother plus a built-in video camera that displays the singers image on a connected TV/screen along with the lyrics and its own dedicated speaker system. Again this system comes with a 60 track Millenium CD. Finally the EKS808BK is a professional Karaoke System, ideal for pubs, clubs, schools and that big night in! A stylish display pedestal contains a built-in speaker system and it displays the song lyrics on its dedicated 7” TFT screen, eliminating the need for an external audio/visual set-up. With extra features such as echo control, digital key control and a USB port that allows you to record and play back performances the system comes complete a with a 100 song CDG disc to get you started.

Chromatic QTSN1 £16.49 rrp

All instrument tuner/ metronome QTSN2 £19.99 rrp

Includes

The Easy Karaoke systems are the simplest and easiest way to get any Karaoke party started!

FREE 60 Track Karaoke Millennium CD

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Easy Karaoke Machine with camera and 60 track disc EKS301RB £69.99

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FRET-KING King of the pedals Guitar world legend Trev Wilkinson and Fret-King are giving guitarists something to stamp their feet about – a brand new range of Fret-King FX pedals! Trev's been around for decades, and he's been snapping up stompboxes like they're going out of fashion for most of that time. His vast collection has provided plenty of inspiration for Fret-King pedals, and when you plug them in you'll get tones you’ll recognise straight out of the box. They're made to the usual Fret-King quality standards too – rugged, durable die-cast aluminium casing, true bypass technology, classy design, and dual paired inputs where necessary – so they're perfectly set for a lifetime on the road! Check 'em out… Classic Wah

or to drive your valve amp at crucial moments, and you'll be rewarded with a sound that doesn't go over the top, but stays sophisticated, crisp and direct. It's a klassic in the making! A real revelation when you need to turn it up to 11, the Fret-King Power Boost (£59.99) gives you up to 20dB of boost to your signal, and it'll also break things up ever so slightly, giving you that sweet tone of a tube amp just starting to let rip! Ideal as a boost for huge, crunchy rhythm sounds, or as the secret ingredient in a stadium-filling solo, the Power Boost sounds great with a clean amp, or over the top of an overdrive pedal.

FKWW £89.99

Klassic Drive FKKD £79.99

Full, smooth and creamy low gain tone.

With the Fret-King Classic Wah (£89.99) Trev has gone back in time, found that original, pure wah tone, and brought it kicking and screaming into the 21st century! One of the keys to an authentic wah sound and response is using the right style of inductor. Naturally, Trev has made sure to use a custom designed, classic-style 'halo' inductor on the Fret-King wahs, so you can be sure you'll get all the vintage voicings you need in your playing.

The Fret-King Distortion XXX (£79.99) is Trev's gift to the world of gain. Ideal for players who like a dirty sound, and perfect for everything from blues and indie to rock, punk and all-out metal, the Distortion XXX is incredibly versatile. Set the level, then use the gain knob and the tone control to dial in all the crunch you could ever want. Derived from an original example of one of the greatest overdrive pedals of all time, the Fret-King Klassic Drive (£79.99) will give you a full, smooth, creamy low gain tone that will be music to your audience's ears. Use it to break your clean tone up,

Power Boost FKPB £59.99

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The Fret-King Clean Boost (£59.99) is so simple, so self-explanatory – and so effective. Dial in up to 20dB of extra power for the parts that really matter, and play them as clean as a whistle. The Clean Booster will not colour your sound in any way, and it certainly won't distort your tone or overload your amp. In short, it's just what you need if you want to keep it clean – and loud. Finally, if you're playing big stages where you need long guitar leads, or if you're using true bypass effects pedals, you need to pay a visit to the Fret-King Line Doctor (£59.99). The Line Doctor is a simple yet ingenious buffer circuit that, when activated, will gently boost your flagging signal, replacing anything that has been lost somewhere along the way. That means you're free to use as many true bypass stompboxes as you like, and your lead can be 20ft long – or 200ft! fret-king.com

Distortion XXX FKDXXX £79.99

A gift to the world of gain.

Clean Boost FKCB £59.99

For the ultimate volume gain. twitter.com/gearmagazine

Line Doctor FKLD £59.99

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KINSMAN LAUNCH NEW AMPLIFIER RANGE Feature rich and competitively priced, Kinsman’s done it again! Unless it’s the worlds quietest gig, guitarists need amplifiers and if you are on a budget that can be a daunting prospect. That’s why Kinsman have brought out a fantastic new amp range, at very attractive prices. The KG15R is a 15 watt guitar amp with 3 band EQ, built in reverb and drive switch for those allimportant rock tones, whilst an headphone socket will keep your parents and neighbours happy. The KG25FX has an expanded effects section that includes chorus, flanger, phaser and tremolo plus simultaneous reverb and delay effects. The KG50FX is ideal for rehearsal rooms and small to medium size gigs. Separate volume and gain controls are provided your drive, or ‘dirty’ channel. Finally the KG70FX - with even more control over the drive section with dedicated shape and presence controls, remote switchable channels and a whacking 70watts, you can rock out on the largest stages. Electric Guitar Amps KG15R 15W with reverb £79.99 KG25FX 25W with DSP FX £129 KG50FX 50W with DSP FX £149 KG70FX 70W with DSP FX £249

The KB15 provides an ideal first bass amplifier for home use. A simple volume and 3 band EQ layout makes it easier to get the best possible tone, plus a limiter LED to warn of overloading, whilst the KB25 gives you an extra ten watts of power, hi and low impedance inputs (for active or passive basses) and a presence control for more tonal shaping. The KB50 combines all these features with a hefty 50watt output, again ideal for smaller gigs and rehearsals. Additional pro features include a dedicated FX loop and auxiliary phono inputs. For the electro acoustic player the KAA15 and KAA25 are 15 and 25 watt respectively, and feature three band eq, headphone socket and switchable chorus. The flagship of the Kinsman Acoustic Amplifier range is the KAA50. With a whole host of features such as dedicated microphone channel, extended EQ section with 5 band graphic, cd input, separate chorus and reverb effects (plus the ability to add reverb to the mic channel) the KAA50 makes the ideal system for those intimate self-contained gigs, and will handle its own on any stage as a dedicated backline rig. www.jhs.co.uk/kinsmanamplification

Bass Guitar Amps KB15 15W £74.99 KB25 25W £109 KB50 50W £149 Acoustic Guitar Amps KAA15 15W with chorus £79.99 KAA25 25W with chorus £109 KAA50 50W with chorus/reverb £229

THE BEATLES - 50th anniversary by Perris Perris celebrate with a massive selection of Beatles straps & picks New from strap and pick designer Perris Leathers Ltd. is this Fab Four inspired range of licensed Beatles products. Featuring some of the most iconic images of John, Paul, George and Ringo and a whole host of cover art from those classic albums, these 16 new straps are ideal for any Beatle aficionado. Made from durable leather-effect vinyl, and priced at just £29.99 these straps are your Ticket To Ride on the Yellow Submarine to Abbey Road. Two poly straps featuring designs from ‘Sgt Pepper’ and ‘Let It Be’ are also available for an very reasonable £19.99 - so even if the Taxman has given you an Hard Days Night, you can get by With A Little Help From Your Friends at Perris... And the new Beatles picks are available in 6 (£5.29) and 12 (£8.99) packs with many designs included in each. twitter.com/gearmagazine

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The

Palma Junior Acoustic Guitar Pack

ACME have been producing whistles and authentic bird calls SINCE 1870 and have a reputation second to none.

An ideal introduction to playing acoustic guitar. Available in Natural and three other striking metallic colours.

Acme products are used throughout the world; from school and orchestra use, to football match referees, concert and carnival goers and ornithologists.

SEE THE FULL RANGE AT WWW.JHS.CO.UK

‘The Blues’

Authentic sounds straight from ‘The Delta’, ‘The Blues’ offer the creative player new possibilities in sound and tonal colour. 10 hole, 10 reed harmonicas. Available in most of the common keys.

‘The Busker’ Fabulous quality48 note, 48 reed harmonica in the key of C.

Available in all good music stores.

Case included

Feadóg The Feadog ‘Original Irish Whistles’ are the oldest commercially produced Tin Whistles in Ireland and played worldwide by amateurs and professionals alike.

Made from heavy duty, solid clear plastic, these Firestix light up at the end in use once you start tapping!

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GIVE YOUR GUITAR A TUNE-UP! Black ST-type Knobs

Chrome Straplocks

Odyssey Premiere and Debut Reeds Crafted from the finest French cane by one of the world’s leading reed manufacturers. While professionals can benefit from the fine balance, rich timbre and lively response of these high quality reeds, educators and students will find them long lasting and, most importantly, consistently playable – reed after reed.

Vintage Style Mini Oval Machineheads

White Single-Coil Pickup

Zinc Saddle Vibrato

Premiere Reeds available for Clarinet, Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophones. Debut Reeds available for Clarinet and Alto Saxophones.

Wild Cat Yellow Scratchplate

Effects and Mini Amps

A SOUND INVESTMENT.

www.jhs.co.uk/danelectro.html The EPM evolution has been creating better sound for acoustic guitar players for more than a decade. Easy to set-up, EPM’s innovative pickup systems are designed for maximum tone and response.

Coolerthancool The Number One Choice for Schools The JHS HORNBY range of student recorders has been popular with schools and colleges throughout the land for many years. These instruments match perfectly for ensemble work and are extremely affordable for both the private student and education authorities.

Odyssey instrument care kit, key/valve oils, brushes, swabs and cleaning and polishing cloths, these are ‘must have’ packs for any brass and woodwind instrument owner.

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Drum Heads,Tension Rods, Bass Drum Beaters,Cymbal Felts, Snare Strands and more!

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You’re in safe hands with...

Have piece of mind your precious instrument is safe and secure with Kinsman cases and bags. Choose from ABS, hardshell, hard foam cases for all instruments. Plus heavily padded instrument carry bags.

NEW ROLLER DESIGN

Rounded ends are softer to the touch.

jhs.co.uk/kinsman.html

Country Star Johnny Hiland uses

GRIP TIPS Tips are the best picks ever made. They are easy to pick with,comfortable to hold on to and look cool, too. They totally RULE!!!

For the ultimate playing experience, Choose DAVA!

Roller replaces delrin cap: • smoother action • superior geometry • reduced wear

Contoured lever replaces straight bar: easier to use

Ever since we introduced the roller on the Shubb Deluxe capo in 1998 we have liked this design. For several years we have been researching production techniques that would enable us to offer the roller design, along with the contoured lever shape for ease of use, at the same price point as our standard capo. Now it's ready. And while we were at it, we smoothed and rounded its edges to make it feel even better to use.

www.shubb.com

Available in five grades, Extra Soft to Super Hard.

The legendary

John Hornby Skewes winner of

‘The Innovation Award’ for SpongeBob SquarePants

Full range of stands at: www.jhs.co.uk/kinsmanstands.html All Kinsman microphone stands have a stylish, black tough anodised finish for long lasting protection. Each is fully adjustable and all are supplied with a microphone clip.

HAR

AVAILABLE AT ALL GOOD MUSICAL RETAILERS

Microphone

Stands

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MS66

MS03

MB05

MB55

Round Base Straight Mic Stand Height: Min. 85cm Max. 1.55m

Tripod Base Straight Mic Stand Height: Min. 85cm Max. 1.56m

Tripod Base Boom Mic Stand Height: Min. 22.5cm Max. 2.27m

Tripod Base Boom Mic Stand Extendable double boom Height: Min. 0cm Max. 2.77m


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K INSMAN

®

Guitarist’s‘Dual-Stool ’

The best ‘first’ instruments money can buy... Falcon acoustics offer the inexperienced or novice acoustic player the chance to enjoy the experience of playing a full size, full bodied, dreadnought style acoustic guitar – at a totally affordable price.

• Comfortable • Portable • Lightweight Ideal for stage, rehearsal room, home, school or shop use.

Stool

Store

Stand

• PL12 1/2-Size

Light and responsive, these instruments offer a smooth, well-defined nylon string tonality with good note detail and a lively resonance.

• PL34 3/4-Size

A choice of three instrument sizes, designed to fit student and beginner players of all ages and hand sizes.

• PL44 Full-Size

The ultimate combination stool and stand for the performing musician!

Choose from this great range of full-size acoustic guitars, folk guitars, 3/4-size classic guitars and ukuleles.

With outfits available in 4/4, 3/4 and 1/2 size formats, each outfit contains a Guitar Carry Bag, Encore Strings Set, Tutorial DVD, Pitch Pipe, and Tutor Listing.

As an introduction to playing classical guitar, the range of finely-crafted Palma instruments will reward the novice guitarist with many enjoyable hours of playing pleasure. Nylon String Classical Guitars

CROSSWORD

Issue 28 Competition Answers Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 5 amp competition Answer: Power Soak Winner: Mike Porteous, Gloucester Crossword Winner: Alex Morgan, Birmingham

Across 1. Gabriel 5. Chords 9. Leotard 10. Andante 11. Row 12. Orson Welles 13. Piano 14. Glam Socks 16. Gokarting 17. Error 19. Rereleasing 22. Pdf 23. On Capri 24. Marsden 26. Amulet 27. Nimbler

Down 1. Giltrap 2. Boomwhackerscom 3. Iba 4. Lidos 5. Chain Gang 6. Oldie 7. Danelectro Pedal 8. Verses 12. Odour 14. Guitarist 15. Sheng 16. Gordon 18. Refiner 20. Lapel 21. Inman 25. Rom

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Publisher: Simon Turnbull Editor: Gavin Coulson Contributors: Lars Mullen, Steffen Grachegg, Steve Fairclough Art Editor: Simon Turnbull Art Team: Richard Dennison, Gary Barlow, James Farey Staff Photographers/Illustrator: Gary Barlow, Richard Dennison Subscriptions (Free): Susan Lindley Chairman: John H. Skewes Managing Director: Dennis J. Drumm Printed by: Warners (Midlands) PLC. 0177839 1000 All material is copyright and must not be copied or reprinted in any format without the express permission of the publishers. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher. Unsolicited contributions are welcome, but we regret we have no budget to pay for any such material that we choose to print. We do our best to ensure accuracy but we cannot be held responsible for any omissions or errors, though any complaints will be fairly investigated. All recommended retail and guide prices mentioned in this magazine were correct at time of going to press. Please note prices (recommended retail inc. VAT) and specifications may be subject to change without notice.

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Power & Balance

Professional Sound to Go!

The new PULSAR series was born of the need to push the boundaries of physics.

Your Next Full Range Cabinet

The power to sound bigger the balance to sound better

Big Venue Pack

Power Pack

LUCAS NANO 600 offers everything musicians and DJs need to get the audience’s groove on. It delivers the goods at fairly big gigs: Depending on setup size, it serves up sweet sound and slamming beats for up to 200 people. Its jaw-dropping audio performance is powered by a unique package of innovative technologies, including some real breakthroughs. And that makes LUCAS NANO 600 a first-class stereo PA with the flexible setup options. It’s even a serious alternative to conventional full range cabinets and column speaker systems.

Boosting the low end without sacrificing mids and the snappy attack needed for dynamic bass signals is no mean feat. But our HK AUDIO engineers managed to coax true full range performance out of PULSAR, creating an audio experience that‘s nothing short of spectacular on stage.

Rock Pack

Club Pack

Monitor Pack

Visit your local HK Audio stockist and be blown away! FIND YOUR DEALER AT

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MORE INFO

iOS // OS X // WINDOWS MICROPHONE AND INTERFACE IN ONE

// Best-in-class USB microphone and all-in one home recording solution (24 bit and up to 96 kHz)

// DGT 650

THE MOBILE RECORDING STUDIO

www.lewitt-audio.com visit us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

// Direct and tape return monitoring // Easily combined with iOS devices // Stereo, Cardioid, Stereo Line-In and Singer/Songwriter Mode for simultaneous vocal and instrument recording // MIDI input // Built in lithium-ion battery for mobile applications // Supports ASIO for Windows and OS X Core Audio

UK & Eire Trade Distributors www.jhs.co.uk/lewitt.html


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Check out all the products in Gear at www.jhs.co.uk or go direct to the brand websites.

hughes-and-kettner.com

hkaudio.com

lewitt-audio.com

labgruppen.com

laaudio.co.uk

suprousa.com

Instrument Amplification

Portable, Install and Concert Sound

Acoustic Amplification

Power Amplifiers

LA Audio Signal Processors

Guitar Amplification

fishman.com

jhs.co.uk/guitartech

jhs.co.uk/kinsman

shubb.com

snarktuners.com

jhs.co.uk/antoni

Acoustic Amplification

Guitar Components and Accessories

Cases, Bags, Stands and Accessories

Capos

Tuners and Metronomes

Violin Family

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jhs.co.uk/vintageelectric

fret-king.com

diago.co.uk

jhs.co.uk/pilgrim

perris.ca

jhs.co.uk/santosmartinez

Guitars, basses and Ukuleles

Guitars, Basses & FX Pedals

Power Supplies and Pedalboards

Acoustic Instruments

Instrument Straps and Guitar Picks

Classical Guitars

xviveaudio.com

bluguitar.com

graphtech.com

easykaraoke.com

jhs.co.uk/falcon

thunderplugs.com

Effects Pedals

Guitar Amplification

Guitar Components

Karaoke Systems

Acoustic Guitars and Ukuleles

Hearing Protection

stringswing.com

jimdunlop.com

Instrument Hangers and Holders

Guitar Accessories

Electric, Acoustic and Classic Guitars

seiko.co.uk

danelectro.com

rhythmtech.com

Tuners and Metronomes

Guitars and FX Pedals

Percussion Instruments

italiaguitars.com

boomwhackers.com

Electric Guitars, Basses and Amplifiers

Tuned Percussion Instruments

jhs.co.uk/laka

grotro.com

regaltip.com

Ukuleles

Machine Heads and Capos

Drumsticks, Brushes and Mallets

davapick.com

mightybright.com

Dava Picks

Musicians’ Lights

jhs.co.uk/encoreelectric wittner-gmbh.de

jhs.co.uk/wilkinson

stylophone.com

Portable, Install and Concert Sound

Portable Electronic Instruments

Metronomes and Tuners

kysermusical.com multisonusaudio.com Capos

In-Ear Studio Monitors

AUGUSTINE cymaticaudio.com

jhs.co.uk/palma

feadog.ie

Live Recorders and Player

Classical Guitars

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Percussion Instruments

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