Whether you want to take cues from the greats or forge your own path, we’ve put together a list of some classic and not-so-classic match ups to ensure you’re not alone under the mistletoe this Holiday.
This one’s pretty recognizable, an AC30 with the Burns Red Special and you can, you can rock us.
A tried and true matchup for the twang or keeping it swampy, but done in a little more modern way. ’59 Bassman Clone w/ Spring Reverb and USA G&L ASAT.
Here’s one for the bassists: A Blackline SVT on a half-fridge with the buttery short-scale Musicmaster. It’s like you always wanted a Fridge and P-Bass but enjoy having a lower back.
Keeping it jazzy is this 1951 National and ’57 Gretsch Corvette, but don’t think it’s all Merlot and finger-snaps. You’ll get a surprising amount of Cartwright-esque crunch from these guys all while looking oh so good.
Venturing back to the classics, how about a Drip-edge Reissue Twin with a “Western” Partscaster. Clean, loud, and punchy.
Don’t think we forgot you ’80s shredders/lefties! Here’s a wild ADA Quad Tube 2×12″ and Lefty Ibanez S Series. All the gain/modulation/modeling you’d need, until Line 6 came along.
Okay these are just meant for each other – don’t even try to fight it! 12-String Semi-hollow Bass and Kustom PA200. All the octaves!
Do you like to play chords? Do you like to play extended chords? Do you like to hear them? Here you go: a 1968 Super Reverb and an 80s L5-S, practically made for each other, a decade apart.
For those slightly off the beaten path, get into this ’50s Bell Sound Tube PA Head. With a pair of 6V6s and this Stingray II you can go from shimmery cleans to great indie-rocking crunch.
If you’re interested in beefing up your signal chain or you’re in search of that special tone, these pedal combos will definitely get you somewhere.
Somewhat of an homage to Mr. Page with the Germanium Treble Boost a la Rangemaster (Pork ‘n’ Beans) and Uni-vibe, add a locally built Analog Delay (Moon Child) to the mix and you’ve got a great riffing/lead tone.
Inspired by Gilmour, the Fish Press (LA-2A-ish) plus Special Twosome (Modern Fuzz or Classic Muff-styles) and the El Capistan will have you slow-bending and space-vibing in no time.
This one’s great for bass players and guitar players alike, whether you’re getting psych’ed out or aiming for a J. White/D. Auerbach thing. Russian Big Muff + Octave Up? Yes, please.
When you want results, stick with what’s worked for 30+ years. The first overdrive offering, pre-Tubescreamer, with some mellow phase and added sustain from the Forest Green, you won’t be disappointed.
Do you hate cleans? Are you never satisfied with how mangled your tone is? If you can’t wreck something with this combo you should probably just quit.
See something you like? Give us a call (828.254.0402) or send an email over to email@example.com. We’ve got layaway options so get in touch!
We’re going to be hanging out in Knoxville next weekend at GEAR for EARS during the BIG EARS FESTIVAL. It’s a FREE guitar show INSIDE the Pilot Light Club!! There’s gonna be all kinds of cool stuff and it’s just a FIVE MINUTE walk from downtown! If you’d like to arrange to display gear, call 865-789-8679. Visit www.thepilotlight.com for more club info.
*** Come check out some of the coolest musical gear in Knoxville during the Big Ears festival. FREE ADMISSION! Buy, sell, trade and demo guitars, amps, boutique effects pedals, synths, and more. Also, check in with one of the premier electronic techs (Moog authorized) in the Southeast. Presented by Knoxville’s The Pilot Light, Music Room Guitars, and Hot Horse. Also featuring area collectors, dealers, and musicians, and the public is welcome to bring their musical gear for sale or trade. For more info or to arrange to display gear, call 865-789-8679.
*** BIG EARS FESTIVAL musicians and attendees are welcome to take a 5 minute walk from downtown venues and hotels, to Knoxville’s Old City shops, clubs and restaurants for GEAR for EARS.
The event will be held at the Pilot Light Club, 106 E. Jackson, Knoxville, TN 37915 on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29 from 11-4:30 each day. Performances and film showing afterwards each evening. Visit www.thepilotlight.com for more club info.
We new have brand new, boxed, Caroline Guitar Company pedals in shop, and, my, do they look fine in our glass case. Mmmmmhmmmm.
See how high you can fly before melting your face with their Icarus boost– we have the last few in this gorgeous gold finish. More words and demo here.
If you crave more fuzz than your momma will allow in the house, you’ve got to get on this Olympia. Clean, simple, fuzzzzzzzzzy. More words and demo here.
And if you’re feeling a little unhinged today and you just wanna get totally wild, the Wave Cannon is for you. Its an overdrive/distortion with four controls and one loose cannon: the Havoc Switch. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. More words and demo here.
And he wants you to experience the incredible tone of his old 1962 Fender Pro Amp.
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That’s right, we have it, and we have the paperwork to prove it.
But as cool as that is, collector-wise, let’s get down to brass tacks: how does it sound?
Ridiculous. This amp has deep, reverberating, warmth, a very interesting tremolo that shifts the tone, and a loud, loud, voice to fill the room. It can get crunchy when you want it and the tone is super moldable.
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Check it out in the shop before it flies away, or get more specs here. We leave you with this great picture of “The Killer” doing what he does best (killin’ it).
We have three new items that are beautiful and valuable, but perhaps too well-loved. Or not enough. Or something. At any rate, if you’ve been wanting to try out some newly honed luthier skills on something besides your bedpost, or just love good deals, these may be for you.
Our new 2001 Martin 00-15 is a gorgeous mahogany beast, save for the gnarly gash on its right side. $200
And the Lotus 12 String is a perfect guinea pig for someone who wants to try out a neck reset. The action is way too high and the bridge can’t take much more, but everything else is looking pretty good. Give it a shot! $90
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This Hawaiian ukulele will sing sweetly as soon as it gets some cracks repaired. $80
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All these items (and many more) are now for sale in our shop and online.
Gibson’s J-45 was first introduced in 1942. Since then, it has reigned as one of the most popular and well-made acoustic guitars. They are known for warm, full tone and excellent projection.
Snuggle up with this black beauty
A few years back, the Gibson team decided tackle a crazy project: build a new vintage guitar. They wanted the sound of a mint 1942 J-45, but with brand new materials– no detail was too small, down to using hide glue: a thinner, organic alternative to today’s adhesives, so nothing would impede the guitar’s vibration. Same top-bracing, all done by hand, gently rounded upper bout and deeper lower bout for gorgeous projection and well-rounded tone.
So here he is, the 2010 reissue, live at Sherwood’s. And we just kicked $600 off the price, because we love you.
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Come with us on a magical journey to learn more about the Fender Jaguar!
Jaguars came out in 1962 (2 years before Fender was sold to CBS) and were on the market until ’75. They followed the Jazzmaster and preceded the Mustang as the top of the line model– when they came out, these were the most expensive Fender available (tag prices around $380 in 1962– yeah, I want a time machine, too)!
The Jaguar shares the Jazzmaster’s body, bridge and vibrato, but with better pickups, the first 22 fret fingerboard and a mechanical string mute.
The body is alder with a maple neck and rosewood fretboard. The Fender headstock was in transition during these years, gradually getting larger and larger. Some would consider this the first CBS style headstock. This guy has the standard body and forearm contouring.