Serek Updates the Midwestern Bass

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Serek Basses announced a new model at the Summer NAMM Show this year. The Midwestern 2 is a new version of the company’s flagship model with a few new refinements. It still retains many of the same features – a light-weight mahogany body, short scale, vintage profiled neck, and Hipshot hardware – but has a... via no treble http://ift.tt/2v7jvhN
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Pedal Line Friday – 7/28 – Max Van Mantgem

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Today’s Pedal Line Friday submission is from Max Van Mantgem. If you have a pedal line (doesn’t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page. Pedal Line Friday – 7/28 – Max Van Mantgem Hi, I’m Matt, but a lot of people call me Max. So, I’m a hobby guitar player, at this stage in my life, so I’m not trying to promote anything other than great pedals. So, this is my latest board, and I think my best board. I currently own about 70 pedals, from nearly priceless vintage pieces to cheaply purchased pedals from…
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Crazy Deal on the Mugig Looper

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I just stumbled upon this deal. It’s for the Mugig looper. I know nothing about Mugig, but know it’s a Chinese manufacturer of pedals. The Mugig Looper is a simple looper – similar to the Ditto. Similar in the sense that it’s a stacking looper with a level control. You can up to 15 minutes of loop time with unlimited overdubs. It’s definitely larger than the Ditto, but is in a standard sized enclosure – so not too big, but not tiny. Check out this video: Now, here is why I’m bringing this up today – it’s available for only $25 on Amazon. This includes FREE shipping as well.  $25 for a looper is crazy cheap. Right?!? If you have one, let me know what you think by commenting below.…
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Klayton (Celldweller) – Pedal Tower

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A couple of days ago I got an email about the band Celldweller and the recent pedal tower build for the guitarist / producer- Klayton.  I’ve seen plenty of racks with pedals into it, but this one obviously caught my eye. This truly is a tower with 5 trays of pedals and stacked on top Moogs. Wow. Digging further, I really though the set up was interesting. A great mix of modern digital pedals (Strymon) mixed with some oldies from DOD to Arion, etc. You can tell the purpose of this tower is to create epic soundscapes. Interesting combination of delays, verbs, fuzzes, etc. Check it out: Klayton (Celldweller) – Pedal Tower Here is the breakdown of pedals. Hopefully, we can fill in some of the unidentified pedals soon: The…
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Vintage Vault: 1960 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody Model 6120

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When first introduced, the model had gaudy Western-style appointments, like cows and cactuses on the fretboard,and a “G” brand on its body. Chet Atkins was not pleased. In the early part of 1954, Gretsch special representative Jimmie Webster convinced up-and-coming virtuoso guitarist Chet Atkins to sign on and endorse the company by having a signature guitar. Atkins, seeing Les Paul’s success with his own Gibson Les Paul Model, agreed to collaborate with Gretsch on a guitar eventually known as the Chet Atkins Hollowbody. The new instrument had a 22-fret neck with a 24 1/2” scale length, although a few early examples had only 21 frets. The body was 15 1/2” wide and 2 3/4” deep. The Atkins 6120’s original pickups had a twangy sound the guitar’s namesake didn’t favor, so…
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Electro-Harmonix Introduces Dual Expression Pedal

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Tweet Electro-Harmonix announces the introduction of a dual-output expression pedal featuring the company’s advanced polymer construction that yields roadworthy pedals with a significant weight savings. The Dual Expression Pedal’s dual-output design gives hands-free control of two devices from a single source. Each expression output has independent range and reverse plus a polarity switch for maximum compatibility with a wide range of gear. Two six foot TRS cables are included. via Electro-Harmonix Blog http://ift.tt/2v7kYoQ
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Bass of the Week: Guild Starfire II

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This week we’re checking out the Starfire II from Guild. The iconic semi-hollow bass first debuted in 1967 where it was used by artists like Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady and the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. It was reintroduced in 2015 to the delight of many a bass player. Central to the Starfire II’s design is... via no treble http://ift.tt/2vYxsve
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Ibanez Adds More BTB Bass Models for 2017

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Ibanez has further expanded their BTB model range with several incarnations. This summer they expanded the BTB700 series with four and seven-string models, plus their BTB Premium line will now have options for figured maple tops. The BTB is typically a five or six-string bass, but the BTB740 and BTB747 take things one step further... via no treble http://ift.tt/2ttOaSt
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Cool Gear Alert: Keeley Tesla MKIII Fuzz

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Cool Gear Alert: Keeley Tesla MKIII Fuzz Posted onJune 22, 2017AuthorPeter Hodgson PRESS RELEASE: June 21, 2017 — Edmond, OK — Keeley Electronics is proud to announce the Tesla MKIII Fuzz, a vintage voiced MKIII Soviet Germanium fuzz with Keeley attention to detail. With controls for FUZZ, TONE, and LEVEL the Tesla Fuzz makes it easy for players to dial in very wild amounts of fuzz. Modifications to the circuit allow for an increased high frequency not heard of before as well as ultra-low noise. Furthermore, design modifications have solved temperature problems that can affect vintage fuzz units. This particular bender design has a very vintage tone to it. Pure fuzz, no overdrive. Think late 1960’s and very unrefined. “Our design team focused on building a MkIII style circuit with…
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What inspires you to play?

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Today, I wanted to ask a question and get some community interaction. When I woke up today, I was thinking about a guitar part that I’m working on for a new song. Not specific notes, but a vibe or an inspirational direction. I’m sure a few of you do this as well, but it led me to think about why certain people continue to play their instrument, while others quit. When I was in my 20s, it seemed like all of my friends played guitar. Some just like to noodle around. Others were in bands. Others looking for creative outlets. As the years go by and life begins to take hold of people, I started noticing the slow death of musicians in my circle of friends. A few years ago,…
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