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Gearcheck – March 2011

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckMarch 2011 • April 18, 2011

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The Evolution of Jazz Drumming from Hudson

Hudson Music’s The Evolution of Jazz Drumming by Danny Gottlieb is an educational book/DVD package for drummers. The product presents the most complete and comprehensive historical analysis of the drummers who created and defined modern jazz drumming in print.

Designed as a guide and workbook for the high school, college-level, and professional drummer, it is meant to be studied based on a typical 16-week college semester. A legendary and influential jazz drummer is studied during each of these weeks. Author Danny Gottlieb, known himself as a world-renowned jazz drummer with Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, and others, brings to bear his unique expertise as a professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida.

The Evolution of Jazz Drumming by Danny Gottlieb. Book (220 pages)/DVD Multimedia Package (1 DVD and 1 MP3 disc)sells for $29.99.
T-Rex Pedals

T-Rex Engineering’s has added new pedals of its growing line of boutique effects pedals. The new pedals include: Reptile 2, Twister 2, and Tonebug Sustainer.
AER’s Pocket Tools

AER’s Pocket Tools – editing tools for acoustic instruments – is a collection of three stomp box-sized units and includes two preamps and one EQ. Designed for sound optimization, these tools feature signal-to-noise ratio and boast the dynamic headroom found in all AER products.

The collection includes: the Colourizer two-channel preamp/DI-box for mic or line signals with volume, gain, and DI level controls, plus three sound-shaping control sections; Dual Mix, a two-channel preamp/DI-box for mic or line signals, with four digital effect presets (short & long reverb, chorus, and flanger); and Dual Para EQ a dual-band parametric EQ with switchable frequency ranges. Each Pocket Tool includes a 24V DC power supply and convenient carrying case.

St. Louis Music’s Regent Series from Alvarez

Alvarez’s new Regent Series is made up of 23 models in a range of price points, colors, and body shapes. Each guitar features an electrostatic finish, spruce top, and a choice of mahogany or rosewood back and sides. Other appointments include a rosewood, bi-level bridge, rosewood fingerboard, and premium tuners. The Regent Series comes in dreadnought, folk, and classical body shapes, with electric/acoustic versions of each body style also available. The guitars retail for $169.99.
Fret-King’s Self-Tuning Guitar

The Fret-King Super-matic self-tuning guitar features Wilkinson ATD HT440 self-tuning hard tail guitar bridge. Beginning in standard E tuning, the Super-matic can switch to open G, DADGAD, or open D, or even create up to five personal tunings. The Wilkinson ATD self-tuning bridge is a low profile, real time electromechanical device utilizing hi-tech micro gearboxes, with a micro hex pickup, controls small enough not to notice, and an intuitive one-touch button controlling all the functions and features.

Invisibly incorporating the microprocessor control circuitry, the ATD bridge allows the player, with just one touch of the function button to automatically tune the Super-matic to standard E-tuning. Tuning status is confirmed in the hi-visibility display, designed to be viewed while playing, and overall tuning is assured with the built in chromatic tuner.

Press the function button again, strum, and let the ATD change the guitar’s tuning from standard E to open G, or change to DADGAD, then to open D – all in the space of just a few seconds, or recalibrate to five additional user created tuning presets in just a few seconds more.

The 25 1/5″ scale length, 24 fret, hard rock maple neck, with its classic ‘shallow C’ profile has been matched to a premium, close grain Indian rosewood fingerboard with a 10″ radius. This has been topped off with a fret job using single cut, hand crowned medium jumbo nickel silver frets. The Super-matic features a Hum-Single-Hum pickup configuration, with Wilkinson WHHBZ33 offset pole piece Zebra humbuckers, wound to a Wilkinson WHSM vintage-voiced single coil middle pickup.
Aguilar’s Tone Hammer 500

Aguilar Amplification has created the Tone Hammer 500 – a 500 watt, versatile, bass amp that weighs only four pounds and easily fits into the accessory pouch of most gig bags.

The sound in the Tone Hammer 500 is full-sized and is produced by the Tone Hammer preamp, the same preamp used in the Tone Hammer D.I./preamp pedal. The Tone Hammer 500 features bass, treble, and fully sweepable midrange controls. The Drive control utilizes Aguilar’s proprietary AGS circuit.

The retail price is $699.
PRS SE Guitar Models

PRS’s SE Tim Mahoney model features an all mahogany body, a 24 fret 25″ maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with bird inlays, stoptail bridge, nickel hardware, and SE HFS Treble and SE Vintage Bass pickups. The SE 245 offers a thicker single cutaway body for increased resonance, the PRS-designed stoptail, and four-knob layout offering more tonal options.

The SE Custom 24 is now being offered in orange and tri-color sunburst. As follow-up to the 25th Anniversary version which debuted in 2010, the SE Custom now comes standard with birds as well. Offering the same mahogany body, maple top, and flame maple veneer as the SE Singlecut, the newest version of the SE Singlecut Trem features a PRS designed Tremolo Bridge and is now offered in scarlet red and black with bird inlays.
Burns’ Sonic Limited Edition

The Burns guitar line’s Sonic Limited Edition electric guitar is now available in the U.S. market. The new Sonic features a slim design, a highly flamed Canadian maple neck, and Indian rosewood fingerboard. The neck also incorporates the Burns Gear-o-Matik truss rod for neck alignment. The alder body is contoured, and the two high output Burns Tri-Sonic pickups are controlled by one volume, one tone control, and a three-way pickup selector switch. The bridge is the Burns Rez-o-Tube style. Saga Musical Instruments is the exclusive USA distributor of Burns electric guitars and basses.
ZT Amplifiers’ Ghost

ZT Amplifiers’ Ghost guitar amplifier is compact and features a custom-designed 6.5″ driver in a solid MDF cabinet less than 7″ high and 8″ wide. The finish is gloss white.

Despite the diminutive size, the Ghost is said to produce impressive output and tone. The Tone control offers a wide sweep, and the Volume and Gain controls allow the user to dial in clean output at high volumes or overdrive at low volumes. The retail price is $199.
Dean Markley CD Series Amplifiers Reissue

Dean Markley is reissuing two models: the CD30 and CD60 all-tube lead amplifiers. Features include two inputs; Channel Switching; Volume; Gain; Drive; Treble; Middle; Bass; Master Volume; Reverb; Presence; Overdrive Voicing; Drive; Mid-Boost switches; variable effects loop, Pre Amp Out, Power Amp In; and a specially designed 12″ Celestion speaker.


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