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Gearcheck: January 2017

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckJanuary/February 2017 • January 12, 2017

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Bob Porter  ‘Soul Jazz’

Bob Porter “Soul Jazz” is a history of jazz and its reception in the black community in the period from the end of World War II until the end of the Vietnam War. Previous histories reflect the perspective of an integrated America, yet the United States was a segregated country in 1945. The black audience had a very different take on the music and that is the perception explored in Soul Jazz.

Bob Porter is a record producer, writer, and broadcaster in the fields of Jazz and Blues.  He has worked for such prominent record labels as Prestige, Savoy, and Atlantic.  He has produced more than 175 albums and several hundred reissues.  He is a two-time Grammy winner, was awarded the Marion McPartland Award for Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting and is a member of the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.  He currently hosts three separate radio programs on WBGO Newark.!025/Jazz.aspx


StompLight DMX Pro

StompLight International announced the addition of the StompLight DMX Pro lighting effect pedal to its product line.

The StompLight DMX Pro can work as a standalone stage light and offers sound responsive effects directed by the tap of a foot. The StompLight DMX Pro can also be powered with the optional rechargeable StompLight Power Bank.It houses an internal microphone and instrument input/output jacks, each with adjustable gain. A spectrum analyzer is included capable of producing lighting synched to the audio input or the ambient sound captured by the internal microphone. Effects include color organ, color wheel, and strobe. It Pro also offers DMX connectivity and connects to StompLight Pal or other 3-channel DMX lights. StompLight can be selected as a controller or used as a slave.

Dean Markley Blackhawk Coated Guitar Strings

Dean Markley USA recently announced the new Dean Markley Blackhawk series of coated guitar string.  Available for both electric and acoustic guitars, Blackhawk offers Blackhawk 80/20 Bronze and Blackhawk Phosphor Bronze for tonal versatility, strength, and quality for a wide style of playing.


Korg Announces Limited Edition KingKORG

A matte-black model of the KingKORG, Korg’s 61-key flagship analog modeling synthesizer for performance and studio, is now available in a limited edition with the KingKORG Black.   Only 150 of these synthesizers will be introduced within the United States in this new black model designed for live performances.

The KingKORG faithfully reproduces the ways in which the oscillator and filter of an analog synthesizer can change, giving users the freedom to shape their sound with a diverse range of synth sounds. Oscillators that are both understandable to the beginner and satisfying for the expert and three master effect sections (each with six effect types) add the finishing touch to the users sound.

The KingKORG Black will be available for purchase on Tuesday, November 1 for $999.99.

Lowrey Rialto

Lowrey recently added the Rialto model to its impressive line of musical instruments.  Based on the hot-selling EY platform, the Rialto’s collection of player features and classic design make it an excellent choice for all manner of players.  And the long held Lowrey tradition of natural wood cabinetry adds elegance, warmth and prestige to any home.

A huge collection of dynamic setups; including standard, vintage, category, and (programmable) bank setups, gives the Rialto the now famous Lowrey ‘touch and play’ ease of operation.  In addition to these easy-to-access setups the Rialto offers substantial customizable capabilities for a seemingly endless variety of musical expression that allows any player to become powerfully creative.

Complete Rialto specifications are found at


Gretsch Cliff Gallup Signature Duo Jet

A celebration of Cliff Gallup’s 1954 model, the G6128T-CLFG Cliff Gallup Signature Duo Jet™ includes; dual DynaSonic™ pickups, rosewood fingerboard with “big block” pearloid inlays, compensated aluminum bridge with aluminum base, Bigsby® B3BBST vibrato tailpiece with black painted trough and fixed arm, classic “arrow” control knobs, flat-wound strings, and a dark-stained headstock bearing Gallup’s signature on the truss rod cover.

PRS Guitars Ziricote Hollowbody II Piezo

PRS Guitars has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of their private stock department this year with the return to their “Guitars of the Month” program.

For December, in a limited run of only 12 pieces, the Ziricote Hollowbody II Piezo celebrated the beauty and artistry of nature including; custom “Winter Egrets” inlays on the fingerboard and headstock; veneer consisting of solid white, gold and black lip mother-of-pearl and black corian; mother-of-pearl “December” engraved banner as well as mother-of-pearl side dots; and P-90 treble and bass pickups with Birds-eye maple covers. The instruments’ unique ziricote top and back is finished with natural satin nitro.

Cases and Stands

Gravity Multi-Guitar Stands

Gravity® expands its range of guitar stands with the new Vari-G-Series. Three models of the multi-guitar stand (design registered) are available to safely accommodate 3, 5 or 7 instruments.

The modern guitar stands provide a safe location for acoustic and electric guitars as well as electric basses, both on stage and in the studio. Easily adjustable and detachable neck supports allow the multi-guitar stands to be tailored to individual requirements. Soft padding on all contact points protects instrument from scratches or nicks. Strong steel tubes and a black powder coating guarantee excellent stability and long-term durability. The stands can be easily assembled and dismantled, and folded to save space during transport. The Vari-G-Series can be personalised with different coloured G-Rings (available separately).

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