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Guitar Tricks Picks: Gear You Gotta Try August 9, 2016

Keely Electronics – The Dark Side MSP $299

The Dark Side was designed to reproduce some of the classic sounds of David Gilmour and then some. Designer Robert Keel calls his concept for pedals neo-vintage, saying,  “If they could increase the range back then they would have, so I have.”

The Dark side has Delay and Plate Reverb, or Rotary Speaker Cab, or U-Vibe with Octave Up or Down. Add that to a killer IC Huge Muph Pi for the front end with three way EQ selector and you have stompbox Heaven. Learn more about Keely Electronics The Dark Side.


Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special Pickups MSP $249

Seymour Duncan introduces the Saturday Night Special, a new pickup set with alnico 4 magnets.Unlike traditional humbuckers, the Saturday Night Special humbuckers are voiced to be a little hotter and fatter in the bridge position, and a little clearer and less “wooly” in the neck. They’re more aggressive than 50s-style models, but without the compression of most high gain pickups. These bridge the output level gap between vintage 50s and modern humbuckers, making this pickup set perfect for replicating those legendary late-70s arena rock tones. Learn more about the Saturday Night Special Pickups.

Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special Pickups

The Ovation Applause Elite AE44 MSP $690

The Applause Elite AE44 Acoustic-Electric features all the essentials of the classic Ovation Elite sound and style, with a loud and focused voice, supreme playability and remarkable value that make it ideal for beginning and intermediate players.

Premium features include a laminated spruce top with Elite-style multi-soundholes for clearly articulate tone, and a mid-depth Roundback Lyrachord body for greater volume and projection, excellent balance and supreme durability. The guitar also features fast, comfortable action and an easy-playing neck profile, multi-hardwood epaulettes for the classic Elite aesthetic, and an Ovation OP-4BT pickup/preamp system with built-in tuner for superior amplified tone and performance. Case sold separately. Learn more about the Ovation Applause Elite.  

 Ovation Applause Elite Guitar

The Gretsch G2655 Streamliner MSP $619

The exhilarating G2655 Streamliner Center Block Junior Double Cutaway is designed for three simple things—high gain-friendly performance, slick, easy playability and spectacular style.

The secret to the Streamliner’s sound is twofold—the Broad’Tron humbucking pickup and the spruce center block. Specifically designed by the expert engineers at Gretsch for the Streamliner, the high-output Broad’Tron humbucking pickup spawns robust lows, pristine highs and a throaty midrange for a unique tone that blends well with other instruments in a band context. A lightweight spruce center block runs the length of the body, reinforcing the top while eliminating undesirable feedback for volume-friendly performance on modern stages. A fast-playing 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard with elegant pearloid block inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets sits atop the white-bound nato neck with a thin “U”-shaped profile—ideal for chord work or fiery riffing. Enjoy rock-solid tuning stability courtesy of the stylish Gretsch “V” stoptail tailpiece, Adjusto-matic™ bridge with an anchored base and synthetic bone nut. Learn more about the Gretsch Streamliner.  


Grestch Streamliner


Fender “80 Proof” Blues Jr. Limited Edition amp MSP  $1,999.99

Like a 23-year aged whiskey, the venerable Fender® Blues Junior has only improved with age. This limited-edition version of the 15-watt wonder is encased in a cabinet lovingly handcrafted from reclaimed bourbon barrels that feature distinct stamps and markings from the various source distilleries—no two are alike!  Matching hand-aged components enhance the cabinet, crafting a highly collectible piece of history limited to 100 units worldwide.

 A 12” 8-ohm Jensen® P12Q speaker is driven by a trio of 12AX7 preamp tubes matched to dual EL84 power tubes for complex sonics that nimbly respond to variations in picking dynamics. The spring reverb and FAT boost switch are near to hand to add girth to the all-tube “80 Proof’s” golden tonality. It is full of vintage mojo and silky smooth classic Fender tone. Learn more about the Fender amp.  

Fender Amp



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