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Gear You Gotta Try #5, September 8, 2016

PRS SE Mark Holcomb Signature Model Guitar MSRP $899.99

"With my SE signature model, we managed to capture all of the defining characteristics of my Maryland-made guitar and turn it into a streamlined, less costly package. It is an incredibly special instrument, and one that is now the primary focus of my rig in the studio and onstage." – Mark Holcomb, Periphery

The SE Mark Holcomb model truly stands on its own in the PRS lineup and delivers addictive playability thanks to some unique specifications, including a 24-fret, 25.5” scale length wide thin satin maple neck with 20” radius ebony fretboard. Holcomb’s Seymour Duncan signature pickups provide the right amount of output and articulation whether you’re playing sophisticated chords or solos and whether you’re playing alone or working in the mix of a band. Other specifications include a quilted maple veneer, black chrome hardware, and a 3-way blade pickup switch with push/pull tone knob for coil splitting. For more information visit http://www.prsguitars.com/semarkholcomb/


D’Addario Eclipse Tuners retail price $10 to $12.

Affordable no longer means compromise with the Eclipse Tuner — the modestly-priced product offers superior tuning with unparalleled performance. A clip-on headstock tuner that offers fast, accurate chromatic tuning, the Eclipse is unobtrusive in design yet accurate in tuning both on and off the stage. 

Featuring a discreet, compact design, the tuner has a full-color vertical display and automatic power-off to save battery life. It can be mounted in front of or behind the headstock on any right- and left-handed instruments and the multi-swivel action allows for the perfect viewing at any angle.  For more information visit  http://www.daddario.com/PWNewsDetails.Page?ActiveID=3975&id=1575

Walrus Audio 385 Overdrive MSRP $199

For decades now, guitarists in search of pure tone have been taking the tube-powered audio sections of vintage film projectors and using it as a guitar amp.  After endless hours of research on vintage Bell and Howell 385 Filmosound projector, Walrus has created a fantastic new overdrive modeled after the projector’s tone. The Bell and Howell 385 gracefully lends itself to create an amazing guitar amp. It's simple, but effective controls, plus dual 6V6 output section make for a simple and extremely responsive amp that has an amazing compressed overdrive when cranked. THIS was the sound and feel Walrus needed to shoot for in an amp-like pedal. The 385 was developed to have the same simple but effective tone control as it’s grandfather. The amp has this as well but bass and treble are stacked behind the single tone knob. With our design breaking them up, we allow for a much wider array of tones to be achieved. The user is able to boost and cut bass and treble, allowing them to be creative with mid-frequency scoops and bumps. The pedal is internally running at 18v, which helps us nail the same dynamic feel of the amp in a stomp box. This means it is extremely sensitive to how hard you dig in – just like the amp.  For more information visit https://www.walrusaudio.com/products/385-overdrive-1


Guitar Forte is a percussive device that attaches simply and securely to a guitar with nothing more than a strap. Once installed, the musician can explore the percussive capabilities of the guitar much like the classic piano. The device has multiple adjustments that give the artist the ability to choose the height of the hammers (attack). The hammerheads are removable and come in several types of materials (felt, rubber, metal, plastic) so the artist can explore a diverse range of sounds, tones, and moods. Guitar Forte can be attached to acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and most bass guitars. For more information check out these Youtube videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYkXfJtztYY and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44wU6xbla5E

Eastman AC-GA1CE Grand Auditorium Acoustic MSRP $775

The modern profile of the Grand Auditorium represents the best of both worlds for flat-pickers and finger stylists. The Grand Auditorium is a true hybrid that has many of the attributes of smaller bodies with the volume, punch and bass of a dreadnought without sacrificing anything. For more information visit http://www.eastmanguitars.com/acoustic-grand-auditorium-ac-ga1ce


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