Snap Judgements July 2010

July 1, 2010


gp0710_gearbossA smart boombox for guitarists, the eBand ($399) is one of best practice tools around. Its recording function is great for rehearsing solos and crafting song ideas, and you can load mp3 and wav files into it and then control the pitch and tempo of the imported songs. It also has a COSM preamp, over 100 effects, a USB jack for interfacing with your computer, built-in tuner and metronome, headphone and mic jacks, and over 300 audio-loop backing tracks that you can jam along with. (Kitchen sink optional.) bossus.comArt Thompson






gp0710_gearsnapRockItThe Rock-It ($50) is designed to take a signal from an iPod and convert it to vibrations in a little round plastic module. When you stick said module on any flat surface, it turns it into a speaker. It really works. Boxes, doors, and trash cans all sounded amazing. But then I fed an acoustic guitar pickup into it, stuck the vibration pod on that acoustic (creating a feedback loop), and got infinite sustain! Wow! origaudio.comMatt Blackett








gp0710_gearsnap_0686The Power Attenuator ($399) sounds very natural, and it also offer three levels of treble boost compensation to help keep your tone consistent when using higher levels of attenuation. The footswitchable bypass (footswitch included) is a hip feature, as is the auxiliary jack, which allows for simultaneous switching of your amp’s channels or boost function. Art Thompson






gp0710_gearsnap1183Part of the Doyle Von Frankenstein Signature line, the Annihilator ($750 street with case) is a wicked-looking ax with all mahogany construction and a neck-through-body design. Its Suckerpunch pickup has an aggressive edge and plenty of output, while the 25.5"-scale (27 fret) neck feels smooth and fast. There’s nothing subtle about the Annihilator—if Attila the Hun had played in a metal band, he would have wielded this weapon. octoberguitars.comArt Thompson

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