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March 5, 2013
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T- FIN
ERGONOMIC SWITCH TIPS

Available for Strats and Teles, these smoothly finished switch tips ($40 direct) are hand cast from white tombasil brass, which has nice heft, is impervious to wear, and has no plating to flake off. Designed to make switching pickups quicker and easier, T-Fins are available in four different “fin” configurations. t-fin.com

KLOTZ
JOE BONAMASSA SIGNATURE GUITAR CABLE

Equipped with vintage-style connectors brought up to date with machined brass barrel housings and gold-plated tips, the Bonamassa Signature ($139 street/20-foot length) offers excellent clarity, increased sustain, and rich harmonics. I’ve been using this cable for some time now, and while it’s a bit of an investment, it’s worth every penny if you’re serious about your tone. kendrick-amplifiers.com

TUNG -SOL
6L6GC

When the need to retube a ’64 Fender Super Reverb came up recently, I replaced the amp’s aging, 1960s GE 6L6s with a set of Tung-Sol 6L6GCs ($34/pair). After installing and rebiasing the new bottles, the tone was booming again with big low-end, bold mids, and a silky smooth top. tung-sol.com

PEAVEY
PREDATOR PLUS

The sharp-looking, lightweight Predator Plus ($239 street) sports a figured maple top under a trans-purple finish, a stoptail bridge (a Floyd Rose trem is also available), and a satin-finished maple neck that plays easily and features 24 polished frets and a super-stable five-bolt neck joint. The exposed-coil humbuckers are clear sounding and punchy, and the Tone knob pulls up to split the coils for crisp, airy rhythm sounds in the dual-pickup setting, or a twangier attack when soloing on the neck or bridge pickups. peavey.com. —ART THOMPSON

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