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March 12, 2013
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ZT AMPLIFIERS
JUNIOR

$149 street
The Junior packs 35 watts RMS and can drive its 5” speaker to levels that belie its tiny size. Built like a tank, the amp features Gain, Tone, and Volume controls; a variable headphone/line out; a speaker on/off switch, and a 12-volt input for the optional battery pack or car adapter. The Junior was able to hang with a band as long as not a lot of clean headroom was needed, while serving up sweet tones with a variety of effects pedals—two of which can be powered via the Junior’s 9-volt out.
Ztamplifiers.com

 
 
 

PLANET WAVES
AMERICAN STAGE CABLES

$26-$45 street
Available in 10-, 15-, 20-, and 30-foot lengths, these clear-sounding cables feature audiophile- grade wire and custom Neutrik plugs (straight or right-angle) with a special GeoTip that’s designed to make solid contact in any guitar, amp, or effects jack. With a nice flexible feel and rugged build, these cables offer a lot of performance for the money.
Planetwaves.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ANALOG MAN
JIM WEIDER BIG-T TELECASTER NECK PICKUP
$125 street
Based on Jim Weider’s original design, the Big-T is designed to enhance the sound of your Tele’s neck-pickup setting. Hand-wound by Lindy Fralin, the Big-T is a highly specialized pickup that delivers a rich, beefy tone with clear, well-detailed highs, and enough output to balance well with hot bridge pickups. I installed one in a G&L ASAT Classic, and the Big-T proved more useful for rythm and lead playing than other neck pickups I’ve tried.
Analogman.com

BOSS
TU-10 CHROMATIC TUNER

$35 street

Offering enhanced visibility courtesy of its bright, “true color” LCD, this sleek looking clip-on tuner can be calibrated for as much as five semitones below standard pitch for drop tunings. I like how the readout is extremely stable, even with solidbody guitars, making it a great choice for tuning virtually anything with strings.
Bossus.com

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