AMBOZ RED DRAGON CABLE
I gig constantly, so I worry more about the toughness of my cables than whether they possess sterling sound quality. And, truth be told, I’ve been using the Red Dragon ($19 street; 10 ft) because its red casing looks fantastic plugged into my red Collings 290. But in four months of hard gigging, the Red Dragon has more than passed its trial by fire. It has been tossed and twisted into gig bags, snapped rudely out of my guitar jack, been stomped on by sound crews, and had road cases rolled over it. It has never failed. Sound quality is wonderfully clear and articulate with zero handling noise or other anomalies. I’d recommend this benevolent dragon to any guitarist.
GOGO TUNERS HORIZON PEDAL TUNER
It’s festival season, and the Horizon ($99 street) has become my go-to chromatic tuner for outdoor stages because it’s “pedalboard friendly” (i.e.— small) but offers a huge horizontal screen. So far, no amount of sunlight has been able to completely obliterate the dazzling high-definition red (out of tune) and green (in tune) hues that illuminate the entire display. Until someone makes tiny umbrellas to shade pedal tuners, that’s a massive benefit for summer shows. The Horizon’s metal chassis seems indestructible, it’s true bypass, and you can power other pedals with its DC Out jack. A winner for all seasons!