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Reader’s Rig: Imagho

Last month we did a Spotlight on Imagho A/K/A JL Prades , where he briefly discussed his gear. Here he goes into depth, including how he uses his four loopers. Be sure to check out the linked videos for examples—and for his amazing music.

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Cool Gear Alert: Vauxflores

Thanks to my comperes at Guitar player magazine, here is a new boutique company obviously in tune with the Guitar Moderne aesthetic. The video only scratches the surface of the edgy sounds available from Vauxflores’ pedals. Check out their website and the soundclips from the 23. Hope to get one of those for a full review.

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Reader’s Rig: Ian Smit

Ian Smit is a self-avowed David Torn fan. But Torn is just a jumping off point for him. You can check out his solo excursions at his cleverly named YouTube site, Racketlauncher. He also plays with an interesting seven-piece band named Monkeyworks around the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border. For his Reader’s Rig contribution, he goes into detail about his elaborate system and offers some sage advice about gear.

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Guitar Moderne Festival VIII

Thanks to Nasjonal jazzscene we have a couple of amazing sets for this version of the Guitar Moderne Festival. One, a new set from the amazing duo of Stian Westerhus and Sidsel Endresen, and a second from the Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Add full concerts from from Ava Mendoza, Marc Ribot and Fred Frith and you have a great way to end the summer.

Stian Westerhus and Sidsel Endresen

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Adrian Belew’s Flux

This is not the cool new Flux processor iPad app (which also involves Adrian Belew), but new music from the modern guitar master in a totally new form. One of the most interesting features is that info on gear used will be available as part of the app. He has an open-ended  Kickstarter campaign with some cool perks. Check it out

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Spotlight: Eric Quach (thisquietarmy)

Performing as thisquietarmy, Eric Quach may start softly, but his performances soon rise to an epic symphony of sound. With dozens of releases in the last five years, Quach may get the gold medal for modern guitar overachiever, but in this crazy market his game plan seems to make sense. His interview too offers quantity, as well as quality.

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EHX Nano Looper 360

As the manufacturer of one of the earliest digital looper pedals on the market—the legendary 16 Second Delay—it was only a matter of time before Electro-Harmonix came up with their own version of the mini-loopers that have been flooding the market. Joining the TC Electonic Ditto, DigiTech JamMan Express XT Phrase Sampler/Looper, and the tiny Hotone Skyline Wally Loop Station Pedal is the new EHX Nano Looper 360. Leave it to EHX to come up with a twist: theirs is the only pedal of this size that lets you store 11 pre-recorded loops. Check it out.

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Spotlight: Adam Coney

Adam Coney joins a coterie of young (ish) British guitarists, like Chris Montague and Leo Abrahams  (name-checked here by Coney) who comfortably straddle the line between session work and more personal creative endeavors. In Coney’s case these projects might include the prog‑jazz group Morviscous, Acland & Sydney, Calibos (with Jonny Fryer), City Shepherd, and Noon, all represented on Trestle records, a label he helps run. Coney’s solo debut record, entitled The Fall Of The Flamingo Gardens comes out today.

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Summer NAMM 2014

The new Nashville Music City Center hosted Summer NAMM for the second year in a row. Though the summer version has become a very guitar-centric show, it normally skews pretty traditional. This year offered a surprise, though. In amongst the usual din of metal, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and country licks, a duo took the stage at the sizable Earthquaker Devices booth to perform a set of ultra-modern musical noise. Guitarist Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos) and bassist Jonathan Hischke demonstrated the unusual, cutting-edge tones that can be extracted from this company’s product line. Look for an upcoming interview with Reinhart. In the meantime, here are some things from the show that might be of interest to modern guitarists.

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