Review: Kinman SurfMaster Pickups

When I first got my Squier J. Mascis Jazzmaster, I was enamored with the power and midrange of its P-90 sounding pickups. They were warm, fat and drove amps and pedals beautifully. The bloom went off the rose, however, after one gig where I was unable to get the kind of clean country twang I sought, and another where the noisiness of these high-powered single-coils became problematic. Investigating the noiseless options I came across a Brett Kingman video where he demoed some Kinman pickups. I thought I would give them a go.

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Board to Death : Anthony Pirog

As part of the Board to Death series, EarthQuaker Japan interviewed Anthony Pirog about the EarthQuaker pedals he uses and others, while introducing him to some of their new ones. One of the most creative modern guitarists around (he just finished a record with Henry Kaiser), here Pirog demonstrates some insane country chops.

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Fender Jazzmaster’s 60th Anniversary

In honor of this iconic guitar’s 60th Anniversary and considering it is a fave model of modern guitarists, I though I would repost this. I have replaced the video links that have been removed since  the original. Also, when I originally reviewed the J. Mascis model for Guitar Moderne, I sent it back even though I really wanted it. I have just rectified that mistake.

October 2016

Fittingly for Halloween, we thought we would tell the tale of a guitar that rose from the dead. Here then, is a brief history of the birth, death and revivification of a guitar model.

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Spotlight: Sara Ardizzoni

My Potato Eaters bandmate/Keyboard magazine editor/drummer extraordinaire/modular synth maven, Gino Robair met Sara Ardizzoni while in Italy and suggested she contact me. I am so glad she did. Her unique combination of melody, noise, looping, grooves, and vocals is emblematic of the kind of modern guitar music this site was created to promote. Please enjoy her words and spread the word so she can give up her day job—she deserves it.

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