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  • Joe Walsh opened up his last studio album with Analog Man,, a track airing his grievances of the new-fangled digital lifestyle. While Im not on Walshs level of cool, experience or guitar skills, I sympathize with some of his digital hesitation.Biyang fashioned the Livemaster to warm skeptics up to a modernized pedalboard. It keeps the familiar knob-twisting and switch-stomping experience of a classic pedal setup while tucking individual effects or modules into a tidy controller, eliminating excess power and patch cables.Thus far, Biyang has released 40 effect modules that can be placed in any order in the Livemasters controller or mainframe. The company creates both their own sounds as well as doing a good job of cloning other famous pedals.Some of the modules offer multiple voices. The Distortion module, for example, offers three different sounds marked A, B and C. The mainframes are available in 3 sizes that can hold four, seven or 10 effects. I reviewed the LM-7, which holds 7 effect modules. Its dimensions are 13 x 5, and the effects snap into the mainframe and have a numbered on/off switch. Once you tweak and find a combination of pedals you like, you can save that preset by holding down any of the lettered switches for a few seconds.The LM-7 will store 8 presets. Theres also a Tap/Tempo button that works with the Delay/Reverb module. For my review I tried out the Compressor, Loop, Distortion, Chorus, Delay/Reverb and Boost modules. The Loop module allows you to run and power other effects through the Livemaster.Since Biyang currently doesnt offer a wah pedal, I ran my Vox wah through the Loop. For both clips I used various guitars (Fender Tele, Fender Strat and a Gibson SG) and played a Wangs Mini 5 tube amp into an Ear Candy 1×12 cab loaded with an Eminence Alessandro speaker.Clip 1 – Its a long one! I went right down the line – Compressor, Distortion (all 3 voices), Chorus (Fast and Slow) and Delay/Reverb (starting with Delay and ending with the Room, Spring and Hall Reverb settings).Clip 2 – Its shorter I swear! Heres my Vox wah plugged into and powered by the Loop module. I fattened it up with the help of the Distortion and Boost modules.For more on the Biyang Livemaster, stop by biyang.com. The street price of the mainframes runs from $59-$129, while the Effect Modules run from $21-$69.

  • Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Summary – Finally a Strat that I love to play. This one has been upgraded with Kinman pickups and an L. R. Baggs Ctrl-X X-Bridge pickup.Features – Alder Body with 3-Tone Sunburst Finish (my favorite Strat Color) 1-piece Maple Neck 22 Frets Rosewood Fretboard with Abalone Dot Inlays Nut appears to be synthetic

  • The 1967 Monterey Pop Festival would have been just another music festif not for Jimi Hendrixs stunt of torching his Strat (and then smashing it to bits).While it wasnt the first time Hendrix set a guitar on fire, its worth noting that Hendrix hand-painted that guitar prior to scorching it but used a different Strat throughout his performance. And while I have no fondness for guitars decorated with squiggly hearts and flowers (hell, I would have set it ablaze, too), I must admit the brand-new limited-edition Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster is growing on me. Big time.Fenderwho issued the axe to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Hendrixs performancemade the guitar affordable for most players, considering the Fender Custom Shop released a limited run at more than triple the price in 1997.

  • Fenders new Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster incorporates several distinctive features of Jimis flipped over setup while still maintaining the comfort and playability of a standard right-handed guitar. While the model is essential for Hendrix enthusiasts who want to accurately cop his distinctive tone, the Jimi Hendrix Strat is also a great choice for players seeking a Strat with familiar look and feel but a slightly different voice.

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