The Adder – Whatever Happened To That Thing?

The AdderI was recently thinking about pickups (hey, it’s something I do a lot) and I suddenly remembered something I saw in a guitar magazine back in 1991. It was a little gadget: evidently just a chunk of metal that you placed over your pickup’s pole pieces to alter its magnetic field. I strained my brain for months trying to think of what this damn thing was called. I even put it to the brains trust at The Gear Page forums, and a few people seemed to vaguely remember it, but nobody could recall actually seeing one out there in the wild. Well, today I found an old 1991 Guitar World in the garage and hey presto! Here it is! Read More …

REVIEW: Dean Custom 550 Floyd

DeanThe story of Dean Guitars has had plenty of ups and downs over the years, starting as a small operation in Chicago in 1976. Currently owned by Armadillo Enterprises in Tampa, Florida, Dean is going pretty strong at the moment with artist signature models for the likes of Leslie West, Dimebag Darrell (see my review of the Dean From Hell here), Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine (and man oh man I want me a Dean Zero or VMNT), Michael Schenker, Michael Angelo Batio and Michael Amott – not to mention iconic shapes like the ML and Cadillac.  Read More …