NAMM: GJ2 Guitars Unveils New Models

Arete

Grover Jackson’s GJ2 Guitars was very quietly launched at Winter NAMM last year. The product line-up was limited to a handful of Arete models, a sleek and stylish take on the Superstrat idea. Over the past year it seems that interest in the brand has steadily ramped up, but as beautiful as the Arete is, one model isn’t really enough to sustain a whole guitar company – especially one with the legacy of a guy like Grover Jackson. And so this year GJ2 Guitars returned to NAMM with a bigger display space and three entirely new models in addition to the Arete: the Concorde (which shares some DNA with the guitars Grover made for Randy Rhaods), the Glendora (which is a modern update on the type of Superstrat coming out of Grover’s shop back in the day) and the Zora, a single-cutaway singature instrument for No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont. Let’s check the new models out. Read More …

GEAR REVIEW: Roger Mayer Concorde + Treble Booster

Ok, you’ve got your fuzz, your overdrive, your distortion and your clean boost. That’s all, right? Wrongo. The treble booster is an almost-forgotten member of the distortion family, and without it we wouldn’t have such classic tones as Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid,’ pretty much all of Led Zeppelin 1, and everything Brian May’s ever done. So what’s a treble booster and why is it different to just turning up the treble knob on the amp? Well not quite a fuzz, not quite an EQ, treble boosters were typically based on very simple circuits and they promoted the idea of boosting the strength of the signal to the amp while tailoring its tone curve to attain maximum tonal goodness.

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