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Chicago Music Exchange was in full force at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, searching to find the latest and greatest musical innovations, classic recreations, and everything between. Here are some highlights:
It took two years, we're told, for Reverend founder Joe Naylor working with Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan to complete the brand new Reverend Billy Corgan Signature BC1 electric guitar. The finished product is everything we expect from Reverend: classic and modern; bridges the gap between genres, very reasonably priced; extremely well built and high quality; and is available now for pre-order. Plus, it took home "Best in Show"!View full article »
Article Submitted courtesy of Mason Hoberg.
Who doesn’t love a good fuzzy guitar solo? It’s like the guitarist’s equivalent of a really loud motorcycle, because something about it just feels so right. Ever since the effect debuted in 1961, fuzz has been the effect for the musician who wants to push their tone to the next level.View full article »
Chicago Music Exchange staff members always have the scoop on the latest new, used, and vintage gear, and we love to tell you about it all. Check out October's Staff Picks:
"My pick is the Lothson LA Signature. This is like taking a time machine back to Kalamazoo in 1959. This one has got one of the fattest necks i've ever played and I love it. The notes just jump out of the neck, and it has sustain for more than a few days. The BKP Mules are nice and sweet sounding too!"
Working at CME, you get to experience the purists looking for the very transparent overdrives and true to "vintage" tone, and while that's admirable, it's not me. Not even a little bit.
So, by the direction of friends, coworkers, and artists I love, I found Death By Audio. I started with the Fuzz War and fell in love. I began moving through their arsenal of oddities, checking the Echo Dream 2 (which if you haven't - you totally should) and the Reverberation Machine.View full article »
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