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zZounds' Guitar Experts' Product Picks: October 2014

zZounds' Guitar Experts are on call Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm, offering expert advice, service and product recommendations for customers seeking professional insight into their own rigs. Every month, our guitar experts choose their favorite zZounds gear, and every month we bring you those selections here. Bookmark this page and check back regularly for our latest product picks!

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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Bert (1.800.460.8089 x299)
Gibson Limited Edition 2014 The Les Paul All Wood Electric Guitar
The Les Paul All Wood is a rare bird indeed. The first time I saw one of these Pauls in person, I didn't know what to think. Did they sand it down? Is this a real Gibson? Unlike some of the gorgeous Gibby tops that show through their finishes, this "all wood" Les Paul leaves little to the imagination. This may remind you of past solid mahogany and solid walnut models dubbed "The Paul" and "The Firebrand," but this time, Gibson dressed this one to the nines in AAA maple. Short of the rosewood fingerboard, you're going to get beautifully figured maple as far as the eye can see. No joke -- even maple fretboard binding and inlays, too. Don't fret, the classic maple/mahogany body formula has not been skipped here, only complemented with a choice cut of maple on the back -- just as beautiful-looking at the top. Top it off with '57 Classic pickups for the definitive PAF tone and a big ol' '50s rounded neck, and you've got the complete package.

Stetsbar Stoptail Tremolo System
Stetsbar's Stoptail Tremolo System is a great consideration for a player that is looking to add a tremolo arm (yeah, it's really vibrato, I know) to a stop-tailpiece guitar. Unlike some aftermarket replacements that require modification to your guitar's body, this Stetsbar is a really straightforward surface-mounting arm that does not mar the body. I took a look around my stash of guitars recently and realized that they're all whammy-bar-equipped, with the exception of one "devil-horned" knockoff that has a Tune-O-Matic style bridge. This is the perfect drop-on modification for that project. Pop off the bridge screws, unscrew the tailpiece, pop on the Stetsbar, lube your nut, restring, -- and bam, you're whammying. We offer the Stetsbar in a few different configurations for Strat and Tele types, as well as almost very other body type, but this "Stoptail" model is perfect for those looking to put a whammy on a Firebird, SG, or V-shaped guitar.

George L's Effects Cable Kit
If you've spent a lot of time amassing your gig-worthy pedalboard, there are a few considerations for keeping it neat and tidy for the toe-tapping part of your performance. While we have a ton of great patch cable solutions for pedal coupling, this kit offers the simplest solution for connecting your pedals. The George L Effects Kit offers 5 pairs of plugs for 5 patch cables, and a 10-foot spool of his ultra-quiet cabling, so you can customize to your heart's content. When you think about the patch cables in your pedal board, you can get a lot of mileage out of a ten-foot length of cable, and should you need more connectors, we also offer the straight and right-angle plugs separately. Some of the best gear out there is the simplest, and with this many professionals praising George L's, you can be sure you are making the best choice for your board. Give us a ring and we'll help you put together the best board for your rig.

- Bert, zZounds Guitar Expert

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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Justin (1.800.460.8089 x384)
Alvarez ABT60E Baritone Acoustic-Electric Guitar
The Alvarez ABT60E is a seriously well-made and affordable guitar. The sound is rich and very round due to the mahogany back and sides, with a soft but present attack, and the guitar does handle its bass duties well. My favorite tones came from playing fingerstyle, which opened up new sounds with the extended lower range from the tuning, which is a fifth lower than standard tuning. Baritone guitars are being produced much more widely than in previous years, making them easy to find and more affordable. I highly suggest adding one to your arsenal.

Orange Signature 4 Jim Root Terror Guitar Amplifier Half Stack
The signature Jim Root Terror head and matching 2x12 cabinet is intriguing in sound and appearance. Initially, it just looks like a metal powerhouse amp, but it has surprisingly nice cleans available. The other huge benefit is that it has a 3-band EQ with a mid control which allows for much more tone shaping than the standard Orange amp setup. There's a lot of gain on tap too, with the ability to go from a light crunch, a thick and chunk-heavy rock tone, or all-out metal tones too. The closed-back cabinet is great for accentuating the bottom end per usual, but also lent extra body and fullness and tamed some of the highs. Overall, this stack is a real winner, and besides, the black aesthetics are sexier...

Fender '68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amplifier
The Vibrolux has long been a classic choice for portraying that crisp and clean American amp sound, and with these '68 Silverface updates, it is now able to access a bit more gain and grit too. That being said, the Vibrato channel has plenty of headroom and volume which makes it perfect for larger groups, or guitarists who prefer clean tone. Past about 4 or 5 on the dial, it starts to break up very nicely. It wasn't harsh and had a punch to it that worked great for a nice medium-overdrive tone with some of the source clean tone still apparent. I loved it so much I didn't even want to add an overdrive pedal into the mix! Factor in the tube reverb and tube tremolo -- both awesome -- and you have a seriously cool amp priced at a competitive level.

- Justin, zZounds Guitar Expert

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Guitar Expert Product Picks: Martin (1.800.460.8089 x347)
Reverend Mercalli 5 FM Electric 5-String Bass
I had the pleasure of getting my hands on the Reverend Mercalli 5 FM bass. The first thing I noticed was how comfortable it was -- it was one of the easiest-playing 5-strings I've plucked. I found the low B string specifically impressive: it had the perfect amount of tension to keep the low string from flopping around, but not too much as to be make it difficult to play. Another thing I noticed was how much this bass resonates, with its korina wood body and high-mass bridge transferring vibration very well. Once plugged in, this bass sounded great and dialing in my tone was super-easy. The sound and feel of the Reverend Mercalli 5 FM cannot be beat at its price.

Fender American Standard Jaguar Electric Bass
When I unboxed the Fender American Standard Jaguar, I was struck with its sharp looks. This is a very unique Fender bass -- that much is obvious from the get-go. Once I got familiar with the functions of the various switches, I was impressed by how much this bass could do. The combination of P and J pickups can cultivate so many different sounds, and I really liked the the switchable preamp. With it engaged, the bass had a powerful punch. Without the preamp, it had a vintage growl that is unmistakably Fender. I think this is a great bass for someone looking for a unique sound that can be easily tailored.

Fender Rumble 200 V3 Bass Combo Amplifier (200 Watts, 1x15")
The Fender Rumble 200 V3 is perfect for the bassist looking for an affordable, simple-to-use amp with the classic Fender look. With 200 watts pumping into a 15" speaker, this is a good practice amp for a small band. One of the coolest features is the built-in overdrive -- the Rumble 200 makes it super easy to dial in some dirty overdrive for your tone, and it's also footswitchable. I was impressed by how light this amp was, too -- it has a beefy low end in a portable package. The Rumble 200 is a great little amp!

Warwick RockBass Corvette Double Buck Electric Bass
When I started playing the Warwick RockBass Corvette Double Buck, I was really impressed with how it felt and sounded. Then I saw the price tag, and could not believe the quality of an instrument for that low of a price. This bass has a nice big low end, and that famous Warwick punch, and like all Warwicks I've picked up, it was a very comfortable bass to play. Swamp ash is one of my favorite woods for bass, and the Rockbass I played was carved from a really nice piece of swamp ash. If you're looking for quality, tone, and versatility in a bass under $1000, don't miss the Warwick RockBass Corvette Double Buck.

- Martin, Bass Specialist, zZounds Guitar Expert Team

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Boss DS-1X Distortion and OD-1X Overdrive Pedal
The DS-1X distortion pedal and OD-1X overdrive pedal from Boss are re-imaginings of classic pedals -- and then some. In the DS-1X and OD-1X, Boss has updated two old favorite pedals to provide something that everyone will love. The updated DSP, which Boss calls Multi-Dimensional Processing, makes these stompboxes much more responsive to your playing. The DS-1X is able to analyze what you are playing to give you the most natural-sounding distortion, and the addition of two extra knobs for EQ really helps you dial in a more precise tone. And as always, these pedals are built like tanks, so you don't have to worry about them breaking apart while you're on the road. These updated classics feel like brand-new pedals!

T-Rex SoulMate Guitar Multi-Effects Pedalboard
Ever wanted to check out the collection of fine pedals from T-Rex? The SoulMate guitar multi-effects pedalboard is your perfect chance. This pedal comes with numerous presets based off some of T-Rex's best effects -- from a standard crunch to super lead types of distortions, plus reverbs and delays, and everything in between. The SoulMate would work great when you are looking for a straightforward multi-fx pedal -- it includes a built-in tuner and comes stocked with numerous presets so you don't have to do the "pedal dance." With its integrated effects loop, you can add even more customization. Getting the sound of numerous boutique pedals, especially from a brand like T-Rex, has never been easier.

Quilter ToneBlock 200 Guitar Amplifier Head
In the ToneBlock 200, the people at Quilter have created a product that will solve many a guitarist's problem: a lightweight head that is portable enough to fit in your pedalboard, but powerful enough to drive your cabinet setup. With the ToneBlock, you can power on numerous cabinet configurations, or go straight from the head in to your studio/PA Setup with its direct out. This amp head is as straighforward as it should be. With its simple gain and contour knob, you are able to dial in clean tones to full-on heavy-distortion types of tones. And that direct output will will come in handy when you need to keep stage volume at a minimum, or when it's time to record.

- Dan, zZounds Guitar Expert

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