Friday, January 4, 2013

Local Music Gear's Best Products of 2012 ...


Over the last year we have had the pleasure of trying hundreds of exciting products that make playing guitar more enjoyable. While some products were good, others where just amazing. Every month Local Music Gear selects one of these amazing product to be showcased as the product of the month. For a product to become the product of the month it must exceed our expectations on three levels of standards.
  • The product must do what it is designed to do 100% of the time without failure and be the best example of its type of product we have seen to date.
  • The Product must be built well without any imperfections that would affect it’s functionally from day one throughout the life of the product.
  • The Product must be a good value for its price tag. 
These are the eight best guitar accessory products we had the opportunity to review in 2012. While all products that were reviewed in Local Music Gear were excellent, these products truly stood out.

Tusq by Graphtech Guitar Labs

Tusq by Graphtech Guitar Labs is a synthetic alternative to animal bone used on stringed instruments at the points where the strings touch the instrument.
Read the Local Music Gear Review

FU - Tone Strat Big Block Upgrade

FU-Tone, formerly known as Floyd Upgrades, is the Manufacturer of aftermarket high-performance guitar parts designed to optimize a guitar's voice, sustain, playability, and tone. This review is for the FU-Tone Fender Stratocaster Big Block upgrade. 

Mojotone® Fatback Strat Pickups

Mojotone® is a manufacturer of vintage amplifier & guitar parts offering a complete line of guitar and amplifier products -- specializing in vintage (pre-1980) reproduction cabinets and exact replacement components. Built with the goal of straddling the divide between a Fender and Gibson, these pickups give your single notes a full bloom yet still retain some of the Fender sparkle and chime.  

Silverbox Effects Smooth Blaster Classic Overdrive

Silverbox Effects Pedals are hand crafted in Buenos Aires Argentina. This boutique pedal has touch sensitive overdrive that responds to your playing, internal trimmer,true bypass switching with grounded input and is housed in a compact 16 gauge steel enclosure with detachable rubber feet.

Zexcoil®, Hum Cancelling Single Coil Sized Humbucker Pickups

Dr. A. Scott Lawing is the inventor of Zexcoil® pickup technology and the technical driving force behind LMP. Scott has been a guitar player for over 30 years. He is also an engineer with a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and numerous technical papers, patents and presentations to his credit. Recently, Scott has started applying his technical and creative energies to the business of musical instrument.

The P3 Mod, The Battery-less Mod for Active Guitar Pickups & Pedals

The DC Voltage Company is the Manufacturer of an electronic modification that allows active/battery powered musical equipment to utilize the power from an amplifier via 1/4 inch instrument cable to power active guitar and bass pickups and/or effects pedals without wall or battery power.  

SpiderCapo, Alternative Tunings Capo

SpiderCapo by Creative Tunings, Inc is an Alternative Tuning Capo that allows an artist to alter the tuning of a stringed instrument giving the artist 945 possible tunings without touching a tuning peg.

Intex Cables Instrument Cables

INTEXcables are completely hand made from the finest components here in the USA. All connector parts are made of solid metal, from the brass M642/1-1 Military Spec connector & custom engineered shell to the plated spring steel stress relief spring. All cables are made with Belden 8412, an industry standard microphone cable for over 30 years. No compression or crimping is used to attach cable to connector, INTEXcables are welded insuring the strongest and most durable connection possible.




Posted 01/2013
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