musical instruments

A better music box

Apogee Quartet

The Apogee Quartet ($1,295) is a USB audio interface that provides Macs and their parent’s-basement-squatting masters with studio-grade chops. Connection-wise, four combo XLR and 1/4” analog inputs — complete with world-class mic preamps capable of capturing click-free transitions from a vast gain range of 0-75dB — and eight digital inputs can accomodate a burgeoning boy...

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Akai MPC Fly for iPad

Some companies wilt in the face of technical evolution and changes in consumer behavior. We love you Kodak — but you’re a classic b-school case study on this. Famed MPC maker (which, FYI, stands for music production center) could have followed a similar path in the face of exploding new device categories like tablets. Their...

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Corter Natural Leather Guitar Picks

Experiment with your sound by giving these Corter natural leather guitar picks ($10) a strum. Besides looking great, this creative use of American certified vegetable tanned leather scraps provides a little more give compared to the traditional plastic variety, resulting in a slightly warmer play tone. Like any other faithful leather product, repeated use will...

Strum, As You Are

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar Guitar

At the helm of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain was crowned by many as the voice of Generation X. The distinctive guitar he used in his final three years of his life just happened to be from another generation — 1965. In celebration of his talents and lasting influence, Fender has meticulously reincarnated his unique lefty axe...

A touch closer to the real thing

Pix & Stix

The GarageBand app for the iPad 2 showcases the power of Apple’s darling of gadgetdom like few other apps. No matter how visually pleasing, or “delightful” the UI is, though, tapping out beats or virtual picking still just doesn’t feel right to practiced musicians. That’s where Pix and Stixs ($16) can help. Each pack includes...

Star Guitar

Gibson Acoustic 70th Anniversary John Lennon J-160E Guitar

John Lennon and his musical legacy requires no introduction. What you may not know though is that in 1962, a rising Lennon wanted to buy a quality American acoustic but was too broke to afford it. Luckily, band manager Brian Epstein was kind enough to co-sign for a brand new “electro-acoustic” Gibson J-160E and even...

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Rock Lock

We don’t imagine many of you earn your scratch as guitar playing street busker — but if you do that’s totally cool and please send us a demo. We also doubt you’re reading this while aboard your tour bus driving to your next 100,000+ seating stadium venue (again though if you are a global rock...

Yamaha Tenori-On Music Sequencer

Make Music, One Light At a Time Despite what you think, Tenori-on has nothing to do with Battleship Plenty of people dream of being musicians. However, most lack the classical training to ever produce anything noteworthy. Over the last couple of decades though, a slew of products have emerged (MPCs, synthesizers, drum machines, Rockband? etc…)...

Carbon Fiber Steel String Guitar

Blackbird Rider Guitar

A guitar fit for Michael Knight himself. Who says guitars always have to be made of wood? Not Blackbird, that’s for sure. The Blackbird Rider is an acoustic steel string guitar that’s compact with full-bodied sound. It actually uses a second soundhole at the head of the guitar to provide stereo sound through it’s hallow...

Peavey Signature Series EX Guitar

HP Signature Series EX double-cutaway guitars are a great value for those of you looking to rock it out at non-rockstar prices. The Signature Series EX uses a Maple veneer making it both lightweight, comfortable and on-stage looks. They utilize Grover tuning gears, humbucking pickups and a stop tailpiece with tune-o-matic bridge. What this means...