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Gigbag: August 2001

Musser Lionel Hampton Signature Vibraphone

Vibraphone players can zero in on the famous Lionel Hampton sound with the new Musser Limited Edition M75LH Hampton Signature Vibraphone. Based on Hampton’s own M75 Century Vibraphone (donated to the Smithsonian earlier this year), the M75LH has an all-natural wood-finished frame and antique-gold finished arched resonators. Three octaves of aluminum, antique-gold finished, wide-graduated bars let the notes hang in the air, whether you’re laying the mallets down on “Flying Home” or “Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop.” For more information, visit the Musser/Ludwig Web site:

Harmony Rocket III

Using the original 1960s blueprints, Harmony has built a limited-edition reissue of the classic Rocket III that looks and plays like the real thing. Made from maple and finished in black, the thin hollow-body design features three humbucking pickups, controlled by a 3-way selector switch and six-count ’em-six knobs: volume and tone for each pickup. The steel-reinforced neck, straight-line fingerboard and 24-inch scale make for comfortable comping or solo work. The guitar is distributed by MBT International, 1-800-641-8395.

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