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Gigbag: December 2001

Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.

While the rest of humanity sits happily in the dark on such issues, guitar geeks know the differences between tweed, California-style and British amplifiers. The geeks at Tech 21 know those differences well enough to have put all three types of amps inside one little, programmable stompbox that mimics classic amps while retaining analog signal path-warmth. The SansAmp TRI-A.C. includes on-board EQ, drive and level controls and

can be used with any amp, power amp and speaker cabinet or plugged directly into a mixing console. www.tech21.com

Novax Eight-String Guitar

Although he surely spent hours and hours honing his guitar skills, Charlie Hunter’s trademark tone does come in part from the strange ax luthier Ralph Novak developed. Take a close look at the fanned frets and that neck-wide enough to accommodate eight strings. The odd design of Novax Guitars produces balanced tone and string tension for a focused, clear sound. Acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars are also available, with the fanned frets, as well as six-string guitars. www.novaxguitars.com

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