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Gigbag: March 2007

Phifer Guitars

Falling somewhere between a Dali-painted jamboree and hair-metal machines of yore are Phifer Designs’ line of guitars, especially the new hollow-body Archtop. All hand-crafted by Woody Phifer-stepfather of renowned playwright Keith Glover-these intriguing axes feature precise construction, quality craftsmanship, multiwood composition and carved wooden bridges, all of which translate into superior responsiveness and sustain. Topped off with Seymour Duncan pickups, Sperzel tuners and Dunlop frets, Phifer’s guitars are perfect for someone looking for a quirky design with a classic sound. phiferdesigns.com

Mapex Orion Drums

Building the perfect drum set can be like solving a puzzle, which is why Mapex recently decided to offer its top-of-the-line Orion Series exclusively on a component basis rather than in complete configurations. The company expanded the Orion line to 43 components-ranging from a 24″ x 20″ bass drum to an 8″ x 7″ rack tom-and increased the finish options to 12 colors with four new lacquers (Cinnamon Fade, Wine Burl Burst, Blue Mist Burst and Gloss Natural). Long considered the pinnacle of Mapex, the Orion Series feature an exclusive Isolation Tom Mounting System, low mass, single-point-of-contact lugs, eight-coat, hand-lacquered finishes and Remo Ambassador heads. Mapexdrums.com

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