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Gearhead: Dave Stryker’s Plex-able Guitar Mods

A sodium chloride problem led the guitarist to customize his treasured Gibsons

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Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner Pedal
Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner Pedal

In Step and In Tune

Manhattan high-rises may be pricier, but pedalboard real estate is nearly as valuable. So by combining two useful but non-glamorous tools in one, the Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner Pedal (price TBA) has earned its commission. VPJR is an active volume pedal—i.e., it sports a tone-saving buffer circuit, which can run at nine to 18 volts. The buffer’s power supply also provides the juice for the tuner, which, by default, starts up anytime the pedal is rocked back to mute the signal. Users can opt to keep the tuner active at all volume settings and choose among several tuning modes.

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.