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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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Yamaha CG-TA
Yamaha CG-TA


Yamaha’s TransAcoustic technology uses some clever electronics mounted inside the body to let an otherwise acoustic guitar project a studio-sweetened sound—without the need for external amps or effects. Initially launched on steel-stringed instruments, the Yamaha CG-TA ($1,050) is the first nylon string to make the Trans-ition. (Yes, it’s a bad pun; live with it.) The model is based on the popular CG162, but has a trio of controls to adjust the TransAcoustic effects. There’s also a more traditional pickup system with a line out for external amps and mixers.

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.