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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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Waves Abbey Road Chambers
Waves Abbey Road Chambers

Echoes of Abbey Road

Sure, John, Paul, George, and Ringo had some talent—but how high up music’s Mount Olympus would they have climbed without reverb? Okay, maybe Abbey Road’s echo chamber wasn’t the only reason for their success—but it didn’t hurt. The Waves Abbey Road Chambers plug-in ($199; $49 on sale at press time) emulates the Studio Two chamber and the signal chain that helped make it a defining sound of the 1960s. The plug-in version adds other Abbey Road ambient effects and provides controls that go beyond the original. waves.com

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.