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Gearhead: The Latest Instruments & Accessories

Electro-Harmonix SYNTH9, D’Angelico Kurt Rosenwinkel guitars, Reverend Mike Watt bass and more

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Electro-Harmonix SYNTH9 Synthesizer Machine
Why should the keys player have all the retro-synth fun? Guitarists can find their inner RTF-era Chick Corea or Keith Emerson with the very convincing sounds in this new stompbox from Electro-Harmonix. Among the nine emulations covered—but not directly named on the pedal, for legal reasons—are the Prophet-5 and Minimoog. $221.30 online.

D’Angelico Kurt Rosenwinkel Signature Guitars
Like their namesake, these guitars split the difference between tradition and innovation. Both the Premier SS ($1,099 online) and Deluxe SS ($2,799, with custom Seymour Duncan pickups and other upgrades) are single-cutaway, thinline semi-hollowbodies with center blocks, C-shape necks and stopbar tailpieces. In other words, get the playability, volume and resonance you need without the feedback and fickle intonation of a jazzbox.

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D’Angelico Kurt Rosenwinkel Signature Model Guitar

Reverend Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass
Mike Watt, a punk giant with a Coltrane obsession and plenty of cred in jazz-leaning experimental groups, spent four years developing this lean and mean signature bass with Reverend. Its features include a korina body; Reverend’s P-Blade pickups, a turbocharged take on classic P-bass pickups; a Hipshot A-style bridge with string-thru and top-load options; and a first-fret inlay of an anchor, a Watt trademark. $1,399 online.

MusicNomad’s Octopus 8 ’n 1 Tech Tool
With this versatile, smartly designed new tool from MusicNomad, guitarists and electric bassists can say goodbye to those stray screwdrivers and wrenches bouncing around the bottom of their gig bags. The Octopus features reversible Phillips and flat-head bits as well as five sizes of hex-wrench openings, cast in heavy-duty ballistic nylon that won’t scratch your ax. $12.99 online.

PRS Sonzera Amplifiers
PRS’ new Sonzera series tube amps deliver striking, crystalline clean sounds, a versatile gain channel and surprising overall power at an affordable price point. For more on their tones and features, check out PRS’ online video demo by Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri. 20 combo and 50 head: $799 online; 50 combo: $899.



Read Mike Watt’s Artist’s Choice Playlist on John Coltrane.

Read David R. Adler’s interview with Kurt Rosenwinkel.

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