Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer, overdrive effects pedal

The Ibanez TS-9 is one of the Tube Screamer series of overdrive pedals. Designed to recreate the sound of a vintage tube amp, the TS-9 has three control knobs: drive, tone knob, and level. The drive knob is for gain, the tone knob adjusts treble and the level knob adjusts the overall output volume. The TS-9 was introduced in 1982 as part of the Ibanez 9-series. Internally it is very similar to the TS-808 pedal, but the TS-9 has a much larger footswitch. The TS-9 also has a different output circuit to the TS-808 making it slightly brighter. The original TS-9 was discontinued in 1984.

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Orange Bax Bangeetar, overdrive, boost and EQ pedal

The Orange Bax Bangeetar Guitar Pre-EQ is their first new effects pedal since the 1970s. Handmade in the Orange Custom Shop, England, this pedal is available in two finishes, black or white.  It works as a traditional stompbox, a standalone preamp, and a direct recording tool. The Bax Bangeetar has a good dynamic range, producing classic Orange crunch and rich vintage overdrive at moderate gain settings. Increasing the drive level yields a wealth of modern tones, with large amounts of distortion on offer. For live use, the on-board clean Boost function adds an extra 5dB for solos.

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Levy’s was founded in 1973 by Dennis Levy and is run by Dennis and his brother Harvey. Levy's is a leading manufacturer of consumer leather and nylon goods with factories in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Levy’s sells guitar straps, instrument bags, gun slings, gun cases, cartridge belts, knife sheathes and belts.


The Kluson brand was established in 1925 and is best known for its range of tuning machine heads used on American guitars made by Fender, Gibson, Epiphone, and Mosrite. Today, Kluson Hardware has grown to include a full line of replacement parts for vintage and contemporary guitars. Kluson is a division of WD Music Products.


The D'Andrea company was founded in 1922 by Luigi D'Andrea in New York, who started out by making mandolin and guitar picks out of tortoise shell colored cellulose nitrate plastic. While guitar picks are still the mainstay of D'Andrea, they now offer a range of guitar parts and accessories as well as KSD basses.


The D'Addario brand is best known for its range of instrument strings and Planet Waves guitar accessories - but it also produces percussion and woodwind accessories. The D'Addario company was founded by Rocco and Charles D’Addario who came from a family of farmers and string makers. The D'Addarios emigrated from Italy to Astoria, Queens, New York after an earthquake destroyed their home town of Salle in 1905.


Rocktron Velocity 100 LTD

 Rocktron Velocity 100LTD rack mounted guitar power amplifier

The Rocktron Velocity 100 LTD is an updated version of one of the most popular rack mount guitar power amps the company has produced. This single-rackspace amplifier provides 55 watts of power per channel into a 4 ohm load, or 40 watts per channel into an 8 ohm load.

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Peterson have been in the tuning business since the 1950s. They have traditionally specialised in high precision mechanical strobe tuners but have also developed a range of virtual software based tuners. Some of their tuners featured "sweetened" tuning which offers sets of optimized tuning offsets designed with a particular instrument in mind to help combat the bland tone equal temperament tuning provides.


Snark produce a range of tuners as well as a 9V power supply and a metronomes. The Snark brand is named after a mythical species described Lewis Carroll in his poem "The Hunting of the Snark". The snark is a peculiar creature that cannot be easily captured: the most common method is to seek it with thimbles, care, forks, and hope. One may also "threaten its life with a railway share" or "charm it with smiles and soap".


The G7th guitar capo was invented by English engineer Nick Campling. G7th capos are designed to be small, light and easy to use. The G7th range of capos currently includes 4 models: the Performance (the original G7th capo), the Nashville, the Newport and the Performance 2 models.


The Shubb Capo Company was founded in 1974 in California by Rick Shubb (a banjo player) and Dave Coontz (an auto mechanic). Their first product was a fifth string banjo capo. Further products followed in the late 1970s including a compensated banjo bridge and a guitar capo which was Shubb's first big commercial success. Shubb also make a line of guitar steels inspired by John Pearse.

Rickenbacker (Electro String) Model B Spanish guitar

Rickenbacker Electro String Spanish Model B Bakelite electric guitar

The Rickenbacker Electro String Model B was the Spanish version of the molded Bakelite Model B Hawaiian Guitar. Electro String introduced them in the summer of 1935. It was available as a six string standard model or a four string tenor guitar. These first Bakelite Spanish Guitars had a detachable necks with twenty-three frets. These frets were a molded part of the finger board: when they wore out the player had to replaced the whole neck.

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Rickenbacker Spanish

Rickenbacker Spanish, electric archtop guitar

The Rickenbacker Spanish (SP model) was an arch-top acoustic-electric guitar with a maple body and a spruce top. The necks and bodies were made for Rickenbacker by another company (possibly Harmony or Gibson). The SP was made from the mid 1940s until 1950, when it was discontinued due to the high cost of the OEM bodies. The SP featured an arched spruce top with maple back and sides, a bound neck with block inlays, adjustable bridge, trapeze tailpiece and a horseshoe pickup with single tone and volume controls. The headstock featured a large t-shaped logo plate.

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ARIA (PRO II) SW 8 reviewed by Comedy Frank

Average: 4 (1 vote)


I've played one of these for 20+ years. It's been a great guitar. Good tone, low enough action to use heavier strings but high enough not to buzz. I'm upgrading for my birthday this weekend but I don't know if I'll find as good a new guitar under £800. I'll let you know if I find anything.


Aria VM-85F Mosrite Ventures electric guitar

The Aria VM-85F is a budget version of the VM-2013 Ventures Model. It does not have the Seymour Duncan pickups or custom vibrato tailpiece of the VM-2013 and the body is basswood with a flame maple veneer top.

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Aria Pro II VM-2013 Ventures Mosrite electric guitar

Aria updated their Ventures Series in 2013 with the VM-2013 model. The VM-2013 has the classic Ventures Mosrite body shape but has a flame maple carved top, chambered alder back, transparent "Ventures" pickguard and two Seymour Duncan SP90 pickups. Finish was cherry sunburst.

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The Aria Pro II VM-02 similar to the VM-2002 Ventures Custom model but is a more affordable version. Available in candy apple red, metallic blue or pearl white

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Aria Pro II VM-2001 Mosrite Ventures style electric guitar in brown sunburst finish

The Aria Pro II VM-2001 has the classic Mosrite Ventures design. The VM-2001 has "40th Anniversary" and "The Ventures" on the headstock, as well as "The Ventures" on the pickguard. Finish was Candy Apple red or brown sunburst. The VM-2001 features German ABM hardware and a custom made vibrato tailpiece.

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