Lunar Music Supply News http://www.lunarmusicsupply.com Sat, 16 Jan 2021 08:48:52 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Why Tube Amps are ALWAYS Better http://www.lunarmusicsupply.com <p>The age-old question when it comes to gear is &ldquo;what&rsquo;s better?&rdquo;&nbsp; Strat or Tele?&nbsp; Fender or Vox?&nbsp; Humbuckers or single coils?&nbsp; Tube amps or transistor amps?&nbsp; I&rsquo;m here today to tell you that there is, in fact, an answer.&nbsp; Brace yourselves, because the actual answer is not at all what you want to hear if you&rsquo;re asking that question in the first place.&nbsp; The ultimate deciding factor in whether gear sounds good or not is the player.&nbsp; In fewer words, it doesn&rsquo;t matter how nice your gear is if you suck.</p> <p><span>Let&rsquo;s unpack that.</span></p> <p><span>So, that&rsquo;s a little harsh, but it's true.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a sad reality we all need to grow up and face at one point or another that our gear only sounds as good as we do as players.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m not saying you need to learn how to shred the fastest solo ever, or even that you need to know a ton of fancy tricks, but you do need to practice your scales and arpeggios and get comfortable in any key.&nbsp; You also probably need to work on phrasing lead lines and other such passages.&nbsp; Dynamics are a huge part of music, and also something that can always improve no matter how good you are.&nbsp; Most listeners prefer tasteful and dynamic playing to &ldquo;fretboard wanking&rdquo; anyway.&nbsp; Check out the solos from Gravity by John Mayer and Come Away With Me by Nora Jones to hear what I&rsquo;m talking about.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>The truth of it is that higher quality gear, especially amps and dirt pedals, really enhances the dynamic capabilities of the rig with things like natural compression and headroom (which, believe it or not, aren&rsquo;t just buzzwords).&nbsp; If you as a player don&rsquo;t have the ability to bring out all of the range that a Dumble is capable of producing, don&rsquo;t waste $80,000.&nbsp; That Dumble isn&rsquo;t going to make you sound any better, but if you practice you could make that thing sing.&nbsp; It is totally worth investing in great gear, but don&rsquo;t make it a crutch.</span></p> <p><span>I want to unpack another concept in this article as well.&nbsp; This second concept is simply that your gear is only as good as its ability to serve a purpose in your rig or in a full band mix.&nbsp; This is where specific gear can end up being &ldquo;better&rdquo; or &ldquo;worse.&rdquo;&nbsp; Like I said before, gear quality is all arbitrary unless you as a player can make it sound good.&nbsp; It is true, however, that different pieces of equipment have different inherent tonal characteristics that can help you accomplish different things in a band mix.&nbsp; British voiced amps tend to have more focused midrange, which helps them jump out of a band mix more.&nbsp; Humbuckers tend to push more power through your pedals and amp&rsquo;s front end, meaning more compression and grit. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Regarding gear, the question of whether one piece of gear is better than another is legitimately just a bad question.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t ask if something is better.&nbsp; Rather, ask if it will do a better job for the goals you will use it to accomplish.&nbsp; And more than anything else, PRACTICE.</span></p> Continuing the Germanium/Silicon Conversation: Transistors and Fuzz Pedals http://www.lunarmusicsupply.com <p><span><em>If you haven&rsquo;t read our article on silicon and germanium clipping diodes, we recommend that you start by reading that,&nbsp;<a href="">which you can find here.</a></em></span></p> <p><span>So you&rsquo;re getting into fuzz and beginning to realize that fuzz pedals are a whole world of pedals almost as in-depth as the rest of the world of all pedals combined.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Every company you look into offers at least two kinds of fuzz, but you don&rsquo;t know what features you want or what kind of fuzz tone is best suited to your playing or your rig.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Maybe you&rsquo;ve been a fan of fuzz since you started playing and are just looking for a way to explain to your significant other why your Big Muff is cool, but you need to invest in an original Arbiter Fuzz Face because &ldquo;it does different things.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>With fuzz pedals, it&rsquo;s really important to understand how transistors work.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Forgive my gross oversimplification, but transistors are basically one of the first stages of amplification that occurs as your signal is traveling from the pickups in your guitar, through a dirt pedal, and into your amp.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>There are two main factors that we care about as guitarists that influence the operation of transistors; input and voltage.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>I&rsquo;m going to avoid getting into this too much because getting into the concept of bias can get complicated quickly, but we&rsquo;ll scratch the surface.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Just like in a tube amplifier, more input signal causes more distortion, and more voltage (power) cleans a transistor up, giving it more headroom.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>This is why when you roll the volume back on your guitar, thus reducing the input signal, your pedals clean up, and why when a battery is dying in your fuzz and other dirt pedals, they can sound dirtier and more gated.</span></p> <p><span>Before I get into how this works practically with silicon and germanium, here&rsquo;s an excerpt from our first article to help understand why there&rsquo;s a difference between the two elements:</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Germanium and silicon are both semiconducting metalloid elements, which basically means that they have to be combined with another element (called a dopant) and heated in order to allow current to flow through.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>The primary difference between the two elements is how much voltage each one needs to start working&mdash;germanium at about 0.3 volts and silicon at about 0.7 volts.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Similarly to with clipping diodes, germanium transistors will have more clear high frequencies and looser control over the bottom end of your signal because of the way the lower frequencies won&rsquo;t tip the transistors&rsquo; turn-on point.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Germanium is also much more unstable and sensitive as an element, so it is powered more carefully, which is why germanium responds so well to playing dynamics and the volume knob on your guitar.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Also remember that germanium doesn&rsquo;t like having any sort of buffer in front of it, so it usually will have to go at the very front of your signal chain.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Silicon on the other hand can be powered more aggressively, and that higher voltage bias is one of the factors that causes silicon fuzzes to have that famous sustain and to be more naturally aggressive.</span></p> <p><span>Now that we understand some basic functional differences between germanium and silicon, let&rsquo;s look at some great options on the market right now.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Germanium Transistor Fuzz Pedals</strong></h3> <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="620" height="620" align="" /></p> <p><span>With this pedal, Supro set out to make the &ldquo;ultimate vintage fuzz pedal,&rdquo; and I think they did a pretty good job of accomplishing their task.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>They used a N.O.S. germanium transistor in the first gain stage of the circuit and combined that with the tone stack from their famous amps to make magical vintage fuzz goodness combined with modern specs.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="343" height="620" align="" /></p> <p><span>A few years back, the eccentric builders over Earthquaker Devices got in contact with Park and worked closely with them to redesign the fuzz circuit from the rare Park Fuzz Sound pedal.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Staying true to form, Earthquaker Devices created a stellar modern reissue of this germanium fuzz legend in their own Earthquaker Devices Park Fuzz Sound.</span></p> <p><br /><span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span>Silicon Transistor Fuzz Pedals</span></h3> <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="620" height="620" align="" /></p> <p><span>We love the Dr. Scientist Frazz Dazzler here at Lunar.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>It&rsquo;s a killer silicon fuzz that isn&rsquo;t trying to be something else, like many other overdrive and fuzz pedals.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Its full 3-band eq makes it much more usable in mixes than many famous silicon fuzz pedals.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="620" height="619" align="" /></p> <p><span>A modern take on a classic from vintage fuzz legends Roger Mayer and Jimi Hendrix, the Suhr Rufus Re|Loaded is a great example of classic germanium tone re-engineered with silicon transistors for functional stability.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>A great example of how the components serve functional purposes and shouldn&rsquo;t always have to define the way a pedal sounds, especially in the hands of talented engineers and players.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>The best way to figure out what fuzz pedals work best for you and your rig is truly to just plug in and try them out, so do it.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Research your favorite players and what they use, and have lots of conversations about it all, but try things for yourself too.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>You might be surprised at what you find.</span></p> Understanding Silicon and Germanium Clipping Diodes http://www.lunarmusicsupply.com <p><span>by Andrew Tycksen<br /><br />In the world of electric guitar tone where everything seems to be drowning in buzz words whose meanings are basically arbitrary&mdash;creamy, warm, snappy, wooly, and bright, just to name a few&mdash;it can seem nearly impossible to discern what actually differentiates the pedals we end up choosing to use from the ones we leave on the shelf.&nbsp; One thing we get asked a lot here at Lunar is the difference between germanium and silicon clipping diodes (not to be confused with transistors).&nbsp; I&rsquo;m going to do my best to help clear the air surrounding this overwhelming question.</span></p> <p><em>DISCLAIMER: I am not a chemist or an electronic engineer; I&rsquo;m a guy who likes guitar pedals.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll do my best to get this information correct, but you&rsquo;ll have to forgive my exchange of guitar jargon for technical terms.</em></p> <p><span>We can&rsquo;t talk about clipping diodes without understanding what clipping is.&nbsp; Essentially, a clipping diode in the circuit of a dirt pedal sends the top of the waveform to ground, &ldquo;clipping&rdquo; off the peaks and causing the sound that we perceive as a &ldquo;distortion&rdquo; of our guitar&rsquo;s clean signal.&nbsp; Hard clipping, famously in the likes of the DOD 250, MXR Distortion +, ProCo Rat, and even the elusive Klon Centaur, is when this happens in the output section of the circuit.&nbsp; Soft clipping is when the clipping diode is placed in the feedback loop of a dual op-amp.&nbsp; This allows some of your guitar&rsquo;s signal to pass through to the output untouched, as in the Boss OD-1 and BD-2, AnalogMan King of Tone, Marshall Bluesbreaker, and the Ibanez Tube Screamer.</span></p> <p><span>Germanium and silicon are both semiconducting metalloid elements, which basically means that they have to be combined with another element (called a dopant) and heated in order to allow current to flow through.&nbsp; The primary difference between the two elements is how much voltage each one needs to start working&mdash;germanium and about 0.3 volts and silicon at about 0.7 volts.</span></p> <p><span>In the world of tones and what you actually hear, a germanium clipping overdrive will tend to have more high harmonics, as the high frequencies will turn the diode on at its clip point before the low frequencies will.&nbsp; Silicon clipping may sound like it clips a bit harder than germanium because it responds faster than germanium when it reaches the clipping voltage, both turning on and off faster than a germanium clipping diode.&nbsp; Silicon will also tend to have a more linear frequency response, resulting in some more odd-order harmonics.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s important to note that since all of this has to do with when the clipping point of the diodes are tipped, differences will be more apparent at low gain, whereas at high gain the differences will be more in feel than overall tone.</span></p> <p><span>As you start scanning the market for what you think might be the best option for your rig, keep some of these options in mind:<br /><br /></span></p> <h2><strong>Silicon Clipping</strong></h2> <h4><span>IBANEZ TUBE SCREAMER</span></h4> <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="500" height="333" align="" /></p> <p><span>Love it or hate it, everybody knows it.&nbsp; You may have even owned one or two or five in your time spent spinning around the sun.&nbsp; There are so many circuit clones, copies, and &ldquo;modified inspired-bys&rdquo; on the market, you hardly have to put in any effort to run into one.&nbsp; Some of our favorite modern takes at Lunar are the <a href="">Walrus Audio Warhorn</a>, <a href="">Keeley Electronics Red Dirt</a>, and the <a href="">JHS Bonsai</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><span>DOD 250</span></h4> <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="500" height="373" align="" /></p> <p><span>Much more of a cult classic as far as overdrives go, the DOD 250 is around more than you might realize.&nbsp; This pedal is loved for its magical low-end characteristics, and it stands out from many other famous overdrives because of its flatter frequency response.&nbsp; If this kind of thing interests you, check out the Pelican Noiseworks 50/50, Greer Amps Vintage O.D. 390 Preamp, and the Earthquaker Devices Gray Channel (fun experiment: the green side of the Gray Channel has both silicon and germanium clipping diodes you can switch between).</span></p> <p><br /><span></span></p> <h2><span>Germanium Clipping</span></h2> <h4><span>KLON CENTAUR</span></h4> <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="500" height="333" align="" /></p> <p><span>We all know the hype, but sometimes hype is justified.&nbsp; Most Centaur users really like to set theirs as a clean boost to push the front end of their amp and just leave them on, but many also claim that this germanium hard clipping beast sounds amazing at higher gain settings.&nbsp; If you can afford one, we recommend that you pick one up and try it yourself.&nbsp; If you can&rsquo;t afford one, try one of these amazing modern takes: Klon KTR, Foxpedal Kingdom, Ceriatone Centura, <a href="">Walrus Audio Voyager</a>, Wampler Tumnus, and even the Electro Harmonix Soul Food.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>When all is said and done, it&rsquo;s important to remember not to get hung up on these little details because there are exceptions to everything.&nbsp; Just try lots of things in your rig and hold on to what you like.&nbsp; In the words of my favorite guitar gear nerd, Duke Ellington, &ldquo;If it sounds good, it IS good.&rdquo;</span></p> Some Great Info About Compressors http://www.lunarmusicsupply.com <p><span>Many guitar players are always searching for the next great pedal to put on their massive spaceship of a pedal board. Whether that is a cool delay or modulation effect or a gnarly fuzz, everyone is searching for the next pedal that will inspire them to create the sound that has been in their head for years. It is always an incredible feeling to find that next cool, wild pedal but there are also a few pedal board staples. One of those staples is a compressor. If you were to look at most pedal boards, most players are going to have a compressor of some kind in their signal chain. We all have them, however do we know what they are actually doing to our tone and how they work? In this post I am going to talk a bit about compressors, what they do, how they do it, and a few of our favorite compressors here at Lunar Music Supply.&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span"><br /></span></span></p> <p>Compression is easily the most misunderstood effect in the history of guitar effects. So, what is Compression? The easiest way to explain a compressor is to describe it almost as a little helper in your signal chain. With a compressor engaged, it is going to help with dynamics. It helps to keep signal dynamics under control so that you don&rsquo;t have to crank your amplifier for little quiet parts and then so it doesn&rsquo;t destroy the audience&rsquo;s ears when that kick ass solo comes up. This is why compression is often referred to as a leveling amplifier. Compression is an extremely helpful tool that can add body to your tone without waking the neighbors as well as add sustain to your sound. Compression is an automatic volume control that is turning down and turning up when necessary. However, it does this faster than anyone could turn up or down a knob on a pedal or rack unit and when it is mixed appropriately, it can be very transparent. Compression should only add to your sound and not take anything away.</p> <p><span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Most players when adding compression to their rig will put it in the beginning of the signal chain. They do this for many reasons: One reason is because they are designed to hold dynamics in a certain range and if they are placed after delays and reverbs then it will cause the compressor to alter the fading out of the &ldquo;wet&rdquo; effects and then causing it to not sound natural. However it is important to note that putting a compressor in front of certain overdrive and distortion pedals can severely limit and alter the dynamics of the pedal and compression is not needed. Putting compressors in front of these pedals is very common and can be extremely useful, players just must be careful to avoid altering the tone too much. Compressors are extremely useful for clean tones or lightly overdriven ones. Compression with these types of tones will add sustain and help those more intricate, quiet parts to stand out more.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Overall, Compression may not be as cool or flashy as some other types of effects but it can really make a tonal difference. A touch of compression can be a player&rsquo;s best friend and add a nice touch to anyones tone. It can give a nice finished sound while adding thickness and much more. The moral of the story is you probably need a compressor and if you have one you need to use it correctly, you and your tone will be better off for it! &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Here is some of our favorite compressors on the market right now, with a brief description from the manufacturer. Thanks for reading!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><strong>Cali 76 Compact Deluxe by Origin Effects </strong>- </span><span><em>The Cali76 Compact Deluxe is an 1176-style studio-grade FET compressor.</em></span><span></span><span><em>Featuring high-current, low-noise, discrete Class-A circuitry, and a dedicated parallel compression control</em></span><span></span><span><em>all contained in one compact, stompbox-sized package!</em></span></p> <p><span><strong>2026 Compressor by Bondi Effects</strong> - </span><span><em>The 2026 Compressor is a full featured, high performance Blackmer&reg; VCA powered compressor/limiter. It has all five traditional compression controls; RATIO, THRESHOLD, LEVEL, ATTACK and RELEASE; as well as a KNEE toggle switch. The 2026 is a completely transparent compressor. It does not filter or effect your tone in any way other than compressing it. Because of this it works equally well for bass as well as guitar.</em></span></p> <p><span><strong>Deep Six V3 by Walrus Audio</strong> - </span><span><em>The Deep Six is a true bypass studio-grade compressor in stomp box form, inspired by the performance of the Universal Audio 1176 with the simplicity of the Ross and Dynacomp.&nbsp;</em></span></p> <p><span><strong>Pulp &rsquo;N&rsquo; Peel V4 by JHS Pedals</strong> - </span><span><em>The Pulp &lsquo;N&rsquo; Peel V4 is the truly transparent compressor pedal you&rsquo;ve been hoping for and much more. Its smooth-sounding parallel compression circuit offers you the power to blend in your ideal balance of compressed and uncompressed signal.</em></span></p> <p><span><strong>Compressor Pro by Keeley Electronics</strong> - </span><span><em>Keeley Compressor Pro.&nbsp; The stomp-box sized compressor/limiter is made in Oklahoma, USA and engineered to be an indispensable tool for your musical endeavors.&nbsp; It is in no way limited to be used with only guitar.&nbsp; It has been designed to work as a studio compressor accepting any range of inputs and a frequency response and noise level matching the finest compressors made.</em></span></p> Our Top 5 Picks from the 2019 Winter NAMM Show http://www.lunarmusicsupply.com <p><span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Well, we're back from 2019&rsquo;s Winter NAMM Show in beautiful Anaheim, California and let me tell you, it was amazing! We saw many new and innovative products and connected with makers&nbsp;and artists from all over the world. A few&nbsp;of those products really stuck out to the&nbsp;Lunar&nbsp;Team so here's an&nbsp;inside look at&nbsp;our top five favorite products we saw at The NAMM Show.</span></p> <p><strong>Chase Bliss Audio &mdash; Blooper<br /><img width="375" height="203" src="" class="img-responsive" alt="Chase Bliss Audio Blooper Pedal from 2019 Winter NAMM Show" align="" /></strong><br /><span></span></p> <p><span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Here at Lunar, we are huge <a href="">Chase Bliss Audio</a>&nbsp;fans. Not only do they make some of the best-sounding and most-innovative pedals we've ever heard, but they are also some of the most genuine people we've ever met. This year at NAMM, they announced the creation of their new looper pedal as a collaboration with <a href="">KNOBs</a>&nbsp;(KNOBs creates some of the most interesting demo videos on the internet and you should definitely check them out if you haven&rsquo;t.) Now back to the Blooper, you might be thinking <em>&lsquo;what&rsquo;s so special about a looper pedal?&rsquo; </em>Well this isn&rsquo;t an ordinary looper pedal. In this normal enclosure you have the ability to record multiple loops, play over them, edit the loops and much more. Not only does this pedal have some incredible features, it also looks absolutely stunning! Chase Bliss Audio has yet to release a price on this pedal or a release date but I can guarantee that we will keep you posted on when we're stocking it because&nbsp;you will definitely want to get your hands on one of these.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>Chase Bliss Audio &mdash; Preamp MK II</strong><br /><img width="386" height="208" src="" class="img-responsive" alt="Chase Bliss Audio Preamp MkII Pedal from Winter NAMM Show 2019" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p><span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Yep, that&rsquo;s right we are about to let you know how amazing <em>another</em> Chase Bliss Audio pedal is. This is a wonderful collaboration between Chase Bliss Audio and another one of our favorite companies, <a href="">Benson Amps</a>. If you are familiar with the recently released Benson Amps Preamp then you will absolutely love this pedal. At the base of this pedal is an insanely versatile circuit that can go from boost, overdrive, and even fuzz. Chris Benson has added an additional silicon and germanium clipping options that are selectable via one of the buttons. But wait there is more, on top of all that they have added the semi-parametric boost/cut mids control from the Condor that can be put before the preamp, after the preamp, or completely removed from the preamp circuit. Lastly, they have added a gnarly fuzz face inspired silicon fuzz that can be inserted at the beginning of the chain and can be set to open or gated style fuzz. This incredible device also features full midi control, expression, and a usb jack for firmware updates! We got to hear this pedal in person at the NAMM show and we were completely blown away. This will be a must have on any pedalboard! Chase Bliss Audio has yet to release a price and a release date at this time but same story as above &mdash; we'll let you&nbsp;know as soon as we get to&nbsp;stock these!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>Walrus Audio Effects &mdash; The Lillian</strong><br /><img width="390" height="211" src="" class="img-responsive" alt="Walrus Audio Effects The Lillian Pedal Multi-Stage Analog Phaser from Winter NAMM Show 2019" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p><span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>We're pretty much drooling over&nbsp;anything that <a href="">Walrus Audio</a>&nbsp;puts out! Let&rsquo;s be honest, not only do all of their pedals sound incredible but they are also some of the coolest looking pedals on the market right now. The Lillian is a multi-stage analog phaser. Phase is one of those effects that I had no idea I liked or needed on my pedalboard until I heard it. The Lillian is a direct relative of <a href="">the Julia</a>, the chorus/vibrato pedal that everyone has come to know and love. This pedal features controls like Rate, Width, Feedback, and D-P-V blend which gives you the ability to blend between the amounts of dry, phase shifted, and vibrato sounds. This pedal also features a stages switch allowing the user to switch between 4 or 6 stages. With 4 stages the phasing effect will sound more warm and tight and with 6 stages you will get a much more complex sound. This pedal is the perfect missing piece for any pedalboard that you had no idea you needed! Just like the two pedals above, we'll be stocking this as soon as we can get it in! Stay tuned.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>Creation Music Company &mdash; Aero Series Pedalboard</strong><br /><img width="393" height="213" src="" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p><span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>This series of pedalboards absolutely impressed us! We have been dealers of <a href="">Creation's</a>&nbsp;pedalboards ever since Lunar opened it's doors and we truly love all of the work they are doing. This pedalboard is by far the lightest pedalboard we have ever seen. The Aero Series is perfect for the gigging musician because who wants to carry a heavy board to that church, bar, or stadium gig and it makes traveling with pedals even easier. Not only is this board incredibly light each of the slots on the top of the board have been strategically placed so that it is easy to make cable runs and have an extremely clean pedalboard. One of our favorite features on these is the ability to have multiple handle placement options. This keeps the user from never have to block an input jack on the pedal, simply just move the handle to the slot that works for your individual pedal layout. We highly suggest you to check out these incredible new pedalboards from Creation Music Company!&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><strong>Milkman Sound &mdash; The Amp 12&rsquo;&rsquo; Combo</strong><br /><img width="394" height="213" src="" class="img-responsive" alt="Milkman Sound The Amp 12&quot; Combo amplifier from Winter NAMM Show 2019" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p><span><a href="">Milkman</a>&nbsp;has once again created something really awesome. They took &ldquo;The Amp&rdquo; pedal that everyone knows and loves and turned it into a combo amplifier. This combo features many of the same features as the pedal such as, universal power input between 100-240V, a balanced line level output with analog cabinet simulation, splashy reverb, rich VCA tremolo, and portability. It is also hosted in a resonant and lightweight pine cabinet with a 12&rsquo;&rsquo; Celestion Creamback Neo speaker. This whole combo amp also is incredibly light only weighing 22 pounds. One of our favorite features of this amp is the &ldquo;mute&rdquo; mode. This is perfect for those silent stages. In this mode it disables the speaker while sending signal to the direct output. The Amp 12&rsquo;&rsquo; Combo also has an external speaker output so you can power a second 8ohm speaker and create even more of a presence on stage. This amplifier sounds incredible but also is extremely affordable coming in at $1299. With this amp you will get tons of tone with extreme portability! Any musician should definitely add this to their gear wish list! And we'll stock it soon!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span>Overall the Winter NAMM Show was a blast and we got to see so many awesome products, see old friends, and meet new ones. Some of our honorable mentions would include the Ernie Ball VPJR Tuner, Jennings guitars, JHS The Clover, and tons more! This years NAMM was one for the books! Make sure you follow us along on Instagram <a href="">@lunarmusicsupply</a>&nbsp;and like and subscribe to <a href="">our YouTube Channel</a>&nbsp;for more gear posts, demo videos, and stay up to date with all the cool gear we have in shop! Thanks for reading!<br /><br />&mdash;Grant Miller, Lunar's Coolest Shopkeeper</span></p> Our Fender Custom Shop Lineup http://www.lunarmusicsupply.com <p>When we were planning to open Lunar, we new we wanted to have only the highest quality instruments, accessories, and services. The Fender Custom Shop was an absolute no-brainer. We love the uniqueness of each build, the excitement of pushing the envelope of guitar design and aesthetic, and the recreation of historic and timeless models of guitars.<br /><br />We wanted to be part of the family that carried these outstanding instruments and offer a place where Oklahomans could experience, aruguably, the highest quality of guitar craftsmanship without having to leave their state or settle for ordering such a pristine instrument online. Being the only inependant dealer of Fender Custom Shop in the state, we pride ourselves in being able to get Your dream guitar built for you.<br /><br />Offering limited runs and one-of-a-kind options, Fender Custom Shop is the perfect way for a player or collector to show their individuality and harness the legacy of Fender Guitars.<br /><br />Mark Quenzer<br />Owner, Lunar Music Supply</p> <hr /> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><br /><strong>The Strat You Have Been Waiting For</strong></p> <p>Combining vintage style with modern luxuries, the Limited Edition Tomatillo Stratocaster delivers sweet, flavorful tone and plenty of smooth playability. New pickups and a unique wiring scheme make this limited-edition guitar the perfect weapon to command the stage. The Journeyman Relic flash-coat lacquer finish allows the wood to breathe with pure resonance and ages in a distinctly personal way.</p> <p>The trio of Tomatillo single-coil pickups share the same lineage as our Ancho Poblano and El Diablo pickups. Clean-sounding, with plenty of chime, the Tomatillo pickups are crafted around alnico 2 magnets, simulating what an aged alnico 5 pickup from the &lsquo;50s might sound like today. &frac12; blender wiring turns the second tone control into a blend pot while the pickup switch is in Position 1 and 2, allowing you to mix the neck pickup in, shaping your tone to precisely match your taste.<br /><br /><a href="">See Photos and&nbsp;Price</a></p> <hr /> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><strong><br />Historic Tone | Legendary Feel</strong><br /><br />Revolutionizing the world of rumble, the Jazz Bass&reg; directly evolved from the foundation the Precision Bass&reg; had established, with its offset body, narrow nut width and added neck pickup. The 1960 Journeyman Relic&reg; J Bass&reg; brandishes time-correct features like concentric stacked control knobs, hand-wound vintage Jazz Bass&reg; pickups designed with 2 pole pieces per string to provide a mellower &ldquo;jazzy&rdquo; tone, and signature Fender&reg; Custom Shop aged lacquer of a well-played classic rumble warrior.<br /><br />In true Custom Shop fashion, tradition meets modern playability in this J Bass&reg;. This bass combines a 2-piece select alder body and a quartersawn maple neck with a &ldquo; '60 J Bass&reg; U"-shaped neck profile, slab rosewood fingerboard, 9.5" radius, and 20 6105 frets.<br /><br />Additional features include period-accurate Jazz Bass&reg; bridge with threaded steel saddles, vintage-style Jazz Bass&reg; tuners, bone nut and round string tree. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.</p> <p><a href="">See Photos and Price</a><br /><br /><br /></p> The Not-So-Surprising Effects Of Humidity http://www.lunarmusicsupply.com <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span>&ldquo;</span><span>I&rsquo;ve got 99 problems and humidity appears to be one&rdquo;<br /><br /></span></h3> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>The humble acoustic guitar: Music maker. Joy bringer. Surprisingly robust slice of wood. While our guitars can be the root of great happiness in our lives, when things go south, they can be a real headache. Among all of the unforeseeable accidents that may plague our instrument, there are certain factors that are absolutely avoidable and can save us from the emotional trauma and many dollars spent on the repair. Here are a few notes on humidity for your consideration.<br /></span></p> <hr /> <p><img class="img-responsive" style="border- border-style: solid;" src="" alt="" width="800" height="800" align="" /></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <h3><span>The Issue<br /><br /></span></h3> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>Your initial thought may be something like, &ldquo;Why do I need to be concerned with something like humidity?&rdquo;. Very good question. Have you ever noticed your hands getting chewed up by sharp fret ends during a set? Have small cracks shown up, almost overnight, on the top of your beloved flattop? Or even worse, a dreaded sunken or bloated top and lifted bridge that make you nervous to even hold your guitar? These symptoms can be directly tied to an improperly hydrated instrument and have the potential to be quite costly at your local repair shop. But, with a little foresight and a few pieces of maintenance gear, you could be smooth sailing all year long without another thought on humidity.<br /></span></p> <hr /> <p><img class="img-responsive" style="border- border-style: solid;" src="" alt="" width="800" height="800" align="" /></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <h3><span><br />The Range<br /><br /></span></h3> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>Humidity is the invisible water vapor rascal that is present in the air and is, for our means, expressed as Relative Humidity (RH) and a percentage of air-water mixture. So, a higher percentage (you already know this) means more humidity. Ideally, our precious instruments will live comfortably in that sweet spot between 45-55% RH, but are typically still in the &ldquo;safe zone&rdquo; from 40-60% RH. E</span><span>ff</span><span>ectively, if it falls below 40%, you add moisture and above 60%, you remove it. But, how the heck are you suppose to know where your guitar falls on this scale? And how are you suppose to get all this moisture in and out of your guitar? I&rsquo;m glad you asked! Let&rsquo;s talk about the gear.<br /></span></p> <hr /> <p><img class="img-responsive" style="border- border-style: solid;" src="" alt="" width="800" height="800" align="" /></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <h3><span><br />The Gear</span></h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>So now you know what to watch for before your guitar starts to feel like a dried up stick, perfect. This is what you&rsquo;re going to need to make sure you&rsquo;re on top of this humidity thing. Start by visiting our&nbsp;<a href="">Guitar Care section here on the website!</a></span></p> <p><span><strong>Hygrometer</strong> -&nbsp;</span><span>This handy measurement tool will give you a fairly accurate representation of what your RH% looks like in either the body of your guitar, in your case, or in the room you store your instrument. Step 1 to knowing what your humidity sitch is looking like. I&rsquo;d recommend a digital hygrometer.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Re/De-Humidification</strong> -&nbsp;</span><span>The almost-too-obvious solution to your low humidity problems is a humidifier. While the trusty humidifier can absolutely cure those dry-spell woes, you want to make sure you&rsquo;re not accidentally over-humidifying your guitar.<br />If you live in a typically dry climate region, I&rsquo;d say pickup the Oasis OH1. This little fella will keep your guitar nice and happy without having to worry about water dripping into your guitar or drying up into a crusty sponge.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>However, if you&rsquo;re living it up in an ultra-humid, sticky-as-hell region (I&rsquo;m looking at you, Florida), you&rsquo;re probably not going to think twice about if you need to&nbsp;</span><span>add&nbsp;</span><span>moisture, you&rsquo;re just trying to figure out how to get it out. Well my soggy friends, I&rsquo;ve got just thing for you. Do yourself, and your guitar, a favor and pickup some activated bamboo charcoal bags to help pull that moisture out. And if you&rsquo;re looking to treat an entire room, you&rsquo;re going to need to start looking at a proper dehumidifier; noisy, but e</span><span>ff</span><span>ective.</span></p> <p><span>Now, if you&rsquo;re in that nice little area in the middle where winters are knuckle-bustin dry and summers are a guarantee for a wicked case of swamp crotch, you&rsquo;re going to love the D&rsquo;Addario Humidipak. In one system, these packs will help keep your guitar in that *cush* 45-50% RH territory without having to do a thing. Could it be any easier for you to not pay me to fix your guitar? Which leads me to the fix.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <hr /> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <h3><span>The Fix</span></h3> <p><span>Let&rsquo;s say you&rsquo;ve made it this far, read and digested all this tasty information, and still didn&rsquo;t do a damn thing to protect your guitar from +/- humidification. This is where I come into play. Sharp frets, body cracks, lifted/ removed bridges, cracked bridge plates, and brace damage may be some issues you&rsquo;ve noticed from this cold and dry winter. If you think you&rsquo;ve got a problem that needs a sharp set of eyes, <strong>shoot me an email at</strong> and we&rsquo;ll get you back on track for a better tomorrow.<br /><br /></span></p> <p><span>Mark Quenzer<br />Guitar Repair Technician<br />Owner, Lunar Music Supply</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <h3><span>&nbsp;</span></h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> <h3><span>&nbsp;</span></h3> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> The Strat You Have Been Waiting For http://www.lunarmusicsupply.com <iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><br /><br /> <p>Combining vintage style with modern luxuries, the Limited Edition Tomatillo Stratocaster delivers sweet, flavorful tone and plenty of smooth playability. New pickups and a unique wiring scheme make this limited-edition guitar the perfect weapon to command the stage. The Journeyman Relic flash-coat lacquer finish allows the wood to breathe with pure resonance and ages in a distinctly personal way.</p> <p>The trio of Tomatillo single-coil pickups share the same lineage as our Ancho Poblano and El Diablo pickups. Clean-sounding, with plenty of chime, the Tomatillo pickups are crafted around alnico 2 magnets, simulating what an aged alnico 5 pickup from the &lsquo;50s might sound like today. &frac12; blender wiring turns the second tone control into a blend pot while the pickup switch is in Position 1 and 2, allowing you to mix the neck pickup in, shaping your tone to precisely match your taste.</p>