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druMs even
yOu can play

the Singular Sound BeatBuddy

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veryone knows a good drummer joke.
Or two. Drummers are indeed a special
breed.
Singular Sound's BeatBuddy drummachine pedal, however, is no joke. And as
the first drum-machine-in-a-pedal designed
for guitarists, it, too, is special.
The BeatBuddy provides Charlie Watts in
a box - along with Buddy Rich, Al Jackson,
Jr., and John Bonham thrown in for good
measure. And it arrives programmed with
10 drum sets sounds ranging from Latin
stylings to reggae to rock and roll. Want to
play prog on Neil Peart's full kit? Cool jazz
with brushes? You got it.
More than 200 songs are provided in 21
genres. But that's just the beginning; the user
can download new songs and beats or create
their own with free software. And it's capable
of holding a whopping 3.2 million songs. An
online forum offers a sharing service for even
more tunes.
The beat can be programmed at any tempo
and in time signatures from 3/4 to 7/8 and
beyond to some you probably can't play in.
The screen provides a metronome.
Once the style and tempo are selected, the

Beat Buddy offers hands-free creative control.
To start, simply tap the footswitch. Tap it
again to add a fill. Then, hold it down to get
a transition from a verse to a chorus; lift your
foot, and you jump back to the original beat.
Double tap, and the beat ends. An optional
BeatBuddy footswitch provides even more
on-the-go options, including drop beats and
other accents. Plus there's full MIDI control.
The BeatBuddy Mini is simply a more
basic version - 16-bit mono sound compared
with its big sibling's 24-bit stereo. It's packed
with 100 pre-loaded songs, and you can't add
tunes or swap sets or create gig lists. Still, it's
packed with possibilities.
Either model of BeatBuddy can be run
through a guitar amp's auxiliary jack; while
it sounds good, acoustic-guitar amps and
PA systems offer a neutral, full-range sound
that works best.
Whether you use the BeatBuddy as a
home-practice click track, a looper's accompaniment, or to power your band, it's a viable
alternative to lugging around drum cases,
and you can actually tell it what to play. Not
to mention you'll also be in control of the
darn volume. - Michael Dregni

Price: $299 (BeatBuddy); $149 (BeatBuddy
Mini); $49 (BeatBuddy Footswitch)
Info: mybeatbuddy.com

railhaMMer cOrGan
siGnature pickup

Railhammer's Billy Corgan Signature
Pickup has dual coils wound to produce
a mild midrange bump for a cocked-wah
effect. Other features include universal
spacing, German-silver cover, brass
baseplate, four-conductor wiring with
independent ground, and height-tapered
rails for consistent output across all
strings. It's available in chrome or black.

dr. Z dB4a

tOdd sharp JOat

The Todd Sharp Jack of All Trades
(JOAT) 20RT amp produces 20 watts
output using El84 tubes and has
Reverb/Tremolo with controls for Attitude, low Cut, High Cut, and Bite in
place of a traditional tone stack.

The Dr. Z DB4A has adjustable 18/38
watts output, uses a 5879 pentode
preamp tube, four El84 output tubes, and
has controls for Volume, Tone, and Cut. It
is available as a head, 1x12 combo with
a Celestion Alnico Gold, or 2x12 with
two Celestion Alnico Blue speakers.

To be included in gearin' up, contact us at vguitar@vintageguitar.com.
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