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THE FRONT END

The Golden Age Pre-73 MkIII, Ear
Trumpet Edwina, and Avantone CR-14

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trike up a conversation with anyone who
records music and they'll talk your ear off
about mics and preamps. If you want to make
your guitar and vocals sound good in a home
studio, the right "front end" tools are critical.
The Golden Age Pre-73 MkIII is an affordable preamp whose job is to make audio
sources (guitar, bass, mic'd vocals and instruments) sound better. Based on a famed Neve
studio circuit, the single-channel box has
just a few controls and in/out jacks: Gain and
Output knobs, plus a DI jack for guitar or bass,
and a phantom power button for condenser
mics like those used to record acoustic guitars.
It also has a Mic/Line switch for choosing a
plugged-in guitar or a mic, and Air1/Air2
switches for additional EQ flavors. In back,
there's a Neutrik "combo" input for an XLR
mic or 1/4" cable, as well as separate outs to
send the signal to the next step in the chain
(digital interface, compressor, PA, etc.).

Soundwise, the Pre-73 MkIII will make
any signal sound better, but it also adds its
own tonal character, unlike "transparent"
preamps. Most folks with project studios are
not likely that fussy, simply preferring their
tracks to sound better than if they went straight
into a digital interface, and the Pre-73 MkIII
will absolutely do that.
Of course, you may want some mics to plug
into the Pre-73. The Ear Trumpet Edwina is
a cool, steampunk-styled large-diaphragm
condenser mic. These microphones can be
used for everything from vocals to drums, but
pickers often prefer them for acoustic guitars,
as they pick out details nicely. The Edwina's no
exception, but it gets the job done without any
harshness or feedback. As with all condenser
mics, remember to fire up 48-volt phantom
power to make this puppy work.
The Avantone CR-14, meanwhile, is a
ribbon mic that requires no supplementary

Price: $379.99 (Pre-73 MkIII); $550
(Edwina); $259 (CR-14);
Info: goldenagemusic.mamutweb.com;
eartrumpetlabs.com; avantonepro.com

power. Ribbon mics are more fragile than
dynamic or condenser mics, but they can
capture absolutely beautiful tones. The CR-14
is wonderful on acoustic guitar. Pair it with
a nice preamp, some light compression and
reverb, and enjoy the magic.
Coupled with the Pre-73 MkIII preamp,
both the Edwina and CR-14 will give any
home-recording cat a nice array of guitar
tones. And in the studio, sound quality is
everything. - Pete Prown

REVEREND SENSEI HB LE

LOLLAR STAPLE

Lollar's Staple pickup has handbeveled, rectangular pole-piece
magnets made of Alnico V and wound
with 42-gauge wire. It measures approximately 8.2K ohms and is available
with black, cream, or white covers.

Reverend Guitars limited-edition
Sensei HB has a Bigsby and a flamemaple top in several color options
on a Korina body. It uses Special H
pickups, a bound headstock with LE
Medallion on the back, graphite
nut, locking tuners, Bass Contour
Control, and dual-action truss rod.

BREEDLOVE CONCERT
MOON LIGHT

Breedlove's Concert Moon Light has a
spruce top cut from downed trees in
the Tongass National Forest, mahogany
back and neck harvested in the Custosel
Concession in the Mayan Biosphere of
Guatemala, and an ebony fretboard. Its
scale length is 25.5", and an LR Baggs
EAS VC is available as an option.

To be included in Gearin' Up, contact us at vguitar@vintageguitar.com.
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