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VG

GEAR
HOUSTON
HANDCRAFT

Marchione Guitars' OM

C

ombining small-shop handcraft with CNC technology,
Stephen Marchione is approaching three decades of creating
custom-built stringed instruments in his Houston workshop.
One of them, the Marchione OM, boasts extraordinary
features that begin with a global panoply of tonewoods. The
review OM included Swiss spruce top, Honduran mahogany
neck, and Brazilian rosewood back, sides, and bridge and
headstock overlay (all cut from the same board). Interior
features included custom bracing and bridge plate, as well
as the business end of the Spanish heel neck joint, with the
carbon graphite reinforcements used throughout the neck just
visible through the soundhole. Built in a traditional classicalguitar mold, the Marchione OM is assembled with chalk-fit
components to ensure maximum contact with the top.
Marchione uses his 15"
archtop outline for the
Price: $16,500 (as reviewed)
OM, a departure from
Info: www.marchione.com
the common Nazarethinspired shape, and other
than a Renaissance-evoking headpiece, the OM's flash is all in that
amazing lumber and meticulous construction. Simple zircote binding and rosette,
thin nitro finish, and curvy shape also
conspire in the understated aesthetic.
All that care and attention results
in an amazing playing experience.
The review guitar's neck was a lovely
C shape with a multi-radius 25.5" scale
fretboard. And the action was as low
as you can go while remaining cleanly
playable. Under a heavy-handed attack
the truss rod needed just an eighth of
a turn to make all the difference.
Chord shapes up and down the
fretboard kept their open-string
sparkle, and bass-to-treble ratio
was no ratio at all - the balanced
sound promises a recording
experience with little fussy
EQ. Plugged in, the proprietary
bridge plate-mounted pickup
uncannily reproduced the
acoustic response.
True, a guitar like the Marchione OM isn't for the first-time
buyer. But if you do take the plunge,
it might not be your last, either. -
Chip Wilson

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September 2018

Price: $169.99
Info: www.tcelectronic.com

ALL-AROUND
DELAY
The TC Electronic Flashback II

T

C Electronic's completely new Flashback
II may just be the Swiss Army knife of
delay pedals. Not only can it evoke far-out
echo effects, it serves as a looper and even
an expression pedal. Plus, it's programmable
to provide even more options.
The Flashback debuted in 2010, but the II
starts with a clean slate, and its enhanced
features mark it as a new creation.
On the delay front, there's everything from
quarter-note to 16th-note triplets up to a whopping seven seconds of delay. Users can also work
in the TonePrint Editor software to create their
own variations. In addition, two internal delay
circuits craft stereo in/out effects.
Eight programmed delay algorithms
are designed to emulate various classic
systems; one favorite is the Tape function,
which changes pitch subtly within the note
to match fluctuations akin to a vintage
Echoplex. That fluctuation can be modified
on the fly with the built-in Mash expression
footswitch.
The looper function offers up to 40 seconds in duration - light years compared to
many delay pedals. And it allows unlimited
overdubs with an undo/redo function.
Finally, the Mash circuit works with
the true-bypass on/off footswitch to serve
double duty as a wah-like expression pedal.
Pick a passage, then modulate the delay with
the switch - and send your sound into the
far reaches of space. - Michael Dregni


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