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Knucklehead Strings

Knucklehead Strings

I'm speechless… almost. How can you go wrong with string sets using names like Super Mullet and Red Headed Stepchild? As you can see, they also have single strings available as well.

Knucklehead Music, LC
2681 East Parleys Way, Suite 201
Salt Lake City, Utah 84109
(801) 466-2630

Knucklehead Strings


Neck Socks

Odd looking, yes, but functional. For those of us who keep their stringed instruments on stands or on the wall, using these can help keep your instrument clean and make your strings last longer. I live near the beach, so the strings around here get bad pretty quickly.

Happy Necks, LLC
652 Tularosa Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 840-7364

Neck Sock


Bad Ass Music Stand

Bad Ass Music Stands

Like the name says, these are bad ass stands. You can load them up with a ton of crap and they aren't going anywhere. Having used a laptop in a live gig, I was always paranoid about the places I had to put it. One of these stands would be ideal.

Action Engineering
4761 Hugh Howell Road
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 934-1584

Bad Ass Music Stand


Blackjack Table Amp

Ashdown is no stranger to the Oddites and has had several excellent entries in past years. This is a custom job that Ashdown did for a Las Vegas casino.

Ashdown Design & Marketing
Park Farm, Inworth
Colchester, CO5 9SH
0845 130 4663

Ashdown Blackjack amp


Sax Rax

Sax Rax

Sax Rax makes both highly functional, modular saxophone stands as well some beautiful stands that would help with the aesthetics problem of having axes lying around the house.

Sax Rax
P.O. Box 117
Upminster, Essex RM14 3AD
(044) (0) 7977 011950

Sax Rax



Jellifish Pick

This year's most original pick award goes to the Jellifish. While I don't see this as a replacement for a traditional pick, it does produce a totally different tonal texture. I bought one just to have around the studio. Jellifish was also showing some nice anodized aluminum pegs.

Jellifish, Inc.
P.O. Box 3481
Oak Brook IL 60522-3481
(630) 586-9330


El Dorado Pick Guard

El Dorado makes some nice hand-tooled leather guitar straps, but what really caught my eye were their leather pick guards. No country swing band should be without them.

El Dorado Guitar Accessories
P.O. Box 92894
Pasadena, CA 91109

El Dorado Pick Guard


Gig-FX Chopper

Gig-FX Chopper

This pedal is a cool crossbreed of a tremelo, leslie, auto-panner, and rotovibe. It's a crossbreed in the sense that you don't just get some preset effects to play with, you get some unique combinations with interesting parameters controlled by the treadle.

Gig-FX, Inc.
1050 Winter Street, Ste 1000
Waltham, MA 02451


The Whappo Grande

Sporting a 21-inch speaker, this cabinet will extend down to fequencies that you can only feel. It only goes up to around 400 Hz so you will need to use this in conjunction with another amp.

2912 Scott Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 996-1650

AccuGroove Whappo Grande


Hot Picks

Monster Collection Picks

Hot Picks have some new horror-influenced picks. They've got skulls, a devil, and a wolfman. And to keep the picks in style you'll need to get yourself one of these skull pick holders. What could be scarier than a skull with a devil up its nose?

Hot Picks USA
2111 Geer Road Suite 212
Turlock, CA 95382
(877) 447-8490

Hot Picks


Cargo Case

Cargo Cases

Here we have band instrument cases that are a cross between hardshell and softside cases. There should be plenty of room for all the little junk that you end up needing for the instrument.

Conn-Selmer, Inc.
P.O. Box 310
Elkhart, IN 46515
(574) 523-0632


Moollon Pedals

These Korean-made pedals are all housed in beautiful engraved aluminum boxes. They have modeled many of these on vintage effects like the Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face and the Hendrix Octavio.

Moollon Musical Instrument
B1, 210-20 Goo San Dong
Eun Pyung Gu, Seoul, Korea 122-823
(822) 351-4201

Moollon FX Pedals




This approach to the "my guitar amp's too damned loud" problem consists of building a custom speaker and a custom mic into a small sealed box. I thought it sounded pretty good while checking it out over headphones at the show. It's also got a port that the seven string/detune crowd will appreciate. They also have a bass version and cabinets that have one of these built in along with regular speakers to give you a direct out.

JLH Products
PO Box 544
Lake Forest, CA 92609
(949) 859-7293


THG Exotic Wood Knobs

Not only does THG produce these beautiful knobs and tuners, they also make pickup rings and toggle switch caps to match. They can also make custom pieces to your specifications.

THG Knobs
14638 Killion Street
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
(818) 438-7826

THG Knobs


Damage Control

Damage Control Demonizer

Damage Control combines multiple tubes and DSP into a class A pedal. You also get your own miniature light show with their "magic eye" there at the top. If you'd like something with a little less over the top distortion than the Demonizer, they've got another pedal called the Womanizer. Maybe that one makes you sound like Jennifer Batten.

Damage Control Engineering, LLC
16 N. Madrid
Newbury Park, CA 91320
(805) 480-9229


Scott Dixon amp

Scott Dixon Aluminum Cases

This is likely the lightest full stack I've ever seen, most of the weight was the magnets on the speakers. I was also impressed with the guitar cases. Where a similar Anvil-style case would weigh 30+ lbs., this one was only 11 lbs. If you like these, you should check out their drumset that I saw as well.

LS Enterprise LTD
Glenrose Factory, West Dock Street
Hull, UK, HU3 4HHdd3

Scott Dixon case


The O-Tray

Here's a handy little jobber that snaps on to any standard 7/8" mic stand. It's made from plastic with a rubber inner ring to keep it locked on the stand.

16612 Brigadoon Dr.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 968-3168



Trailer Trash pedal boards

Trailer Trash Pedal Boards

Now you can get a boutique pedal board for all your boutique pedals. They offer some standard models as well as complete custom jobs that include through-board wiring.

Trailer Trash Pedalboards
500 Cheyenne Blvd #140
Madison, TN 37115
(615) 612-1903

Trailer Trash pedal boards



Pigtronix Envelope Phaser

I've done envelope phasing (among many other things) by patching together multiple Mooger Fooger pedals and it's a very cool effect. Pigtronix has boiled it down to one pedal for a whole lot less money.

200 Wilson St., Unit C-2
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
(631) 331-7447


Double Rolling Sax Case

For any sax players who routinely double at gigs, this would be a great case to have. What would be really cool would be a center section for a flute.

PJLA Music
22159 N. Pepper Road
P.O. Box 550
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 382-3212

PJLA Sax Case


Spin Slide

The Spinslide

A new twist (sorry for the pun) on the guitar slide. With a little practice, you can whip the slide around back and free up your hand for chording. This also means you don't necessarily need to use your little finger for the slide. It comes with four interchangeable plastic rings to allow for different size fingers.

Spinslide Manufacturing Ltd.
504 Carrigeen, Baltinglass
Co. Wicklow, Ireland
+353 86 2607351


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