Guitar Specialists Hillsborough NC

The all-new EG-2 ($450 street), which come in a white finish, features a 25.5"-scale neck, a double-cutaway body, a pair of single-coil pickups, and a built-in headphone amp with selectable distortion. Above it is the Escape MK-II ($449 street), which is designed for acoustic-electric players and sports an L.R.

Custom Light & Sound
(919) 286-0011
2506 Guess Rd
Durham, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, DJ Equipment

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High Strung Violins
(919) 286-3801
1116 Broad St
Durham, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
violins, violas, cellos, guitars, banjos, mandolins, set-ups, repairs & referrals
Hours
Mon-Tue-Wed, noon - 6
Thur-Fri-Sat, 10 - 6
We do rentals, sales and repairs of stringed instruments.

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Gilhams Guitar Works
(919) 932-6255
5316 Elm Grove Ln
Chapel Hill, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Bryans Guitars & Music
(919) 929-5506
2219 Pathway Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Piano & Organ Distributors
(919) 596-2105
2403 New Raleigh Hwy
Durham, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Bang A Drum Hand Drum Store
(323) 936-1809
1413 Alabama Ave
Durham, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion

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Hancock Pianos
(919) 906-0395
Po Box 2645
Chapel Hill, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Organs

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Music Loft
(919) 968-4411
116 W Main St
Carrboro, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Music Explorium
(919) 484-9090
5314 Nc Highway 55
Durham, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion

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Emmons Guitar
(336) 227-0844
567 W Old Glencoe Rd
Burlington, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Art Thompson's PIcks from Summer NAMM 2010

NAMM 2

 Blackstar HT-Blackfire

Co-developed by Gus G, who is currently tearing it up with Ozzy Osbourne, the HT-Blackfire is a two channel, tube-powered distortion pedal aimed at metal players. Its Fire channel delivers a more classic high-gain classic distortion sound, while the Fury channel heads to the metal zone with ridiculous amounts of gain. That said, the pedal is very dynamically responsive and could be used for any style of music where a wide range of distortion textures are needed. The pedal has a durable finish that feel a bit like suede leather, along with an ISF control, Gain and Volume controls for each channel, and speaker emulation on the output.
For more information visit http://www.blackstaramps.co.uk/products/ht/htblackfire.html

NAMM 4

Jack Deville Buzzmaster
Described as the "world's quietest high-gain fuzz pedal" the Buzzmaster ($250 direct) uses germanium transistors to deliver fuzz textures with enough gain range for anything from blues to metal. The tones I heard from the demo covered the spectrum from sweet and sustaining to massively buzzed, and the pedal is surprisingly quiet too, courtesy of Deville's Click-Less bypass circuit (available separately for user installation into other pedals), which provides relay-driven, noise-free switching.
For more information visit http://www.jackdeville.com/

NAMM 5

 Traveler Escape EG-2
The all-new EG-2 ($450 street), which come in a white finish, features a 25.5"-scale neck, a double-cutaway body, a pair of single-coil pickups, and a built-in headphone amp with selectable distortion. Above it is the Escape MK-II ($449 street), which is designed for acoustic-electric players and sports an L.R. Baggs Custom Element hybrid pickup. Both instruments are very compact, but they have the playing feel of standard instruments because of their full-sized necks.
For more information visit travelerguitar.com

NAMM 6

 

Taylor GS Mini
Though designed to be compact and portable, the GS Mini ($678 retail) delivers a surprisingly big sound and has the playing feel of a larger guitar. Specs include a solid Sitka spruce top, African sapele laminated back and sides, and a 23.5"-scale ebony fretboard. Tuned to standard pitch, the GS provides excellent playability and is the perfect thing to take to the beach or on camping trips. And if you want to go electric, Taylor offers the optional ES-Go plug-in soundhole pickup for the GS Mini, which features quick, snap-in installation and comes with a pre-wired endpin jack that's super easy to install. Also available: the new V-Cable (made by Rapco-Horizon), which puts a built-in volume control right at your fingertips and can be switched off for noiseless unplugging.
For more information visit taylorguitars.com

 

NAMM 7

J. Backlund Design
Some of the spaciest looking guitars at Summer NAMM were these beauties by J. Backlund, which are available in four different styles and a variety of pickup options. The build quality and finishing of these instruments look to be t...

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